Season 4 Episode 4

The Late Captain Pierce

Aired Unknown Oct 03, 1975 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • At this point in the series, Nurse Kellye is still only listed as one of the ubiquitous "Able/Baker" nurses.

    • In this episode, Hawkeye indicates that Crabapple Cove is his family's summer residence, not their permanent home.

    • This the first episode that Hawkeye's hometown of Crabapple Cove, Maine is mentioned.

    • When Hawkeye asks what time is it back stateside BJ says "8 o'clock last night". But if it is 2 AM there, it's 8 o'clock yesterday morning.

  • Quotes

    • Hawkeye: Excuse me, Colonel. I waited until Major Burns was talking so I wouldn't interrupt.
      Frank: Pierce hasn't exercised once, hasn't done so much as a squat-thrust.
      Hawkeye (indignant): I'm saving myself for marriage!

    • Cap. Pratt: Now, in your case, we'll submit to Quartermaster a request to rescind the certificate of death, on DA Form ten stroke two four nine (in triplicate), accompanied by an SF eighty-eight stroke eleven zero seven signed by three officers of equal or higher rank, followed by a personal written report on Form six three stroke E.B.Y, by a ranking officer who actually saw the deceased not die. (In triplicate.)

    • Hawkeye (to a nurse): I'm donating my shoulder to the wheel, my nose to the grindstone, and my ear to the ground, but I only have eyes for you.

    • Hawkeye: Wounded?
      BJ: Klinger says a lot.
      Hawkeye: I don't care. I really don't. They'll keep coming whether I'm here or not. Trapper went home, and they're still coming. Henry got killed, and they're still coming. Wherever they come from, they'll never run out.
      BJ: You serious?
      Hawkeye: Dead serious.

    • Hawkeye: I've been fighting death since I came over here. I'm tired of death. I'm tired to death. If you can't lick it, join it. (to the dead people on the bus) Right, boys?

    • Digger: Hey, aren't you the guy who's trying to get out by pretending you're a woman?
      Klinger: No, I'm the woman trying to get in pretending I'm a guy.

    • Hawkeye: I personally myself have been dead.
      Colonel Potter: We're all a little tired, Hawkeye.
      Hawkeye: Not dead tired, Colonel, dead dead. As in doornail. My corpus has been declared delicti.

    • BJ: Pierce's father calling me?
      Klinger: That's what he said, sir.
      BJ: Doesn't make sense.
      Klinger: You want me to wake you when something makes sense? You'll sleep through the whole war!

    • P.A. System: Come one, come all to a wake for the late, great Captain Pierce. We'll be mourning all afternoon and evening. The deceased will give the eulogy, and the guests will have 20 minutes for rebuttal. Remains to be seen in the Swamp.

    • (At Hawkeye's "wake")
      B.J.: For he was a jolly good fellow.
      Col. Potter: He was a jolly good fellow.
      Everyone: He was a jolly good fellow...
      Hawkeye: I was much too young to die!

    • Digger: Whaddaya want, Doc?
      Hawkeye: The Final Reward, please, and step on it! Let's go, Digger, I'm not getting any older. Where do I sit?
      Digger: Nobody ever sits on this bus but me, Doc. I can't take passengers, sir!
      Hawkeye: I'm not a passenger, I'm cargo.

    • BJ: Where's Radar?
      Klinger: Colonel gave him a few days in Seoul. He was flipping out a litle. Started to put carbon paper in the latrines.

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • The bus driver's nickname was Digger

      Digger was also the nickname of the mortician in the radio and TV show, The Life of Riley

    • Captain Pratt quotes George Orwell's 1949 novel 1984 and says that Hawkeye is "an un-person."