M*A*S*H - The Pilot

Season 1, Ep 1, Aired 9/17/72
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  • Episode Description
  • At the 4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (M*A*S*H) unit in Korea, two army doctors by the names of Hawkeye Pierce and Trapper John McIntyre receive some exciting news in the mail. Their Korean house boy, Ho-Jon got accepted into Hawkeye's old college. Hawkeye and Trapper decide to hold a party filled with music, dancing, and alcohol to raise money for Ho-John's plane trip to the U.S. They achieve this by raffling off a weekend pass with a nurse, Lieutenant Dish for R&R in Tokyo.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Larry Gelbart

  • Gene Reynolds

  • Karen Philipp

    Lieutenant Maria 'Dish' Schneider

  • Timothy Brown

    Spearchucker Jones

  • Linda Meiklejohn

    Nurse Leslie Scorch

  • Fan Reviews (7)
  • The first episode of this long running, beloved series sees Hawkeye raffle off the gorgeous nurse Dish to raise college tuition money for his house-boy Ho-Jon.

    By mulefritters, Oct 07, 2008

  • As pilots go, pretty good.

    By AgahnimKoopa, Aug 08, 2008

  • This is the first episode of the series of MASH which was a movie that was based on the novel also titled MASH. This episode introduces the first set of major characters and also gave you the main point and goal for the series.

    By jtsgirl_1980, Jun 18, 2008

  • Hawkeye gets a letter from his old college saying that the Korean boy Ho-Jon has been excepted. Trapper and Hawkeye come up with the idea to have a party to raise the money, but after beating up Frank...Colonel Blake calls it off...or so he thinks

    By Trapper05, Feb 01, 2006

  • A great way to start of the series! If it had been one of the more dramatic or sad episodes the series probably wouldn't have been such a hit!

    By AxelXIII, Jan 07, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (23)

    • (Hawkeye narrating his letter to his father at the beginning of the episode) Hawkeye: Dear Dad, Hawkeye here. You said that I sounded a bit callous in my last letter, Dad. Let me see if I can put things in a better way. At this particular Mobile Army Hospital, we are not concerned with the ultimate reconstruction of the patient. We care only about getting the kid out of here alive enough for someone else to put on the fine touches. We work fast and we're not dainty...We try to play par surgery on this course. Par is a live patient.

    • Henry: This is Brigadier General Hamilton, Chief Medical Officer of the Seoul Sector! Hawkeye: Oh, hi. Gen. Hammond: Which one here's McIntyre? Trapper: Yo! Gen. Hammond: You and Pierce are both under arrest. Trapper: I'd like to get a second opinion on that.

    • (Father Mulcahy just won the raffle) Henry: Ten-hut! Gen. Hammond: Do I understand that the priest of this outfit has just won a weekend with a nurse in Tokyo? Hawkeye: It's a prayer come true.

    • Margaret: Captain Pierce! Hawkeye: Oh, I'm sorry, honey. My dance card's all full. Margaret: Where is he? Hawkeye: Who? Margaret: You know very well who. Major Burns! He's been missing for hours! Hawkeye: Oh, I thought you'd heard. Margaret: Heard what? Hawkeye: Frank's gone over to the enemy. They offered him one hundred dollars more a week and a royalty on bedpans.

    • (Radar hands Hawkeye an envelope) Hawkeye: What's this? Radar: It's the weekend passes for the raffle. Hawkeye: When did he sign these? Radar: When he thought he was ordering a ton of ice cream. Fudge ripple.

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    Notes (7)

    • George Morgan plays Father Mulcahy in just this episode. He would be replaced two episodes later by William Christopher.

    • The flashback scene where General Hammond recalls the romantic interlude with Margaret takes place at Ft. Benning near Columbus, Georgia. This is only scene in the entire series that takes place in The United States.

    • Gary Burghoff is the only actor appearing as a regular character in the series to reprise his role from the movie. However, two other actors in supporting roles appeared in both the movie and the series - G. Wood reprises his role as Gen. Hammond from the movie in 3 episodes (including the pilot) during the first season of the series. Timothy Brown appeared in both the movie and the series, but in different roles - he played Cpl. Judson in the movie, and Spearchucker Jones in several episodes of the first season (Fred Williamson played Spearchucker in the movie).

    • The producers were concerned about the backlash that might occur if they depicted the horrors of war too graphically. During the OR scenes in this episode, the doctors and nurses don't even have blood on their surgical gloves. This would change later in the series.

    • The 4077 staff treat Canadian soldiers in this episode. 516 Canadians were killed in the Korean War.

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    Trivia (5)

    • When Hawkeye and Trapper are arrested by Hammond at the party there is a large crowd of people behind the General and Henry. When we cut to the shot of Margaret and Frank approaching, there is no-one in sight.

    • When it comes time for the raffle, Hawkeye tells everyone to take out their tickets. Instead of calling out a number that would match one of the tickets he calls out a name, so the ticket holders didn't need to have their tickets out to see if they won.

    • Goof: Hawkeye dances closely with Lt. Dish and has a wreath of flowers over his shoulder. In the next scene, the wreath is hanging between the two.

    • In the later episodes of M*A*S*H the surgeons wear their masks with the straps tied at their neck and near the top of the head, while the nurses wear their masks with the straps criss crossed. Here the surgeons wear their masks in the same fashion as the nurses. However, the doctors and nurses may wear their masks tied differently so you can tell from the style who's whom. Alternatively, they could have chosen to change the style to keep the mask more secure.

    • Goof: Hawkeye says Ho-Jon can stay with his parents while going to school. However, Hawkeye's Mother is dead and has been for some time.

    Allusions (1)

    • Elmer Gantry: Mentioned by Hawkeye as a description for Frank, Elmer Gantry is a book written by Sinclair Lewis about a con man who works with a female evangelist to bring religion to small-town America. The book was made into a movie that won three Academy Awards in 1960 and nominated for three more.

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