M*A*S*H

Season 2 Episode 12

The Incubator

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Aired Unknown Dec 01, 1973 on CBS
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The Incubator
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Hawkeye and Trapper recover from an all night party. Henry gets a barbecue, and Hawkeye puts in a request for an incubator. The Quartermaster turns him down. They locate a Major with 3 incubators, but he won't let them have one. A Colonel tries to sell them one, and then they get into trouble with a General at a press conference. Finally, Radar trades the barbecue for an incubator.moreless

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  • A routine matter that turns out to be not so routine...

    9.5
    In a theme common to the first three seasons, Hawkeye and Trapper set out to acquire a incubator needed for critical cases after having their supply request turned down. In their travels, the two discover that if they thought dealing with army bureaucracy was difficult, it paled in comparison to the greed and ignorance displayed by the people they encounter. From an army sergeant and a supply room that he treats as his personal fiefdom to a general that excels in saying nothing, the two MASH surgeons grow frustrated at every turn. The episode concludes with a scene that reminds one of the old adage: ' The solution for life's problems begins at home.' or something like that.



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Gary Burghoff

Gary Burghoff

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

Larry Linville

Larry Linville

Major Franklin Delano Marion Burns (Season 1-5)

McLean Stevenson

McLean Stevenson

Lt. Colonel Henry Braymore Blake (Season 1-3)

Alan Alda

Alan Alda

Captain Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce

Wayne Rogers

Wayne Rogers

Captain John Francis Xavier "Trapper" McIntyre (Season 1-3)

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • General Mitchell said the US army was the best equipped fighting force since the Romans crossed the Alps into Spain, but the Alps are in Italy. The Pyrenees are what they would have had to cross to get into Spain.

    • Hawkeye demands a bag of ice from a nurse and his hair is tousled. In the next scene his hair is suddenly combed.

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Hawkeye: Radar, you know I have the impression that we woke you about 3:30 this morning.
      Radar: Uh, no, it was ten to four.
      Trapper: Did we say why?
      Radar: Ah, you said you wanted to sacrifice a virgin.
      Hawkeye: Did we?
      Radar: I was too sleepy.

    • Hawkeye: (waking up with a hangover; talking in a normal voice) Trapper? Trapper?
      Trapper: (also waking up with a hangover) I'm not gonna talk unless you stop screaming.

    • Trapper: Why don't we have an incubator here so we can do our own tests?
      Nurse: Because it would save time, and effort, and it would make sense.
      Hawkeye: We can't have any of that in the Army.

    • (regarding the requisition of the incubator being denied)
      Hawkeye: We're not asking for a jukebox or a pizza oven.
      Sloan: Oh, those I can let you have.
      Henry: No kidding? Hey, those would be great on movie nights! Uh, you got any pizza requisition forms?
      Sloan: Just use the standard S- 1798 and write in 'pizza' where it says 'machine gun.'

    • (After hearing that Radar got them an incubator)
      Trapper: And we went all the way up to a General.
      Hawkeye: And a little corporal shall lead them.
      Radar: You just gotta learn to start at the top!

    • Reporter #1: What exactly is an incubator?
      Trapper: It grows germs.
      Reporter #2: General, are we involved in germ warfare?
      Gen. Mitchell: That's a lie!

    • Henry: If you guys didn't outclass every bit of surgical talent in Korea, your tails would have been in handcuffs a long time ago.
      Hawkeye: Henry, it's no crime -- or it shouldn't be -- for doctors to try to get decent medical equipment.
      Henry: Did you really yell, "Give me an incubator or give me death"?
      Hawkeye: Well, it doesn't sound like anything now.
      Trapper: Yeah, you had to be there.

    • General Mitchell: This is a press conference! The last thing I'm going to do is answer a lot of questions!

    • Hawkeye (severely hungover): I need a doctor.
      Trapper: You're a doctor.
      Hawkeye: Then I'm the last thing I need.

    • (Radar walking into the swamp amazed at the drinking carnage)
      Radar: Wow.
      Hawkeye: There were no survivors.

    • Gen. Mitchell: I wonder if you doctors understand going through channels, military-wise speaking.
      Trapper: Sir, we started with a captain, went on to a major, then to a colonel.
      Hawkeye: On the way, we've encountered oral compulsiveness, raging paranoia, and a colonel who's shipping Korea to Switzerland one dollar at a time.
      Trapper: Which makes you the next contestant, General.
      Hawkeye: And the subject you've chosen is "Incubators."
      Trapper: And we need one.

    • Henry: Did you really call a one-star general a 'nincompac'?

    • Hawkeye: You have a temperature of 109 stroke 10. Afraid you can't have an incubator but you can have a pizza with everything to go, unless of course you go first.

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  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Hawkeye: And a little corporal shall lead them.

      An allusion to the often used biblical/Christian phrase "And a child shall lead them"

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