M*A*S*H

Season 2 Episode 2

5 O'Clock Charlie

2
Aired Unknown Sep 22, 1973 on CBS
9.4
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5 O'Clock Charlie
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An inept North Korean pilot, known as "5 O'Clock Charlie", makes his daily attempt to bomb the ammo dump. Frank puts in a request for an anti-aircraft gun, which is granted when Charlie hits General Clayton's jeep. Frank takes charge of the gun, while Hawkeye and Trapper are determined to prevent him using it, by getting rid of the ammo dump. Frank misses Charlie and destroys the dump.moreless

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  • I love any episode where Hawkeye and Trapper make Frank\'s life difficult...so pretty much the whole series of MASH is a laugh^^. But this episode is something special...

    10
    ...I love the taunting, the jokes, the bad advice...everything! It was produced really well and always makes me laugh...especially the sound the plane makes as it flies over the 4077. (Sounds like our car...). My favourite bit is where Frank is trying to train the Koreans to fire the AA gun and Hawkeye, Trapper and Radar interfere. Clasic.



    ~~Lostoyannaya
  • A great episode...easily one of the best of the series!

    10
    One of the best installments of the series, this episode revolves around a regular sighting of a single enemy plane and its inept attempts to destroy an ammo dump. The camp, in typical MASH tradition, treats the plane's daily arrival like a celebratory event except for Frank, who wants an anti aircraft gun sent to the camp to shoot the plane down. Once the gun arrives, Frank goes into overdrive in his quest for glory while Trapper and Hawkeye plan to remove the distraction in their own unique way.



    A very funny episode! Some very nice use of aerial shots and solid acting throughout this installment.

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Gary Burghoff

Gary Burghoff

Corporal Walter Eugene "Radar" O'Reilly (Season 1-8)

Larry Linville

Larry Linville

Major Franklin Delano Marion Burns (Season 1-5)

Loretta Swit

Loretta Swit

Major Margaret J. "Hot Lips" Houlihan

McLean Stevenson

McLean Stevenson

Lt. Colonel Henry Braymore Blake (Season 1-3)

Alan Alda

Alan Alda

Captain Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce

Wayne Rogers

Wayne Rogers

Captain John Francis Xavier "Trapper" McIntyre (Season 1-3)

Gail Bowman

Gail Bowman

Nurse Powell

Guest Star

Sarah Fankboner

Sarah Fankboner

Nurse Klein

Guest Star

Corey Fisher

Corey Fisher

Captain Phil Cardozo

Guest Star

Herb Voland

Herb Voland

Clayton

Recurring Role

Odessa Cleveland

Odessa Cleveland

Ginger

Recurring Role

William Christopher

William Christopher

Father John Patrick Francis Mulcahy

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (5)

    • In the scene where Henry is on the phone with Gen. Clayton asking for a gun, Trapper who is holding a glass puts his arm down, but in the next scene Trapper is holding the glass up again and puts it back down.

    • Hawkeye and Trapper play a trick on Frank and exchange his pistol with a suction bowl. Shortly before Frank draws the bowl, one can clearly see a pistol in his holster, but after that there was no more time to exchange it.

    • Gen. Clayton enters Margarets tent and hugs her, while Frank is standing behind him. Before the cut, Clayton has his left hand on Margarets shoulder, she has her left hand on his neck and Frank is looking to the floor. After the cut Clayton and Margaret both have lowered their hands and Frank is looking forward.

    • Frank is in Henry's office to persuade the commander to request an anti-aircraft gun and Henry is smoking a cigar. After a cut, one sees Henry from the back and he suddenly holds the cigar in his left hand.

    • When Radar gives Henry his winnings from the bet, he says that he was closest with 75 1/2 yards. The next closest bet is 22 3/4 yards away, but Hawkeye had bet on 62 yards, which would be far closer.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Cardozo: Get rid of the dump, get rid of the dump - get rid of the gun, get rid of the gun - get rid of Frank's motivation.
      Trapper: For that we should put you in the Christmas play.
      Cardozo: Yeah?
      Hawkeye: Yeah, we'll make you the talking cavity.

    • (Talking about Frank)
      Trapper: He's trigger-happy.
      Hawkeye: He can taste that plane.
      Trapper: I wish it would fly down his throat.

    • Gen. Clayton: I really don't think a gun is necessary. Do you, Henry?
      Henry: Certainly not. Unless you think I should think otherwise. No, I, I don't think that.
      Hawkeye: And we have a new winner in the 'definite maybe' sweepstakes.

    • Trapper: Count off!
      Hawkeye: One!
      Radar: Two!
      Hawkeye: That's about it.

    • Frank: I want everybody to understand that this is war! And that war is a call to arms!
      (Frank pulls out his gun but it has been replaced with a stapler)
      Hawkeye: Here's the money mister, don't staple us!

    • (When Frank pulls out his "plunger gun")
      Hawkeye: Attaboy, Frank! Flush 'em out of the sky!

    • Frank: I think it ill behooves us --
      Hawkeye: Behooves? What are we, in the cavalry now?

    • Cardozzo: (in the Swamp) I promised my wife that I wouldn't have a drink or another woman until I got back to her.
      Hawkeye: That's nice.
      Cardozzo: (holding out a glass) Give me a blast. Make it a short one -- I got a date tonight.

    • PA Announcment: Let me remind you the hospital is open 24 hours for your dining and dancing pleasure.

    • Hawkeye: You're out of uniform!
      Nurse: Where?
      Hawkeye: How about my tent in five minutes?

  • NOTES (0)

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Hawkeye, Radar and Trapper go to the anti-aircraft gun and march around and generally act silly. Trapper wears sunglasses and sticks a pipe in his mouth to do a General Douglas MacArthur impression.

    • Hawkeye says 5 O'Clock Charlie must have washed out of kamikaze school. Kamikazes were Japanese suicide pilots in World War II. They crashed explosive-filled aircrafts into enemy targets. The word "kamikaze" means "divine wind."

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