M*A*S*H

Season 6 Episode 20

Mail Call Three

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Aired Unknown Feb 06, 1978 on CBS
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Mail Call Three
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After a delay of three weeks, five sacks of mail arrive, and everyone in camp reacts to good and bad news from home. Hawkeye receives love letters addressed to another Benjamin Pierce, another man has approached B.J.'s wife, and Radar's mom has found a boyfriend.

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    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

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    • TRIVIA (2)

      • Discrepancy in background: In the series pilot episode, Hawkeye tells Trapper John that Ho Jon can stay with his parents while attending medical school in the United States. In this episode, however, he tells Radar that his father is a widower (and relates a story about an event involving his widowed father which happened when he was 12 years old), which is a discrepancy in his personal history.

      • Radar talks about the "new" Nash Metropolitan. This car was introduced in UK and USA in March 1954, some time after the Armistice.

    • QUOTES (13)

      • Klinger: I've known Laverne since we were kids. I trusted her. She was my look out on fruit stand heists when I was twelve. The day I left, she promised to wait. She didn't tell me some other guy was gonna wait with her.

      • (a bad tempered Klinger walks off on his job of managing the camp's movie)
        Potter: All right, Klinger, what's going on?
        Klinger: I told you, my wife's divorcing me!
        Hawkeye: SAVE IT FOR TALENT NIGHT!
        (the entire camp starts furiously shouting at Klinger)
        Klinger: I just want someone to listen to me.
        BJ: We've heard it all, Klinger.
        Margaret: It's just another phoney story.
        Klinger: (outraged) NO IT'S NOT! (Klinger starts tearing his dress off in pieces) This is phoney sir, and this, and this, all this is phoney! But my wife leaving me isn't! She took my allotment checks, built up a nice bank account, and now she's found another guy!
        (Klinger storms out of the tent)
        Charles: I will never get to see the end of this movie.

      • (B.J. is trying to put through a call home, and picks up Radar's teddy bear)
        B.J.: What, what, what's the problem?
        Radar: Hey, this is going to take a few minutes, you know, there's static over Honolulu!
        B.J.: Great, it's probably those electric ukeleles! (Grips bear tightly)
        Radar: Hey!
        B.J.: What?
        (Radar stalks over and retrieves his bear)
        Radar: His head isn't on too good either!

      • Charles: Now, now, dear. Inherited characteristics are extremely important, and the bloodline is the key. Most assuredly, you are good breeding stock: wide pelvis--oof! (Margaret elbows him in the solar plexus, spins him around and heads him for the door) Good bones, firm muscle tone--
        Margaret: Out!
        Charles: Excellent reflexes--
        Margaret: Out!
        Charles: Will you excuse me?

      • Klinger: This is the worst day of my life!
        Potter: Don't be ridiculous, you're gonna have a lot worse days than this.
        Klinger: Thank you, sir.

      • Radar: Well, I don't even know this guy and he's going out, er, around with my mom. Look, Bingo on Wednesday night at the Masonic Lodge. Friday it's square dancing at the Pentecostal Church, every Sunday he gets her in his Nash Metropolitan and he takes her over to Lockport for snow cones. Just the two of them, they never stop. It's just go, go, go!
        Hawkeye: What's wrong, wrong, wrong?
        Radar: Well, old people aren't supposed to go running around like that!
        Hawkeye: Sure they are, I think it's great.
        Radar: Well--yeah, but what if he--uh, suppose he wants to horse around?
        Hawkeye: Great! It's good for the cardiovascular system.

      • Klinger: I may not have a family no more in Toledo, but I sure got one here.

      • Hawkeye: To Max Klinger, Korea's most eligible bachelor!
        BJ: May you find a wife who dresses at least as well as you do.

      • Colonel Potter: We can't let every soldier who gets a Dear John letter go home. There'd be nobody left overseas.

      • Radar (sorting the mail): Captain Hunnicutt, Captain Hunnicutt, Captain Hunnicutt . . .
        Hawkeye: Those are for me.

      • (Klinger willingly returned from an attempted desertion)
        Potter: What changed your mind?
        Klinger: Well, as I was waiting for the plane I had some time to really think about what [Laverne] had done to me. She had no right, not while I was here.
        Potter: Agreed.
        Klinger: Don't forget, underneath all these dresses beats the heart of a real man. I got my pride. And if she don't want me, than I don't want her!
        Potter: Now you're talking!
        Klinger: Let her have Morty! She'll probably eat all that free sausage and blow up like a balloon! Serves her right!
        Potter: You deserve a lot better.
        Klinger: That's right. Besides, this hitch is bad enough, I don't wanna spend the next one in jail. When I leave the army, it'll be the honorable way...with a Section 8!

      • Radar: Colonel! Colonel, it's Klinger. He's back.
        Col. Potter: Out of my way. Thank God he's back alive. I'm gonna kill him.

      • (BJ is drunk and mumbles something incoherent)
        Hawkeye: It must be wonderful to have a second language.

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