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M*A*S*H

Season 6 Episode 9

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Aired Unknown Nov 15, 1977 on CBS
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Radar notices a number of tattoos on one of the wounded, and convinces himself that with a tattoo he will be irresistible to women. Everyone tries to discourage him, and he admits to having received a tattoo that will wash off. Meanwhile, Margaret is frustrated with a new nurse who keeps getting upset at the sight of combat injuries.moreless

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  • That poor puppy!!!!! (sobs)

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    OK, so Hot Lips got into an argument with Nurse Cooper because Cooper gets upset when she sees battle wounds. and tried to have her transfered, but Colonel Potter wouldn't let her. Later in a scene, Margaret is seen feeding scraps to a puppy and petting him, which has no meaning until later. Cooper went up to Margaret and told her she wouldn't cry anymore because from then on, she was going to be as hard an unfeeling as Hot Lips was. Margaret got mad and she goes to the Mess Tent. The other nurses are gossiping, and Margaret overhears them. One was going to take table scraps to the same puppy Hot Lips had been petting earlier. One of the other nurses tell her that the little dog had been killed earlier that morning and that he was hit by a jeep. Margaret starts to cry leaves the Mess Tent. Hawkeye sees her, and tries to joke with her, but then sees that she is trying to hide her tears and asks her what's wrong, but Hot Lips tells him to go away and goes to her tent. She cries, and Hawkeye goes into her tent to see her. He told her that he's seen her feeding the dog all week. Hot Lips cries into his shoulder, and he hugs her.moreless
Alan Alda

Alan Alda

Captain Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce

David Ogden Stiers

David Ogden Stiers

Major Charles Emerson Winchester III (Season 6-11)

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

Loretta Swit

Loretta Swit

Major Margaret J. "Hot Lips" Houlihan

Susan Blanchard

Susan Blanchard

Nurse Cooper

Guest Star

Larry Block

Larry Block

Eddie Hendrix

Guest Star

John Durren

John Durren

Sergeant Rimmerman

Guest Star

Judy Farrell

Judy Farrell

Nurse Able

Recurring Role

Enid Kent

Enid Kent

Bigelow

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (5)

    • When Nurse Bigelow and the other nurse come to the Swamp to talk to Hawkeye and B.J. about Margaret's rough treatment of Nurse Cooper, Bigelow mentions how she saw injuries just as bad at a Chicago hospital before the war. But, in "Goodbye, Farewell, and Amen", during her speech at the farewell party, she gives the impression that she was a career Army nurse, having served during World War II.

    • Margaret: Don't let him hang around too long; keeping an animal is against regulations.

      Margaret should perhaps mention this fact to Potter and his horse, and Radar with his bunnies, Guinea pigs, mice, goat, and assorted wildlife. Not to mention the fact that they've had official camp mutts around before, complete with a little doghouse for them.

    • Col. Potter says he has been married for 38 years in this episode. But in "Dear Mildred", he told Radar he had been married for 27 years.

    • Charles gets mad at Hawkeye and B.J. when they make fun of MacArthur. It seems like the writers are still trying to keep the pro GI, patriotism that they lost when Burns left. This did not turn out to be an accurate character trait for Charles. He hated the war as much as Hawkeye and B.J. did.

    • Radar wants to get a tattoo - but he already got one of an anchor in episode #55, 3-7, "Check-Up" (he shows it to Henry). Must be it was another wash off one.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • (After Nurse Cooper runs out in the O. R., Margaret angrily takes over for her and helps B. J.)
      Houlihan: People who don't have a stomach for this don't belong here!
      Hawkeye: You're right. Let's all go home.

    • B.J.: Why a tattoo all of a sudden?
      Radar: Because I'm tired of being a nobody. I wanna be the object of respect, fear, and sex.

    • Charles: Gentlemen. Don't interfere with this boy's freedom of expression.
      Radar: Yeah!
      Charles: It is in inalienable right of every human being to make a fool of himself.

