Season 3 Episode 1

The General Flipped at Dawn

Aired Unknown Sep 10, 1974 on CBS

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  • Good episode with a bit of foreshadowing mixed in.

    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.