M*A*S*H

Season 3 Episode 18

House Arrest

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Aired Unknown Feb 04, 1975 on CBS
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House Arrest
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Hawkeye hits Major Burns and Houlihan is a witness. Despite Hawkeye and Trapper's claims that it wasn't intentional, Frank makes allegations against Hawkeye, and he is put in house arrest facing court martial. A female colonel is sent to inspect the nurses. When she cries "Rape!" when Burns visits her tent, Houlihan recants her story, and Burns, not Hawkeye, ends up under house arrest.moreless

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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)

    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

    McLean Stevenson

    McLean Stevenson

    Lt. Colonel Henry Braymore Blake (Season 1-3)

    Mary Wickes

    Mary Wickes

    Colonel Rachel Reese

    Guest Star

    Bobbie Mitchell

    Bobbie Mitchell

    Nurse Baker

    Recurring Role

    Dennis Troy

    Dennis Troy

    M.P.

    Recurring Role

    Jeff Maxwell

    Jeff Maxwell

    Igor

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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    • TRIVIA (3)

      • Movie Spoiler During the movie, there is a scene where Gene Tierney's character is explaining the tragic accidental drowning of her husband's brother, out on the lake. Hawkeye and a nurse notice that Henry has tears running down his face, and Hawkeye comments, "He's very deep." This seems like a natural enough reaction--if you've never seen the movie. Leave Her to Heaven concerns a woman (Gene Tierney) who is obsessed with having her husband completely and utterly to herself, by whatever means necessary. To this end, she takes her husband's crippled kid brother out on the lake to practice his swimming, then coldly sits and watches as he tires and goes under. The scene that had Henry weeping showed her lying through her teeth, and Henry's reaction should have been moral outrage. (Of course, it's entirely possible that Henry was dozing up to this point.)

      • The plotline requires that Col. Reese be quartered in Margaret's tent. The V.I.P. tent, therefore, vanishes for the duration of the episode and there is no explanation as to why it could not be used by the Colonel.

      • All Hawkeye and Trapper had to do is tell Henry that Frank started everything. According to army regulations, if a superior officer provokes or uses physical abuse on someone and that person strikes them, the superior officer can't press charges.

    • QUOTES (12)

      • Frank: Margaret, I need our togetherness, without it I'm desolate. I miss our spiritual oneness, the blessed union of our souls. And I'll break out.

      • Henry: Klinger! It's four o'clock in the afternoon and you're still in a housecoat? Put on a dress! You never know who might be coming around.
        Klinger: Yes, sir.
        Henry: Boy! Boy-o-boy, you gotta stay on top of these guys every second!

      • Radar: (on the phone) Oh yeah? Well, this is Colonel Blake calling and I want that out here by 1300 hours! And that's an order, Captain!
        (Radar hangs up)
        Henry: Radar?
        Radar: Sir?
        Henry: Since when have you been promoted to me?
        Radar: Uh, well, me saying that I'm you is just like using your rubber stamp only you can hear it.

      • Father Mulcahy: According to the Geneva Convention, each prisoner is entitled to this package. You have a razor, toothpaste, soap, six aspirin, a washcloth and four Oreo cookies.
        Hawkeye: Father, that's for a prisoner of war. I'm one of ours.
        Father Mulcahy: In the eyes of the Lord, a prisoner's a prisoner.
        Hawkeye: Well, thanks. And in your prayers, thank the big fella for me.
        Father Mulcahy: Oh, MacArthur had nothing to do with it.

      • Colonel Reese: Pretty cute, who is he?
        Margaret: Captain Pierce. He's under house arrest awaiting court martial.
        Colonel Reese: Grabbed a nurse and jumped her bones, right?
        Margaret: Oh, no!
        Colonel Reese: Pity.

      • Henry: Why don't you forget the whole thing? I mean, it was just a little squabble.
        Frank: He struck a superior officer!
        Henry: Look, Frank, we're all a bundle of nerves. Heck, I yell at Radar all the time.
        Radar: I know you love me, sir.
        Henry: I mean, uh, the war's making us all buggy, Frank. I've had my underwear on backwards for a month.

      • Frank: (after Hawkeye punches him) I'd better see a doctor. Is there anybody who isn't mad at me?

      • (Discussing Colonel Reese)
        Frank: The most decorated nurse in the Army!
        Trapper: Great. We can put our Christmas presents under her.

      • Trapper: When Frank fell on the soap, Hawkeye tried to break his fall.
        Henry: By jamming his fist in his eye?

      • Hawkeye (to Radar): There's height that people never see. Some guys are ten feet tall, only their bodies don't know it.

      • (Watching the movie)
        Henry: Boo!
        Father Mulcahy: Don't judge him too harshly now. After all, that other chap is coveting his neighbor's wife.
        Hawkeye: Father Hollywood.

      • Hawkeye: Frank, would you mind not combing your hair so loud?
        Frank: I have VERY quiet hair!

    • NOTES (2)

      • This marks one of the rare times that Hawkeye actually uses violence as he slugs Frank. Another such incident was in the sixth season episode "The Grim Reaper."

      • Gene Tierney and Vincent Price appear in film clips from the 1945 20th Century Fox film Leave Her to Heaven.

    • ALLUSIONS (1)

      • Hawkeye (to Margaret, who has uncharacteristically been slipping up during surgery): What the hell's wrong with you? Three mistakes on one spleen.
        Margaret: ...I'm just so nervous about Colonel Reese coming.
        Hawkeye: Oh, don't tell me. What is he, another root canal wizard from Passaic?

        This is very likely an inside joke, and a double allusion. Loretta Swit's hometown is Passaic, New Jersey, and Alan Alda lived not far from Passaic - in Leonia - during the entire run of the series; he commuted from LA every weekend to be with his family.

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