Season 4 Episode 13

The Gun

Aired Unknown Dec 02, 1975 on CBS
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Episode Summary

The Gun
A wounded colonel's gun, a showpiece, disappears, and Hawkeye and B.J. play a hunch and bluff Frank, who has it, into returning it.

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  • A Good Radar Episode.

    When Radar gets to take center stage in an episode it is typically a good one. Radar is one of the most well developed, best loved characters in TV history and M*A*S*H was not the same after he went home. This episode allowed Radar to get drunk on half a beer, shoot his bear (if you haven't seen the episode you will have to watch it to understand that) and do a pretty good John Wayne impersonation. Definetly a memorable half-hour of TV.moreless
  • Goof regarding gun

    Margaret Claims that this is like a 1884 Colt-like her father had--but in fact it is a model 1917 revolver-also this and another later epsiode claim her father was a cavalryman-when in fact his nicknamed is "Howitzer Al" Houlihan {I.e. artilleryman}
  • Belly laugh funny because of Radar's antics. 16 hours later.....

    Whilst the main plot is about the loss of a treasured gun, and the usual idiotic behaviour of Burns, this episode shows Radar at his funniest yet.

    His drunken ramblings regarding his past are classic. I still can't pass a photo booth without thinking '16 hours'. There is a superb moment when we get to see the radar family clones, all looking suspiciously like radar, especially mom!! The hospitalsed general shows the usual distain for enlisted men and deserves all the flack he gets.

    As always Burns is a pain (verging on the rediculous) and Pierce wins the day (along with Radar).moreless
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)

Jamie Farr

Jamie Farr

Corporal/Sergeant Maxwell Q. Klinger

Larry Linville

Larry Linville

Major Franklin Delano Marion Burns (Season 1-5)

Loretta Swit

Loretta Swit

Major Margaret J. "Hot Lips" Houlihan

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • The gun in question is supposed to be a Colt in .45 caliber, made in 1884. While Colt was making .45 caliber revolver in 1884, they weren't making swing out cylinder revolvers (like the one used in this episode) until 1889, and even then it was for the .38 Long Colt, predecessor to the .38 Special.

      Another issue is that the grips were referred to as bone, but close inspection reveals them to be stag instead.

    • Time Frame Trivia: In this episode the Chinese officially entered the war: so this must be set in late October 1950. Therefore the first three and a half seasons are meant to have taken place over no more than 4 months.

    • Frank and Radar are putting the wounded soldiers guns into the "Gun Bin". Radar is going through a ring of keys to find the correct key. Radar says that one of the keys is his bicycle key back home. Every time his sister rides his bike she jumps the chain. Radar is an only child.

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Radar: (while drunk at the O-club mourning that he faces prison time for losing a weapon) Fifteen years! I'll be in my thirties! I'm goin' to jail in my puberty and getting out in my adultery!

    • (Frank wobbles around the camp with his sore foot, telling Hawkeye and B. J. that he injured it years ago in a football game.)
      Hawkeye: I wouldn't worry about it too much. Powder burns will heal fast, anyway.
      Burns: Sure, I know that. (realizing what he just said) Powder burns?!? What are you implying?
      Hawkeye: Nothing, Frank. It was just...a...shot in the dark.

    • Frank: No funny stuff!
      BJ: Us? Frank!
      Frank: Last time we were alone you whitewashed my behind!
      Hawkeye: We've given up still lifes, Frank.

    • Hawkeye: (to Frank) I'm very fond of Radar, Frank. He's both the child and pet I never had.

    • Radar (slightly drunk): Yeah, in the service you gotta cover up your you-know-what or you'll get it kicked. You'll get your rear end kicked right in the butt.

    • (Hawkeye is putting a cast on a patient's leg)
      Hawkeye: Have I hurt you yet?
      (The patient shakes his head)
      Hawkeye: I must be ready for my license.

    • Hawkeye (seeing Margaret in her nightshirt and robe): You sure know how to make a doctor crazy. I may write you an obscene prescription.

    • Frank: I was sound asleep and suddenly there's all these wounded. It's nearly midnight! Why can't they fight from nine to six!?
      Margaret: Maybe the next war, Frank, maybe the next.

    • Margaret: Father, was that a shot I just heard!?
      Father Mulcahy: It may have been. It sounded like it. But I don't want to start any unsubstantiated rumors. But that's the scuttlebutt.

    • PA Announcement: Attention all personnel. Attention. Tonight's movie is Kansas City Confidential. This will be of special interest to anyone who missed it when it was shown every night this month.

    • Col. Chaffey: Corporal, you're drunk.
      Radar: (points his teddy bear at him) You better believe it, mister, or I'm dead where you stand! (BANG!) My bear went off!

  • NOTES (1)

    • Although not listed in the show's end credits, regular M*A*S*H guest star James Carroll (credited as James Lough) has a speaking role at the beginning of the episode as one of Col Chafey's men. Carroll would eventually be seen in "Bug Out" (season 5 ep 1); "End Run" (season 5 ep 17); "Fade Out, Fade In" (season 6 ep 1); "Commander Pierce" (season 7 ep 1); "Rally 'Round the Flagg, Boys" (season 7 ep 21); "Goodbye Cruel World" (season 8 ep 21); and "Trick Or Treatment" (season 11 ep 2).


    • A bunch of wounded soldiers arrive at the 4077th after their truck gets run off the road by a tank. One of them tells Hawkeye the tank was American and asks how Americans could do that to each other and Hawkeye says, "Did you ever see Gone With The Wind?" Gone With The Wind, of course, is the 1939 movie about the Civil War starring Clark Gable and Vivian Leigh. It is based on the novel by Margaret Mitchell.