M*A*S*H

Season 5 Episode 15

38 Across

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Aired Unknown Jan 11, 1977 on CBS
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38 Across
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Befuddled by a crossword puzzle, Hawkeye persuades his old friend Tippy Brooks, a whiz at puzzles, to come to the camp. Tippy arrives with his commanding officer Admiral Prescot, thinking it's a medical emergency. Hawkeye and BJ face a severe reprimand, but then there's an actual emergency involving burned civilians and the Naval officers have to help. Having scrubbed up and helped treat the wounded, they provide the needed solution to the puzzle.moreless

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    Mike Farrell

    Mike Farrell

    Captain BJ Hunnicut

    Harry Morgan

    Harry Morgan

    Colonel Sherman T. Potter

    Loretta Swit

    Loretta Swit

    Major Margaret J. "Hot Lips" Houlihan

    Larry Linville

    Larry Linville

    Major Franklin Delano Marion Burns

    Gary Burghoff

    Gary Burghoff

    Corporal Walter Eugene "Radar" O'Reilly

    Jamie Farr

    Jamie Farr

    Corporal Maxwell Q. Klinger

    Dick O'Neill

    Dick O'Neill

    Admiral Prescott

    Guest Star

    Oliver Clark

    Oliver Clark

    Lt. Tippy Brooks

    Guest Star

    Ron Kohlman

    Ron Kohlman

    Shapiro

    Guest Star

    Gwen Farrell

    Gwen Farrell

    Anaesthetist

    Recurring Role

    Kellye Nakahara

    Kellye Nakahara

    Kellye (uncredited)

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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    • TRIVIA (2)

      • Shouldn't the jeep parts and motor oil make Klinger very sick rather than just giving him a bad stomach ache?

      • When Hawkeye starts the crossword puzzle he and BJ complete "1 across" as "CHAP" and "1 down" as "CAST". Later in surgery we get a look at the puzzle over Father Mulcahy's shoulder and the "1 across" and "1 down" words are not filled in.

    • QUOTES (8)

      • Admiral Cox: You dragged us all the way up here just to get the word "vontz"!?!?

      • (Mulcahy gives puzzle clues in the OR)
        Mulcahy: Six letters, begins with 'G', and means scandalmonger.
        Margaret: 'Gossip!'
        Hawkeye: Give that lady fourteen inches of perforated intestine.
        Margaret: What would I do with that?
        Hawkeye: Make a clarinet.

      • Hawkeye: I'm sorry.
        BJ: He's sorry.
        Potter: You were sorry when you gave Major Burns a chocolate-coated lizard!
        Hawkeye: It was Easter.

      • Radar: Sir, we got big problems.
        Potter: Hawkeye lock Burns in the nurses' latrine?
        Radar: No sir, that was last Friday.
        Potter: Time flies.

      • Potter: Klinger, if you want to ruin your stomach, eat in the Mess Tent. I need this Jeep for the prisoner exchange. (leaves with Radar)
        Klinger: Just once I'd like to sit down to a meal and not be interrupted by business.

      • Radar: Hey Klinger, how's it going?
        Klinger: I'm eating a Jeep.
        Radar: (not listening) Oh, good.

      • Klinger: (after eating a windshield wiper) How about that?
        Potter: That dumb wiper never worked anyway.

      • Hawkeye: What's a five letter Yiddish word for bedbug?

    • NOTES (2)

      • Oliver Clark (Tippy Brooks) would make a second M*A*S*H guest appearance as the second Benjamin Pierce in "Mail Call Three" (season 6 episode 20).

      • 38 Across is the missing word in the crossword puzzle the gang is trying to solve, but it is also a reference to the 38th Parallel, the border between North and South Korea and thus the area where the most fighting occurred.

    • ALLUSIONS (2)

      • Double Crostic:
        When Hawkeye mentions Tippy, he says that he 'does the double crostic in ink. The double crostic was the original crostic puzzle, originating in the Saturday Review magazine in 1934.

      • Lt. Brooks is worried about "getting busted to j.g." and Hawkeye says, "J.g.? They'll bust you to John Garfield?" John Garfield was the actor who starred in The Postman Always Rings Twice and other movies from the 1940s. "Lt. j.g." actually means "Lt. Junior Grade."

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