|“Chief Surgeon Who?”|
| Season 1, Episode # 4 |
Number (#4) in series (251 episodes)
|Guest star(s)||Jamie Farr|
|Original airdate||October 1, 1972|
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Chief Surgeon Who? is the fourth episode of the television series M*A*S*H. It was first broadcast on October 8, 1972 and was repeated twice, on April 15 and July 29, 1973. It was written by Larry Gelbart, who won a Writers Guild Award for it, and directed by E.W. Swackhamer. This episode marks the first appearance of Jamie Farr as Corporal Klinger. In Watching M*A*S*H, Watching America, a sociological examination of M*A*S*H as an illustration of shifting American values in the 1970s and early 1980s, James H. Wittebols cites this episode as an example of the satirizing of hypocritical authority figures.
After complaints about the surgeons' practical jokes during sessions, Col. Blake decides to appoint a chief surgeon. Despite protests from the Majors, he chooses Hawkeye. In retaliation, the Majors bring a General to the camp to inspect Hawkeye's work.
Henry appoints Hawkeye chief surgeon over Frank, to Frank's intense annoyance. He and Margaret call over General Barker to inspect the 4077th and bring about order. However, after meeting Klinger (his first appearance in the series), he declares the camp nuts and Hawkeye a brilliant surgeon worthy of his title of "Chief Surgeon."