M*A*S*H

Season 8 Episode 19

Morale Victory

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Aired Unknown Jan 28, 1980 on CBS
9.0
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Morale Victory
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Tired of their constant complaints about the quality of recreational activities at the 4077th, Colonel Potter appoints Hawkeye and B.J. as the new morale officers. Winchester's morale has already reached a new peak: He's ecstatic about his operation on a wounded soldier, Sheridan, which saved the boy's leg, leaving only "negligible" side effects - less use of his right hand. However, the soldier was a concert pianist before the war, so Winchester obtains music written by Maurice Ravel for a pianist that had lost a hand in World War I.moreless

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  • Morale is low and Hawkeye and BJ as usual are not happy with the same old movie that they have seen 12 times. So they are put in charge of morale and its looks bad but they come through in the end with the help of Klinger.moreless

    9.9
    This is probably one of my top 10 favorite episodes. Charles (David Ogden Stiers) should have received at least an Emmy nomination for this episode. he was awesome in helping the wounded soldier. Winchester is thrilled that he was able to save his leg and most of the use of his hands. He then finds out the soldier is a concert pianist. The soldier will only have partial use of his right hand and he is devastated. Charles tries several times to cheer him up. this episode shows Winchester's human side, he is Charles this time and not Winchester the 3rd.



    Eventually Charles is able to obtain music written by Maurice Ravel for a pianist that had lost a hand in World War I. Great episode and to me ties in with the show's final episode and Charles' love for music. I highly recommend you watch this one.moreless
Alan Alda

Alan Alda

Captain Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce

David Ogden Stiers

David Ogden Stiers

Major Charles Emerson Winchester III (Season 6-11)

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

Mike Farrell

Mike Farrell

Captain BJ Hunnicut (Season 4-11)

James Stephens

James Stephens

Pt. David Sheridan

Guest Star

Connie Izay

Connie Izay

Nurse

Guest Star

G.W. Bailey

G.W. Bailey

Rizzo

Recurring Role

Jeff Maxwell

Jeff Maxwell

Igor

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • The music that Charles asked Klinger to pick up in Seoul was Maurice Ravel's "Piano Concerto for the Left Hand." Additionally, the story that Charles tells is the true story of Paul Wittgenstein, who lost his right hand during World War I yet continued his performing through commissioning works for piano using only the left hand.

    • The movie shown at the beginning of this episode is the 1942 film Tales of Manhattan starring Charles Boyer. Col. Potter mentions that Boyer is both his and his wife's favorite actor.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • (Klinger goes to the mess tent after looking for a new movie for the camp.)
      Klinger: So far, the only movie that's available is a little nibbit called Terror In The Tiny Town. It's a Western with an all-midget cast.
      Hawkeye: Oh, great! What do we do? Show it on a pillow-case?
      B.J.: No doubt with selected short subjects.
      Klinger: I'm serious, guys! It's a real movie!
      Rizzo: You guys stink! Who wants to see a shrimp cowboy?

    • Charles: Don't you see? Your hand may be stilled, but your gift cannot be silenced if you refuse to let it be… The gift does not lie in your hands. I have hands, David. Hands that can make a scalpel sing. More than anything in my life I wanted to play, but I do not have the gift. I can play the notes, but I cannot make the music. You have performed Liszt, Rachmaninoff, Chopin. Even if you never do so again, you've already known a joy that I will never know as long as I live. Because the true gift is in your head and in your heart and in your soul. Now you can shut it off forever, or you can find new ways to share your gift with the world – through the baton, the classroom, or the pen. As to these works, they're for you, because you and the piano will always be as one.

    • Colonel Potter: (to Hawkeye and B.J.) How could you 3-day suckers give Klinger a blank pass? That's like the warden asking Willie Sutton to lock up to hoosegow.

    • Potter: You two baboons spoiled a swell movie!
      Hawkeye: No, we didn't! It's been here so long, it's spoiled by itself!
      Potter: This is the war, you know! Be grateful that we got a talkie!
      Hawkeye: We are, but don't you think we deserve a little decent entertainment?! God knows everything else around here stinks!

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