M*A*S*H

Season 6 Episode 6

The Light That Failed

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Aired Unknown Oct 25, 1977 on CBS
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With supplies low, the 4077th gets a truckload of ice cream churns and salt tablets. But what it needs are light bulbs, and in the dimly lit post-op Charles makes an error for which he draws the ultimate wrath of his two surgeon bunk mates. Meanwhile, B.J. receives a mystery novel that everyone in camp reads in turn. The last page is missing and the solution to the mystery is undiscovered until B.J. calls the author by long distance.

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    Alan Alda

    Alan Alda

    Captain Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce

    Mike Farrell

    Mike Farrell

    Captain BJ Hunnicut

    Harry Morgan

    Harry Morgan

    Colonel Sherman T. Potter

    Loretta Swit

    Loretta Swit

    Major Margaret J. "Hot Lips" Houlihan

    David Ogden Stiers

    David Ogden Stiers

    Major Charles Emerson Winchester III

    Jamie Farr

    Jamie Farr

    Corporal Maxwell Q. Klinger

    Gary Erwin

    Gary Erwin

    Corporal Dobson

    Guest Star

    Philip Baker Hall

    Philip Baker Hall

    Sergeant Hacker

    Guest Star

    Enid Kent

    Enid Kent

    Nurse Bigelow

    Recurring Role

    Kellye Nakahara

    Kellye Nakahara

    Kellye(uncredited)

    Recurring Role

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    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (8)

      • Hawkeye: You sanctimonious, Back Bay--
        Charles: That's enough! Do you deny calling me a superior surgeon?
        Hawkeye: Not quite. I called you a superior sturgeon. You're the biggest lox in Korea!

      • Potter: Where'd you get the bulb, Klinger?
        Klinger: From one of the tents, sir.
        Potter: Good man. Somebody will just have to skip writing home tonight.
        Klinger: Hope Mrs. Potter doesn't mind.
        Potter: Oh, swell! Whatever happened to rank has its privilege?!
        Klinger: It went out with the bulb, sir.

      • Hawkeye: Reading. This just might be better than sex.
        Charles: Certainly takes longer around here.
        BJ: How would you know?

      • Klinger: The supplies have arrived, Colonel.
        Potter: Glory be. (turns and looks at Klinger) I don't claim to know much about fashion, Klinger, but you look like the dog's dinner.
        Klinger
        : You try and color coordinate in the dark!

      • Hawkeye (to Charles): You wanna know why you can't work in the dark? There's no limelight.

      • Hawkeye (about the supply shortage): The electric lightbulb is becoming a filament of my imagination.

      • Charles: I would operate in braille if my fingers weren't frozen.
        Hawkeye (imitating his accent): Sorry Charles, we're all out of fur-lined rubber gloves.

      • Hawkeye: Finally!
        B.J.: I beg your pardon?
        Hawkeye: It took you 6 minutes and three decks of cards to read that page.
        B.J.: Two pages. One on this side. One on that side.
        Hawkeye: That still comes out to 78 cards a page. Nobody reads that slowly.
        B.J.: I'm not reading. I'm savouring.
        Hawkeye: Savour faster. I'm desperate. I'd trade my soul for a laundry list.
        B.J.: Go over to the mess tent. Read the alphabet soup.
        Hawkeye: How would you like a club in the mouth?
        B.J.: Relax! Relax, will you? I'll be finished with this, uh, Tuesday, latest.
        Hawkeye: Tuesday?
        B.J.: Wednesday?
        Hawkeye: Look, I'm sitting here reading your shoe - and not believing it, I might add. I'll never make it 'til Tuesday. (Charles enters)
        Charles: Hunnicut, what page are you on?
        B.J.: 21.
        Charles: Twenty-one?! At the rate you read, the murderer would have escaped to Venezuela by now.

    • NOTES (2)

      • This episode looks as if it were part of a plot to have Margaret and Charles start an affair. However, that storyline was soon abandoned. It can also be seen as another sign that Margaret's marriage isn't all its cracked up to be.

      • Radar does not appear in this episode. For the next season and a half, less and less will be seen of Cpl. Walter Eugene O'Reilly before his departure in Season 8.

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