M*A*S*HCast #45 – Crisis

M*A*S*HCast -  Season 2, Episode 21: Crisis

Special Guest Star: Kevin Lauderdale

Air Date: February 9, 1974

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13 responses to “M*A*S*HCast #45 – Crisis

  1. A great episode about a great episode.
    My theory for the bras on the bulletin board is, Radar finds them in the supply closet, y’know, after Hawkeyes or Trspper have been in there with a nurse, and he pins it to the board as lost & found.
    My idea for a Crisis on Infinite M*A*S*H is the tv 4077 meet the film 4077. The tv cast all work together to prank the film cast when the tv cast discoveres just how mean and deplorable their film version counterparts are!

  2. Ok! I’ve got it!
    Potter, Klinger and Father Mulcahy are at the veterans hospital from AfterMASH, when a ranting and raving patient is wheeled in. It’s Donald Sutherland, and he swears he’s Hawkeye Pierce!
    Of course our 3 leads don’t recognize him. He can’t possibly be Hawkeye.
    Enter Trapper John MD played by Pernell Roberts!
    “On The contrary my friends! He is Hawkeye Pierce. But he’s from a world where the Korean War lasted barely 3 years!”
    Potter: “Are you mad!?! Every one knows The Korean War lasted 11 years!”
    There is a Crisis of Infinite M*A*S*H! Alan Alda! Wayne Rogers! Donald Sutherland! Elliot Gould! and the multiple actors return as their MASH characters! They must find Radar Orielly! The one man who is a constant between the multiple MASHcerse! The man who could get comics decades before they were created!
    Only Radar, can cross between the different realities and set things right. But he’ll need help unlocking the secrets of the “Sacred Text” written by the creator Richard Hooker.

  3. Trapper John MD was a spin-off of the movie, not the TV show. (Result of a big legal dispute). So it would have been great if Henry Blake dropped in for a visit.

    I loved this episode. Trapper did have some good lines. I liked the one where he snatched Radar’s clipboard and threw it in the fire. He said that was by order of Captain MacIntyre, heating officer. More episodes like this and maybe Wayne Rogers stays.

    I agree the ending with Henry in his office was great.

    And while Frank was being Frank with the ham, he seemed more like one of the guys in this episode.

    I second the endorsement of the MASH Matters podcast. I hope you can get the host to be on your show.

  4. So the saying cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey comes from the navy. The brass monkey was what held the cannon balls on the ships and supposedly if it got cold enough it would contract and the balls would fall off. This then got transposed to the other meaning.

  5. One of my favorites in a season of greatness, a really great Trapper episode which is always welcome and an episode which got to highlight the snappy patter/deadpan humor that the early seasons excelled in. One of my favorite exchanges you didn’t mention, as everyone is crammed in the Swamp:
    Frank: Speaking of noise, why don’t you shut your yaps?
    Hawkeye: Martha, we’re going to have to move. The people upstairs are impossible.

    Cracks me up every time!
    Great episode gentlemen!

  6. I don’t think Loretta Swit had a cold. I believe she was acting. This was her “I’m Cold” voice. Reflect on the scene in the long johns episode when Frank enters her tent while Hot Lips is freezing. Same sound.

    In the hunting socks episode it’s very convenient that Radar emphasizes the last word (They’re hunting SOCKS, sir) so that Henry can deliver his joke line “At this hour?”

    Notice that the wood Igor is burning looks like drawers from a desk. The legs and drawers were the first to go on Henry’s desk.

  7. I have used battery-powered heated socks — while hunting, natch. It was decades ago. The batteries were C or D — I can’t remember which. They went in a compartment at the top of the socks, inside your pants leg but above your boot, if I remember correctly. The whole setup was awkward, but they were warm — too warm for moving around, but great for sitting in the stand waiting for game in the wee hours. Of course, once I was warm and comfortable, there was usually more napping than hunting going on, much to my brother’s chagrin. He was the most avid sportsman of the family, and it was a source of frustration for him that we could never match his enthusiasm.

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