M*A*S*HCast #27 – Radar’s Report

M*A*S*HCast –  Season 2, Episode 3: Radar’s Report

Special Guest Star: Kevin Lauderdale

Air Date: September 29, 1973

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7 responses to “M*A*S*HCast #27 – Radar’s Report

  1. Double your geek Spider-connection in this episode. Allan Arbus also played a heavy on the 70s live-action Spider-Man series in the episode “Wolfpack”. Even as a kid, I recognized him from MASH!

    Chris

    1. And don’t forget Mr. Arbus’ appearance as a Wonder Woman villain in the episode “The Girl from Ilandia.” My daughter got a kick out of that MASH crossover.

  2. One of my favorite parts of Radar’s Report is at the end of the episode, when Henry reads over the weekly report. All of the drama and humor of the episode are condensed into a dry summary of events, and Henry says something to the effect of “Well, not every week can be exciting.”

    I’m also of the opinion that both Hawkeye and Trapper are a little out of character, given how quickly Hawkeye falls in love, and how quickly Trapper contemplates murder. I just chalk that up to the constraints of packing so much drama into a single episode.

    Finally, it’s great to see Dr. Freedman make his first appearance in the series. He’s probably my second favorite character, next to Father Mulcahy.

    Thanks for another excellent episode.

  3. I am also a big fan of Sidney (Milton?) Freedman. For a character that only appeared in 12 episodes, he did seem like a part of the M*A*S*H family. The cast and crew apparently adored Allan Arbus. He even got his own ‘letter’ episode in season 5’s ‘Dear Sigmund.’ MeTV recently ran an article about how Allan Arbus was so convincing in his role as a psychiatrist, Alan Alda would actually seek his advice on personal matters! Now that is good acting.

  4. I’ll always hold a special place in my heart for this episode because it was one of the ones included on the Columbia House MASH VHS tapes i was receiving in the early 90’s! In those pre-DVD, streaming days, these tapes were the only way I was going to see uncut episodes, and this one always stood out. Th scene with Hawkeye and Trapper, when Trapper contemplates murdering the enemy patient, has always been one of my favorites, from the line reading of “Trapper……Trap?”, to Hawkeye stating, “That’s not what we’re about.” It was episodes like this that makes me wish Wayne Rogers had been given more material to work with and not pushed aside in favor of Hawkeye (who is my favorite character, but it’s a valid complaint). We’d have to wait until BJ showed up to finally have an “equal” to Hawkeye, but this episode shows what kind of character Trapper could be when fully fleshed out. Great episode as always, looking forward to the next 9 and a half seasons!

  5. Love Sidney Freeman. Yes, he truly felt like part of the family.

    I am a Trapper fan so while it felt a little bit over the top for him to think about murder, it at least gave him something weighty to do. He had moments like this here and there. His not believing in the ceasefire also was showed that there was some darkness under the fun.

    And I also know S47/19J because of Adam’s Ribs. That might be my favorite M*A*S*H* episode ever.

  6. I love Sidney Freedman. His quiet wit and manners was a wonderful balance to the craziness of the regulars. I can never decide if I wanted him to appear more, or if they used him just the right amount so his inclusion felt special and important.

    But I have to give Jamie Farr a shout-out in this episode. Henry introduces Freedman to Klinger, and Klinger gives the “sir!” with a curtsy. Hilarious!

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