M*A*S*H

Season 7 Episode 23

A Night at Rosie's

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Aired Unknown Feb 26, 1979 on CBS
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A Night at Rosie's
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A typical day in the life of Rosie's bar, complete with AWOL problem drinkers, a bound and gagged Winchester, and a gambling scheme.

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  • Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happy hour.

    9.2
    "A Night at Rosie's" features the M*A*S*H unit at Rosie's, a slum of a saloon housing many an angered member of the army. First, Hawkeye plods into the room after 2 days of surgery. Then B.J. soon follows. Suddenly, the whole unit has arrived. All just enjoying the time they have away from the war, from the wounded.



    This episode was written by Ken Levine and David Isaacs. They had quickly become the most talented writing pair on the show, featuring some of the best combination of comedy and drama the show was producing (Earlier this season, they penned the series classic "Point of View"). The episode was also directed by Burt Metcalfe, the lead producer on the show. It was one of their finest hours.



    The show featured all of the cast in varying degrees of hitting rock bottom. B.J. and Hawkeye were just sick of the war (as per usual), but they appeared different here. It's not that they wanted a night at Rosie's -- they needed a night at Rosie's. Klinger wanted to gamble his pain away, and Mulcahy wasn't too far behind him. Margaret wanted to romance her troubles away. Unfortunately, she did so with an AWOL, but she had sympathy for him -- something that definitely shows how far (or how far down) Margaret has come.



    Charles in Charge comes to Rosie's for blood. He wants Hawkeye hung high and dry for missing his "Officer of the Day" duties. So, of course, Charles is bound and gagged in Rosieland. And Radar comes essentially to flee Potter, whose fury is quite clear when he reaches the lonely bar. He comes searching for respect. He gets it, but he isn't convinced he has kept it.



    These are people fed up with what's going on around them. And all they wanted was a little escape. In the end, a bar fight ensues. Seems like the proper way to get out everyone's frustration. But the next morning comes, and reality sets in...even for the sleepful soldier (The Unknowing Soldier, as he's called). They can drink all they want, but the realities of their lives just keep coming back.



    "A Night at Rosie's" shows zero of the M*A*S*H camp, which is a positive. This is as neutral a site as these people will find. Fitting that it's a saloon.



    This is one of the best episodes of the season.moreless
Alan Alda

Alan Alda

Captain Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce

David Ogden Stiers

David Ogden Stiers

Major Charles Emerson Winchester III (Season 6-11)

Gary Burghoff

Gary Burghoff

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

Harry Morgan

Harry Morgan

Colonel Sherman T. Potter (Season 4-11)

Jamie Farr

Jamie Farr

Corporal/Sergeant Maxwell Q. Klinger

Loretta Swit

Loretta Swit

Major Margaret J. "Hot Lips" Houlihan

Jim Burk

Jim Burk

M.P.

Guest Star

Keye Luke

Keye Luke

Cho Kim

Guest Star

Joshua Bryant

Joshua Bryant

Sergeant Jack Scully

Guest Star

Richard Lee Sung

Richard Lee Sung

Ham Kim

Recurring Role

Jennifer Davis

Jennifer Davis

Nurse

Recurring Role

Jo Ann Thompson

Jo Ann Thompson

Nurse

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • This episode is unique as it takes place entirely in Rosie's Bar, an apparent (and possibly intentional) deviation from Alan Alda's insistence that at least one scene in every episode take place in the operating room.

    • Goof: In the closing credits, Scully's name is listed as "Jerry Scully", but he introduces himself as "Jack." Maybe it's a nickname, but he's called "Jack" every time afterwards.

  • QUOTES (12)

    • (M.P.'s are at Rosie's, having caught up with AWOL Scully)
      M.P.: Can I see some ID, Sergeant?
      Jack Scully: Don't have any. Just gets me in trouble.

    • Hawkeye: (dancing with nothing) No, Charles, you can't cut in.

    • (Potter just un-gaged Charles after Hawkeye and BJ tied him up)
      Charles: Colonel, I... (he gags, then starts again) I was raised in a gracious and civilized atmosphere. I was taught the Golden Rule, and with the exception of some few business dealings, I have learned to live by it. However, in this case, I want these vermin HUNG! I want them buried in anthills, their bodies smeared with honey!
      Potter: Easy, Major.
      Charles: I want them drawn and quartered, and I want the pieces arrested!

    • Mulcahy: B.J, I hate to interrupt you in mid-debauch, but I'd like a word with you.

    • Hawkeye (telling a nurse about Rosie Land): We're a simple country, where man's only obligation is to love his fellow woman. So what do you say, you wanna be a patriot and love me back? (the nurse walks away) Turncoat!

    • Jack Scully: Got anything to smoke?
      Rosie (handing him a cigar): Special today. Two bits.
      Hawkeye: It's on me.
      Jack Scully: It's got teeth marks on it.
      Rosie: Demonstrator model.

    • Hawkeye: How can I eat that and look my mouth in the face?

    • Hawkeye: I hate the Army. Usually I just can't stand it. But this is different. This is HATE.

    • Hawkeye: Has anyone explained to you the philosophy of Rosie Land?
      Nurse: No, but somebody wanted to use my underwear for a flag.
      Hawkeye: Oh, that would be our Secretary of the Interior.

    • Radar: Oh sir, thank goodness you're here or else I wouldn't have found you here.

    • Hawkeye: Life, liberty and the pursuit of happy hour.

    • Hawkeye: Listen to that. Snap, crackle, and burp.

  • NOTES (3)

    • There are no scenes in this episode set in the 4077th camp itself. This is one of only a few episodes not to feature the camp.

    • This is the first appearance of Sgt. Jack Scully. Scully was meant to be a love interest for Margaret after her divorce.

    • This is the first time Eileen Saki appears as Rosie. She appeared once before, as an unnamed Korean Woman, in episode 98. This is the first of 13 appearances by Jo Ann Thompson, as various Nurses. Her last appearance is in the final episode.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Hawkeye, BJ & Scully (singing): "Once you have found her, never let her go . . ."

      Hawkeye, BJ and Scully sing "Some Enchanted Evening" from the musical South Pacific. Hawkeye also sung this song during the Season 4 episode "Hawkeye."

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