M*A*S*H

Dear Ma

Season 4, Ep 16, Aired 12/23/75
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  • Episode Description
  • Radar writes home to his mother, as Hawkeye conducts the camp foot inspection, and Colonel Potter gets some shrapnel in his backside.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Everett Greenbaum

  • James Fritzell

  • Alan Alda

  • Redmond Gleeson

    Sergeant Callan

  • Byron Chung

    Korean Soldier

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (12)

    • (Hawkeye has popped open B.J's new watch) B.J.: No works. It's empty. Hawkeye: We, what you've got there is either a pillbox with hands--or a lunch pail for Munchkins! B.J.: I feel like an idiot. Hawkeye: Go with the feeling.

    • Potter: Major. Margaret: Shouldn't be a minute, sir. Potter: You were very brave back there. Very level-headed. Margaret: Thank you, sir. Potter: Mrs. Potter has those qualities. You couldn't ruffle her feathers if you hit her with a brick.

    • Radar: (in his letter) You'd like Klinger, Ma. He looks a little bit like Aunt Jean before electrolysis.

    • Radar (about the nearby village): Last time I went, they served grasshoppers and rice. I don't mind that but the sauce made me sick.

    • Radar (in his letter): As usual, I'm writing real slow because I know you can't read fast.

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    Notes (1)

    • This is the first of 4 appearances by Lynne Marie Stewart, as various Nurses. The last appearance is in episode 122.

    Trivia (2)

    • I'm surprised that Frank was not court-martialed for assaulting the South Korean 3-star general in the mess tent. Seeing that no one in the unit likes him (except possibly Margaret at the time), everyone at camp would be glad to see him go.

    • Radar's math needs a little work: whilst describing the foot inspection to his mother, he says with 200 people in camp, and 10 toes each, that's 20,000 toes to check. That is in fact only 2,000 (perhaps the Triple A High School Diploma Company of Delavan, Indiana (Episode 18) should revoke his diploma).

    Allusions (1)

    • Radar says in his letter, "I sent away to a mail-order house for a guinea pig and he's doing terrific. I named him Dopey after the Seven Dwarves." He later writes that he has to mail the letter, "before Dopey eats it."

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