Season 5 Episode 2

Margaret's Engagement

Aired Unknown Sep 28, 1976 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Margaret's Engagement
Margaret, calling from Tokyo, holds the camp in suspense until she returns with the news of her engagement to Lieutenant Colonel Donald Penobscott. Frank Burns takes the news hard and arrests a Korean family as spies.

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Alan Alda

Alan Alda

Captain Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce

Gary Burghoff

Gary Burghoff

Corporal Walter Eugene "Radar" O'Reilly

Harry Morgan

Harry Morgan

Colonel Sherman T. Potter

Larry Linville

Larry Linville

Major Franklin Delano Marion Burns

Loretta Swit

Loretta Swit

Major Margaret J. "Hot Lips" Houlihan

Mike Farrell

Mike Farrell

Captain BJ Hunnicut

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Margaret states that by marrying Donald, she can have her Army career plus what "every" woman wants--a home, children, a washer-dryer. In a later episode, when she fears that she is pregnant, she states that pregnancy means an automatic discharge, so she could not possibly have children and an Army career as well.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • (Hot Lips Houlihan is going over the highlights of her recent medical conference in Tokyo. She's in the mess tent with the entire medical staff.)
      Potter: Is there anything further to report, Major?
      Houlihan: Yes, Colonel. About three weeks ago, one of our patients---a Lt. Turvey---required emergency surgery in Tokyo. Apparently, the MASH surgeon removed part of the colon without exteriorizing. The patient later developed peritonitis.
      Potter: And which of us was responsible for that?
      Houlihan: (hestitantly) Oh, it was Major Burns, sir.
      Burns: (grinning) Well, that's one on me.
      Hawkeye: (sarcastically) Well, he's certainly being a good sport about it.
      B. J.: I'd say.
      Potter: What do you have to say for yourself, Burns?
      Burns: Colonel, exteriorizing takes time. I'm a busy man. I've got things to do. I'm sorry.
      Houlihan: Major Burns, he nearly died!
      Burns: Well, I said I'm sorry. You don't have to make a federal case out of it!
      Potter: From now on, it's strictly by the book. This happens again, it goes on your record.
      Burns: Okay. I thought it was going to be a fun meeting.

    • Hawkeye: It's seven thirty. Where's Burns?
      B.J.: Having paternal feelings?
      Hawkeye: Now I know how Dad felt the night of my prom.
      B.J.: Hmm, when you were out breaking in your first debauch?

    • (Frank stabbed Margaret with a scalpel)
      Margaret: That sadist! He did it on purpose!
      Hawkeye: Yeah, well if he hadn't, I would've.
      Margaret: What's that supposed to mean?
      Hawkeye: It means you have the senstivity of a Sherman Tank. Talking about that guy in front of Frank is a swift kick in his ego. A target one can hardly miss.
      Margaret: He's a grown man, isn't he? Semi.
      (Hawkeye pours alcohol on Margaret's stab wound and she gasps in pain)
      Hawkeye: Something wrong?
      Margaret: You did that on purpose!
      Hawkeye: Well you can take it. You're a grown woman... semi.
      Margaret: Since when have you ever given two hoots about Frank Burns?!
      Hawkeye: Its only one hoot. I just started.
      Margaret: You've given him a few swift kicks yourself!
      Hawkeye: Yeah, but never when he was down, only when he wasn't looking.

    • (talking about Frank)
      Hawkeye: He took his gun and his toothbrush.
      BJ: Shooting his mouth off again.

    • BJ: Frank, weren't you a Boy Scout?
      Frank: Yes, I was. Later, I was Scoutmaster.
      Hawkeye: Until those little ingrates set fire to his pants.
      Frank: Not true! That was a drill.

    • Potter: How's Major Burns taking the good news?
      Margaret: Oh, I haven't told him yet.
      Potter: I have a suggestion: Break it to him over a cup of phenobarb. (Margaret laughs and leaves) I'm not kidding!

    • (talking about Margaret's news in the OR)
      BJ: Well, whatever it is, she's playing it pretty close to the chest.
      Frank: I heard that!
      Hawkeye: Frank's right. You shouldn't mention Hot Lips' chest when it's not here to stand up for itself.

    • (Margaret shows Frank her engagement ring)
      Frank: Congratulations.
      Margaret: Oh, I'm so happy, Frank!
      Frank: If you're happy, I'm very happy. (he rips the mess tent door down as he leaves)
      Hawkeye: Well, that worked out all right.

    • Frank: (shouting) What has he got that I haven't got?
      Margaret: (also shouting) Lips!
      Frank: Lips aren't everything!

  • NOTES (4)

    • You really can begin to see the change in Margaret as she willingly embraces both Hawkeye and B.J.. Not only that, she calls them both by their nicknames.

    • Frank gets in the last laugh as he makes a snide remark about Margaret's age. Also, we get to see a very rare scene as Frank shares a laugh with Hawkeye and B.J. after the remark.

    • The plot device of Margaret getting married is pretty much setting everything up for Larry Linville's departure from the series. It also pretty much changes the dynamic of their relationship as now she begins to see him pretty much in the same light that everyone else sees him in.

    • Neither Klinger or Mulcahy appear in this episode.