|“5 O'Clock Charlie”|
| Season 2, Episode # 2 |
Number (#26) in series (251 episodes)
|Guest star(s)||William Christopher |
|Writer(s)|| Larry Gelbart & Laurence Marks (teleplay) |
Keith Walker (story)
|Original airdate||September 22, 1973|
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(Season 2 premiere)
5 O'Clock Charlie was the second episode of the Season 2 of the TV series M*A*S*H, also the 26th overall episode of the series. Written by Larry Gelbart and direceted by Jackie Cooper, It originally aired on CBS-TV on September 15, 1973.
An inept North Korean pilot in an obsolete plane attempts (and fails) to bomb the ammunition dump placed near the 4077th every day at exactly 5 O’clock by dropping a grenade from his plane. Major Burns decides a serious reaction is in order, so he requisitions an anti-aircraft gun and attempts to shoot the plane out of the sky, with predictable results.
In an almost everyday occurence, when an ammo dump is placed near the camp, it attracts an inept North Korean bomber that everyone in the camp sees as an attraction rather than a serious threat, except for Majors Burns and Houlihan. When The Majors ask General Clayton for an anti-aircraft gun, Hawkeye and Trapper decide the Majors have to be stopped, at any cost.
This was loosely based on experineces of US Marines In World War II. The plane is a Ryan PT-22.