Season 1 Episode 16

The Ringbanger

Aired Unknown Jan 21, 1973 on CBS
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The Ringbanger
Hawkeye and Trapper operate on a famous Colonel - after discovering that he is particularly ruthless about sacrificing his men, they come up with a scheme to get him sent back to the states with a little unwitting help from Frank, Margaret, and a drunk Henry.

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  • An excellent follow up to the Tuttle episode!

    This episode follows the same kind of format as the last episode. Hawkeye, Trapper, and Radar fooling everyone.

    A wounded Colonel comes in with the attitude that his mens lives a not as important as the goal that needs to be achieved. So hes willing to sacrifice as many lives as possible for the good of the army. (Exactly the kind of guy Hawkeye hates.) There are episodes like this throughout the entire series where Hawkeye doesn't see eye to eye with someone in command's methods.

    Many clever pranks are pulled, but the funniest parts are when the colonel (played very well by Leslie Nielson) thinks that both Margaret and Frank are coming on to him!moreless
  • Gaslight in Korea

    Here's the first of several episodes in which Hawkeye (et al) scheme to get a reckless line officer relieved of his command. A classic of the early, pre-PC M*A*S*H, we have special guest star Leslie Nielsen as Col. Buzz Brighton, who arrives at the 4077th after receiving a minor wound. He's introduced to a 'gay' Frank Burns, a nymphomaniacal Hot Lips and a besotted Henry. His tent is always on the move and Brighton soon becomes a blithering idiot. Fine ensemble performance in the last scene. Hot Lips is never hotter than in this episode, in a sweater and cutoffs. Good dialogue and incidental music. Overall, one of the top-ten episodes.

Alan Alda

Alan Alda

Capt. Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce

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)

Loretta Swit

Loretta Swit

Major Margaret J. "Hot Lips" Houlihan

McLean Stevenson

McLean Stevenson

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

Wayne Rogers

Wayne Rogers

Captain John Francis Xavier (Season 1-3)

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • When Radar is slipping the glass of milk into Buzz's tent, we see the outside of the tent and there are no windows. From the inside, the milk is placed on a table that is right under a window.

    • Frank and Hawkeye are in the shower and both are wearing their dog tags. In one of the next scenes Frank suddenly does not wear his dog tags anymore.

    • In one scene Hawkeye and Trapper show Col. Brighton his tent. Trapper walks from left to right and behind him a glass of milk is standing. Only afterwards Radar is putting the glass of milk on its place.

    • Frank tries to examine Colonel Buzz Brighton. Col. Brighton holds a glass in his left hand. In the next scene he grabs hand Frank with his left hand, but no longer is holding the glass.

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