M*A*S*H (season 3)

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M*A*S*H (season 3)
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 24
Release
Original network CBS
Original release September 10, 1974 (1974-09-10) – March 18, 1975 (1975-03-18)
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List of M*A*S*H episodes

The third season of M*A*S*H aired Tuesdays at 8:30–9:00 pm on CBS.

Cast[edit]

Actor Role
Alan Alda Capt. Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce
Wayne Rogers Capt. "Trapper" John MacIntyre
McLean Stevenson Lt. Col. Henry Blake
Loretta Swit Maj. Margaret "Hot Lips" Houlihan
Larry Linville Maj. Frank Burns
Gary Burghoff Cpl. Walter "Radar" O'Reilly

Episodes[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title[n 1] Directed by[n 2] Written by[n 2] Original air date Production
code[n 3]
49 1 "The General Flipped at Dawn" Larry Gelbart Jim Fritzell & Everett Greenbaum September 10, 1974 (1974-09-10) B-308
A crackpot General threatens to court-martial Hawkeye. Harry Morgan, who portrays the nutty General, would join the cast of M*A*S*H the following year as Colonel Sherman Potter.
50 2 "Rainbow Bridge" Hy Averback Larry Gelbart & Laurence Marks September 17, 1974 (1974-09-17) B-301
Hawkeye and Trapper must put their relaxation plans on hold to retrieve wounded American prisoners from the Chinese. Esteemed Japanese actor Mako portrays a Chinese officer involved in the transfer. Loudon Wainwright III makes his first of three appearances as guitar-playing Lieutenant Calvin Spalding.
51 3 "Officer of the Day" Hy Averback Laurence Marks September 24, 1974 (1974-09-24) B-307
Hawkeye is made Officer of the Day, and Colonel Flagg wants him to patch up a North Korean prisoner so that he can be executed.
52 4 "Iron Guts Kelly" Don Weis Larry Gelbart & Sid Dorfman October 1, 1974 (1974-10-01) B-304
General "Iron Guts" Kelly (James Gregory) dies whilst in bed with Hot Lips, but the General's aide (Keene Curtis) invents a more militarily meaningful way to mark Kelly's passing.
53 5 "O.R." Gene Reynolds Larry Gelbart & Laurence Marks October 8, 1974 (1974-10-08) B-306
The 4077th is overwhelmed with casualties. Note: This is the first episode without a laugh track. Gene Reynolds won the Primetime Emmy Award for directing this episode while Larry Gelbart and Laurence Marks won the Writers Guild Award.
54 6 "Springtime" Don Weis Linda Bloodworth & Mary Kay Place October 15, 1974 (1974-10-15) B-303
Spring is in the air at the 4077th, including marriage for Klinger. Alex Karras guest stars as one of Hawkeye's overly thankful patients.
55 7 "Check-Up" Don Weis Laurence Marks October 22, 1974 (1974-10-22) B-312
Trapper must undergo a medical checkup, and his condition could be his ticket home.
56 8 "Life With Father" Hy Averback Everett Greenbaum & Jim Fritzell October 29, 1974 (1974-10-29) B-302
Father Mulcahy tries to meet a request to perform a Jewish baptism, while Henry is worried that his wife's willingness to let him cheat on her may reflect her own guilty conscience, and Hawkeye and Trapper attempt to solve a puzzle to win a pony.
57 9 "Alcoholics Unanimous" Hy Averback Everett Greenbaum & Jim Fritzell November 12, 1974 (1974-11-12) B-314
As acting commanding officer, Frank dismantles the Swamp's gin mill and declares Prohibition at the 4077th. Hy Averback received Primetime Emmy and Directors Guild Award nominations for this episode.
58 10 "There is Nothing Like a Nurse" Hy Averback Larry Gelbart November 19, 1974 (1974-11-19) B-309
The men of the 4077th must cope without the nurses, who are evacuated due to the possibility of an enemy attack. Loudon Wainwright III makes his second of three appearances as the guitar-playing Lieutenant Calvin Spalding.
59 11 "Adam's Ribs" Gene Reynolds Laurence Marks November 26, 1974 (1974-11-26) B-316
Fed up with eating the same food day after day in the mess tent, Hawkeye hatches a plan to order spare ribs from a restaurant in Chicago. Loretta Swit and Larry Linville do not appear in this episode.
60 12 "A Full Rich Day" Gene Reynolds John D. Hess December 3, 1974 (1974-12-03) B-311
