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. Read more
Sergeant Baker stops by the 4077th with his “moose” a Korean girl named Young-Hi, whom he “bought” from her family for $500.00. Hawkeye is outraged and tries to convince Baker to let the girl go free. Eventually, he plays poker with Baker and cheats with a little help from Radar. Read more
M*A*S*H’s third season comprises several benchmark episodes. In “Rainbow Bridge,” Hawkeye, Trapper, Radar, Klinger, and an opportunistic Frank Burns participate in a swap with the North Koreans of wounded POWs. In “The Consultant,” Robert Alda (Alan’s dad) guest stars as a visiting doctor who cracks under the pressure of operating so close to the front. And the shocking season finale, “Abyssinia, Henry,” killed off commanding officer Henry Blake, who was en route home. Read more
While operating on a general, Hawkeye discovers they are out of Hydrocortisone, so he and Trapper go to angrily complain to Major Houlihan. Major Burns comes to defend her, and explains that it, along with half of the other medical supplies, was hijacked by the black market. He also explains that a new shipment is waiting outside, but when they open up the truck, they discover it’s been stolen. Read more
Ho-Jon, the houseboy of Captains Hawkeye Pierce and Trapper John McIntyre has been accepted to Hawkeye’s college, but they need to raise a tuition for him, so they hold a party while their commanding officer, Lt. Col Henry Blake, is away. There, they raffle off a weekend pass along with a nurse’s company, much to the chagrin of Majors Frank Burns and Margaret Houlihan. Read more
Season 2 of M*A*S*H aired from 1973-1974
Season 2 of M*A*S*H for me has several episodes with McLean Stevenson as Colonel Henry Blake in charge that I really like.
First one would have to be Deal Me Out followed by The Chosen People, The Trial of Henry Blake, Crisis, Mail Call. Overall I think season 2 is probably the funniest of the three season with McLean Stevenson. That doesn’t mean I think there are some funny episodes in season 1 and 3, there are, but overall as a whole I feel there are more in the second. Read more
The first Season of M*A*S*H began with the Pilot episode that aired on September 17, 1972. A total of 24 episodes were produced. The following episodes are some of my favorites from the first season.
Chief Surgeon Who? – Henry appoints Hawkeye Chief Surgeon over Frank. Frank and Margaret call General Barker and despite unusual experiences with the staff of the 4077, Hawkeye’s skill as a surgeon leads General Barker to keep Hawkeye as Chief Surgeon.
Tuttle – Hawkeye & Trapper create a fictional Captain named Tuttle. One thing leads to another and soon everyone in camp believes Tuttle is real. When General Clayton decides to honor Tuttle, Hawkeye has to find away to get rid of Tuttle without raising suspicion.
The Ringbanger – Hawkeye & Trapper try to have Colonel Buzz Brighton who has a high casualty record, sent back to the states by convincing him he’s insane. (Leslie Nielsen guest starred as Colonel Brighton)
The Longjohn Flap – During a cold snap, Hawkeye receives a pair of long johns. Hawkeye gives them to Trapper out of sympathy and then Trapper loses them to Radar in a poker game. The long johns then pass through the cook, Frank, Margaret, Klinger, Father Mulcahy, and finally Colonel Blake, before ending up back with Hawkeye as a thank you from Blake for saving his life.
Dear Dad, Dear Dad…Again, The Army-Navy Game, Major Fred C. Dobbs and Showtime round out the remaining good episodes from season one.