M*A*S*H

Season 1 Episode 20

The Army-Navy Game

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Aired Unknown Feb 25, 1973 on CBS
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The Army-Navy Game
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The camp tunes into the Army/Navy football game, only to be shelled and have an unexploded bomb land in the middle of the compound. They ring around trying to identify the bomb, and the camp prepares for the worst. Hawkeye and Trapper are left the task of following instructions to disarm the bomb, which turns out to be full of propaganda leaflets from the CIA.moreless

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  • This was the first episode I watched, and the one that got me hooked on the series!

    10
    There\'s an army-navy football game that almost everyone cares about. All is going well when the camp comes under attack by \"enemy\" fire. At the end there\'s an unexpoded bomb in the middle of the complex. Hawkeye and Trapper go out to try to disarm it, while Henry tries to track down where the ball came from.



    He finally finds out that the bomb came from the CIA. Meanwhile, Hawkeye and Trapper go on disarming the bomb, when they accidentally set it of. They dive behind cover, the bomb explodes, and pieces of paper go flying out. It turned out that the bomb was a propoganda bomb, meant for the North Koreans.



    One of my favorites, it was really funny, especially when the bomb exploded.



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  • It could have been disaser but instead it was hilarious!

    10
    The 4077th are getting ready for the big army vs navy game. But this comes to an abrupt halt when the camp are interrupted by enemy fire.



    When its all over there is a bome that hasn't exploded in the compound. Henry tries to find out where this bomb came from, ad as it it turned out it was sent by the CIA!



    This situation should really be terrifying, but I found myself laughing throughout this episode.



    The bomb turned out to be a "propaganda bomb" with leaflets from Macarthur saying surrender now. (It was meant for the North Koreans)moreless
  • A good episode that frames a scary incident around pure humor!

    8.0
    The Army- Navy Game episode starts out with the 4077 gang gathering around to listen to a football game over the radio. However, this activity is interrupted by the camp suddenly being bombarded by an unknown enemy and everybody runs for cover. If the bombardment wasn't bad enough, an unexploded bomb lands in the middle of the compound and sends members off in different directions with emotions ranging from fear to disorientation and steely resolve.



    This episode is well acted with several great performances from Alan Alda and McLean Stevenson in particular.



    A nifty little episode with some priceless reactions.....!moreless
McLean Stevenson

McLean Stevenson

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

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

Alan Alda

Alan Alda

Captain Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce

Wayne Rogers

Wayne Rogers

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

Alan Manson

Alan Manson

Colonel Hersh

Guest Star

John A. Zee

John A. Zee

Sturner

Guest Star

Sheila Lauritsen

Sheila Lauritsen

Nurse Hardy

Guest Star

Bobbie Mitchell

Bobbie Mitchell

Nurse Mason

Recurring Role

John Orchard

John Orchard

Ugly John

Recurring Role

Jamie Farr

Jamie Farr

Corporal/Sergeant Maxwell Q. Klinger

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (8)

    • The radio announcer says that this is the "50th gridiron classic". The 50th Army Navy game was played in 1949...prior to the Korean War.

    • The voice of the communist propagandist that is heard over the radio while Henry is looking for the game is provided by Jamie Farr.

    • The final score of the game is announced as Navy - 42 and Army - 36. In the actual 1951 Army-Navy game, the Navy did win by 42 points but Army only scored 7.

    • When Henry talks to the Navy Commander, he refers to him as 'Sir.' This wouldn't be proper because Henry is the equivalent rank (O-5).

    • When Trapper, Hawkeye and two nurses are jumping around in Henry's office before the big game, you can see one of the nurses hitting Alan Alda in the face. Instead of brushing it off you see Alda hold his face and turn around.

    • After the propaganda bomb goes off and they read the pamphlets, the propaganda is written in English and not Korean, even though it's supposed to be aimed at the North Koreans.

    • The gang is partying in Henry's office and on the right side of the frame a desk with bottles and glasses is visible. Shortly before an explosion wipes everything from the desk the things on it are arranged different.

    • Hawkeye and Klinger try to sit on the same chair at the party in Henry's office. In the first scene Hawkeyes left arm is stretched out towards the floor. After a cut his arm is suddenly bended and one can see his dogtag, which was invisible before.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Commander Sturner: Drake, I finally tracked your bomb down.
      Henry: Yes Commander..... It's whose?
      (cut to Henry, Trapper and Hawkeye)
      Hawkeye: The CIA's?
      Henry: You heard me.
      Trapper: The CIA has their own bombs?
      Henry: Yep, and it's one of theirs.
      Hawkeye: What do you mean, theirs? I thought we were in this thing together.

    • Trapper: Henry's not very good with his hands.
      Hawkeye: That's why he became a surgeon.

    • Col. Hersh: First of all, you're to stay put. Your whole sector is being hit very heavily.
      Hawkeye: What about the bomb?
      Col. Hersh: You have to determine if the bomb is still ticking. You got any stethoscopes around there?
      Hawkeye: We're a medical unit!

    • Henry: (reading instructions) And carefully cut the wires leading to the clockwork fuse at the head.
      (Trapper cuts the wires)
      Henry: But first, remove the fuse.
      (Everyone exchanges panicked looks, Trapper listens to the bomb with a stethoscope)
      Trapper: Psst. Psst!
      Hawkeye: You spring a leak?
      Trapper: It stopped ticking.
      Hawkeye: Let's get the hell out of here. We've only got 2 minutes...maybe.

    • Commander Sturner: Well, there's only one thing to do.
      Henry: What's that, sir?
      Commander Sturner: (to the radio) Punt!
      Henry: We should--I beg your pardon, sir. Did you say...?
      Commander Sturner: Sorry--my advice is to hoist anchor, shove off.
      Henry: But the army's orders are to stay.
      Commander Sturner: The army? What do they know? They just fumbled on their own one yard line.

    • Colonel Hersh: Try calling the navy.
      Henry: Well, why would the navy drop a bomb on us?
      Colonel Hersh: Because we're beating them 14 to nothing.

    • (Hawkeye is listening to the bomb as Henry comes out)
      Henry: Radar!
      Hawkeye: Ssh!
      Henry: Who are you 'shushing'? What are you doing running around in your stocking feet? You've been at the still again, right?
      Hawkeye (in a loud whisper): I'm working on a bomb!
      Henry: What kind of bomb?
      Hawkeye (in a loud whisper): An unexploded bomb!
      Henry (now whispering): Oh! That kind of bomb.

    • (The leaflets bomb blew out)
      Hawkeye: (reading one of the leaflets) Give yourselves up. You can't win. Douglas MacArthur.

    • Trapper: It was a propaganda bomb!
      Hawkeye: The ticker's very faint. Not the bomb's...mine. The bomb's ticking loud and clear.

  • NOTES (1)

    • A different arrangement of the theme music is used over the opening title sequence beginning with this episode and for the next two (Sticky Wicket and Major Fred C. Dobbs). It's a little edgier, with more of a jazz feel. The original arrangement of the theme returns for the last two episodes of the first season.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Just prior to going out to diffuse the bomb with Trapper, Hawkeye asks Henry (whose forehead is bandaged) where his friends playing the fife and drum are. This is a reference to painting "The Spirit of '76" by Archibald Willard. In the painting, three revolutionary figures (one of whom has a bandaged head) are shown on a battlefield playing fifes and drums.

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