Practical joker Leo Bardonaro. The caduceus insignia on his lapels shows he is a doctor. The rank insignia above them shows his real rank is Captain.
|Rank:||Captain (O-3) U.S. Army Medical Department|
|Job/Role in Unit:||Practical joking buddy of B.J. who visits him at the 4077th enroute to his discharge flight stateside|
|Birthplace:||Southern California, U.S.|
|First appeared in:||"Last Laugh" in Season 6|
|Last appeared in:||N/A, one-time appearance|
|Appeared on/or in:||M*A*S*H|
|Played by:||James Cromwell in guest appearance|
Captain Leo Bardonaro, an old practical joking college buddy of B.J. Hunnicutt, appeared in the Season 6 episode of the CBS-TV series M*A*S*H titled "Last Laugh". The part of Leo is played in the episode by James Cromwell.
When Leo, who served as the best man at B.J.'s wedding, and attend Stanford University with him, poses as a "Provost Colonel Bardonaro" and serves the notice to Potter that he was coming to the 4077th to investigate B.J. who might be an impostor and not a real doctor. Potter is bewildered but passes the news to B.J. in mess tent while having lunch; B.J., hears the name and who knows it's from Leo, begins laughing, explaining that it's Leo's way of saying he is coming!
Leo arrives full throttle, complete with hand buzzers, and loaded cigars, as he says he was headed to Tokyo for some R&R before he's to take his flight to Kimpo Airbase to catch his flight stateside. He say he is just dropping by to say hi. As he leaves, he gets B.J. with one of those trick cigars, that explodes in his face!
Apparently, Leo and B.J., accquainted since their college days together, seemes to go sometimes too far in his practical joking. A few days later, smoe MPs drop by the 4077th, visiting Post-Op, prepared to arrest BJ. Thinking it's another joke, B.J. tries to explain it to the MP's, but they are dead serious and are having none of it. When all of them go to Potter's office to sort it all out, Potter discovers that the charges are real. coming from General Fox. It seems someone claiming to be B.J. Hunnicutt had thrown a noisy wild party with some girls at a hotel (actually it was where Bardonaro was spending R&R). The party goers started barbequeing steaks on the balcony. It turns out the General was in the room next door and it started to fill with smoke. Somebody yelled fire, forcing the General and his secretary to run into the hallway, naked. He had been dictating to her in the bath tub.
The General demands that B.J. be brought to see him. Potter and Hawkeye with evidence that B.J. was actually at the MASH on the day in question. However the General rejects the evidence, saying it could have been forged. The General says he has convincing evidence--he has the hat left by the officer who put on the party. The General forces B.J. to put on the hat but it doesn't fit him at all; its too big, as it is for a bigger man, which would fit someone the size of Leo, who stands 6'7"!
Anyway, Leo is forced to returned to the 4077th to retrieve his travel orders, because B.J., also the joker swiped from Leo upon his initial visit. Leo apologizes to B.J. about the party in the Seoul hotel prank, laughing, saying that he didn't know that General Fox, was there at the hotel when he was there! B.J. and Hawkeye deny they have the travel orders but return them to Leo after he promises B.J. not to play any more practical jokes.
When Leo says he has to leave for Kimpo, but doesn't have transportation to get there, B.J. suggests he take their jeep, which happened to be the jeep that Hawkeye, B.J. and Potter drove back from the meeting with General Fox. Moments after Leo leaves camp, B.J., who began drinking with Hawkeye and Potter on the way back to camp from General Fox's office, receives a bill from the hotel for about $500 in damages Leo did to the hotel room he was in. Bardonaro has done it again! But B.J. starts laughing, saying: "He'll be walking back within an hour!". Hawkeye asks why, so he explains: "The only thing that was gassed up in that jeep was us!"