M*A*S*H

Season 8 Episode 25

April Fools

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Aired Unknown Mar 24, 1980 on CBS
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April Fools
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A no-nonsense Colonel, who is notorious as a hard-nosed disciplinarian, visits the 4077th during an outbreak of April Fools' Day pranksterism. Colonel Potter tries in vain to halt the mayhem before Colonel Tucker arrives in camp.

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Alan Alda

Alan Alda

Captain Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce

David Ogden Stiers

David Ogden Stiers

Major Charles Emerson Winchester III (Season 6-11)

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

Mike Farrell

Mike Farrell

Captain BJ Hunnicut (Season 4-11)

Pat Hingle

Pat Hingle

Colonel Daniel Webster Tucker

Guest Star

Jennifer Davis

Jennifer Davis

Nurse

Recurring Role

G.W. Bailey

G.W. Bailey

Rizzo

Recurring Role

Roy Goldman

Roy Goldman

Goldman

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  • QUOTES (10)

    • Col. Potter: Remember that time we slippted those rubber hamburgers into the chow line?
      Col. Tucker: Yeah, only trouble was nobody noticed.

    • Col. Potter: (about Klinger) If he thinks he's got his Section 8, he's really crazy!

    • Col. Potter: (about Col. Tucker) From what I hear, he's a firing brimstone doctor with a three-second fuse. A stickler's stickler. Quotes army medical regs by memory, especially the part on courts-martial!
      Klinger: (unnerved) Uh, sir, about that three day pass I just decided to ask for?

    • Klinger: Allah be praised I was too stupid to get into med school.

    • Margaret: Who left the dead minnows in my jacket pocket!?
      Charles: They were alive when I put them in there, you've killed them!

    • Hawkeye (exhausted): If we didn't have such a good union here, I'd put in my two-week notice. But I'm too weak.

    • Klinger: (dressed as Cleopatra) All hail mighty Caesar.
      Potter: You look like a furry clawdat cover! Get up from there!
      Col. Tucker: Easy, Potter. This young trooper's finally cracked under pressure.
      Potter: You mean you're buying this malarky? Last time, he was Snow White!

    • Colonel Potter: I'm giving your hijinks the heave-ho, post-haste! I'm the boss here! I can do that!

    • (Father Mulcahy is wearing a dress)
      Mulcahy: While I was showering, someone stole my robe and left me this house frock!
      Klinger: Better not take it off Father, you'll be a defrocked priest!
      Mulcahy: Klinger, how would you like to get the last rites, (raising his fist) and a few lefts?

    • (To Hawkeye, Winchester, BJ and Hot Lips)
      Potter: Ohhh, you're a peck of pips, all right! Despite my direct orders, you just had to put "Be Stupid" first on your list of things to do today!
      Hawkeye: We're very sorry, Colonel.
      Hot Lips: I'm not sorry! You're the jackasses who did this! (they argue)
      Potter: SILENCIOO! (They fall quiet.) The senior inspecting officer from the far east medical command comes in here at full boil, so you jokers have to turn up the heat! Guarantees we'll all be wearin' his boot prints tomorrow, no matter how spiffy we carry on! Thank you all very much! (looking at Hot Lip's tent) Good grief, Margaret, where in the name of Kerry's corset is your tent?!

  • NOTES (4)

    • Jamie Farr wrote an autobiography, "Just Farr Fun" and the cover had a picture of him from this episode, where he is dressed like Cleopatra.

    • M*A*S*H received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Comedy Series at the 1980 Emmy Awards. Alan Alda received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. Also Harry Morgan won the Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series with Mike Farrell receiving an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series and Loretta Swit won the Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.

    • Even if it is the last time Klinger specifically goes for a Section 8, he tries to get out of the army one more time in "Your Retention Please".

    • Again, M*A*S*H produced 25 episodes for a single season. From the next season on, the series would film a lesser number of episodes.

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