    • (Col. Potter has refused to allow Margaret to transfer Nurse Cooper)
      Margaret: (peeved) I always understood the nurses to be my responsibility.
      Col. Potter: And the 4077th is my responsibility.
      Margaret: Oh, look Colonel. We all know she's a very sweet girl, but she's a crier.
      Col. Potter: So was Mrs. Potter when I married her. But after a few months, she settled down. And for thirty-eight years come April she's been a mighty fine wife.
      Margaret: I'm very happy for both of you, Colonel.
      Col. Potter: Thank you, Major, but the point is if I'd let a few tears get to me I'd have dumped Mrs. P back in 1913.
      Margaret: Cooper isn't your wife. She's my nurse, and she's my responsibility, and if she goes to pieces every time a patient moans or bleeds, she's useless to this unit!
      Col. Potter: Now major, Cooper's just going through her own litte baptisim of fire.
      Margaret: I DON'T GIVE A DAMN ABOUT HER BAPTISM! I CARE ABOUT THE PATIENTS!
      Col. Potter: So do I, but she still needs our support! So long as she doesn't quit on herself, we won't either! Look, give the girl a chance. If it doesn't work out, I'll personally throw her bags on the jeep.
      Margaret: I'll give her a chance if that's an order.
      Col. Potter: (smugly) Then it's an order. Easy up on the girl.
      Margaret: (very sarcastic) Oh, yes Colonel. Lord knows I wouldn't want to do anything to UPSET HER!!!
      (Margaret furiously storms out of Colonel Potter's office)

    • Charles: It would be refreshing if just once the two of you would end an argument intelligently.
      Hawkeye: Alright, just this once.
      (Hawkeye and BJ blow raspberries at Charles)

    • (Radar's tattoo gets a forced inspection.)
      Colonel Potter: Radar, let's see it.
      Radar: Oh, no sir, sir!
      Colonel Potter: (in a reprimanding tone) Corporal, and for the time being you are a Corporal, let me remind you of one thing. (points his index finger upward) As your Commanding Officer, it is my duty to inspect any part of this camp!
      Radar: You mean I'm gonna have to. . .
      Colonel Potter: Drop 'em!!
      Radar: Oh, BOY!! But this is under protest.
      Colonel Potter: Understood.

    • Nurse Cooper: I knew you were watching me when I turned around. Should I pack?
      Margaret: (with resignation) No, Colonel Potter doesn't want you leaving. He seems to think there's hope for you.
      Nurse Cooper: He must be just an old softie.
      Margaret: He can afford to be. He doesn't work with you as closely as I do.
      Nurse Cooper: Does this mean you're getting off my back?
      Margaret: For now. Oh, but don't worry! One day he'll be operating and need suction and retraction, and there won't be anybody giving it to him, because you'll be God knows where crying your eyes out!
      Nurse Cooper: (with determination) That won't happen, Major.
      Margaret: Oh?
      Nurse Cooper: I won't give you the satisfaction, Major. From now on, I will be just as tough and unfeeling as you are.

    • Sergeant (showing Hawkeye and BJ his tattoo): The Marine emblem, Semper Fidelis.
      BJ: Latin for "always faithful."
      Hawkeye: Well, I'd want to meet the girl first.

    • Radar: (about his tattoo) It'll come off when I take a bath.
      Hawkeye: My God, it is permanent.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Tattooed soldier Eddie Hendrix (played by Larry Block) would also appear as Sgt Cimoli in season 7's episode 11 "Dear Comrade".

    • Radar asks Margaret if Donald Penobscott has any tattoos, and she gets mad and won't tell him. Her husband actually does have a tattoo. In "Margaret's Engagement", she told the other nurses that he had a Sherman tank tattooed on his left bicep.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Lydia The Tattoed Lady: In the opening scene, when the tattooed patient's (Larry Block) body art is revealed, Hawkeye sings the following lines:

      Lydia, Lydia, oh have you seen Lydia?
      Lydia the Tattooed Lady?


      These are the opening lines from Lydia the Tattooed Lady?, a song that was sung by Groucho Marx in the stage show and 1939 film At The Circus (aka A Day At The Circus.)

      Joseph Hardin would go on to appear in episode #4, 1-4, "Love is a Three-Way Street", in the Mash semi-sequel spinoff Trapper John M.D..

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