The Gun

Season 4, Ep 13, Aired 12/2/75
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  • Episode Description
  • A wounded colonel's gun, a showpiece, disappears, and Hawkeye and B.J. play a hunch and bluff Frank, who has it, into returning it.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Larry Gelbart

  • Gene Reynolds

  • Burt Metcalfe

  • Warren Stevens

    Colonel Robert Joseph Chaffey

  • Alan Alda

    Captain Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce

  • Fan Reviews (2)
  • Goof regarding gun

    By noman, Aug 23, 2012

  • Belly laugh funny because of Radar's antics. 16 hours later.....

    By graemehelliwell, Dec 18, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (11)

    • Radar: (while drunk at the O-club mourning that he faces prison time for losing a weapon) Fifteen years! I'll be in my thirties! I'm goin' to jail in my puberty and getting out in my adultery!

    • (Frank wobbles around the camp with his sore foot, telling Hawkeye and B. J. that he injured it years ago in a football game.) Hawkeye: I wouldn't worry about it too much. Powder burns will heal fast, anyway. Burns: Sure, I know that. (realizing what he just said) Powder burns?!? What are you implying? Hawkeye: Nothing, Frank. It was just...a...shot in the dark.

    • Frank: No funny stuff! BJ: Us? Frank! Frank: Last time we were alone you whitewashed my behind! Hawkeye: We've given up still lifes, Frank.

    • Hawkeye: (to Frank) I'm very fond of Radar, Frank. He's both the child and pet I never had.

    • Radar (slightly drunk): Yeah, in the service you gotta cover up your you-know-what or you'll get it kicked. You'll get your rear end kicked right in the butt.

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    Notes (1)

    • Although not listed in the show's end credits, regular M*A*S*H guest star James Carroll (credited as James Lough) has a speaking role at the beginning of the episode as one of Col Chafey's men. Carroll would eventually be seen in "Bug Out" (season 5 ep 1); "End Run" (season 5 ep 17); "Fade Out, Fade In" (season 6 ep 1); "Commander Pierce" (season 7 ep 1); "Rally 'Round the Flagg, Boys" (season 7 ep 21); "Goodbye Cruel World" (season 8 ep 21); and "Trick Or Treatment" (season 11 ep 2).

    Trivia (3)

    • The gun in question is supposed to be a Colt in .45 caliber, made in 1884. While Colt was making .45 caliber revolver in 1884, they weren't making swing out cylinder revolvers (like the one used in this episode) until 1889, and even then it was for the .38 Long Colt, predecessor to the .38 Special. Another issue is that the grips were referred to as bone, but close inspection reveals them to be stag instead.

    • Time Frame Trivia: In this episode the Chinese officially entered the war: so this must be set in late October 1950. Therefore the first three and a half seasons are meant to have taken place over no more than 4 months.

    • Frank and Radar are putting the wounded soldiers guns into the "Gun Bin". Radar is going through a ring of keys to find the correct key. Radar says that one of the keys is his bicycle key back home. Every time his sister rides his bike she jumps the chain. Radar is an only child.

    Allusions (1)

    • A bunch of wounded soldiers arrive at the 4077th after their truck gets run off the road by a tank. One of them tells Hawkeye the tank was American and asks how Americans could do that to each other and Hawkeye says, "Did you ever see Gone With The Wind?" Gone With The Wind, of course, is the 1939 movie about the Civil War starring Clark Gable and Vivian Leigh. It is based on the novel by Margaret Mitchell.

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