M*A*S*H

Season 3 Episode 23

White Gold

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Aired Unknown Mar 11, 1975 on CBS
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Colonel Flagg blows into camp trying to obtain penicillin to barter for information. But Flagg comes down with appendicitis, and the only penicillin he gets is in the keister.

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    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)

    Loretta Swit

    Loretta Swit

    Major Margaret J. "Hot Lips" Houlihan

    McLean Stevenson

    McLean Stevenson

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

    Hilly Hicks

    Hilly Hicks

    Perkins

    Guest Star

    Stafford Repp

    Stafford Repp

    Sergeant Clay

    Guest Star

    Daniel Thorpe

    Daniel Thorpe

    Morris

    Guest Star

    Edward Winter

    Edward Winter

    Lt.Colonel Flagg

    Recurring Role

    Jeff Maxwell

    Jeff Maxwell

    Igor

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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    • TRIVIA (3)

      • Margaret says she's examining Flagg's ribs and Hawkeye asks if they should send out for sauce. As we saw in the Season 3 episode "Adam's Ribs," Hawkeye has quite a weakness for ribs with sauce.

      • Trapper says that Flagg broke his own arm the last time he was at the 4077th. But the last time Flagg came to the 4077th before this episode was early in Season 3 ("Officer of the Day"). The broken arm incident happened much earlier, during Season 2 ("A Smattering of Intelligence"). Trapper had to deal with Flagg directly during "Officer of the Day" so you'd think he would remember that visit.

      • Notice the lock on the door to the supply hut the second time someone breaks in. One moment it is locked, the next it is open.

    • QUOTES (9)

      • (The three thieves overhear various comments while slipping past the tents)

        Tent One
        Mulcahy: And we all give thanks for getting us through another day...without too much trouble.

        Tent Two
        Nurse: Mmm, you're such a good kisser.
        Hawkeye: Grandfather left me his lips. He died in mid-pucker.

        Tent Three
        Trapper: You sure she's not coming back?
        Nurse: She's with Hawkeye.
        Trapper: Oh, then it should be a while. He's very thorough.

        Tent Four
        Margaret: Ah, Frank. Without you, my intellectual life would absolutely stagnate.
        Frank: How does this snap open?

      • Frank: I'm afraid I'll have to take a rain check, Margaret.
        Margaret: Well, it's early, Frank. Was it something I sai--
        Frank: Uh. I think they're fooling around with my coffee again.

      • Margaret (about Flagg): He's CIA!
        Hawkeye: I wouldn't care if he was COD.
        Trapper: Then we could refuse him.

      • Henry: I'll not have anyone tortured at the 4077th, Frank! We're a hospital!
        Frank: Well, we're also army!
        Henry: You're army! I'll bet if I cut you, you'd bleed khaki!

      • Frank (about Flagg): He ordered me to leave! He's a superior officer!
        Henry: He's a superior psycho! His head's so twisted he's got to screw his cap on!

      • Flagg: No drugs.
        Hawkeye: A little Novocaine in your head, you'll never know the difference.
        Flagg: Negative! If I lose control, you guys don'thave the clearance to hear what's in my head.
        Hawkeye: I haven't got the stomach for it.

      • (Col. Flagg comes to relieve Major Burns, who is guarding the prisoner)
        Frank: Oh, but my orders are...
        Flagg: The CIA can supersede anyone's orders!
        Frank: Except the President's, of course.
        Flagg: Give us time.

      • Colonel Flagg: My orders are to do whatever I have to to break up this penicillin ring. I have written permission to die in the attempt!

      • Klinger (on guard duty): Halt! Who goes there?
        Henry: Outta the way, Klinger.
        Klinger: I've got to have the password, Colonel.
        Henry: Bullfeathers!
        Klinger: That was last week's password.

    • NOTES (3)

      • Along with "Abyssinia, Henry", "White Gold" is the first of two M*A*S*H episodes to feature a musical score composed by jazz saxophonist Benny Golson.

      • Hilly Hicks (Perkins) would return as Cpl Moody in season 5's "Post Op" (ep 23). 

      • This marked the farewell performance of the late Stafford Repp (Sergeant Clay), who succumbed to a heart attack at age 66 on November 5, 1974, 4 months before this episode's telecast on CBS. Repp is best remembered for his role of Chief O'Hara on Batman (ABC, 1966-68).

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