Season 2 Episode 11

Carry On Hawkeye

Aired Unknown Nov 24, 1973 on CBS
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Carry On Hawkeye
The camp succumbs to the Asian flu, except for Hawkeye and Margaret, who have to do everything themselves. As the others start to recover, Hawkeye falls ill but he still manages to operate when wounded arrive. Finally the others are well enough for Hawkeye to stop working and rest. He is thanked for his service with a commemorative roll of toilet paper.moreless

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  • This episode is one of the best episodes of MASH ever. Hawkeye and Houlihan eventually have to care for all of the sick people in the camp. Hawkeye was brave in doing all that he could to keep from getting sick (which he did in the end)moreless

    "Carry on Hawkeye" is one of the first episodes we see William Christopher as Father Mulcahy. There are two jokes worth noting from this episode. The one where Hawkeye and Houlihan share the job of CO while Henry Blake is laid up. From that when Houlihan has to give Hawkeye a shot while he is laughing. I don't think I laughed as much as I did when she did that. The other is the Distinguished Cross Cross joke. This is another one of those Pierce and Margaret relationship episodes at its best. This showed what to do when the people in your compound are sick.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)

Marcia Gelman

Marcia Gelman

Nurse Jacobs

Guest Star

Lynette Mettey

Lynette Mettey

Nurse Sheila Anderson

Recurring Role

Gwen Farrell

Gwen Farrell

Nurse Wilson

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • While searching for a temporary surgeon, Radar comes across a Dr. Anthony McDonald, General Surgeon, only to find that he's switched to psychiatry. Switching fields would not cause all his surgical know-how to empty out of his head. He could have been used as a substitute.

    • Hawkeye blames his flu on the vaccine Margaret gave him. Obviously the vaccine was not effective but it did not give him the flu. Flu shots can't cause the flu because they don't contain live virus. Hawkeye got the flu from being around so many infected people. Then again, this might just be a joke on Hawkeye's part.

  • QUOTES (16)

    • Hawkeye: Hard to believe I'm sitting in Henry Blake's chair. This is the chair from which a thousand indecisions have been launched.

    • (Margaret puts a thermometer in Hawkeye's mouth and he takes it out)
      Margaret: I want to see if you have a fever!
      Hawkeye: Trust me, I've got fever to burn!

    • (Hawkeye is being called to do several things in the OR at the same time)
      Hawkeye: My kingdom for an intelligent octopus!

    • PA Announcer: Attention all personnel, due to the epidemic, tonight's broken film, which has not arrived yet, is cancelled.

    • Henry: I'm just fine. I'm perfect.
      Hawkeye: You look like an ad for death!

    • Hawkeye (after talking to a general on the phone): Everything I said to him went in one star and out the other!

    • Hawkeye: This is Captain McIntyre, a doctor with a 24-hour flu which is now in its third day.
      Lt. Sheila Anderson: Hi.
      Trapper: I wish we'd met when I was alive.

    • Radar: I can't operate!
      Hawkeye: You're not going to operate, you're going to help!
      Radar: How is my fainting going to help?

    • (Radar is on the phone looking for a replacement doctor)
      Radar: He's a pediatrician? Charlie, we get very few pregnant soldiers.

    • Hawkeye: Just send me some hands! Anybody! Jack the Ripper! Anybody who's good with a knife!

    • (After Trapper tries to get up)
      Hawkeye: Look, Trap, you wannna help me, don't help me. The only way you're gonna get better is if you let yourself be sick.
      Trapper: I think I can manage that. (Flops over)

    • Trapper: (to Hawkeye) I think I'm getting better. There's two of you there. There used to be three.

    • Hawkeye: Radar, you'll be assisting Margaret Houlihan -- nurse, friend and all around good egg.
      Margaret: He's very sick.

    • Henry (at show-end): In recognition of your dedicated service during this last crisis, the 4077th is presenting you with this scroll (holding up a roll of TP).
      Frank: We all signed it.
      Hawkeye: I'll never be able to look at this without thinking about you, Frank.
      Radar: All right people. I order bed rest for this patient.

    • Hawkeye: You know those rotten things I've said to you, all those nasty little tricks I've played on you?
      Hot Lips: Yes.
      Hawkeye: I'd like to get well and do them all over again.

    • Hawkeye: You know that little shot you gave me for the flu?
      Hot Lips: Yes?
      Hawkeye: Well, it worked, I've got it.

  • NOTES (4)

    • At the end of the episode, several announcements are made, one is that Ralph Bunche has won the Nobel Peace Prize. While there is no set date for the announcement of the winner, it usually occurs on a Friday in mid October, which would place this episode in October 1950. Bunche won the award for his work on an armistice agreements between Israel and the Arab states in 1948-1949.

    • The episode won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series.

    • Apparently Margaret wasn't the only woman who Frank was carrying on with behind Louise's back. During his feverish delerium he calls Margaret "Nancy", his receptionist back home.

    • During the announcements that were being read over the P.A. in the final scene, a brief mention is made of the French's involvement in Vietnam.


    • When Hawkeye says "my kingdom for an intelligent octopus," it's an allusion to Shakespeare's play Richard III. In that play Richard III says "A horse, a horse, my kingdom for a horse."

    • When Hawkeye says, "You're A Good Man, Tiny Tim," not only is it a reference to A Christmas Carol, but it also may be a reference to You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown, in which Gary Burghoff originated the role on stage in 1967.

    • Hawkeye says, "You're a good man, Tiny Tim" to Radar. Tiny Tim is a character from Charles Dickens' novel A Christmas Carol.