M*A*S*H

Dear Dad... Three

Season 2, Ep 9, Aired 11/10/73
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  • Episode Description
  • Once more Hawkeye writes home to his father: the doctors operate on a soldier with a grenade shot into his body; Hawkeye and Trapper colour the skin of a racist patient who demanded the right colour blood while he is asleep; Henry gets a movie of his daughter's birthday from home; the officers hold the monthly staff meeting.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Larry Gelbart

  • Laurence Marks (II)

  • Don Weis

  • Mills Watson

    Pt. Condon

  • Sivi Aberg

    Anna Lindstrom

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • Hawkeye and Trapper teach a patient a lesson

    By ozziefan, Dec 27, 2005

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (7)

    • (During the monthly staff meeting)
      Margaret: Colonel Blake!
      Henry: (Jolted out of his nap) Yes, Sir!
      Margaret: Captain Pierce is out of order!
      Trapper: I thought you were guaranteed for a year!

    • Nurse Gilbert: (to Radar) Everybody says you're a virgin. Is that true? Radar: (thinking) I really don't know.

    • (Ginger and Trapper dance in place) Ginger: This is nice. Trapper: Mmm. I bet we could dance great together too.

    • (Hawkeye is in post-op, Trapper enters) Trapper: I understand you're in need of a medical man here. Hawkeye: I see you couldn't find one.

    • (Hawkeye recites 'Gunga Din' in OR) Frank: Are we going to have poetry in surgery now? Henry: There was a young lady from Kent, who took off her... Hawkeye: Steady, Henry.

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    Notes (2)

    • Sivi Aberg ended up being the announcer/hostess for The Gong Show.

    • The thrilling conclusion to the illustrious "Dear Dad..." trilogy.

    Trivia (3)

    • Apparently the scene where Frank slips into Margaret's tent, to find her (temporarily) indifferent to him, was originally slated for an episode in Season 1. In "Dear Dad...Again", there is a scene where Margaret and Frank have a spat, leading to him drinking up the Swamp's supply of hooch. Margaret is wearing a pink bathrobe rather than a blue one, but if you watch and listen carefully, it is clearly the same scene. She's reading a book, Frank kisses her fingers so that she can turn a lot of pages, and she starts to tell him that he thinks of her as a "bag of desireable bones".

    • Hawkeye sings a line from the song 'Makin' Whoopee', from the Musical Whoopee! in this episode. Ironically, he would later star in a Woody Allen film Everyone Says I Love You, which has the same song in it. (Though Alan Alda didn't get to sing it.)

    • During the "dirty movie" segment of the home movie, when Henry is lifting the rake like it's a set of weights, the position of his hands continues to change, from his fingernails facing the camera, to Henry's face, and back to the camera again.

    Allusions (1)

    • Henry: (talking about his wife) She was the Succotash Queen at Illinois Normal.
      This is a reference to Illinois State Normal University. Illinois State Normal University changed its name to Illinois State University in 1968. It is located in Normal, Illinois, about 50 miles south east of the University of Illinois.

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