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The Price of Tomato Juice 

What seems to be a simple request to get tomato juice for Colonel Potter becomes a ridiculous, complicated ordeal when Major Burns asks for something in return.


Gene Reynolds

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Episode complete credited cast:
Alan Alda ... Capt. Benjamin Franklin 'Hawkeye' Pierce
Mike Farrell ... Capt. B.J. Hunnicutt
Harry Morgan ... Col. Sherman T. Potter
Loretta Swit ... Maj. Margaret 'Hot Lips' Houlihan
Larry Linville ... Maj. Frank Burns
Gary Burghoff ... Cpl. Walter 'Radar' O'Reilly
Jamie Farr ... Cpl. Maxwell Q. Klinger
William Christopher ... Father Francis Mulcahy


Radar is always trying to take care of his CO: this time, it's tomato juice. BJ is the insect officer; Frank is procurement officer. Frank will order tomato juice if the guys get him a pair of nylons (for a nurse who performed well in OR). Klinger wants a pass for his last pair of nylons; Potter has to call Gen. Bradley Barker to arrange the pass as Seoul is crawling with VIPs. Gen. "Brad" wants Margaret to be his guest at a soiree in Seoul, causing Frank to see red and renege on his tomato juice deal with Radar. The guys have to cook up some plan to keep Frank's tomato in camp so Frank will sign for Potter's juice. Is there enough "juice" on Earth for Gen. Brad Barker to mistake Klinger for Margaret? Written by LA-Lawyer

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tomato juice | drink in title | See All (2) »


Comedy | Drama | War








Release Date:

16 December 1975 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone Sound Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


In a scene in the mess tent, Frank Burns is upset about Igor's service, and asks him his name. Igor replies that his name is Maxwell. Igor is, in fact, played by Jeff Maxwell. See more »


As Burns and Father Mulcahey are showering in their shower stalls. Mulcahey says "This cold water is a blessing." BJ and Hawkeye come into the shower tent, and when Mulcahey leaves, BJ steps in for his shower. But he never reacts to the water being cold, he just turns it on and continues with the conversation. See more »


Capt. B.J. Hunnicut: Major Burns would give a drowning man a glass of water.
Corporal Walter Eugene O'Reilly: Should you give a drown...
Capt. B.J. Hunnicut: Major Burns has no heart.
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References King Kong (1933) See more »


Serenade in Blue
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
Portion sung by Jamie Farr
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Setting Up the Dominos
13 March 2015 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

This is another one of those episodes where there is something desired but to get it requires a series of events to take place. In this case, Colonel Potter confides that he loves tomato juice and Radar decides that as an act of kindness, he would like to provide him this treat each morning. Of course, these things always seem to go through Frank who must OK a two day trip for Klinger to Seoul. That will send a pair of nylons to Margaret. Margaret is all turned on because a general has invited her to a kind of gala event. All this eventually is disrupted when, in order to make things happen, Hawkeye forges a note from Frank, proposing to Margaret. She says yes but Frank has no idea what she is saying yes to. Anyway, all this leads to the final scene with Radar making his presentation.

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