Season 10 Episode 11

The Birthday Girls

Aired Unknown Jan 11, 1982 on CBS
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Episode Summary

The Birthday Girls
Margaret's birthday plans are spoiled when she and Klinger get stranded on a desolate roadside. Meanwhile, Charles gives a lecture for Margaret, and the surgeons assist in the delivery of a calf.

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  • What about Margaret?

    The character that probably was most difficult to write for in the later episodes of MASH must have been Margaret Houlihan. Originally a nasty, narrowminded, humourless army brat, she became mellower, possibly because her biggest ally Frank Burns disappeared and replacement Winchester didn't join her in her fight against Hawkeye & co. Perhaps Loretta Swit got bored with the one-sided character as well and so Margaret became more of an ally to Hawkeye. As she was not a natural joker, nor a foil for other people's jokes anymore, what could the writers do with her? I always believed that they should have spent more time on her military ambitions, but they decided to emphasize her personal problems. Luckily her stubbornness leads to goofy antics and so she provides enough comedy. But did we need to see another episode in which two character grew to like each other?moreless
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)

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Charles says he doesn't treat patients who graze but in an earlier episode he helped Mrs. O'Reilly birth a calf over the radio

    • Charles demonstrates the drug Levophed, which is being used for the first time - but the nurses were using it during Season 8.

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Margaret: Tomorrow I'm supposed to deliver a lecture to my staff on the administering of Levophed and I wondered whether you'd do it for me.
      Winchester: Margaret, correct me if I'm wrong, but what you're asking me to do sounds dangerously close to nurse's duty.
      Margaret: Yes. But, you see, I was supposed to go to Tokyo tomorrow.
      Winchester: Margaret, even Winchester women do not do women's work.

  • NOTES (0)


    • Potter's remark "I don't know nothing about birthing no bovines" is a reference to the iconic  1939 film Gone With The Wind, when Prissy told Scarlett "I don't know nothing about birthin' babies".