M*A*S*H

Season 11 Episode 8

The Moon is Not Blue

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Aired Unknown Dec 13, 1982 on CBS
8.0
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The Moon is Not Blue
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With the camp facing prohibition, and a severe medical supply shortage, during another heat wave, Hawkeye resolves to lift morale by importing a racy new movie.

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  • Back in form.

    8.0
    There are no weaknesses in this episode, none of the painful sentimentality that occasionally hurt the later seasons. The main plot deals with the madness of military organisation, which used to be typical for MASH. The search for a raunchy movie sets off a series of deals and compromises. You might even expect Sergeant Bilko to show up at one time.



    Another plot line deals with something that has always bothered me about MASH. In my own, short military career (national service) I did witness alcohol abuse in the army, but I could never believe that doctors at a MASH unit would drink so much. The general's order to ban alcohol from the 4077th seemed logical.moreless
Alan Alda

Alan Alda

Captain Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce

David Ogden Stiers

David Ogden Stiers

Major Charles Emerson Winchester III (Season 6-11)

Harry Morgan

Harry Morgan

Colonel Sherman T. Potter (Season 4-11)

Jamie Farr

Jamie Farr

Corporal/Sergeant Maxwell Q. Klinger

Loretta Swit

Loretta Swit

Major Margaret J. "Hot Lips" Houlihan

Mike Farrell

Mike Farrell

Captain BJ Hunnicut (Season 4-11)

Sandy Helberg

Sandy Helberg

Bannister

Guest Star

Hamilton Camp

Hamilton Camp

Major Frankenheimer

Guest Star

Frank Slaten

Frank Slaten

Corpsman Frank

Guest Star

Jeff Maxwell

Jeff Maxwell

Igor

Recurring Role

Jan Jorden

Jan Jorden

Baker

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • The Moon Is Blue, the film watched in this episode, did not come out until late 1953, a few months after the Korean War had ended.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Klinger: There's no end to this furnace. Baste me once before I die.
      Hawkeye: Didn't you inherit the heat-resistant blood of your forefathers?
      Klinger: They cut my family out of the will when we moved to Ohio.

    • B.J.: Why don't we forget the movie and just have a sweating contest?
      Klinger: (In full uniform) Hi, guys! Nice day, isn't it?
      B.J.: Will you look at him? He's shelveled.
      Hawkeye: Klinger, have you been seeing an air conditioner behind our backs?
      Klinger: No need to, Doc. Thanks to those pills you gave me, I'm cool as a cucumber. I'm going for some coffee; can I get you a cup?
      B.J.: Coffee?
      Hawkeye: You crazy? (Klinger exits) Looks like I've discovered the cure for the common hot.

    • (the camp is watching The Moon is Blue)
      Hawkeye: I'm outraged! It's a disgrace. I've never seen a cleaner movie in my life.
      BJ: There was more filth and dirt in this morning's breakfast.
      Father Mulcahy: Well, one of the actors did say "virgin."
      Hawkeye: That's because everyone was.

    • Hawkeye: I thought you went to see Sahara tonight.
      Charles: Indeed, I did. But, alas, I had to leave when the film broke which was about two seconds after I ripped it from the projector. And I would have been here sooner but I had to stop to accept the cheers of the entire audience.

    • Hawkeye: The only good thing about being here is that we're able to drink and forget that we're here.

    • Hunnicutt: It's a good job we're doctors, 'cause your movies are making us sick!

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