M*A*S*H

Lil

Season 7, Ep 3, Aired 10/2/78
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  • Episode Description
  • Colonel Potter meets a female soldier of the same age and interests as himself, named Lil. The others in the camp think that he might be cheating on Mildred, even though his friendship with Lil is completely platonic. Meanwhile Hawkeye tries to find out what B.J.'s initials stand for. As it turns out, he was named after his parents, Bea and Jay Hunnicutt.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Sheldon Bull

  • Burt Metcalfe

  • Carmen Matthews

    Colonel Lillian Rayburn

  • Alan Alda

    Captain Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce

  • David Ogden Stiers

    Major Charles Emerson Winchester III (Season 6-11)

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (5)

    • (Col. Potter approaches Hawkeye and Radar) Col. Potter: Come on boys, I'll buy you a cup of coffee. Radar: Coffee's free here. (walks off) Col. Potter: What's with him? Hawkeye: Well, you know, you could have called and told him you'd be late.

    • Hawkeye: Was your mother Spanish? BJ: No. Why? Hawkeye: That eliminates Benito Juarez.

    • Margaret: Are you trying to make me look bad in front of Col. Rayburn? Charles: Keep going. You don't need my help.

    • Colonel Potter (after he finishes singing a song with Lil): I've heard better harmony from a machine gun. Lil: Who was singing harmony?

    • Lil: Are you married, Margaret? Margaret: I was, but he wasn't.

    Notes (1)

    • This is the closest that Potter has ever come to cheating on his beloved Mildred.

    Trivia (1)

    • During Potter's recollection with Lill of doctoring during WW2, he refers to an incident which happened before D-day when a soldier took his girl to the beach at Brighton on England's South Coast.  He tells how their tryst was interrupted by lights and soldiers practicing for D-Day.

      I lived a few miles west of Brighton from my birth in 1943 and can attest to the factual inaccuracy of this section.  Brighton was towards the western end of the section of the South Coast that had been regarded as likely landing grounds for the Germans since 1940.  Access to the beach was denied to all and even the approaches to it were mined.  Our house was about half a mile from the beach and I damaged many front wheels of my bicycle riding into the holes left when the minefields were eventually cleared.

      Nor was the area used for large scale invasion practices which were generally held further west in Devon and Cornwall the beaches of which more closely resemble the Normandy beaches.

      Finally, in the period leading up to D-day most troops of all nations were confined to their camps.  This wasn't just a security precaution but logistics also; there were so many soldiers assembling in these areas that local facilities would have been overwhelmed had the soldiers been given free access to them.

      I realise this is a fictional series and the inaccuracy didn't diminish my enjoyment.

    Allusions (1)

    • Hawkeye suggests that BJ might stand for Benito Juarez. Benito Juarez was a former president of Mexico who was known for trying to modernize the country and resisting the French occupation.

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