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M*A*S*H episode
“Aid Station”
MASH episode-3x19 Hawk and Margaret at Aid Station
Hawkeye and Margaret visit an aid station in the episode "Aid Station" in Season 3.
Season 3, Episode # 19
Number (#66) in series (256 episodes)
Guest star(s) Jamie Farr
William Christopher
Network: CBS-TV
Production code: B-322
Writer(s) Larry Gelbart & Simon Munter
Director William Jurgensen
Original airdate February 11, 1975
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Season 3 episodes
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Aid Station was the 19th episode of Season 3 of the CBS-TV series M*A*S*H, also the 67th overall series episode. Written by Larry Gelbart and Simon Munter and directed by William Jurgensen, it first aired on February 11, 1975. 

SynopsisEdit

Hawkeye, Houlihan, and Klinger go to an battalion aid station at the front. Working closely together under heavy fire and unsanitary medical conditions, the three return to camp with new found respect for one another.

Full episode summaryEdit

Replacements are needed at an aid station and the 4077th is selected to provide a surgeon, scrub nurse and corpsman until regulars are assigned. Henry admits this is a dangerous assignment and requests volunteers. Margaret agrees to go, but no doctor volunteers, so burnt sausages are drawn from a bedpan to make the decision. Hawkeye is selected and Father Mulcahy picks a personnel card at random to select the corpsman: Klinger.

Each say their goodbyes: Klinger makes arrangements with Radar to dispense the Klinger Collection in case he doesn’t return; Margaret gives Frank her “independent Margaret” soliloquy before giving him a hard kiss on the lips; Hawkeye shares a drink with Trapper and tells him he has a will in his locker.

The trio head off for the aid station without incident, save for a flat tire changed by Margaret. The aid station barely resembles a medical facility – the red cross on the roof was blown away by enemy fire. They meet Dever, the lead medic, and prepare a makeshift triage and operating room which is literally out in the open. Artillery shells crash all around and wounded soon pour in, making the anemic working conditions even worse. Margaret is pressed into surgical duty while Klinger doubles as a nurse. Back at camp, tension is causing frayed nerves. Frank needs Henry’s help to close an incision; a nervous Radar get’s Trapper’s permission to sleep in Hawkeye’s bunk; an agitated Henry pays a late night visit for a nightcap and keeps everyone awake with his rambling.

All’s quiet overnight at the aid station, where all are sleeping except Hawkeye and Margaret. Margaret is nervous about snipers, so an exhausted Hawkeye bunks down next to her, sharing a blanket.

Next morning, replacements arrive and Hawkeye, Margaret and Klinger drive back to the 4077th. Hawkeye stops short of camp to let Margaret know she is his “favorite officer in the U.S. Army” and Klinger echoes the sentiment. Klinger replaces his helmet with a woman’s hat, announces he’s ready for the Army again, and the trio make a triumphant entry into camp.

Next dinner, as Trapper & Frank complain about trivial things like the food and coffee, Hawkeye and Margaret silently toast each other over their new-found respect for each other. Klinger loses his entire collection of dresses-because he was mistakenly thought to be a casuality!

Research notes/Fun factsEdit

  • Klinger tells Radar to give his mink coat to Lieutenant Brown. This could be the Lieutenant Brown as played by Patricia Stevens; after all, she is seen at a movie date with Klinger in "Bulletin Board"--just 3 episodes before in broadcast order, or the very next episode in production order.
  • When Klinger, Margaret, and Hawkeye return to camp, they're singing "The Army Goes Rolling Along", a military ditty which didn't come into its official incarnation until 1956--3 years after the Korean War ended.

Guest stars/Recurring castEdit

GalleryEdit

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