M*A*S*H

Season 4 Episode 10

Dear Peggy

4
Aired Unknown Nov 11, 1975 on CBS
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Dear Peggy
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B.J. writes home to his wife, Peg, reporting Klinger's escape attempts, the visit of a formidable chaplain, and one of Frank's goof-ups.

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Alan Alda

Alan Alda

Captain Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce

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

Larry Linville

Larry Linville

Major Franklin Delano Marion Burns (Season 1-5)

Loretta Swit

Loretta Swit

Major Margaret J. "Hot Lips" Houlihan

Ned Beatty

Ned Beatty

Col. Hollister

Guest Star

Dennis Troy

Dennis Troy

Corpsman

Recurring Role

Leland Sun

Leland Sun

Korean #1

Recurring Role

Kellye Nakahara

Kellye Nakahara

Kellye (uncredited)

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (5)

    • In post op, father refers to a McAllister coming to evaluate and Klinger talks about eating a real egg he won. Next Hawkeye enters the swamp while BJ is writing to Peggy. He talks about earlier in the morning when Hawkeye set a record by packing people in a jeep. McAllister arrives as people are getting out of the jeep BUT before the conversation in post op.

    • The precise year during which M*A*S*H is set has always varied from episode to episode, but this is perhaps the only episode that isn't even consistent within itself. Hawkeye mentions that Nixon is Vice-President, which would set the episode during the Eisenhower administration, but Col. Hollister refers to Harry S Truman at being at the top of the military hierarchy.

    • There is a time error in this episode. We see B.J. in Post-Op, and his voice-over mentions that it is five in the morning. Shortly after, Klinger excuses himself to go and dine on his fresh egg. We then see B.J. in the Swamp. Hawkeye comes in, commenting on having been a witness to Klinger's breakfast. B.J. then refers to Hawkeye stuffing a jeep earlier that morning. When was this? At four A.M? The jeep stuffing clearly took place in broad daylight.

    • While lecturing Father Mulcahy, Hollister referred to "Captain Harry S Truman". As President, his military rank would be Commander (in Chief). However, the highest rank Truman received while actually in the army was Captain during WWI, so this might explain his comment.

    • When Hawkeye was helping Hot Lips into the jeep, he got a pretty good feel of her butt. He even patted it twice. Even after the character mellows out later in the series, she would never have allowed that without saying something. She didn't seem to mind here.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Mulcahy: Do you need me, B.J?
      B.J.: Not till Sunday.
      Mulchahy: Eh, if you do, I'll be ironing my cassock. (Pause) I'd better iron my underwear, too. Hollister is very thorough.

    • BJ: (in his letter home) Colonel Hollister is running Father Mulcahy ragged. I'm sure Hollister feels God is regular army.

    • (An MP has brought a Korean woman with her hat down over her face to Colonel Potter's office)
      Colonel Potter: What's the big idea, Klinger?
      (The Korean woman looks up; 'she' is indeed Klinger)
      Klinger: How'd you know?
      Colonel Potter: Korean women are not noted for hairy knuckles.

    • (Radar and Nurse Kellye dance at the Officers' Club)
      Hawkeye: What's that step you're doing, Radar?
      Radar: You'll have to ask Nurse Kellye, sir, she's leading.

    • BJ: He's really one of a kind, our Hawkeye. Finest kind, as he says.

    • Hawkeye: Writing home again? That's your third letter this week.
      BJ: Only way I can keep my sanity.
      Hawkeye: Oh, if you want sanity, you can have mine. God knows I'm not using it.

    • Father Mulcahy: Is he gonna make it?
      BJ: Probably.
      Hawkeye: It depends. We could get bombed, there could be an earthquake, or Frank could operate on him again.
      Frank: Twerp! (Hawkeye turns and points at the Koreans)
      Koreans: You tell 'em, Ferret Face!

    • (Hawkeye tries to cram people into a Jeep to set a record)
      Hawkeye: All right, how many we got here? Count off!
      Everyone: One! (laughter)
      Hawkeye: Fine, all we need is fifteen more!

    • Colonel Potter: Burns, can't you see Pierce is just trying to boost morale?
      Frank: Well, my morale is fine. I love it here.
      Colonel Potter: Either you or Klinger is nuts. Now I gotta figure out which one.

    • (Hawkeye has to teach Koreans how to speak English)
      Hawkeye: I will get the nurse.
      Koreans: I will get the nurse.
      Hawkeye: Good. Frank Burns eats worms.
      Koreans: Frank Burns eats worms.

  • NOTES (1)

    • This is the first of 30 episodes directed by Burt Metcalfe. His last was episode 255. He also co-wrote two episodes and appeared in one.

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