M*A*S*HCast #9 – Henry, Please Come Home

M*A*S*HCast #1 -  Season 1, Episode 9: Henry, Please Come Home

Special Guest Star: Captain Tuttle

Air Date: November 19, 1972

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10 responses to “M*A*S*HCast #9 – Henry, Please Come Home

  1. I don’t think people are coming to this show for the guests, Rob. Sure, they’re nice, but they are coming for you, and for MASH. And you just proved you can do this show without guests whenever you want. You never missed a beat, and I never missed your guest.


  2. Terrific episode as always. I agree with Chris, you are the heart and soul of M*A*S*HCast and did very well all on your own.
    That being said, if you ever need someone to to talk to for responses like “uh-huh”, “hmm”, and “really?”, I am available. You could treat it like Alan Alda in the episode ‘Hawkeye.’ I’m pretty sure I could get my dog to bark in the background every now and then.
    Thank you for pointing out that this was the second episode filmed. I had read that years ago but totally forgot. It explains the tone and inclusion of characters you mentioned. Story wise, I think it made sense to let us get to know and care about Henry more by airing it later.
    Anyway, M*A*S*HCast has become the podcast I look forward to most on the Fire and Water Podcast Network. Keep up the great work!

  3. I’m just a newbie when it comes to commenting here at the network, but I agree completely with the previous statements. You did a fantastic job just working solo this time around. The guests are always great, but as Mr. Franklin said, we stop by here for you Rob. You’re the heart behind this passion project. And I’m pretty sure I can speak for all the folks here, we’re quite happy you doing so. Even when ya gotta do so by yourself. So keep on keepin’ on (like a bird that flew), ‘cause we’ll keep listening.

  4. Don’t worry about the lack of a guest host, Rob. This was an excellent solo episode. If you still need comforting, just remember that, even when you podcast without a guest, you’re still never truly alone, because you always have the voices in your head. (Shut up! I just told him that!)

    I had never noticed before how this episode was a throwback, both in cast and tone, to the beginning of the season, but it was perfectly clear once you pointed it out. I agree that it was wise to hold off on airing this episode until the audience had grown more attached to Henry.

    Finally, while I enjoy the scene where the Swamp crew brainstorms ways of dealing with Frank. I can see where having a big crew like that lessens the dramatic tension in the show, because Frank and Margret are so completely outnumbered. The two-on-two dynamic that later developed creates more of a stalemate situation, which is probably better for a weekly television series (compared to a feature film) that’s intended to run for a long time.

  5. Enjoying these recaps. Wish I had Hulu or the box set.

    These may be an uninformed question but as you have terrific knowledge of Mash… was just wondering if there was ever any mention of Hawkeye in After Mash or Trapper John MD beyond a casual reference to the war or his practice in Maine? As to did he ever settle down, have kids, etc?

  6. Rob, as soon as you said Hilly Hicks I remembered the “Rollout” show. Every time I saw him in his later MASH appearance I pseudo-recalled that there was a “spin-off” with him that felt like another MASH. I know I saw a few episodes. I recall it fondly, but yeah I don’t think it was a “comedy” the same way MASH wasn’t really a “comedy.” Probably that and its predominantly black cast was its downfall.

  7. Great episode. But one thing has always bothered me about it. Doesn’t it feel like Hawkeye and his gang are being selfish? They talked Henry into coming back for their own benefit. Not henry’s. He got out. He’s relatively safe. Probably easier access to talking to his family now. Maybe even trips home. But they pull him back in because they don’t like frank in charge.

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