M*A*S*H

Period of Adjustment

Season 8, Ep 6, Aired 10/22/79
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  • Episode Description
  • Klinger and BJ both have Radar related woes, causing them to go on a drinking binge. A drunken BJ becomes violent with Hawkeye.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Jim Mulligan

  • John Rappaport

  • Charles S. Dubin

  • Gwen Farrell

    Nurse

  • Jeff Maxwell

    Igor

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • Klinger feels unappreciated and BJ misses his baby girl.

    By BadWickedZoot, Oct 28, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (10)

    • (Potter and Margaret come into the office after trying to find an AWOL BJ and Klinger.) Margaret: I'll call the MP's. Potter: I appreciate that, Major. BJ and Klinger: (in Potter's office) YAAAAHHOOO! Potter: Either we've struck paydirt, or my office is being overun by a couple of big, silly mice.

    • Charles: Klinger, thought I'd find you here. Klinger: It's mail call sir. Charles: Yes I know. I just found mine outside on the ground! Klinger: Okay, so I dropped it! Hawkeye: Maybe it's a suicide note and jumped out by itself. Charles: It really astounds me, Klinger, that you still are company clerk. I thought by now they would have replaced you with a higher form of plant life. Hawkeye: Don't listen to him Klinger, we love you. Especially in the springtime when you bloom.

    • Col. Potter: Let's clear the air, Klinger, I guess we both realize you're no Radar. Klinger (Hung over, slurred): So they tell me, sir. Col. Potter: But, by the same token, Radar is no Klinger. Klinger: I don't follow you, sir. Col. Potter: Folks around here were pretty fond of Henry Blake when he ran this fort, weren't they? Klinger: Well, sure! The Colonel was a top-notch kind of a guy. Col. Potter: You bet he was. And I don't mind telling you my first few days in his shadow were a mite uneasy. No one was jumping for joy over me. I was no Henry Blake, never tried to be. That didn't make me any better or worse, just different. The point is, the folks here gave me the time to take this job and make it Sherman Potter's. I guess I forgot that when you took over for Radar. What I'm trying to say is, you need the time to make this job Max Klinger's. So, just do it! And, if you need some help, if you've got a question, just knock on my door. Is that clear, Max? Klinger: Crystal clear, sir. Col. Potter: All right, (they stand up) from now on, Radar's office is closed, Klinger's is open. (Klinger salutes, then collapses back into the chair in an inebriated state) Col. Potter: OK, we'll open tomorrow.

    • Father Mulcahy: You seem to think that Klinger leaves a little to be desired as a company clerk.
      Colonel Potter: I think he leaves everything to be desired as a company clerk!
      Father Mulcahy: Well, awhile back, before you arrived, we had a fellow here who was much worse.
      Colonel Potter: Worse? Than Klinger?! Father, you wouldn't be lying to a Presbyterian, would you?
      Father Mulcahy: No, no. This was a real bozo. Couldn't do anything right, drove everybody crazy with questions. You should've seen him trying to patch through a call--looked like hand-to-hand combat. Folks here were convinced the enemy had set in to sabotage the unit.
      Colonel Potter: Yeah? And what became of this rube?
      Father Mulcahy: Well, as time went along, he got a little better. Your late predecessor, Henry Blake, rest his soul, helped him along to get situated and settled into the job.
      Colonel Potter: You suckered me, Padre! You're talking about Radar!
      Father Mulcahy: (smiling) The very same bozo. You see, when you arrived, you got the broken-in model. But my, my, those first few months were harrowing indeed! Now, at the risk of interfering, Colonel, don't you think that Klinger deserves the same consideration?
      Colonel Potter: Well, it's not easy being patient with a Company Clerk who so far can't find a hippo in a foot locker.
      Father Mulcahy: Just so you make the effort, Colonel.

    • Hawkeye: If you are ordering nurses, order me one, with everything to go!

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    Notes (4)

    • Charles S. Dudin received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series.

    • This episode has been unofficially called part 3 of "Goodbye Radar" due to the fact that everyone is trying to adjust to life without him.

    • Trapper John, Henry Blake and Radar are all mentioned in this episode - all the original, departed characters except Frank Burns, who does not get a mention.

    • This is the first of 9 episodes written or co-written by John Rappaport. The last is the final episode.

    Trivia (3)

    • There is absolutely no way a military medical unit would give up a trained medic (Klinger) and turn him into a company clerk. Both medic and clerk are specific military occupational specialties requiring months of training. The 4077th would have gotten a new clerk trained in that MOS.

    • Colonel Potter asks Father Mulcahy "You wouldn't lie to a Presbyterian, would you?" - but in Colonel Potter's first appearance, "Change of Command" (Season 4) he says he is a Methodist.

    • It seems a bit odd that Klinger is struggling as Company Clerk - seeing as how he filled in for the absent Radar during half of the previous season!

    Allusions (2)

    • Klinger comes in to deliver the mail and he's in a bad mood. BJ says, "The postman always sneers twice," a reference to the 1946 movie The Postman Always Rings Twice.

    • Title: Period Of Adjustment was a 1962 movie starring Jane Fonda.

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