M*A*S*H

Season 4 Episode 23

Deluge

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Aired Unknown Feb 17, 1976 on CBS
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A sudden deluge of wounded at the 4077th is followed by a fire and a rainstorm which makes matters difficult for the staff.

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  • A very interesting idea. I love the presentation in this episode

    9.0
    One of the things that made MASH so good was the way they could play with the format in different ways. While some of those ideas worked more than others, I'm glad that they tried to do different things, especially since it meant getting some gems. This episode might not be among the fan favorites, but I personally love the idea for this episode.



    What the writers do in this episode is set up two different sides to the war. There was the stuff that was actually going on: Constant wounded going in and out of the MASH, as well as casualties, enemy and friendly fire affecting the doctors' work, etc. This episode does a great job at portraying this aspect of the war, and the constant struggle it was to save lives. On the other hand, there is what was shown back home, whether it was a lessened version of what was really going on, propaganda, as well as different kinds of entertainment which got people's minds off of the war. This was all greatly represented within this episode as well. While some people might find this part of the episode a bit distracting, it was a neccessary part to the episode. What is so great about this episode is that, not only do they show both sides of the war, but the way that they combine the two, which showed a brilliant contrast between the two. My favorite part of the episode was the part when they showed the doctors trying to get the wounded soldiers into the hospital while playing the 50's style music, presenting it in a very ironic way, lightening up the war like the kinds of things that were shown in the U.S.



    This was one of the many experiments that was done within the series. It is also one that might not be loved by everybody, but is a smart and unique episode that I feel is one of the best of the season.moreless
Alan Alda

Alan Alda

Captain Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce

Gary Burghoff

Gary Burghoff

Corporal Walter Eugene "Radar" O'Reilly

Harry Morgan

Harry Morgan

Colonel Sherman T. Potter

Jamie Farr

Jamie Farr

Corporal/Sergeant Maxwell Q. Klinger

Larry Linville

Larry Linville

Major Franklin Delano Marion Burns

Loretta Swit

Loretta Swit

Major Margaret J. "Hot Lips" Houlihan

Lois Foraker

Lois Foraker

Nurse Able

Guest Star

Albert Hall

Albert Hall

Corporal

Guest Star

Anthony Palmer

Anthony Palmer

The Sergeant

Guest Star

Lynne Marie Stewart

Lynne Marie Stewart

Nurse Plummer

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • There's a continuity error. We see Klinger and another man scrubbing out a large sink. Just as they begin rinsing it down, the doctors enter the room carrying the patient with phosphorous burns. Suddenly the sink is not only rinsed out, but full of clean water as well.

    • Father Mulcahy irrigates BJ's eye and asks if he can get 'a tracheotomy at the Garden.' He will actually end up having to perform a tracheotomy in the next season's episode "Mulcahy's War".

  • QUOTES (6)

    • (Potter is showering when Margaret enters)
      Margaret: Colonel Potter, I want to see you.
      Potter: One step closer and you'll get the whole picture!

    • Hawkeye: You know, Father, standing there like that with the light hitting you with the way it does?
      Mulcahy: Yes?
      Hawkeye: You look just like a b-girl I knew in San Diego.
      Mulcahy: It's quite possible. I worked my way through Divinity School as a b-girl in San Diego.

    • Margaret: File copies of your copy in triplicate.
      Klinger: Major, I've done this a hundred times. I write to my mother in triplicate. I've got triplicate on the brain. Somebody wants change for a ten, I give 'em three fives.
      Margaret: Get moving.
      Klinger: Yes ma'am, times three.

    • Klinger: Boy, seeing you guys work with the wounded, the way you deal with burned-up legs, ripped-up bellies ... makes me proud every time I throw up.

    • (Klinger watches Hawkeye and BJ operate)
      Klinger: I don't know how you guys do it.
      Hawkeye: It helps a little if you think you're God.

    • Hawkeye: Hey, put out that cigarette, there's a lot of ether in there.
      Soldier: Hey, I'm a sergeant, fella.
      Hawkeye: And I'm a captain, fella, which means if we're blown up, I'll fly higher than you. So put it out!

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  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Prince Aly Khan:
      In the newsreel about Rita Hayworth, it is mentioned that she married 'the heir to the fabulous Aga Khan.' The narrator is referring to Prince Aly Khan, who was the heir to the Muslim leader Aga Khan. He was also a racehorse owner and a United Nations ambassador from Pakistan.

    • The P.A. announcement of the Chinese sending 300,000 troops puts the date of this episode at or around November 25, 1950. A few episodes prior, however, Hawkeye was brought up on mutiny charges for an incident at or around October 11, 1952.

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