M*A*S*H

Season 6 Episode 21

Temporary Duty

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Aired Unknown Feb 13, 1978 on CBS
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Temporary Duty
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With a temporary transfer of personnel between the 4077th and the 8063rd, Captain Roy Dupree replaces Hawkeye, whilst Lorraine Anderson makes eyes at Charles. Fearing this to be permanent, Charles and B.J. successfully conspire to have Dupree permanently removed from the 4077th.

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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)

    Gary Burghoff

    Gary Burghoff

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

    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

    George Lindsey

    George Lindsey

    Captain Roy Dupree

    Guest Star

    Marcia Rodd

    Marcia Rodd

    Nurse Lorraine Anderson

    Guest Star

    Enid Kent

    Enid Kent

    Bigelow

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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    • TRIVIA (2)

      • Apparent film flip: In the close-up shot of Dupree sitting on the bunk, talking to B.J. and Charles about riding "Sophie," his collar insignia are on the wrong sides. As he entered the tent and before sitting, then after rising from the bunk to leave the tent, the insignia are on the correct sides.

      • Lorraine Anderson makes a big deal about the fact that Margaret allowed her pierced ears to close up--but Lorraine did, as well. There's no sign of earrings or holes in her ears, and she makes the suggestion that "we" re-pierce "our" ears. (And use Donald's medals to make earrings.)

    • QUOTES (6)

      • Potter: Pierce, good luck, and watch out for Colonel Weekly. Bigelow, good luck, and watch out for Captain Pierce.

      • B.J.: Lord, Charles, you're beautiful! Where'd you learn to be so sneaky and underhanded?
        Charles: From you and Pierce. It's the sole area in which both of you excel.
        B.J.: You're too kind.
        Charles: Not at all.
        B.J.: After you.
        Charles: As it should be.

      • Roy Dupree: I just love how you people josh around! This is more fun than skinny dippin' with the Pittman sisters!
        Margaret: Captain Dupree, there are ladies present!
        Winchester: (while making eyes at Nurse Anderson) And accounted for!

      • Roy Dupree: (to Margaret after an OR session) Hey, Spitfire! You sure kicked up a lotta dust in there! I do love a woman with spunk!
        Margaret: Oh yeah? Why don't you go sit on a steer's horn!
        Roy Dupree: Maybe not that much spunk.

      • B.J.: Gentlemen, how 'bout a toast?
        Roy Dupree: That's a good idea! Here's to the three of us. We're gonna have more fun than a mosquito in a blood bank!
        (Dupree downs his 'Swamp hooch' in one gulp)
        Charles: The cruelties of war continue to amaze me.
        Roy Dupree: Why don't you boys put some whiskey in this punch?
        B.J.: You were a fire-eater before you became a doctor!
        Roy Dupree: Shoot, back home, my mama'd sprinkle this stuff on her ironing board!

      • Charles: Let me be brutally candid, uh, Dupree. I find your sense of humor mawkish and your personality boorish, to say the least.
        Roy Dupree: I appreciate your opinion, good buddy, but it don't change my mind. I still like ya! (slaps Charles hard on shoulder)
        Charles: Good Lord, he means it!

    • NOTES (4)

      • This is one of the few episodes where Hawkeye doesn't play a central or major role in the story.

      • This episode had Alan Alda's smallest role of any episode in the series, appearing in only the opening scene and the final scene.

      • This episode sees a gradual warming up of the relationship between Charles and his bunkmates. We also see more armor being chipped away from Margaret's personality as she really begins to show her softer side.

      • George Lindsey (as Captain Roy Dupree) is best known for his role as Goober Pyle on The Andy Griffith Show (CBS, 1960-68).

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