M*A*S*H

Season 5 Episode 8

Mulcahy's War

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Aired Unknown Nov 16, 1976 on CBS
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Mulcahy's War
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After Frank discovers that Danny Fitzsimmons has shot himself to get out of combat, Father Mulcahy is called in. Realizing his lack of understanding of the fighting, Mulcahy accompanies Radar to an aid station, where they encounter the real war at first hand. Mulcahy performs an emergency tracheotomy, guided by Hawkeye over the radio.moreless

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  • Father Mulcahy performs emergency surgery

    9.0
    If you're the only man between the puck and the net, then you're a Goalie.



    Father Mulcahy found himself alone between the puck and the net in this episode. He disobeyed direct orders from his commanding officer, going out to battle to help to retrieve a wounded soldier, and then turned up episode hero. The final line, "No Sir, you had to be there" was a touching conclusion.



    The problem I have with the episode is that M*A*S*H is a show marketed on realism. And too many features of this episode defy realism: From a Chaplain defying a direct order, to his successful novice surgeon act, to the commanding officer overlooking the breech.moreless
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

Jamie Farr

Jamie Farr

Corporal Maxwell Q. Klinger

Larry Linville

Larry Linville

Major Franklin Delano Marion Burns

Loretta Swit

Loretta Swit

Major Margaret J. "Hot Lips" Houlihan

Brian Byers

Brian Byers

Pt. Fitzsimmons

Guest Star

Ric Mancini

Ric Mancini

Sergeant Hodkey

Guest Star

Richard Foronjy

Richard Foronjy

Sergeant

Guest Star

Jeff Maxwell

Jeff Maxwell

Igor (uncredited)

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Potter: Well, what do you think of that?
      Hawkeye: I think I'm a fool.
      Potter: What do you mean?
      Hawkeye: I came all the way over to Korea to perform surgery. I could have stayed at home and phoned it in.

    • Radar: You know what's funny? When Cupcake gets his promotion, I'm gonna be outranked by a dog.
      Hawkeye: I know how you feel. I'm only a captain and Frank is a major.

    • Hawkeye: (on the phone) Yeah, right, we don't have any choppers and you don't have any ambulances! Now if we could just run out of wounded soldiers, we wouldn't have to be in business at all!

    • (a wounded dog is brought to the 4077th in a helicopter)
      BJ: Notice anything unusual about this guy?
      Hawkeye: He's out of uniform. He's wearing a fur coat.

    • Margaret: Frank, as long as we have to work together, I don't see why we can't be friends.
      Frank: Friends? Don't you dare mention the word 'friend' to me, you . . . you nurse! Scissors!
      (Margaret shoves the scissors into his hand and he winces)
      Hawkeye: Hey, you two, these public displays of affection have got to stop.

    • BJ: Y'know, Father, I thought we had a deal: we save the bodies, you save the souls.
      Mulcahy: Oh, my. I hope I didn't violate any union regulations!
      (Potter and Hawkeye walk in)
      Potter: Father!
      Hawkeye: Hey, Father!
      Patter: Thought you'd like to know your patient is doing just fine.
      Hawkeye: We're all thinking of trading in our scalpels for Tom Mix pocketknives.
      Potter: Padre, I could swear I told you not to go up to the front.
      Mulcahy: Yes, sir, you did, sir. And in spite of the fact that I saved a man's life, I now feel I was wrong to disobey you.
      Potter: Cleverly put. Boom Boom Gallagher would be proud of you.
      Mulcahy: Oh. Well, what a nice thought.
      Hawkeye: You know, Father, first time I operated I was scared stiff, and there weren't any bombs going off around me, either. I can imagine what it was like for you.
      Mulcahy: No, Hawkeye, you can't.
      Hawkeye: Why not?
      Mulcahy: You had to be there.

    • BJ: Some guys shoot themselves in the foot to get sent back home.
      Klinger: Not me. I'd ruin a perfectly good pair of nylons.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Hawkeye tells Frank that Danny Fitzsimmons is a football player from Fordham University. Fordham happens to be Alan Alda's real alma mater.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Father Mulcahy carries a "Tom Mix" pocket knife.

      "The Tom Mix Raltston Straightshooters" was a 15 minute radio Western. It originally ran on the NBC Red network from 1933-1937, then on the NBC Blue network from 1937-1942. After being off the air for two years, it resumed on the Mutual Broadcasting System from 1944-1951. (In 1944, the NBC Blue was sold and became ABC.)

      Tom Mix was played by Artells Dickson, Russell Thorson, Jack Holden, and Curley Bradley.

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