|“As You Were”|
Trapper and Hawkeye operate on Frank, who suffers from a bad hernia in the O.R. scene from "As You Were".
| Season 2, Episode # 20 |
Number (#44) in series (251 episodes)
|Guest star(s)||William Christopher|
|Writer(s)||Laurence Marks & Larry Gelbart|
|Original airdate||February 2, 1974|
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As You Were was the 20th episode of the 2nd season of the CBS-TV series M*A*S*H series also the 44th overall episode; it was co-written by Laurence Marks and Larry Gelbart. Directed by Jackie Cooper, the episode originally aired on February 2, 1974.
A lull in the action enables the 4077th to take some time off. Frank reluctantly asks Hawkeye and Trapper to fix his hernia.
To alleviate boredom, Frank takes to arranging the mess tent condiments in extreme fashion and Klinger writes a letter to General Mitchell, enclosing a photo of himself wearing a dress similar to Rita Hayworth’s in Gilda.
The pranks are getting more original: Frank awakens one morning to find himself inside a U.S. Army crate thanks to his tent mates. Henry resurrects the sex lecture in the mess tent, complete with the Figure A and Figure B charts, but the lecture dissolves into sill chaos complete with giggling and snickering. Hawkeye and Trapper receive a large package from the Peerless Costume Company of Philadelphia: gorilla costumes!
Frank has a hernia and needs surgery and is reluctant to have Hawkeye or Trapper do the surgery for he fears their practical joking and wonders what they’d leave inside his body. Margaret reassures him, telling him they are the best surgeons she’s ever seen, and after all, they’re not inhuman. Or maybe not. Frank and Margaret go the Swamp to discuss the surgery only to find the captains in full simian costume playing cards. The gorillas hear the request, quickly consult each other and agree to do the surgery.
Just as Captain Pierce, his dirty fingernails and orchestra are about to commence surgery, wounded arrive and Frank’s surgery has to wait.
O.R. brings three crises: intense shelling, a blood shortage, and Frank’s hernia becomes strangulated, rendering him useless (or more useful, depending on your point of view.) Frank is prepped for the operation just as a Korean woman in labor is brought into the O.R. As an artillery blast knocks out the generator, plunging the O.R. into darkness, the baby is delivered and Frank & Margaret become the proud parents of a five-pound hernia.