|Colonel Maurice Hollister|
Colonel Hollister (Ned Beatty) visits Father Mulcahy in the M*A*S*H episode "Dear Peggy".
|Rank||O-6 (Colonel), U.S. Army|
|Job/Role in unit:||Visiting Divisional Chaplain who visits Mulcahy at the 4077th|
|First appeared in:||"Dear Peggy" in Season 4|
|Last appeared in:||N/A, one-time appearance|
| Series/Film |
|Played by:||Ned Beatty|
About Colonel HollisterEdit
Colonel Hollister, a felliow Army chaplain who happens to be the Far East Divisional Chaplain, and who also has a reputation as being the "Attila The Hun of Chaplains", visits the 4077th, he doesn't exactly get a good impression of the moral state of the camp when he witnessess members of the camp, which includes Hawkeye and Margaret participating in a jeep-stuffing contest; his condemnation of "debauchery" is heightened witness one of the jeep-stuffers emerge: Father Mulcahy!
The very next morning, on even the very nervous Father Mulcahy, who is about to deliver a Sunday sermon in his presence, is inspired when Col. Hollister says "You've got to grab them!" when he demonstrates how to give an effective message.
When he delivers his message, the mess tent is packed for Father Mulcahy’s service and everyone gives him exaggerated congratulations and compliments afterward to help him save face at the embarrassing scene the day before. Everyone, that is, except Frank and Margaret, who instead tell Hollister they “get chills in the presence of a real spiritual leader.” Ouch. Hollister goes on to dress down Mulcahy for not having the crowd in the palm of his hand and lack of aggression.
When Hollister visits O.R., he sees a wounded soldier, Private Davis, whom B.J. began taking charge over after reviving him when Frank gave up on him, almost losing him in surgery. Father Mulcahy is put between a rock and a hard place when Davis still has not improved, but Hollister, who was staying in the visitors' tent, insists Mulcahy write an encouraging letter to the boy’s parents telling them everything will be OK, before he was to do his "three push-ups and drink his milk of magnesia"!
As Hollister leaves, Davis is rushed back into surgery because it seems Frank never bothered removing all the shell fragments the first time around. Hawkeye and BJ operate on Davis and he pulls through, much to the Father’s relief, saving the patient as well as helping Mulcahy and the Colonel save face in the process.