Requiem for a Lightweight

Season 1, Ep 3, Aired 10/1/72
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  • Episode Description
  • Trapper and Hawkeye seek to keep a new nurse from being transferred by Hot Lips, and they vie for her affection. Henry Blake, challenged by another commander to a boxing tournament, makes Trapper fight a big, intimidating soldier in exchange for keeping the nurse at the 4077th. Hawkeye and Ugly John employ the use of a glove soaked with ether to insure Trapper's victory, which impresses the nurse. Margaret and Frank's attempts to unfix the match collapse as they are flattened by the unconscious boxer!moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Gary Burghoff

    Corporal Walter Eugene "Radar" O'Reilly

  • Bob Klane

  • Hy Averback

  • Marcia Strassman

    Nurse Margie Cutler

  • Mike McGirr

  • Fan Reviews (2)
  • Hawkeye and Trapper are smitten with the same nurse, but when Hot Lips has her transferred, Henry offers to try to get her back if one of them will fight Gen. Barkers man in a camp boxing match.

    By drwoowoocl, Aug 04, 2009

  • A well written episode for Trapper's character. To bad there were only a few episodes written for Trapper. :(

    By Trapper05, Feb 06, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (12)

    • Trapper: (to his opponent after seeing him) Me doctor, need hands, operate.

    • Henry: (to Margie) Keep moving, or you're dead.

    • (after the first round ends) Trapper: Where am I? Hawkeye: You're right here, in the ring. Trapper: Now for the big question: who am I?

    • (watching Trapper's opponent work out) Hawkeye: You're not getting in the ring with that guy until I hear him speak. Trapper: This fight has been called on account of chicken.

    • Trapper: If you say no, we'll tell everybody that your brother's in jail.
      Henry: My brother is a warden!
      Hawkeye: We won't say that part.

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    Notes (1)

    • This is the first episode in which William Christopher plays Father Mulcahy. He was a replacement for George Morgan who had played him in the pilot.

    Trivia (5)

    • In the first shot of Trapper running behind the jeep, he has a large patch of sweat on his chest. For the rest of the scene it is dry.

    • When Trapper uses Frank's bag for training, the inscription is saying Property of MAJ. Frank W. Burns. But later Frank is called Franklin D. and Franklin Marion Burns.

    • Goof: In the very last scene when Henry brings Nurse Cutler into the Swamp, there is close up shot of Trapper and he says something to Nurse Cutler but his lips do not move, he is just smiling.

    • Goof: Just where did the 4077 get a boxing ring? And how did they get it set up in the mess tent? And why would they put it up a day or two before the fight?

    • Goof: Father Mulcahy was a boxer, why didn't they ask him to do the boxing for the event?

    Allusions (1)

    • The title is a pun of the 1962 movie Requiem for a Heavyweight, starring Anthony Quinn.

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