M*A*S*H

Life Time

Season 8, Ep 11, Aired 11/26/79
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  • Episode Description
  • Hawkeye and BJ race against the clock to save a soldier from paralysis. BJ harvesting an aorta from a dead soldier doesn't sit well with the soldier's friend.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Alan Alda

  • Walter D. Dishell

  • Kevin Brophy

    Roberts

  • J.J. Johnstone

    Helicopter Pilot

  • Jo Ann Thompson

    Jo Ann

  • Fan Reviews (2)
  • In this episode Hawkeye and BJ are waiting for one soldier to die so they can save another soldier's life by replacing the aorta in one soldier with the aorta of the dead soldier. The trick is that they only have about 20 minutes to save this guy's life.

    By jtsgirl_1980, May 20, 2008

  • This episode was well written. Generally, it was not funny, but it was not really meant to be However, it was thoughtful. A young soldier comes in to the hospital with part of his aorta blown away. Hawkeye proceeds . . . .

    By dragonfly_pat, Nov 01, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (7)

    • Klinger: I'll be back in a trice with the ice. Charles: Trice? Klinger: Fifteen ways to a better vocabulary, Major. The keystone to executive advancement is enhanced by good verbiage. Charles: Funk and Wagnall are whirling dervishly in their mausoleum. B.J.: Great verbiage, Charles. Charles: I'm on day fourteen.

    • (Nurse Kellye brings Hawkeye some aortic grafts for his patient) Hawkeye: These are too small! These are like a piece of spagatini, we need rigatoni! Winchester: Spoken like a true meatball surgeon! Kellye: Rigatoni? Doctor, I'm part Chinese and part Hawaiian. Can you put that in ethnic measurements I can understand? Hawkeye: A small egg roll! Kellye: That I understand. We don't have any that big.

    • Klinger: Terrific phone call! No fighting in the area! The only thing due here in the next 24 hours is a case of Scotch and three dozen baklava. Hawkeye: How'd you get that? Klinger: They were very cooperative...(imitating Col. Potter) once I explained who I was! Potter: (walking in) What's up with your voice? You sound like a donkey in heat! Klinger: Post-nasal drip, sir.

    • (Klinger is on the phone trying to find out if any more casualties are coming from I-Corps.) Klinger: I gotta know, is there any fighting in your area? I-Corps Officer (On phone): I can only give that information to your commanding officer! Klinger: My CO's in surgery...he can't come on the radio! I-Corps: Sorry, Corporal! Klinger: Wait a minute, here he comes now! (Klinger takes the phone and holds it next to the OR door and slams it. He then stomps his feet holding the phone to the floor as if Col. Potter is walking in.) Klinger (On the phone imitating Potter): What in the name of Sweet Fanny Adams is going on? Can we expect casualties or NOT!? I-Corps Officer: Is that you, Col. Potter? Klinger: You bet your horse's hiney! I-Corps Officer: It's all clear, Colonel. Klinger: GOOD! And, the next time you get a phone call from Cpl. Klinger, COOPERATE! When you're talking to him, you're talking to me! I-Corps Officer: Yes, sir! Klinger: Now, while I have you on the phone, is there anything you guys have to trade? Got any baklava?

    • (The patient is wiggling his toes, proving he's not paralyzed. Hawkeye, BJ and Margaret jump for joy, a blood-drained Charles resting nearby) Margaret: WE DID IT! WE DID IT! Do you know what we DID?! B.J.: We made a man who's part George and part Harold! Charles: AND part Winchester. Hawkeye: That's right! When he wakes up, he won't know whether to be brave, generous or pompous!

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    Notes (5)

    • This was the last episode, at least on the Season 8 DVD opening, that credited Gary Burghoff as Radar, even though his last episode was 'Goodbye Radar Part 2.'

    • Dishell actually kept a 1953 medical textbook in his office to ensure that the surgeons' procedures were never anachronistic, and a registered Army nurse was always on the set to oversee the accuracy of triage and O. R. sequences.

    • The episode proceeds in real time with a clock superimposed in the lower right corner of the screen for viewers to emphasize how quickly the doctors must work to avert impending paralysis.

    • No laugh track is used in this episode.

    • Walter Dishell was the medical consultant on the series. He provided Alda with help in making sure that this episode was as medically correct as possible.

    Trivia (3)

    • After being forced to give up his canvas bathtub last season in "None Like it Hot", Hawkeye managed to acquire another one.

    • When Klinger mentions "Fifteen ways to a better vocabulary", he was probably meant to say days, not ways. Charles seems to confirm this by saying that he is "on day fourteen". A more recent title is Thirty Days to a More Powerful Vocabulary (By Funk, not Wagnall).

    • The time seems to be off from the clock on the screen. In the operating room Hawkeye said that he's had his hand in the wounded soldier's chest for ten minutes. The clock only said 1436.

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