Dear Dad...Again

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"Dear Dad...Again"
M*A*S*H episode
Episode no. Season 1
Episode 18 (18th overall)
Directed by Jackie Cooper
Written by Larry Gelbart
Sheldon Keller
Production code J317
Original air date February 4, 1973
Guest appearance(s)
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"Dear Dad...Again" was episode No.18 of the first season of the TV series M*A*S*H. It originally aired on February 4, 1973.[1]


Hawkeye writes to his father again about several crazy events that take place at the 4077th, including the arrival of Captain Adam Casey (portrayed by Alex Henteloff), a Demara-esque fraud masquerading as a doctor, Frank becoming drunk, and Margaret's attempt to sing "My Blue Heaven" at the camp "No-Talent Show".[1][2][3][4][5][6]


Hawkeye's line, "I have always relied upon the kindness of strangers" (at minute 6:49), is a reference to Tennessee Williams' play A Streetcar Named Desire, with the line spoken by the character Blanche DuBois.

Hawkeye asks his father to "kiss sis, and Mom" in his letter to him. This is contradicted in later episodes which reveal Hawkeye as an only child with his mother deceased. He also mentions in "The Moose" that he always wanted a sister.

When Hawkeye is supposed to be naked at the officer's mess, in some shots the top of his shorts can be seen.


  1. ^ a b Wittebols, James H. (2003). Watching M*A*S*H, Watching America: A Social History of the 1972-1983 Television Series. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland. p. 236. ISBN 0-7864-1701-3. 
  2. ^ "Episode Guide". TV Guide. Retrieved 2009-05-15. 
  3. ^ "The Classic Sitcoms Guide: M*A*S*H". Retrieved 2009-05-15. 
  4. ^ "M*A*S*H: Season One (Collector's Edition) (1972)". 
  5. ^ Reiss, David S. (1983). M*A*S*H: the exclusive, inside story of TV's most popular show. ISBN 0-672-52656-5. 
  6. ^ Suzy, Kalter (1988). Complete Book of Mash. New York: H.N. Abrams. ISBN 0-8109-8083-5. 

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