M*A*S*H

Season 1 Episode 6

Yankee Doodle Doctor

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Aired Unknown Oct 22, 1972 on CBS
9.0
out of 10
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The 4077th is designated as the setting for the making of an army film on Mobile Army Surgical Hospital units. Hawkeye is chosen as the star while Margaret and Frank compose a screenplay. The Eye Of The Hawk objects to the piece of propaganda that filmmaker Lt. Bricker is producing and, having exposed the original film, reshoots a new one his way, starring himself as Groucho Marx-ish Yankee Doodle Doctor, and poking fun at glorifying doctors while concluding with a rather serious speech about the hell of war.moreless

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  • This was an episode that showed that there is still a shred of humanity in the midst of war. Also demonstrated was the outrage at war being glorified to be used as a recruitment tool.moreless

    8.9
    A lot of humanity, and a lot of keeping with the spirit that the show was written in. In the end, when the camera was on Hawkeye, he said the memorable lines, "We win some, we lose some. Guns, bombs, and anti-personnel mines have more power to take life than we have to preserve it."

    This, I believe, is the whole pivotal point in the episode. That being, no matter what goes on, and no matter what the Powers-That-Be have to say, when it comes down to it, we can go out to the fields, and do their bidding, but we still have our humanitymoreless
  • Lieutenant Colonel Henry Blake and Captain Benjamin Franklin Pierce proudly present...Yankee Doodle Doctor!

    10
    This is a funny episode! I absoultely love the movie that Hawkeye makes. I love at the begining when Hawkeye, Trapper, and Radar are standing there with that blanket that saids "M*A*S*H 4077th" and then when two nurses walk by they drop the blanket and start posing in their underwear...too funny! I also loved Hawkeye as Groucho and Trapper as Harpo in those two operating scenes. I especailly like the end...when Hawkeye gives that whole speech about how "no war is a movie." That speech gets me everytime! A great episode!moreless
  • A really good early episode.

    8.5
    MASH provided some really good episodes throughout their long run and this happens to be one of the better ones. Hawkeye and Trapper get upset that a movie director comes to the 4077th to make a film. The director tries to sensationalize the war and Hawkeye and Trapper destroy all the film. They convince Henry that they be allowed to create the film to send back home. It turns out the film was really funny but at the end the seriousness really hits home. This episode is one of reasons I fell in love with the show. The writers and actors blend the comedy in with the seriousness. This is a must see episode.moreless
  • The 4077th M*A*S*H* is the scene for a movie to be shot. It starts out with a general coming into the camp. They start filming all of these things that hawkeye and trapper think are false. Hawkeye and trapper then themselves make a movie.moreless

    1.0
    I think it was pretty bad. I think Hawkeye and trapper made a fool of themselves in the movie they made. They were just jumping around and sticking their toung out! It was probobly the worst M*A*S*H* episode that I have ever seen! Positively terrible! The next time i see an episode this bad I may stop watching the series. I am not sure why anyone rated this superb. This show is not very funny. It has a good story line. But it is just Hawkeye and Trappers performence on their movie. I was very dissappointed with this episode of M*A*S*H*.moreless
  • Hilarious Episode!

    10
    This is probably my favorite episode of M*A*S*H. Its one of the funniest. Hawkeye pulls the ultimate prank of the entire series in this one! He along with Trapper dont like the film that a filmmaker is making about the 4077. So Hawk and Trap make their own film which includes the gang dressing in their underwear holding up a sign showing "M*A*S*H 4077th 'Best care anywhere'" Followed by Hawkeye and Trapper performing surgery on a soldier with a saw. HILARIOUS!!! The movie ends with a scene with Hawkeye sitting next to a wounded solider saying that the war isnt all fun and games and the guy only has a 50/50 chance of survival. All in all this is a great episode that im sure any M*A*S*H fan would enjoy!moreless
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)

Alan Alda

Alan Alda

Captain Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce

Wayne Rogers

Wayne Rogers

Captain John Francis Xavier "Trapper" McIntyre (Season 1-3)

Ed Flanders

Ed Flanders

Lt. Duane William Bricker

Guest Star

Bert Kramer

Bert Kramer

Sergeant Martin

Guest Star

Tom Sparks

Tom Sparks

Corpsman

Guest Star

Marcia Strassman

Marcia Strassman

Nurse Margie Cutler

Recurring Role

Herb Voland

Herb Voland

Clayton

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Hawkeye and Trapper are leaving the swamp. If you look through the tent, you will see nobody behind it. When Hawkeye and Trapper are outside, suddenly a soldier is working in front of the tent.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Frank: (reading the narration) Every red-blooded American knows if he is wounded, he will be in the strong, capable hands of a Yankee Doodle Doctor.
      Trapper: (laughing) A Yankee Doodle Doctor?!
      Hawkeye: (singing) Stuck a feather in his nurse...
      (joined by Trapper) ...And called her Macaroni!

    • Frank: Why, for a while there it was a toss-up whether I'd be a doctor or an actor.
      Hawkeye: What finally happened?

    • Frank: You...You...
      Hawkeye: Who are you calling a you-you?

    • Hawkeye: Gee, I was sitting around minding my own business, when all of a sudden...poof! A star is born!

    • Hawkeye: (to a nurse, as the Groucho-inspired doctor in the film) Wanna go inside the oxygen tent for some heavy breathing?

    • (The ending of the film.)
      Hawkeye: Three hours ago, this man was in a battle. Two hours ago we operated on him. He's got a fifty-fifty chance. We win some, we lose some. That's what it's all about... no promises, no guaranteed survival... no 'saints in surgical garb.' Our willingness, our experience, our technique are not enough. Guns, bombs, and anti-personnel mines have more power to take life than we have to preserve it. Not a very happy ending for a movie. But then, no war is a movie.

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  • ALLUSIONS (3)

    • Hawkeye says (about Trapper), "I promised Fred I'd never dance with anyone but him." This is probably a reference to actor Fred Astaire who sang and danced very well in his movies. Does this make Hawkeye his partner, Ginger Rogers?

    • When Lt. Bricker asks Hawkeye if he's done any acting, Hawkeye starts imitating James Cagney and saying, "Why you, you dirty rat ..."

    • The title "Yankee Doodle Doctor" alludes to the title of the song "Yankee Doodle Dandy" by George M. Cohen

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