Season 4 Episode 13

The Gun

Aired Unknown Dec 02, 1975 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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).

  • Allusions

    • 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.