M*A*S*H

Season 4 Episode 14

Mail Call, Again

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Aired Unknown Dec 09, 1975 on CBS
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Mail Call, Again
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Mail brings a letter to Frank saying his wife is divorcing him, and one to Potter telling him he's going to be a grandfather.

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    Gary Burghoff

    Gary Burghoff

    Corporal Walter Eugene "Radar" O'Reilly (Season 1-8)

    Alan Alda

    Alan Alda

    Captain Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce

    Harry Morgan

    Harry Morgan

    Colonel Sherman T. Potter (Season 4-11)

    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

    Gary Burghoff

    Gary Burghoff

    Mrs. O'Reilly

    Recurring Role

    Kellye Nakahara

    Kellye Nakahara

    Kellye (uncredited)

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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    • TRIVIA (5)

      • Klinger should have done some more research about the Selective Service Act (established in 1948) before he made up his story. A sole remaining son is not exempt from military service unless his sibling or siblings died in a war. Dying in a harmonica factory doesn't count, and the exemption isn't in effect during wartime anyway.

      • BJ's dog's name is Waggle Hunnicut.

      • In the ep where BJ plans a reunion Potter's grandson Cory is going to have his 5th birthday. In a Christmas ep, Potter gives a pair of Cory's PJs to Radar for his teddy bear.

      • Potter becomes a grandfather in this episode, but not for the first time. In "Dear Sigmund" he says to Capt. Hathaway "I've got a granddaughter at home who's about eight."

      • Potter learns his grandchild is a girl instead of the grandson he had hoped for. In "Mail Call Three" however, he gets his wish. He shows Radar photos of his "grandson Cory."

    • QUOTES (10)

      • (After Frank gets off the phone with his wife, he giggles and proceeds to leave Colonel Potter's office. When he does, Major Houlihan throws a chair at him, just barely missing him.)
        Houlihan: WAR HORSE?!? ARMY MULE?!?
        Burns: Margaret!
        Houlihan: STUFF IT!!!

      • Frank: What are you doing here in officer's country?
        Radar: I'm just delivering the mail, sir.
        Frank: Well than deliver it and get lost, you little drip.
        Radar: I was just having a talk with the guys.
        Frank: The guys? The guys?! I am Major Burns! That is Captain Pierce and that is Captain Hunnicut! We are not guys!
        BJ: I thought I was.

      • Radar: We're having a pool on the birth of a baby. Date, weight and sex, one dollar.
        Margaret: I don't approve of gambling.
        Radar: It's Colonel Potter's grandchild.
        Margaret: Six and a half pounds, the 25th, boy.

      • Radar: Was that you singing, sir?
        Potter: Music has charms to soothe a savage breast.
        Radar: I don't know much about those, sir.

      • (Col. Potter tears up after hearing about his new granddaughter)
        BJ: (seeing Hawkeye tearing up also) You, too?
        Hawkeye: I lost the baby pool.
        Mulcahy: Bless my soul. I won!
        BJ: A little inside information, Father?
        Mulcahy: No, not at all. I just know a little bit more about conceptions.

      • Potter: Klinger, you've gotta live before you die.
        Klinger: (crying) Oh, you said a mouthful, sir.
        Potter: And they never did. You made this whole thing up.
        Klinger: (normal voice) How can you tell?
        Potter: I know you. Every time you tell a lie, your nose gets smaller. Dismissed!
        Klinger: I'll be back.
        Potter: I'll be here.

      • Radar: (to Father Mulcahy) When you get a letter from your sister the sister, does she call you Father, Brother, or Lieutenant Father?
        Mulcahy: She calls me by my given name, Francis.
        Radar: (laughs) Sorry, Father.
        Mulcahy: That's all right, Radar. I'm here to entertain the troops.

      • Frank: (talking to his wife with Margaret listening) We have a Major Houlihan, but that's laughable. Major Houlihan is an old warhorse!

      • BJ: Everything okay at home, Frank?
        Frank: (distracted) Uh, fine, yeah. Yeah, the, uh, crabgrass is in bloom, and the cat had puppies...

      • (BJ has received a letter from his dog)
        Hawkeye: Your dog?
        BJ: My wife does the actual writing, actually.
        Hawkeye: Surely you jest.
        Radar: (laughing) Dogs can't write!
        Hawkeye: Are you kidding? I once knew a cocker spaniel, covered the dog show for the New York Times.
        (Radar laughs)
        Hawkeye: Oh, yeah? He would have won the Pulitzer Prize but that was the year Joyce Kilmer wrote 'Trees!'

    • NOTES (3)

      • In this episode, Klinger tries to get sent home by showing Colonel Potter a fake letter about a family tragedy. He tried this trick on Henry in the first "Mail Call" episode as well. Naturally, neither of the COs believed him.

      • This is where the changing relationhip of Margaret and Frank really comes to a head. For the first time the audience can see how Frank merely views Margaret as nothing more than his little plaything while he is in Korea. Also, Frank really looks like the weasel he is due to the fact that the during the conversation with Louise he asks if he is still in her father's will.

      • Gary Burghoff appears in this episode as both Radar and his mother.

    • ALLUSIONS (1)

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