Season 4 Episode 18


Aired Unknown Jan 13, 1976 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Hawkeye is injured in a jeep accident and, aware he has a concussion, babbles to a Korean family to keep himself awake.

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  • Alan Alda's ego piece

    Don't get me wrong. Alda is a brilliant actor but it is well known that his ego ran wild over MASH for years, and this episode is the onscreen apex of that. It is a good, solid 20+ minutes of monologue and ad libs.

    It comes across heavy handedly as just a showcase for Alda to highlight his acting chops. Which could be fine on some shows, but MASH was an ensemble comedy. The episode is okay. It's not very funny or deep but there's no denying Alda's talent. If you watch MASH just for him, you'll love this episode.moreless
  • mash season 4 episode 18

    this episode lacked humor and alan alda was very annoying in this episode. it also kind of lacked an ending. i usually like mash, but not this episode.
  • Hawkeye swerves to avoid children playing in the road, and wrecks his jeep and experiences a concussion. He spends the time waiting for help and talking non-stop to stay awake

    This is a terrific episode. Long camera takes show us that Alan Alda is one of the finest actors ever, as his monologue runs for the entire episode, and there are very few cutaways--minutes of Hawkeye flow without any apparent effort. Fabulous performance. He should have definitely won an Emmy for this one.

    I also have a great appreciation for the Korean family with whom he spends his time while waiting for someone to come and get him. They show their kindness, amusement and hospitality without a word. The expressions are priceless.

    It was also a very brave experiment for the time... quite innovative.moreless
  • Ugh. The worst! My least favorite episode of all. Boring, not funny and not very creative.

    I find this episode very boring. When it's on I do not watch it. I am a big MASH fan but have always felt the series suffered the more influence that Alan Alda had. Hawkeye becomes more and more political and politically correct and the dialog descends into one work play pun after another rather than the more realistic banter of earlier seasons. Alda's influence became apparent after the fourth or fifth season and I have always felt this is the episode that starts it all. By the last three or four seasons the episodes are painful to watch compared to the earlier seasons. I have always felt this episode is the symbolic beginning of it all.moreless
  • In Hawkeye,he is stranded in the home of a Korean family who eventually accept his presence and go about their lives.The fact that he has a concussion and struggles hard for consciousness only makes it more amusing as they ignore his rants and raves.moreless

    This is Alan Alda at his finest. To deliver what basically amounts to a 25 minute monologue shows his remarkable ability to get inside his characters. Hawkeye goes through fear, pain, paranoia, feelings of desperation, abandonment..etc. He never loses character, we never see the tell-tale jump of a tape splice, we never have the feeling that it is an actor. He IS Hawkeye, and Hawkeye is in a very big jam.moreless
Alan Alda

Alan Alda

Captain Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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  • QUOTES (7)

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    • Hawkeye pretends to be Laurence Olivier in Richard III, a movie based on Shakespeare's play. He says, very dramatically, "Now is the winter of our discontent made glorious summer by this son of York!"

    • Hawkeye starts singing, "I can't dance, my head hurts, I can't dance my head hurts . . ." This closely resembles Frank Sinatra's song "I Won't Dance," specifically the opening line, "I won't dance, don't ask me."

    • Hawkeye says that when he was a boy, "Franklin Roosevelt was always the President." Franklin Delano Roosevelt served in the White House from 1933-1945. He was the only US President to be elected to four terms. The Twenty-Second Amendment to the Constitution which limits the President of the United States to two terms was not yet in effect during FDR's administration. It would be passed in 1951. FDR died in office during his fourth term.

    • Hawkeye (Singing): "Some enchanted evening, you may meet a stranger . . ."

      Hawkeye performs some lines from the musical South Pacific.