M*A*S*H

Season 10 Episode 15

Pressure Points

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Aired Unknown Feb 15, 1982 on CBS
8.6
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Potter sends for Sidney Freedman when he loses confidence in his surgical abilities, and Winchester loses patience with his bunkmates' sloppiness.

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  • The best and the worst in one episode.

    8.2
    This episode clearly shows how Mash could go right, ... or wrong. In the mind of many people the show turned "unfunny" in the later seasons, it became too serious. (The final episode is still a matter of discussion because of this very diagnosis.) The plot line of Colonel Potter's doubts appears to support that theory. No matter how beautifully played by Henry Morgan, it felt a bit too heavy for MASH. Originally the show was a satire, and so by definition it would treat serious matters with some irreverence. A good comedy can surprise the viewer with a sudden tear, but it mustn't get bogged down by them.



    On the other hand we get a perfect Laurel & Hardy moment in the fight scene in the Swamp. In utter silence Winchester and BJ & Hawkeye destroy each other's property. The people who made this, knew how to do comedy!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)

John O'Connell

John O'Connell

Captain Schnelker

Guest Star

Gene Pietragallo

Gene Pietragallo

Corporal Fisher

Guest Star

William Rogers

William Rogers

Corporal Logan

Guest Star

Allan Arbus

Allan Arbus

Sidney Freedman

Recurring Role

Roy Goldman

Roy Goldman

Goldman

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • In the episode, when Dr. Freedman asks, "How old are you?" Colonel Potter responds, "62." He also often states in other episodes that he snuck into WWI underaged. He would have to have been born in 1903 at the latest to be underaged in 1917. If he were 62, he would have to have been born in 1891. What's up with that?

  • QUOTES (4)

    • (Dr. Sidney Freeman is in Col. Potter's tent.)
      Potter: Sidney, I've been in a cold sweat.
      Freeman: Why?
      Potter: I told you my mistake. I almost cost a boy his life. Next thing I heard, we were getting casualties in. That's when something snapped. I mean, those announcements always tighten my gut a bit but...but this was different. Worse. It was like everything was falling down around me and I was gonna fall apart with it.
      Freeman: That's scary.
      Potter: Pretty soon, those choppers are comin' in and I've got to go into O. R. and start cuttin' into people. I don't know if I'll be able to hit the bulls-eye again.
      Freeman: You're letting me down.
      Potter: Letting you down?
      Freeman: There's nothing new here. Sherm, we're all worried about getting old but we've got to face it.
      Potter: Not like I do. Look at you. When your hand starts to shake a little, you can still go on chasing cobwebs out of people's attics. But being a surgeon is all I am. It's the only kind of doctor I ever wanted to be. Since I was a boy. Back in Hannibal, I had an uncle---Uncle Roy. He was a veterinarian. Used to cart me along when he'd make his rounds. One time, he was operating on a colicky horse. Right there with me watching, he laid that mare down and removed an enterolith from her belly. My uncle showed me the beauty---"the glory" he called it---of what's inside living creatures. From that minute, my dream was to be a surgeon. And it came true. I've lived that wide-eyed little boy's dream ever since. But maybe now...it's over.
      Freeman: Over? Because of one piece of shrapnel?
      Potter: Maybe that one piece of sharpnel was trying to tell me something. Look at Joe DiMaggio. He just hung up Number Five and is going out with his head and his batting average high. But even if he wanted to hang around a while longer, what would it matter? A few more strikeouts maybe. But if I strike out, it could cost a life. (almost tearfully) Sidney, I'm afraid to go in there. (he points to the O. R.)
      Freeman: (pause) Why couldn't you tell me that's what you were afraid of?
      Potter: Because I was scared...you'd tell me I'm right.
      Freeman: Look, I can't tell you whether you've lost your touch. Someday you will. Everybody does eventually. But whether that someday is today...you're the only one who has the answer. But you mustn't let the fear make the decision for you.

    • BJ: Someday I'm gonna look back on this nightmare and think of it all as just a bad dream.

    • Sidney: I'd love to analyze you all, but I have no training in child psychology.

    • Potter: Every month there's a new procedure we have to learn because somebody's come up with an even better way to mutilate the human body! Tell me this, Captain: how the hell am I supposed to keep up with it?!
      Captain: I'm only...
      Potter: If they can invent better ways to kill each other, why can't they invent a way to end this stupid war?!!!!

  • NOTES (1)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Potter talked about Joe DiMaggio having just "hung up Number 5" (DiMaggio's jersey number). DiMaggio officially retired on December 11, 1951 (nearly a full year before Potter supposedly ever showed UP at the 4077th)

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