Season 6 Episode 15

The Smell of Music

Aired Unknown Jan 03, 1978 on CBS
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The Smell of Music
The 4077th has just ended a rough 3-day ordeal with wounded soldiers. Charles plays (?) a French horn and drives Hawkeye and B.J. crazy. They refuse to bathe until the French horn playing is stopped; the two are even forced to eat outside because of their unhygenic presences. Meanwhile Potter attempts to saves the life of a patient, Saunders, whose unfortunate accident has rendered him suicidal. Time and time again, Potter pleads against Saunders' taking the easy way out; Saunders holds out until a little dose of reverse psychology finally discourages him. When a "battle of the bands" eventually erupts between Winchester, Hunnicutt and Pierce, the camp collectively intervenes and hoses down Hawkeye and B.O. while Margaret has a soldier run over Charles' French horn with a jeep. Later, Sang Nu presents Charles with a new horn...one which doesn't have a mouthpiece!moreless

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  • Another Poor Epsiode

    Both Hawkeye and BJ show themselves to totally irrespoible-not only are they putting themselves at risk for deiseases by not bathing But they ALso raises the risk of INfection for their patinets as well!!!!
Alan Alda

Alan Alda

Captain Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce

David Ogden Stiers

David Ogden Stiers

Major Charles Emerson Winchester III (Season 6-11)

Gary Burghoff

Gary Burghoff

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

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

Jordan Clarke

Jordan Clarke


Guest Star

Nancy Steen

Nancy Steen


Guest Star

Lois Foraker

Lois Foraker

Nurse Denver

Guest Star

Richard Lee Sung

Richard Lee Sung

Sang Nu

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Charles refers to the Korean who re-builds his horn as "Sang Mu," but in the closing credits, his name is given as "Sang Nu."

    • After Colonel Potter talks Saunders out of commiting suicide with the gas mask in the OR, he never turns off the gas before they leave the OR.

  • QUOTES (16)

    • (Colonel Potter hands Major Winchester his French horn after it has been flattened by the jeep.)
      Potter: All right. Who's responsible for all this?
      (Everybody in the camp except for Hawkeye, B. J. and Winchester raises their hands.)
      Potter: I see. Well, beginning at 2200 hours, you are all hereby confined... (Everyone reacts glumly.) to the Officer's Club for the duration of the whiskey. (Everyone now cheers.) Pierce, Hunnicutt and Winchester are buying!
      (Everyone cheers loudly.)
      Winchester: Colonel!
      Hawkeye: Forget it, Charles. If we pay, you pay!
      Winchester: Colonel, what about my horn?
      Potter: Oh, by all means, Winchester, bring it along. We'd love to hear it.

    • PA Announcer: Attention, all weary members of the 4077. Eighth Army Headquarters wishes to commend us for our tireless efforts during the last three days. However, all requests for overtime are denied.

    • Mulcahy: Ooh. What an ordeal. Seventy-two hours straight. I'm prayed out. Absolutely prayed out.
      Hawkeye: Don't forget, Father, God was on six days straight.
      Mulcahy: He was a lot younger then.

    • Potter: Look, fellows, I'm in no mood for the Hatfields and the McCoys. I came here to drown my sorrows and cauterize my liver.

    • B.J: My serve. (Hands Potter a glass perched on a badminton racket.)
      Potter: (Sips) Hoo! That'll rip the tarpaper off the roof!
      B.J.: Hits the spot.
      Potter: And rubs it out!

    • BJ (to Charles): Why don't you play something a little less harmful, like a bazooka?

    • Charles: It's a French horn.
      Margaret: Blow it out your Champs Elysee, Pierre!

    • Hawkeye: Jesus ate with the lepers.
      Father Mulcahy: He was an exceptionally good sport.

    • Charles: You barbarians. You Visigoths! Do you realize you have taken the last vestige of western civilization left here and you've run it under your pagan wheels?!

    • Klinger: Here y'are, sweets for the sweets.
      B.J.: Hey busboy, can we get some water?
      Klinger: Not unless you bathe in it.

    • B.J.: You stop playing, we shower.
      Winchester: And if I refuse?
      Hawkeye: The more you blow the worse we'll grow.

    • BJ: Got some vintage stuff here.
      Potter: How vintage?
      BJ: It's fermented longer than we have!

    • Hawkeye: From the fashionable Swamp Room high above midtown Uijongbu come the sadistic sounds of Doc Winchester and his All-Moose Orchestra, who ask the musical question, "WHY US?!!"

    • Potter: Sufferin' sheep dip! Time for a permanent intermission!

    • Potter: That wasn't very bright, son.
      Saunders: Should have let me die.
      Potter: At 22? Uh-uh. Too many years ahead of you.
      Saunders: I don't even get the satisfaction of being a hero. A dumb accident! My own gun blows up in my face? Hail, the conquering fool!
      Potter: A man isn't a fool just because he's the victim of an accident, but he is one if he lets it ruin his whole life.

    • Mulcahy: Good news, everybody: no more wounded!
      Potter: Thank Heaven!
      Mulcahy: And the manager thereof.

  • NOTES (3)


    • At the beginning of the episode, BJ alludes to the James Hilton novel Lost Horizon when he refers to the High Lama of Shangri-La. His literary reference is answered by Hawkeye's mention of the Oscar Wilde novel The Picture of Dorian Gray.

    • The title is a reference to the musical 'The Sound of Music'.

    • BJ is exhausted after a long OR session and Hawkeye says he looks like "an 8 by 10 picture of Dorian Gray." In Oscar Wilde's novel The Picture Of Dorian Gray, Dorian's portrait ages while Dorian keeps his youthful good looks.