M*A*S*H

Season 5 Episode 21

Movie Tonight

6
Aired Unknown Feb 22, 1977 on CBS
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As a cure for the increased tension at the 4077th, Potter obtains a copy of his favorite film, My Darling Clementine, and makes a social event out of it. As the film continues to break, tensions rise, until Mulcahy plays the piano, Radar does his impersonations, and everyone acts out scenes from the film.

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  • Radar really DID have ESP!

    10
    One of my favorite episodes, too. But Radar's ability to predict things before they happened was really astonishing. His imitation of John Wayne included lines that were spoken in Wayne's movie, McClintock, filmed in 1963, ten years after the end of the Korean War. Way to go, Radar!
  • "Gee, Mom, I wanna go home!!"

    10
    This is by far one of my family's favorite MASH episodes of all time!! I grew up watching the show with my mom, dad, and three older brothers- quoting lines at will.

    From this episode, "Jocularity... Jocularity...", was always coming out of my mouth! As was the "Gee, Mom, I wanna go home" song sung by the company (especially Frank's part)- "The surgeons in the army, they think they're really smart, I'd like to a scalpel, and stab 'em in the heart..." - which always had my family rolling with laughter!



    Watch this episode for guaranteed laughs or an instant pick-me-up!!moreless
  • This has to be one of the best M*A*S*H episodes. The singing, imitations, and jokes are superb.

    10
    I just saw this episode again, and it was just as wonderful as every time I watch it. The camp is grouchy; various aspects of the war is getting them down. So, Col. Potter orders a movie to cheer everyone up. "My Darling Clementine." As the movie is being shown, it breaks down a number of times. The MASH gang fills in the intervals with singing and with various people doing impressions. The music was terrific from first song to last! Loretta Swit has a great voice. You can hear her when everyone is singing and when she does a solo. Radar does excellent impersonations of a number of TV and movie starts, but the best is when they imitate Father Mulcahy. Jocularity follows throughout this whole episode. It is darn near perfect. Highly recommended.moreless
  • Jocularity, jocularity, jocularity!

    10
    A brilliant episode that takes a break from the normal set-up of a M*A*S*H episode. It\\\'s another lull for the 4077, with everyone doing the tedious menial chores. Fortunately, Colonel Potter has ordered a good movie. Unfortunately, everything that can go wrong with the film does. So instead, the unit has to entertain themselves while waiting for it to be repaired.

    The \\\"Army Life\\\" bit is a classic, of course. Radar\\\'s impressions really are fantastic. It\\\'s just amazing to hear that little guy sound so much like John Wayne and Jack Benny. My favorite bit is the Father Mulcahy Sound Alike Contest. It ends with everyone in the mess tent (including Frank) re-enacting the final shoot out of the OK Corral and dog-piling top of each other.

    The 4077 is a family, and this is one of those episodes that shows them acting just like one. It\\\'s just a fun episode all over.moreless
  • A Fun and Entertaining Episode

    10
    This is one of my favorite episodes.



    We see everyone doing non-surgical chores that still have to be done. We did not get to this very often. It is a nice change of pace.



    The activites during the periods where there was a problem to be fixed with either the film or the projector were hilarious.



    We see the members of the 4077 having fun and being silly.



    The Army song was a highlight of the episode. We also see Frank becoming increasingly inappropiate with his lyrics. We are clearly being set up for him to totally lose it.moreless
Alan Alda

Alan Alda

Captain Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce

Mike Farrell

Mike Farrell

Captain BJ Hunnicut

Harry Morgan

Harry Morgan

Colonel Sherman T. Potter

Gary Burghoff

Gary Burghoff

Corporal Walter Eugene "Radar" O'Reilly

Loretta Swit

Loretta Swit

Major Margaret J. "Hot Lips" Houlihan

Larry Linville

Larry Linville

Major Franklin Delano Marion Burns

Jeffrey Kramer

Jeffrey Kramer

I-Corps Driver

Guest Star

Carmine Scelza

Carmine Scelza

Corpsman

Guest Star

Judy Farrell

Judy Farrell

Nurse Able

Recurring Role

Kellye Nakahara

Kellye Nakahara

Kellye

Recurring Role

Enid Kent

Enid Kent

Bigelow

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • During the scene where the company is watching the movie in the mess tent, the film projector repeatedly breaks down. Radar does an imitation of John Wayne from the movie Mclintock. This movie came out in 1963. This is 10 years after the end of the Korean War.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Klinger: I blew the bulb, it's not my fault! Who do I look like, Thomas Edison?
      Hawkeye: No, you look like Mrs. Edison!

    • Klinger (singing): Nobody knows the trouble I've seen...
      Hawkeye: I know.
      Klinger (singing): Somebody knows the trouble I've seen...

    • Margaret: Hit it, Father.
      Mulcahy: Hit what?
      Margaret: Anything.

    • Frank: Gee whiz, that's terrific! I haven't seen a good movie in ages.
      Hawkeye: Oh, Frank, don't be childish. It's only a movie.(after Frank leaves) Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy! A movie! Hee hee hee hee! I'm so excited I could plotz!

    • Hawkeye: What does a pilot got that I haven't got?
      Bigelow: A plane.
      Hawkeye: Why settle for a plain when you can have a fancy?

    • Potter: Let's all try to get along.
      BJ: (singing) Git along, little doggie...
      Hawkeye: I had a long little doggie once. It was a dachshund.
      BJ: Oh, a little hot dog. What happened to him?
      Hawkeye: He got mustard out.
      BJ: I relish these conversations.

    • (after Klinger hits Frank with his mop)
      Potter: Burns, I put you in charge of this detail.
      BJ: Doin' a great job, Colonel. He's already washed his face and his shirt.
      Hawkeye: At the same time.

    • Hawkeye: (cleaning the gas tanks) This thing has knocked out more guys than Joe Louis.
      BJ: (raising the gas mask) The winner and still champeen...

  • NOTES (1)

    • The last scene in which the 4077th surgeons in the O.R sing "My Darling Clementine" is deleted from syndicated prints; it was reinstated in the M*A*S*H Season 5 DVD set in December 2003.

  • ALLUSIONS (0)

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