Season 4 Episode 20

The Novocaine Mutiny

Aired Unknown Jan 27, 1976 on CBS
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The Novocaine Mutiny
Frank has Hawkeye up on charges of mutiny, for usurping his authority when Potter was away on leave, and Frank was the C.O. The Judge Advocate, Colonel Carmichael, tries the case; BJ, Potter, and Radar are in attendance of the preliminary hearing to offer support for Hawkeye. There are several versions of what happened: according to Frank, he was trying to hold the 4077th together during heavy casualties when everyone else was falling apart; according to The Eye Of The Hawk, BJ and Radar, it was Frank who was out of control with his regimen. Finding no evidence of the alleged mutiny, the judge drops all charges against Hawkeye and puts Frank in his place (but will he stay there?!).moreless

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  • Old Masher

    This was a perfect Frank Burns epsiode. Apparenly there were parts cut out of the epsiode.

    See the fun triva Topics MASH the Novicane Mutiny for example the part where the Poker game where Zale losses the money and Burns finds out about it due to Zale's big mouth and the Poker game at the explains how Burns begins his hunt for the "missing" was never missing in the first place!moreless
Harry Morgan

Harry Morgan

Colonel Sherman T. Potter (Season 4-11)

Alan Alda

Alan Alda

Captain Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce

Gary Burghoff

Gary Burghoff

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

Jamie Farr

Jamie Farr

Corporal/Sergeant Maxwell Q. Klinger

Larry Linville

Larry Linville

Major Franklin Delano Marion Burns (Season 1-5)

Mike Farrell

Mike Farrell

Captain BJ Hunnicut (Season 4-11)

Ned Wilson

Ned Wilson

Colonel Miles Carmichael

Guest Star

Patricia Stevens

Patricia Stevens


Recurring Role

Johnny Haymer

Johnny Haymer


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • On the first day of his command, Frank orders the camp to bug-out.  Bugging-out can only be authorized through ICOR, including practice bug-outs.  This can be seen as another example of Frank's disregard of Army regulations for his own personal interest of lording his authority over others.

    • Hawkeye mentions that Frank would be seeing his receptionist twice a week back home if he weren't in Korea. This receptionist is probably Nancy, whom Frank mentioned in the season 2 episode 'Carry On Hawkeye'.

    • In the scene where Frank was saying what happened, he stated that he had blood type B. But in "Germ Warfare", he had blood type AB negative.

    • Regarding it being October, 1952, this shows again thaat there are 2 M*A*S*H timelines, one where Henry leaves early, one late.

    • While searching Radar's office, Frank pulls out a series of old, Marvel Avenger's comics. However, since the setting of the show is around the early 1950's, said comics would not be published for at least another 10 + years!

    • It is identified as October 11, 1952 in this episode. About 5 seasons later, they celebrate the new year, 1952.

  • QUOTES (16)

    • Frank: With all this shelling going on, there'll be more and more wounded. We'll overflow. We'll be buried alive!
      Hawkeye: That beats their being buried dead, Frank. Now get out there and practice medicine or I'm gonna report you to Lionel Barrymore.
      Frank: I'm your superior officer, Pierce! You will not talk to me in that insolent manner!
      Hawkeye: Frank, you can either help the wounded or become one!

    • (About Frank Burns)
      Hawkeye: The Major's version of what happened was to say the least fascinating. It was to say the most perjury.

    • Radar: (seeing several collars in Father Mulcahy's dresser drawer) Hey! He's got extras!
      Frank: Well, what do you mean, extras?
      Radar: I thought he had just the one collar.
      Frank: Well, why should he have just one? What do you think he did when it got dirty or wore out? Converted?

    • Frank: Was that a bomb!?
      Hawkeye: Uh, no, Frank. Someone's playing their World War II album.

    • Colonel Carmichael: Would you say that your lack of respect for the Major's medical skills might have been the cause for the alleged mutiny?
      Hawkeye: There was no mutiny. It's his medical skills that are alleged.

    • Frank: (blowing his whistle) Come on! Chop-chop! Get the lead out! This a war, you know!
      Hawkeye: You see? I told you it was a war. But no, you keep saying we're both dreaming!
      BJ: How could we be in each other's dreams?
      Hawkeye: How could I be in Korea? More important, why is this chicken outfit crossing the road?

    • Frank: Have a nice time, and don't do anything I wouldn't do.
      Colonel Potter: I don't know that I'd want to do anything you would do.

    • Colonel Carmichael: Be seated.
      Radar: Yes sir. (He sits down) Is this all right, sir?
      Colonel Carmichael: Is what all right?
      Radar: The way I'm sitted.
      Colonel Carmichael: You're sitted fine.

    • Frank: (holding up one of Klinger's dresses) Now, tell the truth. Would you be caught dead in this?
      Radar: (holding up the dress) It's way too long for me, sir.

    • Colonel Carmichel: I have no doubt that Captain Pierce is a prankster, and throughly unmilitary. But the records indicate that he is a top flight surgeon. Lord knows I wouldn't want to lead a company of Pierces into battle, but I sure would want him around when that battle was over.
      Frank: Colonel, what do the records indicate about my surgical skills?
      Colonel Carmichel: If you hadn't have been drafted as a doctor, I think you would have been assigned as a pastry chef.

    • BJ: (about Frank's command) On the very first day, Frank observed that the M in MASH stood for Mobile. So he had us break down the entire unit and move it across the road.

    • (Discussing who Klinger is and the reason for his entire wardrobe)
      Colonel Carmichael: Bucking for a Section 8?
      Colonel Potter: The man does his job, I'll give him that. I'm not saying I'd want an entire company of Klingers.
      Hawkeye: Unless, of course Christian Dior attacks Pearl Harbor.

    • Colonel Carmichael: You appreciate the gravity of this hearing, Corporal?
      Radar: Oh, yes, sir.
      Colonel Carmichael: If eventually found guilty, Captain Pierce could be hanged.
      Hawkeye: Why does he keep saying that?
      BJ: It will never happen...probably.

    • Frank: I'm here to discuss something besides underwear.
      BJ: Make it brief.
      Hawkeye: Oh, ho, ho. That's very bad.
      BJ: Not funny, but fast!

    • BJ: Colonel Potter's chair wasn't even cold before Frank decided to re-create the 4077 in his own weird image.
      Frank: I object to the word, "weird."
      BJ: Then how about warped? Bizarre? Barmy?
      Hawkeye: Perverted? Loony? Loopy?
      Radar: Dippy?
      Frank: I'm going to sue all of you!
      Hawkeye: No doubt for definition of character.

    • Colonel Carmichael: I'm certain you comprehend the seriousness of your charge, Major. The penalty for mutiny, after all, is death or such other punishment as the court may direct.
      Frank: I comprehend okay, death or worse. (he give a look to Hawkeye)
      Hawkeye: Besides my life, Frank wants my virginity.
      BJ: We all do.
      Hawkeye: If only I'd known.

  • NOTES (2)


    • The episode title is a play on the Herman Wouk novel The Caine Mutiny, which was made into a 1954 movie starring Humphrey Bogart.

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