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M*A*S*H

Season 3 Episode 3

Officer of the Day

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Aired Unknown Sep 24, 1974 on CBS
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Officer of the Day
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While Henry is away in Seoul, Burns and Houlihan are in charge, and Hawkeye is the officer of the day. His refusal to release a wounded Korean soldier, wanted by US Intelligence, leads to a confrontation with Colonel Flagg.

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    Alan Alda

    Alan Alda

    Captain Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce

    Gary Burghoff

    Gary Burghoff

    Corporal Walter Eugene "Radar" O'Reilly (Season 1-8)

    Larry Linville

    Larry Linville

    Major Franklin Delano Marion Burns (Season 1-5)

    Loretta Swit

    Loretta Swit

    Major Margaret J. "Hot Lips" Houlihan

    McLean Stevenson

    McLean Stevenson

    Lt. Colonel Henry Braymore Blake (Season 1-3)

    Wayne Rogers

    Wayne Rogers

    Captain John Francis Xavier "Trapper" McIntyre (Season 1-3)

    Tad Horino

    Tad Horino

    1st Korean

    Guest Star

    Mitchell Sakamoto

    Mitchell Sakamoto

    Unknown

    Guest Star

    Norman Hamano

    Norman Hamano

    Unknown

    Guest Star

    Dennis Troy

    Dennis Troy

    Carter

    Recurring Role

    Jerry Fujikawa

    Jerry Fujikawa

    Sang Yu

    Recurring Role

    Richard Lee Sung

    Richard Lee Sung

    2nd Korean

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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    • TRIVIA (4)

      • When Radar completes his bugle playing, he snaps it smartly under his arm. It's actually well tucked in at this point, and then we see him make a slight adjustment to it--but only a slight one. A moment later, the bugle is sticking out in front of him to an absurd degree.

      • Frank should've reviewed army regulations. It's against regulations to order a doctor to sign someone out, no matter who their patient is. Of course, Frank is probably doing this just to suck up to Colonel Flagg. This is not the first time Frank has gone against regulations to suck up to a superior officer. He, as well as Hot Lips, tried sucking up to General Mitchell in the season 2 episode "Officers Only".

      • Having served in the military, I spotted 3 problems with the retreat ceremony at the beginning of this episode:

        1. Cannons are not used as part of the daily retreat ceremony.
        2. Live ammunition is NEVER used in ceremonies; therefore the round bouncing off Radar's bugle is bogus.
        3. Assuming there was a live round in the cannon, doesn't the muzzle velocity seem incredibly slow? It takes the "round" nearly 1 second to travel the 30 or 40 feet from the cannon to Radar's bugle.

      • While Hawkeye is sitting on the cot in the Colonel's office, Radar is getting undressed in his adjoining office. Radar mentions that his brother is "4-F", working as a box boy back home, though Radar is an only child. In the same scene, Radar is seen standing with his uniform shirt off, wearing only his tee shirt, and he leans over his cot to tuck in his teddy bear. While leaning over, he is now wearing his uniform shirt. When he stands up again, he is back in his tee shirt.

    • QUOTES (18)

      • Radar: Orders for the guard, sir?
        Hawkeye: Be brave, be loyal, be true. And keep your white flags handy just in case.

      • Hawkeye: Can you identify yourself?
        Kim Luck #2: This is me!
        Hawkeye: Well, I guess you wouldn't kid me about a thing like that.

      • Hawkeye: (to Mr. Yu, after having caught Yu's kids stealing from the Swamp) Are you their real father, or did they steal you?

      • Hawkeye: (taking a drink of his martini and coughing) Smooth!
        Trapper: This morning was a very good year.

      • Hawkeye: I need you. Flagg is here, Army Intelligence.
        Trapper: That's a contradiction in terms.

      • Radar: Guard needs to be changed, sir.
        Hawkeye: Okay, change 'em and get 'em out of here.

      • Frank: (about releasing Flagg's prisoner) Now hear this! I order you to sign.
        Hawkeye: Sorry, we can't take any new orders 'til after Christmas.

      • Margaret: If I didn't hate violence, I'd kick you!
        Hawkeye: Would you? With high heels?

      • Flagg: Who's your second in command?
        Trapper: Major Frank Burns, MD.
        Hawkeye: Manic depressive, it's an honorary title.
        Trapper: He's also schizoid.
        Hawkeye: Sleeps in two bunks.

      • Colonel Flagg: Are you gonna sign out my prisoner?
        Hawkeye: Colonel, I have a more important problem on my hands. One of our teddy bears is missing.

      • Radar: I'm gonna need your signature on this.
        Hawkeye: I'm not signing anything. You're not putting the war in my name. For all I know, Henry didn't keep up the payments.

      • Colonel Flagg: A dozen medical units, I have to pull into a funny farm!

      • Frank: (about Hawkeye) Is he sleeping again?
        Trapper: No, Frank, he heard so much about rigor mortis he thought he would try it.

      • Frank: Fingernail polish?
        Klinger: Flame D'Amour, sir!
        Frank: And earrings?
        Klinger: They match the ring, sir. I'm a symphony in coordination!

      • Hawkeye: Very good, Radar, your report is concise, informative, and makes no sense whatsoever.

      • Hawkeye: I'm not sleeping, I'm inspecting the inside of my eyelids.

      • Flagg: Do I know you? And don't try to deny it.
        Hawkeye: Of course you know me. (showing his OD armband) Olivia de Havilland.
        Flagg: (trying to remember Hawkeye's name) Perkins, Captain Perkins.
        Hawkeye: Pierce.
        Flagg: That's what I said, Captain Pierce.
        Hawkeye: Right, Perkins.

      • Hawkeye: I will not carry a gun, Frank. When I got into this war I had a very clear understanding with the Pentagon: no guns. (Frank scoffs) I'll carry your books, I'll carry a torch, I'll carry a tune, I'll carry on, carry over, carry forward, Cary Grant, cash and carry, carry me back to Old Virginny, I'll even 'hari-kari' if you show me how, but I will not carry a gun!

    • NOTES (4)

      • This is probably the only episode of M*A*S*H where all the Korean characters have the same name; either Kim Luck is a popular name in the area or people have been borrowing each other's ID cards!

      • Hari-kari is a Japanese ritualistic suicide involving the person cutting through their stomach, followed by their head being cut off.

      • Features a Korean rendition of "Tokyo Shoe Shine Boy," first heard in the 1970 MASH movie.

      • Henry does not appear in this episode. This is the first of 10 appearances by Richard Lee Sung, in various roles. The last appearance is in episode 240.

    • ALLUSIONS (1)

      • Hawkeye points to his "O.D." armband and says to Colonel Flagg, "Don't you know me? Olivia de Havilland." Olivia de Havilland is the actress who played Melanie in 1939's Gone With The Wind.

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