The 4077th is awarded a citation for 90% efficiency. General Hammond arrives in camp to give the award to Henry personally, and at the ceremony, drops a bombshell that Henry’s experience is needed at Tokyo Medical HQ, effective immediately. With Henry gone, Frank assumes command of the unit, and naturally, nobody is happy.
Frank quickly moves into Henry’s tent. The first morning begins with reveille, calisthenics, and surprise inspections of the Swamp and along with an MP and aide, confiscates Hawkeye and Trapper’s still at gunpoint. Upon leaving, he threatens the captains to straighten up and fly right, else there will be hell to pay.
Hawkeye calls a group meeting to discuss how to get rid of Frank. Some imaginative suggestions are made, but it’s agreed Henry has to be brought back to assume command. Thanks to some forged passes from Radar, Trapper and Hawkeye go to Tokyo to talk their old boss into returning to the 4077th.
Henry is living the high life and his only duty seems to be giving a lecture three times a week. Trapper and Hawkeye visit him at a geisha house. Henry, naturally, doesn’t want to return to the “rat hole” despite hearing Nurse Leslie is a “basket case” without him and Frank is ruining the camp Henry built.
Part of Hawkeye’s plan, Leslie and Radar place a call to the captains and they hastily make their exit, telling Henry “accidentally” Radar is very sick. Henry takes the bait and returns to the 4077th with Trapper and Hawkeye.
Radar puts on a good act of being sick. Henry after a short examination of Radar feels the best way to proceed is to operate on Radar who blows his cover when he instinctively gets out of bed to telephone General Hammond for Henry who is arguing with Frank. Hawkeye’s scheme is exposed and Henry decides he is going to stay and resume command. Frank unhappy with the news storms out of post-op.
Original Air Date: November 19, 1972
Henry: Frank, I’m examining this patient [Radar]
Frank: Sorry, Henry, not until you sign a transient medic form…
Henry: Do me a favor – stuff it!
Frank: …and I’ll need your initials on visiting physician in a combat zone.
Henry: Stuff that too!
Henry Blake: [after receiving an award] You people, you great doctors and you swell gals, who made this possible, are just too numerous to mention, but I’m mighty grateful to all of you – right down to my Right Hand, Cpl. Radar O’Reilly, who incidentally is in command of this unit, and just uses me as a front.