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Season 2 Episode 23

Mail Call

Aired Unknown Feb 23, 1974 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Mail Call
The arrival of a new batch of mail leaves Trapper depressed, and thinking of desertion, despite Hawkeye's efforts to dissuade him. Meanwhile, Hawkeye learns that he has successfully tricked Frank into buying stocks in a fictitious company, Pioneer Aviation.

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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)

    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)

    Wayne Rogers

    Wayne Rogers

    Captain John Francis Xavier "Trapper" McIntyre (Season 1-3)

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (2)

    • QUOTES (6)

      • Klinger: Are you in, sir?
        Henry: No! No, Klinger, this is a film of me!

      • Klinger: Sir, I have to confess--I'm a Communist. An atheistic, Marxist, card-carrying, uh...
        Henry: Bolshevik.
        Klinger: No, honest!
        Henry: You are not!
        Klinger: I am too, you imperialist dog!
        Henry: Klinger, I've never hit a woman before.

      • (Trapper is drunk in the O Club and playing the piano)
        Mulcahy: Trapper, don't you think that's quite enough?
        Trapper: Just one more chorus, Father.
        Mulcahy: Is something troubling you, my son?
        Trapper: I'm not Catholic, Father.
        Mulcahy: Well, all in good time. Which is more than we can say for your piano playing.
        Trapper: 20,000 miles from home, not to have them around, not to share their growing up--just wait, Father. Wait'll you have children.

      • Margaret: Frank, you're double talking. I can always tell. Your upper lip disappears.

      • Klinger: I got this in mail call today, sir.
        Henry: What is it?
        Klinger: It's a letter from my mother. 'Dear son...'
        Henry: You obviously haven't sent her a recent picture.
        Klinger: 'I hate to bother you in the middle of a war, but I have some terrible news. Your father is very sick. (looks at Henry and sighs) If he knew I was writing to you, he'd be very angry. Fortunately for us, he's in a coma.'
        Henry: Klinger--
        Klinger: Sir, please. 'We know your colonel has a good heart, and surely he'll let you come home for your father's funeral, or his 65th birthday, whichever comes first. I will close this letter now, son of my heart, because my tears are making the paper soggy and hard to write on. Your loving, aggravated, broken-hearted mother.'
        Henry: Uh huh. (reaching for a file behind him) Here we go. (pulls out other letters) The father dying, right?
        Klinger: Yes, sir. (feigns sobbing)
        Henry: (leafing through the other letters) Father dying last year. Mother dying last year. Mother and father dying. Mother, father, and older sister dying. Mother dying and older sister pregnant. Older sister dying and mother pregnant. Younger sister pregnant and older sister dying. Here's an oldie but goodie: half of the family dying, other half pregnant.(puts down the letters) Klinger, aren't you ashamed of yourself?
        Klinger: Yes, sir. I don't deserve to be in the Army!

      • Hawkeye: Trap, leaving a war in the middle is very upsetting to those who invited us.
        Trapper: Hey, listen. I don't like a movie, I get up and leave. I don't like the war, I'm goin'!
        Hawkeye: Aw, c'mon, Trap, you gotta stick around and see how it ends.
        Trapper: Oh, but it doesn't end, it's continuous! When it finishes here, they take it on the road. I can catch it anytime, anyplace!

    • NOTES (2)

      • Check out the sequels: "Mail Call, Again" (#G518, Dec. 9, 1975), and "Mail Call Three" (#Y121, Feb. 6, 1978). As with the "Dear Dad" trilogy of episodes, this is the second time an episode sired three such named episodes.

      • This is the first of 32 episodes directed by Alan Alda. His last was the final episode.

    • ALLUSIONS (0)