Trapper John, M.D.

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    Self-Diagnosis

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    The Curmudgeon

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  • Cast & Crew
  • Pernell Roberts

    Dr. John Francis Xavier McIntyre

  • Simon Scott

    Arnold Slocum

  • Janis Paige

    Catherine Hackett

  • Timothy Busfield

    Dr. John 'J.T.' McIntyre

  • Charles Siebert

    Dr. Stanley Riverside II

  • show Description
  • It's been 28 years since Trapper John left Korea, and he is now serving as Chief of Surgery at San Francisco Memorial Hospital. One day a young surgeon named G. Alonzo Gates (Gonzo for short), a former MASH surgeon and Vietman vet, walks into surgery and assists Trapper. Trapper then finds out that Gates is not a member of the staff. However, he is impressed with with the brash young doctor who reminds Trapper of himself when he was younger and hires him on the spot. Other members on the staff are Dr. Stanley Riverside, intern Justin "Jackpot" Jackson, nurses Clara "Starch" Willoughby, Gloria "Ripples" Brancusi and Ernestine Shoop and, much later, Trapper's son J.T., who is working as an intern at the hospital.moreless

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  • Notes (23)

    • Simon Scott is introduced as Deputy Hospital Administrator Arnold Slocum in this episode.

    • This episode is also known in some countries as The Sex Act (1).

    • Madge Sinclair is introduced as Nurse Ernestine Shoop.

    • A writer's strike prompted CBS to hold this episode back, which was made for the 2nd Season.

    • A writer's strike prompted CBS to hold this episode back, which was made for the 2nd Season.

    • A writer's strike prompted CBS to hold this episode back, which was made for the 2nd Season.

    • A writer's strike prompted CBS to hold this episode back, which was made for the 2nd Season.

    • A writer's strike prompted CBS to hold this episode back, which was made for the 3rd Season.

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    Trivia (9)

    • In his opening scene, Trapper wakes up from a nap and refers to his "M*A*S*H" colleagues, Radar and Hawkeye.

    • Herb Voland is best known as General Clayton on M*A*S*H.

    • Max Dobson's post-op recovery is thwarted by diabetes.

    • Jackpot makes a $500 profit when he resells the Titanic back to Gonzo.

    • This episode title is a funny reference to the Stephen Sondheim musical "A Little Night Music".

    • This episode title is a reference to the Stephen Sondheim song "Send in the Clowns".

    • This episode title is a play on the folk song "This Land is Your Land".

    • This episode title is a funny reference to title of the 1972 film The French Connection.

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    Allusions (1)

    • This episode title is a funny allusion to the Star Wars classic line "May the force be with you".

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