Dear Dad... Three

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"Dear Dad... Three"
M*A*S*H episode
Episode no. Season 2
Episode 9 (33rd overall)
Directed by Don Weis
Written by

Larry Gelbart

Laurence Marks
Production code K409
Original air date November 10, 1973
Guest appearance(s)
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"Dear Dad... Three" was the 33rd episode of the M*A*S*H television series, and the ninth episode of season two. The episode aired on November 10, 1973.


Hawkeye writes another letter home to his father, detailing some of the recent events at the 4077th: amongst the latest batch of wounded is a soldier with a live grenade shot into his body, and Sergeant Condon, who reminds the doctors to give him the "right type" of blood. Hawkeye, Trapper and Ginger decide to teach Condon a lesson on racial awareness. The monthly staff meeting was also held—although the previous meeting was held six months ago—and the latest meeting appears to be no more productive than the previous one, which, according to Radar's minutes, was "declared a shambles". Henry also receives a home movie of his daughter's birthday party from his wife, which he watches in his office with Hawkeye, Trapper and Radar—along with footage from a few years previous of Henry and his wife goofing in front of the camera with their neighbours.


This was the first of three episodes to feature home movies in the episode plot. The season three episode There Is Nothing Like A Nurse featured the main male characters, minus Frank Burns, watching a home movie of Frank's wedding, and the season four episode Mail Call...Again featured the main characters watching a movie of Radar's family sitting down to Sunday lunch at the family farm in Ottumwa, Iowa.

This episode also contains a claim that Dr. Charles Drew, known for his pioneering work with blood plasma, died in a North Carolina hospital which refused to admit him or treat his injuries based on his race. This claim, although widely repeated, is false.[1][2]


  1. ^ "Question of the Month: The Truth About the Death of Charles Drew". Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia. June 2004. Retrieved June 24, 2014.
  2. ^ "Did the black doctor who invented blood plasma die because white doctors wouldn't treat him?". The Straight Dope. November 1989. Retrieved June 24, 2014.

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