M*A*S*H

Season 9 Episode 4

Father's Day

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Aired Unknown Dec 08, 1980 on CBS
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Father's Day
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Margaret has trouble pretending she's a chip off the old block when her dad, blood and guts "Howitzer" Al Houlihan, arrives for a visit. Also, Hawkeye fixes up a soldier who repays them with a large side of steak, but the general who it belongs to is really steamed.moreless

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    Alan Alda

    Alan Alda

    Captain Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce

    David Ogden Stiers

    David Ogden Stiers

    Major Charles Emerson Winchester III (Season 6-11)

    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

    Mike Farrell

    Mike Farrell

    Captain BJ Hunnicut (Season 4-11)

    Andrew Duggan

    Andrew Duggan

    Alvin 'Howitzer' Houlihan

    Guest Star

    Jeffrey Kramer

    Jeffrey Kramer

    Sergeant Morgrove

    Guest Star

    Art LaFleur

    Art LaFleur

    M.P.

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    • TRIVIA (1)

      • In episode 3-16 entitled "Bulletin Board", Margaret tells Henry Blake that he looks like her father before her dad died. This episode Margaret's father visits the camp.

    • QUOTES (3)

      • Klinger: I just got a call. General Beswick is pretty steamed about his plate full of liver. He's got MPs sniffing everywhere. When they show up here, it'll be his cow and our hides.
        Hawkeye: Well, we're not gonna give up without a fight. That's our beef.
        BJ: We stole it fair and square.
        Klinger: I respect your lack of integrity, but what are we gonna do?
        BJ: We'll start the party a little early, that's all.
        Klinger: That heifer's frozen solid. We'll never get it thawed before the MPs get here.
        Winchester: Uh gentlemen, do my ears deceive me or have you purloined some sirloin?
        Hawkeye: Not only sirloin, an entire side of beef.
        Winchester: Uh, Hawk, Beej, Max, aren't we the four musketeers? Fighting, wenching, dining?
        Hawkeye: Relax, Pathos, you're in! Klinger, get that beef over here and don't let anybody see you.
        Klinger: Coming right up. One side of beef, hold the witnesses.

      • Charles: Pierce, if this is another practical joke and there is no side of beef, rest assured I'm gonna make hamburger out of both of you.

      • Colonel Potter: You know, I never got the chance to tell you how much Margaret means to us. We couldn't run this place without her.
        Alvin Houlihan: Well, that gal is the best thing that ever happened to me!
        Colonel Potter: Is that so? Well, you sure have a funny way of showing it.
        Alvin Houlihan: I beg your pardon?
        Colonel Potter: Margaret's busted her britches trying to please you, but you don't seem to give a tinker's damn!
        Alvin Houlihan: Forgive me, Colonel, but what business is that of yours?
        Colonel Potter: It is my business because I care about her. That gal seems to think you have no use for her.
        Alvin Houlihan: Well, I flew halfway around the world to see her, didn't I? That should say it all.
        Colonel Potter: It doesn't say enough when all you can do is find fault.
        Alvin Houlihan: What do you mean by that?
        Colonel Potter: Well, for openers, walking out on her in the middle of O.R. didn't exactly boost her morale.
        Alvin Houlihan (Looking away from Potter): That had nothing to do with Margaret!
        Colonel Potter: Really? Then what did it have to do with?
        (Alvin does not respond.)
        Colonel Potter: Was it the doctors' Tom Foolery?
        (Alvin still does not respond.)
        Colonel Potter: Was it the blood?
        (Alvin looks up.)
        Colonel Potter (walks a step away and turns around again to face Alvin): Let me tell you something, Alvin, I've seen tougher birds than you who couldn't take it!
        Alvin Houlihan: It shouldn't be happening to me.
        Colonel Potter: You mean you'd sooner let her think she was a failure than admit you were about to lose your lunch? You'd rather crush her feelings than let on you're human like the rest of us?
        Alvin Houlihan: Colonel. . .
        Colonel Potter: You're so busy being 'Howitzer Al' Houlihan you can't even let your own daughter know you love her?!
        Alvin Houlihan: Colonel, you raise your family and I'll raise mine.

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