Season 4 Episode 6

The Bus

Aired Unknown Oct 17, 1975 on CBS
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Episode Summary

The Bus
Radar is driving Hawkeye, BJ, Potter, and Frank in a bus back from a 'medical conference' when they get lost. They stop to see if they can find anything they recognize. When they decide to turn around, they find that the bus won't start. Radar goes off in the middle of the night for the latrine, and does not immediately return. Stricken, Hawkeye wants to set out to find him, only to be stopped by Potter. An injured Korean surrenders to get medical help from Hawk and BJ. Upon Radar's return, the Korean helps repair the bus and get them out of danger.moreless

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  • Colonel Potter gets a look into the minds of Hawkeye, B.J., Radar and Burns when their bus breaks down while returning to camp.

    This is a very special episode for me; it was the first episode of MASH I ever saw. Before this, I had never really turned into MASH before, but this episode really ingratiated the characters to me as much as they did to Colonel Potter who I later learned was a new character to the series. You can imagine the shock to me when I finally got around to seeing the early episodes with the guy from "Hello Larry." If I was to get someone hooked on to MASH for the first time, I'd run this episode because it gives such a clear insight into each character: Hawkeye's charm, BJ's wit, Radar's innocence, Burn's paranoia and the fatherly guidance of Colonel Potter played by Henry Morgan from Dragnet. They just don't make intelligence comedies like this anymore.moreless
  • Col. Potter, Frank, Hawkeye, B.J., and Radar are stranded when they get lost and their bus breaks down. Radar feels reponsible and gives everyone a scare when he goes off the look for help. A wounded enemy soldier surrenders to the gang on the bus.moreless

    This was one of the first M*A*S*H* episodes that I ever saw. It was easy to disern the personalities of the characters. For example, Frank was paranoid, not very courageous, and generally disliked by everyone else. This episode also presented B.J. as calm and easy going, and I now realize that this was early on in his part in the series. It also showed the doctors' view about wounded: they help anyone who needs help. The episode was also different because it did not take place at the 4077th camp at all. It is not a personal favorite of mine, but it is still interesting.moreless
  • Frank goes paranoid on the bus that won\'t start when the boys capture a Korean prisoner that surrendered to them to recieve medical attention.

    It is amazing how relevant this episode still is; it is one of the episodes that makes the show so great. It is not that funny, but it makes such a point about fear, and how we make things so much worse than they are because of our paranoia. Good writing.
Alan Alda

Alan Alda

Captain Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce

Gary Burghoff

Gary Burghoff

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

Harry Morgan

Harry Morgan

Colonel Sherman T. Potter (Season 4-11)

Larry Linville

Larry Linville

Major Franklin Delano Marion Burns (Season 1-5)

Mike Farrell

Mike Farrell

Captain BJ Hunnicut (Season 4-11)

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Radar says the Walkie-Talkie won't work because the other one is back at the base and broken. Frank tries to use it anyway and the Colonel reminds him that the second one is "twenty miles from here." How would he know the 4077th is twenty miles away? None of them have any idea where they are or even if they are in enemy territory.

    • This episode is nearly identical to the Season 8 episode "The Yalu Brick Road" in which Hawkeye and B.J. get lost on the way back to camp and and run across a Korean soldier who wants to surrender. Soon Tek Oh plays the surrendering soldier in both episodes!

  • QUOTES (6)

    • B.J.: I spent a week with you in command, Frank. You lost me the minute you wanted the toilet seats to stand at attention.

    • Potter: I've been in worse spots.
      Hawkeye: You ever tried getting dressed quietly in a dark closet with a pocket full of change?

    • Hawkeye: Frank, if you talk about Radar in the past tense one more time, I'm gonna show you how to be a tailgunner!

    • (After they have each ventured into the woods to see where they are)
      Hawkeye: I met a little girl with a basket for her grandma.
      BJ: Wearing a red riding hood?
      Hawkeye: Actually she was with seven little dwarves.
      BJ: She's in the wrong woods.
      Hawkeye: Or the wrong story.
      Colonel Potter: Are you finished, doctors?

    • Frank: (speaking into the walkie-talkie) Any Allied personnel, if you recieve me, here is my position. Ready? Ah, there are only about half a dozen stars visible, skywise. I am directly under the brightest one. over.
      Hawkeye: Terrific, Frank.
      BJ: They'll start searching for us in Bethlehem.

    • Frank: I can plug an ace of hearts at fifty feet.
      Hawkeye: I'll remember that if we're attacked by a bridge club.

  • NOTES (4)