M*A*S*H

Season 3 Episode 1

The General Flipped at Dawn

3
Aired Unknown Sep 10, 1974 on CBS
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Episode Fan Reviews (3)

8.9
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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!
  • 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.
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