M*A*S*H

Season 3 Episode 2

Rainbow Bridge

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Aired Unknown Sep 17, 1974 on CBS
8.9
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As Hawkeye and Trapper are planning to leave for Tokyo, an unusual offer to swap POW patients between the Chinese and the 4077th comes in. Henry, after much debate, agrees to send Hawkeye, Trapper, Frank, Radar, and Klinger into enemy territory. Frank almost botches the swap when he brings a squirt gun to the exchange. Fortunately, the Chinese Dr. Lin Tam has a sense of humor; he went to the University of Illinois, after all.moreless

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  • Solid episode to watch.

    8.5
    This episode lends a more dramatic tone to the series than many of the episodes that precede it. The MASH unit receives an offer from the North Koreans to exchange wounded soldiers at a point deep within enemy territory. Despite the dangers presented by such an action, Colonel Blake quickly agrees to the exchange and gets volunteers for the mission. After brief farewells, Trapper, Hawkeye, Frank, Klinger and Radar set out for the agreed rendezvous and what will transpire there will surprise and amuse the viewer both.



    A good episode that shows the faces of people on both sides of the Korean conflict and how some can share common concerns.moreless
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)

Mako

Mako

Captain Dr. Lin Tam

Guest Star

Loudon Wainwright III

Loudon Wainwright III

Captain Calvin Spalding

Guest Star

Leland Sun

Leland Sun

Mr. Kwang

Recurring Role

Bobbie Mitchell

Bobbie Mitchell

Nurse

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (11)

    • (Hawkeye is trying to take a Chinese patient into the hospital)
      Frank: I remind you, Captain Pierce, Army standard triage procedure is as follows: American wounded first, allies second, enemy last -- repeat, last!
      Hawkeye: Frank, that man is bleeding more than anybody in here, (he forces Frank aside) with the possible exception of your nose if you don't get out of my way. Let's go. Get him inside.
      Frank: Now what you're doing is mutiny! I'm command of this bus!
      Hawkeye: Mutiny on the Bus. It was a B-movie. They couldn't afford a bounty. Allen Jenkins played the bus driver.

    • Klinger: Maybe I can get out for bravery. I'm sure not making it for nutsery.

    • (After Mulcahy says a short prayer)
      Hawkeye: He's really very good, isn't he?
      Trapper: Tops.
      Hawkeye: I feel guilty. We tried to get Pat O'Brien.

    • Henry: The meeting place is a place called Rainbow Bridge. It's fifty miles inside their territory.
      Frank: It's a trap.
      Margaret: Absolutely. They're savages!
      Trapper: I say we go.
      Frank: When are you going to learn about Chinese treachery? Didn't Pearl Harbor teach you anything?

    • Hawkeye: Frank, if you say "yellow horde" one more time while the war is still in motion, I'm going to cut out your tongue and use it for a pen wiper.

    • Margaret: Can I please say something?
      Trapper: Anything but "yellow horde."
      Hawkeye (pointing to Frank): That's his.

    • Hawkeye: It could be a trap, Trap.

    • Trapper: (to Margaret) If I don't come back, honey, be sure that our son Henry gets a good education. (kisses her)

    • Henry: Oh, yes. Well, I'm afraid this is what you call your command decision. It's lonely-at-the-top time. Strictly something for your leader.
      (Long silence)
      Hawkeye: Well, Henry?
      Henry: Oh, golly. Whatever you people decide is fine with me.

    • Hawkeye: Frank, the R-E-D speaks English better than Y-O-U do.

    • Hawkeye: Look, you're doing something decent in the middle of a giant indecency. Don't endanger nine men just because some idiot wants to do his General Custer impersonation.

  • NOTES (5)

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Frank uses Pearl Harbor as an example of Chinese treachery.
      Pearl Harbor (Hawaii) was attacked without warning by the Japanese in 1941 and prompted the U.S.'s entry into World War II.

    • Hawkeye mentions that Frank wants to imitate General Custer.
      Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer was a member of the U.S. Cavalry. He died in 1876 at the Battle of Little Big Horn aka Custer's Last Stand when his company was outnumbered and defeated by the Indians.

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