Season 6 Episode 11

The Grim Reaper

Aired Unknown Nov 29, 1977 on CBS
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Episode Summary

The Grim Reaper
Colonel Victor Bloodworth predicts that 280 wounded will arrive at the 4077th. Hawkeye is antagonized by Bloodworth and shoves him against a wall. Bloodworth presses for a court martial until he becomes one of the wounded and watches Hawkeye saving a soldier's life. Realizing Hawkeye's value as a doctor, Bloodworth drops all charges.moreless

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  • This episode is the one were they ate Tony Packo's, even though it was another preachy episode which sucked.

    If that guy was doing something wrong it was good they made him stop the general from doing something wrong, but this show made it look like everyone who was a higher up in the military was bad or doing something wrong, this show gets so liberal sometimes it's hard to watch. I don't understand why liberals are always against their country, or why they all put these ideas in their shows and movies in Hollywood, but there are alot of people who are turned off by that. The greatest part of this episode is this was the one were they did the whole thing about Toledo, were Jamie Farr, who played Klinger is from in real life. They had Packo's hot dogs, which were made famous from the show M*A*S*H. It's a dinky little town, and I hope to get out of here soon, but Packo's is really good.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

Gary Burghoff

Gary Burghoff

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

Mike Farrell

Mike Farrell

Captain BJ Hunnicut (Season 4-11)

Charles Aidman

Charles Aidman

Colonel Victor Bloodworth

Guest Star

Jerry Hauser

Jerry Hauser


Guest Star

Kellye Nakahara

Kellye Nakahara


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Jerry Hauser is best known as Marcia Brady's husband Wally.

    • In the closing credits of this episode, Jerry Hauser's name is spelled Houser.

      Col. Potter is reading a western called "Ride the Man Down" which he says is by Zane Grey. The book's author is actually Frederick D. Glidden better known by the pseudonym Luke Short. "Ride the Man Down" is copyrighted 1942 and the copy that Harry Morgan is holding is either one of the 3 Bantam reprints of 1947 (#82), or the 1952 printing (#063). It is appropriate that Potter is reading this (in bed) as in 1952 the movie was released by Republic (with same title) starring Brian Donlevy, Rod Cameron, Forrest Tucker, Ella Raines, etc.
      However, to believe that Col. Potter would confuse the two authors stretches one's big toe.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Charles: To civilization in Korea. This...is it.
      Margaret: My favorite toast is a poem.
      Charles: Oh, Margaret, do. Speak it.
      Margaret: Well, here goes: 'Look out, teeth, look out, gums, look out, stomach, here she comes!'
      Charles: Civilization in Korea.

    • Nurse Kellye: You should get some sleep, Hawkeye, you've been here all night.
      Hawkeye: That's funny, it only felt like dusk to dawn.

    • Hawkeye: That does it, Charles, it's hypodermics at 20 paces. If I had a rubber glove, I'd slap you with it.

    • Colonel Potter (after Charles interrupts his reading): See those boots? Picture them kicking you across the compound!

    • Colonel Potter: Bloodworth claims you hit him. It's a ridiculous charge. You didn't hit him, did you?
      Hawkeye: Certainly not. I might have grabbed him, pushed him, shoved him, but the WALL hit him.

    • Klinger: I took my basic training at Legrange Pool Hall. In all the time I was there, I never saw anyone use a cue stick on a ball.

    • Hawkeye (to Bloodworth): If the war doesn't work out for you, you can always go back to the states and predict traffic fatalities. Or if you live long enough there's always the Apocalypse.

    • BJ (to Charles): I hope your caviar turns to fish eggs!

    • Col.Potter: Pierce shouldn't have pushed ya. HE SHOULD HAVE DECKED YA!

  • NOTES (1)


    • Hawkeye tells a soldier that he'll be "Waltzing with Matilda in no time."

      "Waltzing Matilda" is a famous Australian folk song; some people consider it to be the unoffical national anthem of Australia. The term doesn't actually refer to dancing, but to travelling on the road with a swag-bag.