Season 3 Episode 19

Aid Station

Aired Unknown Feb 11, 1975 on CBS
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Aid Station
Hawkeye, Houlihan, and Klinger go to an aid station at the front. Working closely together under heavy fire and unsanitary medical conditions, the three return to camp with new found respect for one another.

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  • Hawkeye, Margaret and Klinger go on a dangerous mission to a front line aid station.

    This is one of the first episodes where Hawkeye and Margaret actually seem to get along. Usually he thinks she's too rigidly military and she thinks he's a disgrace to the Army. When they go to the aid station, they work very well together. She gets frightened of snipers during the night, and Hawkeye tries to comfort her by offering part of his blanket. Then on the way back to the 4077th, Hawkeye tells Margaret she is his "favorite officer in the whole US Army" and he gives her a kiss on the cheek. She seems very touched by this. It's not like they suddenly resolve all their differences, but it's an important step. I also think we see a more serious side of Klinger in this episode. Hawkeye makes him put pressure on a bleeding artery with his fingers and Klinger gets the most repulsed look on his face and says, "Damn Stalin, Truman, whoever." Maybe he does silly things to try to get out of the Army, but it's understandable when you see his reaction to blood.moreless
Alan Alda

Alan Alda

Captain Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce

Gary Burghoff

Gary Burghoff

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

Jamie Farr

Jamie Farr

Corporal/Sergeant Maxwell Q. Klinger

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)

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Frank: (complaining about the food) And of course the coffee's cold again.
      Trapper: It's getting better, it's less purple.

    • Frank: Are you worried about them?
      Henry: I sent them, remember Frank? Their commanding officer? Back home my biggest decisions are whether or not to have my own bowling ball made and do I get the cat fixed. Sending people to the front's just not my speed.

    • (Eating C-Rations)
      Margaret: Would you like another can?
      Hawkeye: No thanks, I ate before I left America.

    • Trapper: It's okay, Radar. You can sleep in Hawkeye's bunk.
      Radar: Really?
      Frank: This is an officers' tent!
      Trapper: Try to snore importantly, Radar.

    • Henry: Who's sleeping in that bed?
      Trapper: Goldilocks. Her number came up.

    • Frank: Colonel Blake, I insist you order McIntyre to stop harassing me. It's tough enough doing surgery under these primitive conditions.
      Trapper: Surgery? You medical moron! You couldn't cut a salami with bungling it!
      Frank: Oh, yeah?
      Henry: That's enough from both of you!
      Frank: He started it!
      Henry: Frank, I swear I'm gonna put it in your record that you don't work and play with others.

    • Margaret: You'd never know this is an aid station.
      Aid Station Medic: Our red cross got blown off with the roof.
      Hawkeye: I finally make a house call and the house is gone.

    • Margaret: Don't think of me as a woman!
      Hawkeye: Don't stand in profile.

    • Margaret: Do you suppose there are snipers out there?
      Hawkeye: If they're good union snipers, they are.

    • (explosions)
      Margaret: Are they getting closer?
      Hawkeye: It's an optical illusion. You can't tell me they'd kill a medical person on a mission of mercy.
      Margaret: They've already killed one surgeon here.
      Hawkeye: I told you, you can't tell me that.

  • NOTES (4)

    • When Hawkeye introduces himself to the aid station corpsman, the corpsman states that his name is 'Dever'. 'Dever' is the actor's (Tom Dever) real last name.

    • While Margaret is trying to comfort a soldier, she actually admits for the first time that Hawkeye is "the best", meaning that he is a better surgeon than Frank Burns.

    • In the DVD version of this episode, immediately after the final scene and before the credits, the screen goes black. However, if you look carefully, in dark purple letters, you can read "Place Commercial Here." You may need to pause it to see.

    • This is the first of 10 episodes directed by William Jurgensen. The last is episode 185.