M*A*S*H

Season 3 Episode 1

The General Flipped at Dawn

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Aired Unknown Sep 10, 1974 on CBS
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The General Flipped at Dawn
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The MASH 4077 is visited by General Steele. He wishes to move the camp 5 miles down the road. Hawkeye and Henry are charged with mutiny. And Hawkeye is also charged with impersonating a reporter.

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  • screwed up epsiode because...

    1.0
    Screwed up epsiode because in syndication they cut out the good parts blake burns and Steele getting shot at and the ending where Steel is promoted...
  • Great episode with something for everyone

    9.5
    The late, great Harry Morgan's first episode, he plays the completely mental General Steele. The visiting general inspects the 4077, makes outrageous demands of the 4077 at numerous points in the episode. While many soldiers stationed at the 4077 take heed of his presence, Hawkeye's contempt for the insane demands of the visiting General finally hits a high point as he disregards a direct order from Steele. Dramatic at times, as the 4077 remorsefully follows the orders of Gen. Steele, funny as Steele mashes quotes. General Flipped wraps up in such an outrageous way... I'll just leave it at that!moreless
  • Good episode with a bit of foreshadowing mixed in.

    8.0
    This episode is an interesting one on many levels. For starters, this installment shows a general, who apparently has lost touch with reality, starting to declare orders that make no sense whatsoever. For MASH 4077, things quickly go from bad to worse as the general arrives to see that his orders are being followed and other matters. Hawkeye, whose contempt for the general is barely concealed, points out the danger of following one of Steele's orders: moving the unit closer to the line to decrease fuel consumption. With the idea that they might come closer to enemy shelling weighing over everyone's heads, Hawkeye finally goes against one order openly by sending out a wounded soldier via the chopper Steele wishes to use. The episode wraps up in a very funny, and totally unexpected, scene that is to be seen to be believed.



    A solid episode especially noteworthy for the appearance of Harry Morgan, who plays General Steele. Harry would enter the series full time a season later playing Colonel Potter.moreless
Alan Alda

Alan Alda

Captain Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce

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

McLean Stevenson

McLean Stevenson

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

Wayne Rogers

Wayne Rogers

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

Harry Morgan

Harry Morgan

Major General Bartford Hamilton Steele

Guest Star

Teddy Wilson

Teddy Wilson

Marty Williams

Guest Star

Brad Trumbull

Brad Trumbull

Colonel Atkins

Guest Star

Lynette Mettey

Lynette Mettey

Nurse Baker

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • In the first scene with General Steele, Steele yells at Radar for responding to his question. This scene took seventeen takes to shoot, because Burgoff and Stevenson kept laughing at Morgan's performance. They later admitted that they did not expect such a serious character actor to be so funny!

    • Harry Morgan guest stars as Major General Bartford Hamilton Steele. A year later he becomes a regular on the show as Col. Sherman T. Potter. It was actually Harry Morgan's Emmy-nominated performance in this episode that got him the part as Col. Sherman Potter later in the series.

  • QUOTES (13)

  • NOTES (6)

    • This episode received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Film Editing and Harry Morgan received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Single Performance in a Comedy or Drama.

    • MASH would bug out twice more: once during Frank Burns' asinine command of the unit while Potter was away (to the other side of the road!), and during the final episode "Goodbye, Farewell and Amen" to escape a massive forest fire. Unlike the previous two times, the last bug out was permanent, though the 4077th was dismantled not long after. In episode "Hey, Look Me Over", the MASH nearly bugged out.

    • The tag sequence for "The General Flipped at Dawn" was edited for syndication; it was resurrected for The M*A*S*H Season 3 DVD Set.

    • Though they're spared from it here, the 4077th MASH would wait 2 more seasons to actually bug out; they finally did in the 60-minute Season 5 opener, Episode #U801, "Bug-Out" (Sept. 21, 1976).

    • This is the first of 24 episodes written by the late Jim Fritzell and Everett Greenbaum, the last being episode 143.

    • Show shifts to Tuesday nights @ 8:30.

  • ALLUSIONS (5)

    • Hawkeye (to Radar): Got the car ready, Kato?

      Hawkeye is referring to the houseboy/chauffeur/sidekick to Brit Reid, AKA "The Green Hornet", star of the radio show of the same name. The show began in 1938 and ran until 1953. In 1966, it ran a single season as a television show.

    • Pierce says it's a holiday because it's Aaron Burr's birthday. Aaron Burr was a U.S. Vice-president. He was accused of several crimes, including murder.

    • Gen. Steele: Wastefulness cost Hannibal the battle of Zama.
      Hannibal Barca was a Carthaginian general who fought Rome in the Second Punic War. He defeated every Roman army he faced until the battle of Zama, where he was decisively defeated.

    • The "musical number" Steele asks the chopper pilot to sing is the old Southern plantation number, "Mississippi Mud."

    • Title: The General Flipped at Dawn
      The title "The General Flipped at Dawn" is in reference to a 1936 movie The General Died at Dawn starring Gary Cooper.

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