M*A*S*H

Season 7 Episode 5

The Billfold Syndrome

Aired Unknown Oct 16, 1978 on CBS

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  • Quotes

    • (Hawkeye and BJ decide to go and mess with Charles at lunch)
      Hawkeye: Nothing. we should be telling him to shut up by now.
      BJ: Time to call out the verbal calvary.
      Hawkeye: Right. Charles, your mother wears very expensive combat boots. (to BJ) How was that?
      BJ: No, no, no. More vicious. I got one. Charles, your father buys his suits off the rack!
      Hawkeye: Oh, that was below the belt. Charles, your parents voted for Roosevelt! Four times!
      BJ: Hee, hee. Beautiful.
      (Charles almost says something but walks out)
      Hawkeye: Wait a minute. Wait a minute, where are you going? We're not finished yet!
      BJ: Al least he could have said goodbye.
      Hawkeye: The nerve of that guy, not giving in.
      BJ: This is going to be harder than we thought.
      Hawkeye: Don't worry, you haven't heard the last from him.
      BJ: I haven't heard anything.

    • (Charles has sectioned off his side of the tent)
      BJ: You know, I don't think I like the idea of being subdivided in my own home.
      Hawkeye: Well, look at it this way, Beej. Gives us a place to hide our dirty underwear. (tosses a pair of shorts over the barricade) There you go. (the shorts are fired back, into his face)
      BJ: You'll have to stop buying that Boomerang brand.

    • Mulcahy: (playing I'm In The Lord's Army on the piano) I've been doing this song for twenty minutes. I can't seem to find the ending.

    • Hawkeye: Sidney! What kept you?
      Sidney: My Jeep had a nervous breakdown.

    • Potter: (about Neilson's amnesia) If he's lucky, he'll forget the whole damn war.

    • Hawkeye: Don't you ever sleep?
      Neilson: Sleep, what's that?
      Hawkeye: Close your eyes, put your head on your chest, and have nightmares about the war. Neilson: When you're a medic, you don't have to close your eyes.

  • Notes

    • At episode end, Charles uses a Jeep to pull out the center pole of the Swamp. He would try the same stunt with the mess tent in "Communication Breakdown" over his missing issue of the Boston Globe. Potter would prevent him by showing him the issue, which had been delayed.

    • This episode received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Film Editing in a Series.

  • Allusions

    • Hawkeye says he played Hamlet in college because he was pre-med and could get his hands on a skull. The scene in Hamlet he's referring to is when Hamlet holds up a skull and says, "Alas, poor Yorick."