M*A*S*H

Season 7 Episode 20

C*A*V*E

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Aired Unknown Feb 05, 1979 on CBS
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The 4077th evacuation to a nearby cave to avoid U.S. artillery fire on a Chinese target poses problems for Hawkeye, who has a claustrophobia problem that Colonel Potter is unaware of. On the other hand, Margaret hates loud noises. And then there's the problem of a seriously wounded soldier...moreless

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  • In the midst of a crossfire, M*A*S*H goes mobile.

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    The 4077th goes mobile in this interesting effort from Season 7. When gunfire and bombs strike a little too close to home, Potter is frantic to find a safer location. After conversing with the higher-ups in the unit, he decides to seek refuge in a cave nearby the camp. Thus, the 4077th treks toward the nearby cave -- even with severely injured patients.



    Little does Potter know that Hawkeye is more than reluctant to join the crew inside the cave. Pierce has a nasty case of claustrophobia, so severe in fact that he cannot take care of any of his patients inside the cave. So when a patient starts bleeding out, Hawkeye is quick to volunteer to go back to the camp to perform emergency surgery. But he needs a nurse...



    Enter Houlihan, who has a phobia of her own. She is afraid of loud noises. "So you joined the army?" Pierce asks. She did because that is where nurses were needed. When Hawkeye's patient becomes touch-and-go, Houlihan volunteers, saying that despite the violence, she refuses to delegate the task to one of her underlings because of her fear.



    The best scene of the episode occurs back at the camp. Houlihan is scared to death of the noise, so Hawkeye tries to comfort her by playing a game (20 Questions, as it were). This is some good work here by Alan Alda and Loretta Witt. Although some overacting is apparent, both pull off the scene with a good combination of comedy and suspense. Just the usual M*A*S*H tone.



    Radar was conspicuously absent in this episode (now becoming common due to Gary Burghoff's contract/availability). With an episode setup like this, his absence is especially noticeable, however.



    I enjoyed the Potter slingers in this episode. "Inside the cave with the rest of the bats!" Gotta love Harry Morgan. And I also was a fan of the Winchester scene before he says goodbye to his "most basic belongings".



    Overall, a good episode. Nothing special, but nothing too bad either.moreless
Alan Alda

Alan Alda

Captain Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce

David Ogden Stiers

David Ogden Stiers

Major Charles Emerson Winchester III (Season 6-11)

Gary Burghoff

Gary Burghoff

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

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

Basil Hoffman

Basil Hoffman

Bartruff

Guest Star

Charles Jenkins

Charles Jenkins

Pt. Lovett

Guest Star

Mark L. Taylor

Mark L. Taylor

O'Malley

Guest Star

Jennifer Davis

Jennifer Davis

Nurse

Recurring Role

Enid Kent

Enid Kent

Bigelow

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (5)

    • When the staff and patients go to the cave during the shelling, the staff are wearing helmets, so why wouldn't the recovering patients have helmets? Is it too impractical to lie down with a helmet on?

    • Any other major surgery we've seen required an anesthetist, yet here Hawkeye and Margaret knock the man out and go to it. They don't show either of them pausing to check the man's breathing, pulse or blood pressure.

    • In response to the bus goof, we don't know how long the bus stopped; it's possible some mechanical fault caused them to break down and take all day to fix it.

    • When they leave for the cave, it is dark. They show a scene of a bus driving and parking, and it's daytime. They arrive, and it's dark again.

    • In this episode Klinger says he and Charles are the same blood type but a season later in the episode "Life Time" Charles has to give blood to a severely wounded soldier and his blood type is totally different from Klinger's.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Hawkeye: (trying to guess the person Margaret is thinking of for their game of Twenty Questions) Is she living or dead?
      Margaret: She's dead.
      Hawkeye: More than 100 years?
      Margaret: Yes.
      Hawkeye: 500?
      Margaret: Yes.
      Hawkeye: Boy, she must look awful.

    • Hawkeye: I'm gonna need one of your nurses, Margaret.
      Margaret: I'll get my helmet.
      Hawkeye: Margaret, stay here. It's a lot quieter.
      Margaret: I know, I know. I'm crazy. And I'll probably never forgive myself. But I'm also the head nurse. And I'll be damned if I'll send someone else out there to face what terrifies me.
      Hawkeye: You're a better nurse than I am, Gunga Din.

    • Hawkeye: With Klinger and Mulcahy's blood in him, this kid will wake up singing Ave Maria in Lebanese.

    • Hawkeye: I know there's plenty of air in there and the walls aren't going to cave in, but that's exactly what's going to happen, so let's just forget it.

    • Klinger: I demand you send out a patrol to rescue my wardrobe.
      Colonel Potter: Into the cave with the rest of the bats.

    • Hawkeye: Can you imagine me as a turtle? I'd die of embarrassment - all rhe other turtles laughing at me in my underwear.

  • NOTES (1)

  • ALLUSIONS (3)

    • While heading back to camp, Hawkeye comments that he wants to be able to read the Burma Shave signs. This refers to the nationally renown advertising campaign by the Burma Shave company, which consisted of a series of signs spaced along a stretch of road, each with a line of poetry, with the final sign showing the words "Burma Shave". This ensured that passing travelers would be able to read the entire advertisement without slowing down.

    • Hawkeye: You're a better nurse than I am, Gunga Din.

      Hawkeye is referring to the famous poem "Gunga Din", by Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936).

    • Hawkeye says that he and Margaret are "just sitting under the rockets' red glare sharing our unreasonable fears." An obvious reference to a line in the "Star Spangled Banner."

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