Season 2 Episode 24

A Smattering of Intelligence

Aired Unknown Mar 02, 1974 on CBS
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Episode Summary

A Smattering of Intelligence
A classic episode in which Colonel Flagg and another secret agent from another intelligence agency come to the 4077th to keep their eyes on one another and the camp. Hawkeye and Trapper trick them both into thinking that Burns is a traitor - one thinks he's a fascist, the other thinks he's a communist. Vinny Pratt, a friend of Trapper's turns up.moreless

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  • another screwup epsiode

    A real classic Comic epsiode-which is ruined by parts being cut out. Such as having Falg narrate pictures of the swamp and recomending Pierce and McIntyre being kept under survaillance. What also ruined it is taht they kept bring Flagg back as a comic relief dope
  • When M*A*S*H does comedy, it does it right, and this episode is a great example.

    One of the best early episodes of the series, A Smattering Of Intelligence shows the comedic skills of the cast. Col. Flagg returns to camp on some sort of investigation. Tailing him is an old buddy of Trapper's from G2. When they both show up trying to get a big score and more money from Congress, Hawkeye and Trapper set them both up to think that Frank is a Communist and a radical right-winger. They doctor Frank's files to set them both up and also make Frank look foolish. With no OR scenes and little preaching, this is one of the funniest episodes of the series.moreless
  • A nifty episode!

    In the final episode of season 2, the viewer is introduced to the redoubtable Colonel Flagg, who will prove to a constant thorn in the side of the folks at the 4077th. Flagg is covertly ( for him) visiting the unit as he believes there is something going on at the unit due to the presence of a rival intelligence man named Vinny Pratt. Amused by the two intelligence men's paranoia and wanting to teach them a lesson, Hawkeye and Trapper decide to teach the two a lesson by planting false information in the file of their favorite patsy, Frank Burns. The duo's actions result in a hilarious scene where the intelligence officers confront Frank with all the false information to the great amusement of Hawkeye and Trapper.

    An episode that is pretty good to watch. Flagg's obsession with finding conspiracies at any cost is very amusing...the scene in the X-ray room is a classic example of it.moreless
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)

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Colonel Flagg: I'm with the CIC.
      Frank: Not the CIA?
      Colonel Flagg: No. I just tell people that so they'll think I'm with the CID.

    • Colonel Flagg: I'm with the CID. Although I told your boss I was with the CIA. It throws people off who think I'm with the CIC.
      Hawkeye: Well, I'll go along with you there.

    • Flagg: Step outside, Colonel, I want to make a call.
      Henry: (standing up) All right. Can I get the number for you?
      Flagg: I don't know the number.
      Henry: Then how do you make the call?
      Flagg: I have to throw up. The number's in a capsule.
      Henry: Well, I'll just run along then.

    • Pratt: My people wanna know what Flagg's people are up to.
      Henry: Well, why do we have to be in the middle? Can't you let my people go?

    • (in Henry's office)
      Flagg: I don't know how long I'll be here. It all depends on HQ.
      Henry: (writing) HQ.
      Flagg: (turning back) Why did you say HQ? Whoever told you about HQ?
      Henry: Well, you told me, Colonel Flagg.
      Flagg: Who's Colonel Flagg?

    • Pratt: (referring to Flagg) He drove his Jeep into a wall, and set himself on fire.
      Hawkeye: Is this guy available for kids' parties?

  • NOTES (3)

    • M*A*S*H won the Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series and was nominated for Outstanding Film Editing at the 1974 Emmy Awards. In addition, Alan Alda won Emmys for Actor of the Year in a Series and Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. Also Gary Burghoff and McLean Stevenson received a nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series and Loretta Swit received a nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.

    • The final scene in this episode was deleted from syndication prints, but is restored in DVD and VHS versions. Colonel Flagg gives a narrative report in slide form of his stay at the 4077th (with pictures of Hawkeye and Trapper in the gorilla suits from "As You Were"). At the end, Flagg recommends that the 4077th remain under observation.

    • This is the first of six appearances by Edward Winter as Colonel Sam Flagg. His last appearance is in episode 169.