The General Flipped at Dawn

Season 3, Ep 1, Aired 9/10/74
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  • Episode Description
  • The MASH 4077 is visited by General Steele. He wishes to move the camp 5 miles down the road. Hawkeye and Henry are charged with mutiny. And Hawkeye is also charged with impersonating a reporter.

  • Cast & Crew
  • James Fritzell

  • Everett Greenbaum

  • Larry Gelbart

  • Harry Morgan

    Major General Bartford Hamilton Steele

  • Teddy Wilson

    Marty Williams

  • Fan Reviews (3)
  • screwed up epsiode because...

    By noman, Oct 03, 2013

  • Great episode with something for everyone

    By thomasborders, Jan 20, 2013

  • Good episode with a bit of foreshadowing mixed in.

    By maritimer00, Aug 10, 2005

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (13)

    • Baker: Hawkeye? Tell me the truth. Do you respect me? Hawkeye: Do I respect the flag? Apple pie? Hamburgers? The loyalty of a fine dog?

    • Henry: I can't disobey an order. I mean, unless someone gives me an order to do it.

    • Trapper (About General Steele): He's a fruitcake. He's got raisins for eyes.

    • (About General Steele) Trapper: Henry, you're not really gonna let this guy move us? Hawkeye: He'll get us killed! Henry: Well, what am I supposed to do? He's a two star general. Hawkeye: But he's a three star loony! Henry: He is nuts, isn't he? Trapper: Is Bismarck a herring?

    • Trapper: Hey, word's out that General's a little bit el wacko.
      Radar: He made me polish the bottom of his boots and put starch in his socks!

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    Notes (6)

    • This episode received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Film Editing and Harry Morgan received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Single Performance in a Comedy or Drama.

    • MASH would bug out twice more: once during Frank Burns' asinine command of the unit while Potter was away (to the other side of the road!), and during the final episode "Goodbye, Farewell and Amen" to escape a massive forest fire. Unlike the previous two times, the last bug out was permanent, though the 4077th was dismantled not long after. In episode "Hey, Look Me Over", the MASH nearly bugged out.

    • The tag sequence for "The General Flipped at Dawn" was edited for syndication; it was resurrected for The M*A*S*H Season 3 DVD Set.

    • Though they're spared from it here, the 4077th MASH would wait 2 more seasons to actually bug out; they finally did in the 60-minute Season 5 opener, Episode #U801, "Bug-Out" (Sept. 21, 1976).

    • This is the first of 24 episodes written by the late Jim Fritzell and Everett Greenbaum, the last being episode 143.

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    Trivia (2)

    • In the first scene with General Steele, Steele yells at Radar for responding to his question. This scene took seventeen takes to shoot, because Burgoff and Stevenson kept laughing at Morgan's performance. They later admitted that they did not expect such a serious character actor to be so funny!

    • Harry Morgan guest stars as Major General Bartford Hamilton Steele. A year later he becomes a regular on the show as Col. Sherman T. Potter. It was actually Harry Morgan's Emmy-nominated performance in this episode that got him the part as Col. Sherman Potter later in the series.

    Allusions (5)

    • Hawkeye (to Radar): Got the car ready, Kato? Hawkeye is referring to the houseboy/chauffeur/sidekick to Brit Reid, AKA "The Green Hornet", star of the radio show of the same name. The show began in 1938 and ran until 1953. In 1966, it ran a single season as a television show.

    • Pierce says it's a holiday because it's Aaron Burr's birthday. Aaron Burr was a U.S. Vice-president. He was accused of several crimes, including murder.

    • Gen. Steele: Wastefulness cost Hannibal the battle of Zama. Hannibal Barca was a Carthaginian general who fought Rome in the Second Punic War. He defeated every Roman army he faced until the battle of Zama, where he was decisively defeated.

    • The "musical number" Steele asks the chopper pilot to sing is the old Southern plantation number, "Mississippi Mud."

    • Title: The General Flipped at Dawn
      The title "The General Flipped at Dawn" is in reference to a 1936 movie The General Died at Dawn starring Gary Cooper.

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