M*A*S*H

Season 11 Episode 6

Bombshells

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Aired Unknown Nov 28, 1982 on CBS
7.7
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Bombshells
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Posing the theory that people will believe in anything, Charles and Hawkeye start a rumor that Marilyn Monroe plans to visit the 4077th, which gets everyone excited. Meanwhile, B.J. feels responsible when he's unable to rescue a wounded soldier, and is less than impressed when he is presented with a Bronze Star.moreless

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  • One of the better ones in the last season.

    8.5
    After the hideously sentimental "Who Knew?" we get an episode that can be placed next to most classic ones without being embarrassed. There's a funny plot line about a rumor that gets out of hand, started by the unusual prankster pairing of Hawkeye and Winchester. Though silly, it is never really unrealistic.



    The serious plot centers around B.J. I have always felt that he was better suited to tragic scenes than Hawkeye, though this may just be because he was offered fewer such scenes, making each one feel fresh. Forced to leave a wounded soldier behind, he suffers from pangs of guilt and is shocked to find that he receives a medal for bravery. This absurdity was always one of the central themes of MASH and it's nice to see it again here.



    Other reasons why I probably liked this one are the correct depiction of Margaret (a military woman, not just a female version of Hawkeye or B.J.) and the many outdoor scenes.moreless
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)

Michael Bond

Michael Bond

Captain Hobart

Guest Star

Michael Carmine

Michael Carmine

Patient

Guest Star

Gerald S. O'Loughlin

Gerald S. O'Loughlin

General Sscwerin

Guest Star

Bill Snider

Bill Snider

Corpsman

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • In the episode's final scene, BJ introduces himself to Corporal Sonnerborn by his last name only. After BJ gives Sonnerborn his Bronze Star medal, Sonnerborn refers to BJ by his rank. Since BJ was not wearing his Captain's bars at the time, Sonnerborn could not have possibly known BJ was a Captain.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Hawkeye: When this rumor was born, you were one of the physicians in attendance.
      Winchester: Yes, but now the patient has grown and is doing quite well on his own. In short, as Aristotle said, 'Tough noogies.'

    • B.J.: Isn't that great? They give me a medal for leaving a kid behind and getting out with my butt in one piece.
      Hawkeye: It's a lot better than getting it posthumously.
      B.J.: Yeah, well, thanks to my acting bravely and heroically under fire somebody is going to be getting a medal posthumously.

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