M*A*S*H (1972–1983)
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Dear Peggy 

B.J. writes a letter home to his wife, and Father Mulcahy gets a visit from one of his rigid superiors.


Burt Metcalfe


James Fritzell (as Jim Fritzell), Everett Greenbaum | 1 more credit »




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
Ned Beatty ... Col. Hollister
William Christopher ... Father Francis Mulcahy


BJ writes home for the 3d time this week; Davis, a patient Frank gave up for dead, now has BJ to thank for his life. One of Father Mulcahy's superiors, Col. Maurice Holister, Divisional Chaplain, is coming to inspect him. The Swamp Rats enjoy Peg's first overseas package. BJ tells her how Hawkeye keeps the 4077 crew from going nuts. Hawkeye read in Life how Caltech students squeezed 15 people into a VW bug, so he organizes a similar foray inside a jeep, trying to beat the record. Even Hotlips participates in the merriment...but when Col. Holister drives up, he finds Father Mulcahy at the bottom of the pile. Col. Holister wants to turn mild-mannered Francis into Elmer Gantry. Potter wants to train Koreans to work in the wards; Frank is first to teach them some English. Later, Hawkeye gets to teach the VIP verbage. Holister forces Father, against his own better judgment, to write a letter to the family of an unstable patient. Luckily the young soldier pulls through and Fr. learns a ... Written by LA-Lawyer

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Comedy | Drama | War








Release Date:

14 November 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 one scene, Hawkeye and BJ are playing chess. Hawkeye mentions the "Zuckertort Attack". Johannes Zuckertort was a 19th century chess master. See more »


When Klinger is brought into Col. Potter's office after his first escape attempt (dressed as an old Korean woman), the MP who brings Klinger to the office is played by M*A*S*H semi-regular actor Dennis Troy. However, during the jeep-stuffing scene -- which is occurring simultaneously in the compound (as Klinger is leaving Potter's office, Maj. Burns enters to complain about Hawkeye trying to set the jeep-stuffing record) -- Dennis Troy, playing his usual role as the extra, "Phil," is seen in the background as one of the camp onlookers. See more »


Col. Hollister: [at the end of a stern lecture to Father Mulcahy] Now I have to get back to my tent and drink my Milk of Magnesia and do three push-ups.
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References Annie Get Your Gun (1950) See more »


Amazing Grace
Written by John Newton
Sung by cast
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B. J. turn to Write Home
12 March 2015 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Hunnicutt continues the ongoing plot line of writing home. He writes to his wife, Peggy, creating several vignettes. Events that take place are many. B. J. saves a man's life after Frank has pronounced him dead, by using chest compressions. Hawkeye organizes an effort to break a record for how many people can be put in a jeep. Father Mulcahy is visited by a gung-ho priest, a Colonel, played by Ned Beatty, who is there to judge his technique. Klnger tries numerous times to run away, including one where he is disguised as a tree (a dog urinated on him and he was caught). Frank and Hawkeye give English lessons so Koreans can help in the hospital. The result is quite funny. Finally, Hollister, the priest, gets Mulcahy to write a boy's parents about his recovery before he is out of the woods. A solid episode.

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