Season 8 Episode 19

Morale Victory

Aired Unknown Jan 28, 1980 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • (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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