M*A*S*H

Season 1 Episode 18

Dear Dad, Again

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Aired Unknown Feb 04, 1973 on CBS
9.1
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Once again, Hawkeye writes home to his father, telling him of the latest gossip: the camp gets a new surgeon, who turns out to be a fake; Hawkeye bets he can walk into the mess tent naked for lunch, and no one will notice; Radar cheats on his final exam from the High School diploma company; Margaret rejects Frank's advances and he gets drunk late into the night; the camp have a no talent night.

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  • Great episode a Sergeant makes believe he is a surgeon and a good one. Radar takes an exam to get his High School Diploma. Hawkeye bets nobody will notice if he goes to the mess hall in his Birthday Suit & makes a bet with Trapper.moreless

    9.2
    Classic episode and one where Hawkeye salutes another soldier. The game Trivial Pursuit claims Hawkeye only ever saluted once during the entire run of the series. This is false. He saluted Radar twice, once when awarding him a purple heart and once when he went home. He saluted Frank without thinking about it early in the series. Hawkeye and BJ saluted Colonel Potter in the series finale. Hawkeye along with Trapper also salute Nurse Cutler in 'Requiem for a Lightweight' when she loses her towel after she bumps into them while running from the shower. Good character Adam Casey as a sergeant that poses as a Surgeon and a better one than Frank Burns per Hawkeye opinion. Very funny episode and probably the best one or second best or "Dear Dad" at that time.moreless
  • We really start to see some of the Father/Son relationship between Henry and Radar.

    9.1
    This is one of my favorite episodes in the early episodes of the series. Not only was I a huge fan of Trapper John and Frank (not that BJ and Charles weren't excellent in their own right), but I loved shows that let Henry be a father figure to Radar O'Reilly. This is the first time in the series that we really see that dynamic. This episode threw a lot of viewers into questions about Radar's age (since he was trying to get a high school diploma).

    Also, Jamie Farr became a regular cast member, after his great performance in "Dear Dad." Klinger is probably one of the best known characters who was just an afterthought at the beginning of the series.

    This is also the first occurence of the nickname "Ferret Face" for Frank - turns out his brother called him that. A bit of trivia for you to feast on.moreless
  • Nifty episode !

    9.0
    Similar to the episode ' Dear Dad ', Hawkeye writes home once to his father about activities at the 4077. Hawkeye's decision to try and relieve the monotony of the daily routine through unusual means is funny, to say the least. In an amusing scene, Radar tries to get a high school degree through a correspondence school with Colonel Blake administering the final exam. The rest of the episode plays out with typical hilarity and highlighted by the actions of a Doctor Casey, who is more than a brilliant surgeon, as it turns out.



    A good episode and can be watched numerous times...!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)

Alex Henteloff

Alex Henteloff

Captain Adam Casey

Guest Star

Gail Bowman

Gail Bowman

Nurse

Guest Star

Odessa Cleveland

Odessa Cleveland

Ginger

Recurring Role

Jamie Farr

Jamie Farr

Corporal/Sergeant Maxwell Q. Klinger

Recurring Role

William Christopher

William Christopher

Father John Patrick Francis Mulcahy

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • When Frank is getting drunk he spills gin down the front of his vest. A few shots later, just before he collapses, it suddenly dries out significantly

    • When Hawkeye is strolling to the mess tent in the buff, you can see khaki-green shorts in one scene and skin-toned briefs in another.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • (Having Henry sign some forms)
      Radar: You can sign here, and initial the carbon copies. Or initial here, and sign the carbon copies, and then sign this form that says you initialed what you should have signed.

    • Frank (to Trapper): If I close my eyes my brain won't get any air.

    • (Frank is drunk)
      Frank: (sitting on Trapper's bunk) You know what my own brother used to call me? My own brother? Ferret face. Can you imagine that? (walking over to Hawkeye's bunk) Do you think I look like a weasel?
      Hawkeye: No, Frank, you're very handsome.
      Frank: Honest?
      Hawkeye: Honest.
      Frank: Really?
      Hawkeye: (to Trapper) Do you think he looks like a weasel?
      Trapper: Who?
      Hawkeye: Ferret face.
      Frank: Hey, I had a brother used to call me that.

    • Hawkeye: (thinking as he writes) I've never put much stock in ESP, but if it is possible for one person to read another person's mind, Radar has that ability. The little fink.
      Radar: (walking past) Is that a nice thing to say?

    • Hawkeye: I don't want you to think this is a madhouse, Dad. We're nowhere near that organized.

    • Trapper: Oh, wow, what a mess. Stomach, kidney, liver...
      Hawkeye: What is this, an organ recital?

    • Henry: What is a three-sided object with two equal sides?
      Radar: The Gettysburg Address.
      Henry: For what speech is Abraham Lincoln most remembered?
      Radar: The isoceles triangle. (Henry turns and looks at him) Something wrong?
      Henry: No, no, no. No, your answers are right.
      Radar: Oh.
      Henry: You just memorized them in the wrong order.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Starting with this episode Cpl. Klinger, who was a bit-part character in "Chief Surgeon Who?", and appeared in "Dear Dad", joins the cast. This is in reaction to audience demand, due to the popularity of the character.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Captain Adam Casey: The idea of Captain Casey came from the real life impostor Ferdinand Waldo Demara (1921-6/8/1982).

      Demara was a well known impostor who masqueraded as a number of people from monks to doctors to prison wardens.

      Demara actually served in Korea impersonating surgeon Joseph Cyr on the Canadian destroyer HMCS Cayuga. His exploits landed him in Canadian newspapers where the real Joseph Cyr's mother, who knew her son was practicing medicine in New Brunswick.

      When news of this impostor reached the Cayuga, the captain at first refused to believe Demara was not a doctor.

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