M*A*S*H

Some 38th Parallels

Season 4, Ep 19, Aired 1/20/76
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  • Episode Description
  • Frank tries to distinguish himself by selling the camp garbage, but it's Hawkeye who finds a use for it: he dumps it on a troublesome Colonel Coner.

  • Cast & Crew
  • John Regier

  • Gary Markowitz

  • Burt Metcalfe

  • George O'Hanlon Jr.

    Gerald Phelan

  • Kevin Hagen

    Colonel T.K. Coner

  • Fan Reviews (2)
  • review

    By noman, May 23, 2015

  • another great episode

    By bender21345, Dec 22, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (8)

    • Potter: Burns, some men are born to greatness, others have garbage thrust upon them. You've got it. Frank: I won't let you down, sir. Potter: There's no way you can.

    • (BJ sends Klinger to get an IV stand for a patient) Klinger: (when he returns) No more stands, Doc, what now? BJ: Get a hammer, let's nail this thing to the wall. Klinger: Boy, I wish I had your brains. BJ: I wish I had your beauty. Klinger: There is that!

    • Hawkeye: (to Col. Coner) Nothing personal, Colonel. Just that we don't appreciate you making so many dead soldiers out of live soldiers by trying to retrieve so many dead soldiers.

    • Radar: Where were you originally born? I mean, as a child.

    • (After Private Phelan's death) Radar: I hope I don't cry. BJ: It's no sin, Radar. Radar: When was the last time you felt like crying, sir? BJ: What time is it?

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    Notes (2)

    • Margaret does not appear in this episode.

    • This is the last of 6 appearances by Lynnette Mettey, as various Nurses. The first was episode 17.

    Trivia (1)

    • Goof: When Hawkeye is telling Col. Potter about being impotent, the wind is blowing his hair to the left. In the next shot, the wind is gone and Hawkeye's hair is parted back to the right.

    Allusions (3)

    • Tintoretto was a Venetian painter in the 16th century.

    • When Hawkeye is talking about his, ahem, failure to perform with Nurse Able, he says, "She looks a little like my mother, maybe Oedipus wrecked it for me." Oedipus, the king of Thebes, is a character from a Sophocles play who unknowingly kills his father and marries his mother; he was destined to do this because his parents had angered the gods. When Oedipus learns what he has done, he gouges his eyes out and leaves his city for a self-imposed exile in the desert.

    • Radar and Private Phelon work on a puzzle that is a picture of Jane Russell, the actress who first appeared in 1943's The Outlaw. According to Radar, they won't be able to finish the puzzle because "Major Houlihan confiscated all the good parts."

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