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M*A*S*H

Season 10 Episode 17

Promotion Commotion

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Aired Unknown Mar 01, 1982 on CBS
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Promotion Commotion
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Winchester, Pierce, and Hunnicutt find themselves in the sticky position of having to decide which enlisted men to recommend for promotion. For Winchester it could be a matter of life and death.

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    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 Matusak

    John Matusak

    Corporal Hitalski

    Guest Star

    James Reid Boyce

    James Reid Boyce

    Danielson

    Guest Star

    Deborah Harmon

    Deborah Harmon

    Nurse Webster

    Guest Star

    Bill Snider

    Bill Snider

    Corpsman

    Recurring Role

    Kellye Nakahara

    Kellye Nakahara

    Kellye

    Recurring Role

    Jeff Maxwell

    Jeff Maxwell

    Igor

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    • TRIVIA (4)

      • And another problem for Luther Rizzo: his promotion board consists solely of medical officers. We are led to believe he's the motor pool sergeant, which means he probably holds a vehicle maintenance MOS (63 series). He would need at least one officer from the Quartermaster Corps to make his board legitimate. It's actually a good thing Klinger was the only one promoted; his board was the only one per the Army Standard and the only one that would've held up against an IG investigation. He appeared before the board in full dress uniform, and he's a medic appearing before medical officers.

      • At one point during the promotion board, they address Rizzo as Corporal (E-4). According to his rank insignia, Rizzo is a Staff Sergeant (E-6).

      • Igor is an E-2 Private, which means he shouldn't have to appear before a board to get promoted to PFC (E-3). In the Army, the only requirements for promotion from E-2 to E-3 are six months time in grade and a good record.

      • In this episode, Klinger gets promoted from Corporal to Sergeant.

    • QUOTES (4)

      • Charles: Uh, correct me if I'm wrong; you've been arrested several times, you've been involved in brawls, destruction of property--?
        Hitalski: Them was all personality conflicts.
        Charles: With a jeep?

      • (Klinger was promoted)
        Col. Potter: Your family must be proud of you.
        Klinger: You bet. I am now the second most successful member of the Klinger clan, next to Hasan the Enforcer.

      • (Charles is trying persuade Hawkeye and Bj to recommend Corporal Hitalski for promotion)
        Charles: I had an encounter with Mr. Hitalski. He is a rather large gentleman, possessing a fist the approximate size of Ohio. He has assured me that should he not be promoted, he will pound me into the ground like a croquet stake. I implore you, help me.
        Hawkeye: Charles, there's no way. Even if we did recommend this guy, it would never get past Potter.
        BJ: And if it somehow did, ICORPs would bounce it back in our faces.
        Charles: Well, then as I see it, I have only two chances for survival. One; Hitalski's blufing, two; he's illiterate. And I'm pretty sure he's not bluffing.

      • BJ: What is the proper military course of action in the event you're captured by the enemy?
        Igor: I know that one. Just give them your name, rank and telephone number.

    • NOTES (1)

      • John Matuszak (this is the correct spelling of his last name) was a defensive end for the Oakland Raiders. He died in 1989 from heart failure at the age of 38. It was speculated that his years of steroid abuse was the cause of death.

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