M*A*S*H

Season 8 Episode 16

Bottle Fatigue

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Aired Unknown Jan 07, 1980 on CBS
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Bottle Fatigue
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Horrified by the gigantic size of his monthly bar tab at the officer's club, Hawkeye vows to give up booze for a week. Meanwhile, Winchester desperately tries to halt his sister's impending marriage to a man he considers unworthy of the Winchester heritage.

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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)

Shelley Long

Shelley Long

Lt. Mendenhall

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David Hirokane

David Hirokane

Korean Soldier

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Shari Saba

Shari Saba

Nurse

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Jeff Maxwell

Jeff Maxwell

Igor

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Roy Goldman

Roy Goldman

Goldman

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  • TRIVIA (5)

    • In the beginning of the episode, Hawkeye says that he has never come home from a war before, indicating that Korea is the first war he is in. However, in season 2, episode 23 ("Mail Call"), Hawkeye mentions that Korea is his second war. Which is it?

    • When the Chinese PVA soldier try to use his grenade in OR, it's a US made Mk 2 Grenade. It could have been a captured weapon.

    • Father Mulcahy uses an expletive in this episode when he tells Hawkeye to get his "damn" foot off of the grenade pin.

    • Hawkeye's monthly bar tab at the Officer's Club of $37.50 in 1952 dollars would be equivalent to about $288 in 2007 dollars.

    • This episode is part of a continuing character trait of blue-blooded Protestant Charles and his not overt, but it's there, anti-Catholic prejudice. Winchester mocks Honoria's fiance's Italian heritage with organ grinder jokes among others. In a Christmas episode he tells Father Mulcahy that he never cared for "that crowd in Boston" as they were too religious, a clear reference to Boston's Irish Catholic majority.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • (Charles runs into Col.Potter's tent)
      Charles: Colonel, it is imperative that I get to Boston!
      Col. Potter: Boston, Massachusetts?
      Charles: (half-mad) YES! YES! BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS.
      Col. Potter: Now, just hang on to your homburg, Winchester. You come barreling into your CO's bunkhouse, bellow at him like a berserk buffalo, aggravating his anger and his hangover, all because you wanna bug out. How'd you like to be spending the rest of the war with a bull's-eye on your dome?
      Charles: Perhaps I have expressed myself with too much pique. I'm under terrible stress. You see, my beloved sister, Honoria, has betrothed herself.
      Col. Potter: Well, congrats all around. Whose the lucky caballero?
      Charles: NO! NO! NO, you don't understand. The man is Italian.
      Col. Potter: Ok, lucky pisano. Look, I know how much you wanna be there for the nuptials. But if I let you leave, people will be wanting furloughs for Groundhog Day.
      Charles: Sir, I do not wish to attend the nuptials. I wish to prevent them.
      Col. Potter: (confused) How's that?
      Charles: Surely, as a horseman, you can understand. You do not sire a fine thoroughbred with Tony the Pony.
      Col. Potter: Well, when you put it that way, I can see your problem. Permission denied. Good night.
      Charles: Sir! Consider poor Honoria. She's young, she's infatuated. she's an idiot!
      Col. Potter: Look, boy, aren't you being a bit highfalutin on this score? This is America. Remember those words inscribed on the lady with the lamp? "Give us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses?"
      Charles: (enraged) What do you think slums are for?!

    • (Charles is going mad because his sister is marrying an Italian)
      Klinger: Just relax, sir.
      Charles: RELAX?! Are you insane?! How would you feel if your sister were marrying a swarthy, dark-haired, olive picker?
      (Klinger looks really mad)
      Klinger: (angry) She did! And for your information Major, so did my mother and my grandmother. Not to mention the future Mrs. Max Klinger, WHOEVER SHE IS!
      (Klinger storms out)
      Winchester: Did I say something to offend him?

    • Margaret: Anybody know what time it is?
      B.J.: Quarter past catatonic.
      Potter: I've got twenty past.

    • Charles: You are referring, of course, to bourbon, the Grape Nehi of alcoholic beverages?

    • Hawkeye: Father, what are you doing down there?
      Father Mulcahy: I found it. I found the pin.
      Hawkeye: Well, get it up here!
      Father Mulcahy: Well, move your damn foot, you're standing on it!

    • Father Mulcahy: You know Major, perhaps it's not my place, but I'd like to point out that the Italian people have given the world a great deal. Art, culture, the renaissance. I hope you'll reflect on this and try to accept the situation.
      Charles: Thank you Father, but the closest I can come to acceptance is when I can console myself with the fact that at least she's not marrying an Irishman.
      (Offended, Father Mulcahy drops his tray of food and storms off)
      Charles: Why is everyone so testy?

    • (After Charles stumbles in drunk)
      Hawkeye: It's the leaning tower of pompous.

    • Charles: Pierce, you remind of a dog I once had. He too was cheerful in the mornings, so I gave him to a family of immigrant Japanese and they ate him.

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