A kill-happy Turk and a missing corpse are the main focus of a typical day of insanity at the 4077th. Fred W. Berger and Stanford Tischler won the ACE Eddie Award for this episode.
61 13 "Mad Dogs and Servicemen" Hy Averback Linda Bloodworth & Mary Kay Place December 10, 1974 (1974-12-10) B-317
As the search goes on for a potentially rabid dog that has bitten Radar, the doctors suspect a patient suffering from paralysis (Michael O'Keefe) might have a psychological issue instead.
62 14 "Private Charles Lamb" Hy Averback Sid Dorfman December 31, 1974 (1974-12-31) B-310
A Greek colonel donates a baby lamb as the main course for an Easter barbecue, but Radar tries to protect it. Sid Dorfman received a Writers Guild Award nomination for this episode.
63 15 "Bombed" Hy Averback Jim Fritzell & Everett Greenbaum January 7, 1975 (1975-01-07) B-320
A wounded soldier arrives at the compound, booby-trapped, during heavy shelling; and Trapper and Margaret get locked in the supply closet together when an exploding shell jams the door. William Jurgensen received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for cinematography on this episode, and Hy Averback received a Directors Guild Award nomination.
64 16 "Bulletin Board" Alan Alda Larry Gelbart & Simon Muntner January 14, 1975 (1975-01-14) B-323
Henry Blake loses a patient and resists holding an outdoor picnic to benefit local orphans, but is revived by the activities even though casualties interrupt the fun. Alan Alda received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for directing this episode.
65 17 "The Consultant" Gene Reynolds Teleplay: Robert Klane
Story: Larry Gelbart
January 21, 1975 (1975-01-21) B-318
In Tokyo for R&R, Hawkeye and Trapper meet a veteran doctor (Robert Alda) whom they challenge to visit the 4077th for a look at 'real action.' And then the veteran doctor does just that. Note: Robert Alda is Alan Alda's real father.
66 18 "House Arrest" Hy Averback Jim Fritzell & Everett Greenbaum February 4, 1975 (1975-02-04) B-315
Hawkeye is placed under house arrest for punching Frank, while Margaret is nervous about a meticulous visiting colonel (Mary Wickes) who turns out to be quite warm for Frank's form.
67 19 "Aid Station" William Jurgensen Larry Gelbart & Simon Muntner February 11, 1975 (1975-02-11) B-322
Hawkeye, Margaret, and Klinger are sent to a frontline aid station that is short-staffed and under heavy fire.
68 20 "Love and Marriage" Lee Philips Arthur Julian February 18, 1975 (1975-02-18) B-321
A skilled Korean medical assistant (Soon-Tek Oh) wants to see his pregnant wife; meanwhile, a GI (Dennis Dugan) wants to marry a girl from Rosie's bar, but not for good reasons.
69 21 "Big Mac" Don Weis Laurence Marks February 25, 1975 (1975-02-25) B-313
The 4077th is turned upside down by rumors of a visit from General Douglas MacArthur. Loudon Wainwright III makes his third and final appearance as the guitar-playing Lieutenant Calvin Spalding.
70 22 "Payday" Hy Averback John W. Regier & Gary Markowitz March 4, 1975 (1975-03-04) B-305
It's Hawkeye's turn as pay officer, but a $10 oversight causes major trouble.
71 23 "White Gold" Hy Averback Larry Gelbart & Simon Muntner March 11, 1975 (1975-03-11) B-319
Colonel Flagg shows up when penicillin is stolen, but Hawkeye and Trapper soon learn the real reason for his arrival.
72 24 "Abyssinia, Henry" Larry Gelbart Everett Greenbaum & Jim Fritzell March 18, 1975 (1975-03-18) B-324

Henry Blake receives his discharge, and the doctors send him off in style. Note: This would be the last episode for both Blake and Trapper John McIntyre.

In 1997 and 2009, TV Guide ranked this episode #20 on its list of the 100 Greatest Episodes.[1][2]


Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Titles taken from DVD
  2. ^ a b Credits from episode title cards
  3. ^ Production Code from end credits

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Special Collector's Issue: 100 Greatest Episodes of All Time". TV Guide (June 28-July 4). 1997. 
  2. ^ "TV Guide's Top 100 Episodes". Rev/Views. Retrieved July 4, 2016.