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Colonel Sam Flagg
Sam flagg
M*A*S*H character
Vital information
Rank Colonel (O-6), U.S. Army ; promoted from Lt. Colonel (O-5)
Job/Role in unit: Intelligence officer with Command Intelligence (CID) whose area of jurisdiction includes the 4077th
Home Not Mentioned
Hair Color: Sandy Brown
Eye Color: Blue
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 186 lbs.
Family/Personal Information
Born: Not Mentioned
Birthplace:  ????
Nationality/Race: American/Caucasian
Spouse: None
Relatives/Children:  ????
Appearances
First appeared in: "Deal Me Out"
(M*A*S*H TV series, Season 2)
Last appeared in: "Rally 'Round the Flagg, Boys"
(M*A*S*H TV series, Season 7)
Series/Film
appeared in:
M*A*S*H
Played by: Edward Winter
The Colonel Samuel Flagg character is a careful CIA Agent whose area of assignment includes the 4077th MASH unit on the CBS television series M*A*S*H, played by actor Edward Winter.

Character historyEdit

Col. Flagg is a U.S. Military Intelligence agent. His behavior is rather careful and rational, and he appears to the staff of the 4077th to be a methodical military man. The fact that he deliberately seriously injures himself to advance a top-secret, highly classified investigation is to be praised. At one point he tried to get into CIC headquarters by crashing his jeep into a brick wall and setting himself on fire. When told of this event, Hawkeye's response was "Is this guy available for kids parties?" This time, to get into MASH 4077, he orders a helicopter pilot to crash and then twice breaks his own arm. He claims that he is either with the CIA, the CIC, or the CID, depending on who he's dealing with. Majors Frank Burns and Margaret Houlihan, strong anti-Communists and super-patriots, followed one of his assignments with great interest, but were unable to "buddy up" to him as they had hoped.

His dedication to duty is such that Flagg even accuses Major Burns (a known patriot) twice of being a communist agent on the "grounds" that Burns had seen a performance of the Bolshoi Ballet in Tokyo and is reading Reader's Digest, which Flagg notes is "Red's Digest" if you eliminate the 3rd, 5th, and 6th letters.

Flagg used multiple aliases, including "Captain Halloran" (during Winter's initial appearance, in the episode "Deal Me Out"); "Major Brooks"; Lt Carter; "Captain Louise Klein"; "Captain Goldberg" (a Jewish chaplain with horn-rimmed glasses), and others. (One of his code names was "Queen Victoria".) At the conclusion of his second appearance (and his first under the name Flagg), a rival intelligence officer says, "Buy you a cup of coffee, Sam?", revealing his (probable) first name. However, his disguises were so obvious that people generally saw through them immediately. Once, he showed up as an Italian officer ("The Abduction of Margaret Houlihan") and Radar O'Reilly casually greeted him by name. When pressed, Radar's hasty explanation was that since Flagg looked nothing like himself, it had to be him, as only Flagg had that skill.

When Colonel Potter took Blake's place, Potter made a point of standing up to Flagg, telling him coldly "I'm not fond of personal abuse." Army psychiatrist, Doctor Sidney Freedman, also refused to cave in to Flagg's intimidation: "I'd like to help you, but with your schizophrenia, I'd have to charge you double time." Hawkeye Pierce, Trapper John McIntyre, and later B.J. Hunnicutt were high on Flagg's list of suspects (as "unpatriotic" Communist sympathizers or subversives), but always outwitted him, if Flagg wasn't busy outwitting (or harming) himself.

Flagg's "trademark" is to assure that no one sees him leave when he finishes a job. ("I have no home. I am the wind.") Keeping up that image backfired at least once when he ordered all of the others in the room to close their eyes as he exited via a leap through the window. When the others opened their eyes after hearing a yelp of pain, Hawkeye investigated and dryly noted, "The wind just broke his leg."

Flagg made a serious mistake when he tried to manipulate Major Winchester into spying on Hawkeye when Hawkeye put the welfare of a communist soldier over another patient since the the communist was in worse shape then the other patient, which led to Flagg thinking Hawkeye was a Communist Sympathizer. Winchester, who was of better character than Flagg suspected, instead duped him into thinking a camp bridge game (which included the mayor of Uijongbu and his brother, the city's chief of police, as guest players), was a meeting of conspirators, which Flagg then attempted to raid. Even though they found out that Major Winchester set the whole thing up, the two angry Korean officials vowed to use their US military contacts to ensure that Flagg would be punished, and since Flagg was never seen again in the series, they apparently succeeded.

Flagg did appear several years after the war in a visit to General Pershing Veteran's Hospital (a guest appearance on the short-lived spinoff AfterMASH), indicating that he at least remained in the military-or possibly the CIA.

RankEdit

During Flagg's visits (to MASH 4077), in the first three seasons (1972-75), he held the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Afterwards, for the rest of the series (1975-83), he held the rank of Colonel. Interestingly, his rank was the same with each MASH 4077 commanding officer: Lieutenant Colonel Henry Blake & later Colonel Sherman Potter. In his first appearance, as an Army Captain(under an alias), Flagg has the same rank as the Officer of the Day, Captain Hawkeye Pierce. In his last appearance he wears the DSI of the US Army Finance Corps.

As a CIA operative, Flagg may not have actual military rank. "Colonel Flagg" could be his military alias, with his rank equivalent to the highest-ranking person with whom he is expected to meet.

ServiceEdit

In one episode Flagg remarks he has been in Intelligence for twenty years.

He was a showgirl at the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas for six weeks.

QuotesEdit

  • "I've trained myself not to laugh or smile. I watched a hundred hours of the Three Stooges; every time I felt like smiling or laughing, I jabbed myself in the stomach with a cattle prod."
  • "My father touched me like that once. To this day, he still has to wear orthopedic shirts."{Frank Burns tried to buddy up to Flagg by slapping him on the shoulder}
  • "You think you're real smart. But you're not smart; you're dumb. Very dumb. But you've met your match in me." {To Sidney Freedman}
  • "Don't play dumb with me, becaUse I'm better at it than anyone."
  • "Nobody can get the truth out of me because even I don't know what it is. I keep myself in a constant state of utter confusion."
  • (After Hawkeye treated a wounded North Korean soldier prior to operating on an American one:) "You took a yellow Red before a White American, and that's pretty pinko!"
  • (To Radar:) "Quiet, or I'll use you to clean a cannon!"
  • (After Hawkeye suggests using nuclear weapons in a search for the missing Major Houlihan) "Hey, Don't try to make friends with me."
  • (After Frank says, 'You’re crazy, buddy!') "You call me that again, friend, I’ll reach into your throat and pull your heart out."
  • {To Radar after Blake remarks Flagg can talk in front of the Corporal}" OKAY I WIll--GET OUT"
  • {To Colonel Blake} "I'm authorize to kill without written permission from my superiors"
  • {To Hawkeye} "I've got written permission to die in the attempt"
  • (To Burns who remarks the CIA can supersede anyone's orders except the President's} "Give us time."

TriviaEdit

Flagg scares Winchester when Flagg asks if he believes that Flagg could break his leg with one finger. Flagg also terrifies O'Reily, Blake and Burns

After MASH, in the premiere of a TV SCI-FI series "Misfits of Science," in a character switch, Edward Winter played an Aide-de-camp who is killed trying to stop an insane General - who was played by Larry Linville.

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