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“Comrades in Arms (Part 1)”
MASH episode - Comrades In Arms 1 - Hawkeye and Margaret stranded in hut
On the way back to camp from a lecture at the 8063rd, Hawkeye and Margaret get stranded when their jeep, which wound up getting fixed and stolen by North Korean soldiers, broke down in part 1 of a two-part episode story arc, "Comrades In Arms".
Season 6, Episode # 13
Number (#135) in series (256 episodes)
Guest star(s)
Network: CBS-TV
Production code: Y-116
Writer(s) Burt Metcalfe & Alan Alda
Director Hy Averback
Original airdate December 6, 1977
IMDB Comrades in Arms (Part 1)
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"The Smell of Music" (Y‑115) "Comrades in Arms: Part 2" (Y‑117)

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Comrades in Arms, Part 1 was the 135th episode of the CBS-TV series M*A*S*H. The episode, which was the 13th episode of Season 6, was written by Burt Metcalfe and Alan Alda, and directed by Hy Averback. It originally aired on December 6, 1977.

Plot synopsisEdit

Hawkeye and Margaret are sent to the 8063rd to demonstrate new surgical techniques, but they soon discover the 8063rd had to sudden bug-out, their jeep breaks down and is stolen by a band of North Koreans, and then seek shelter in a bomb-out hut.

Full episode summaryEdit

Col. Potter tells his doctors that the 8063rd wants to see a demonstration of the 4077th's arterial transplant procedure, and since it was Hawkeye who first performed it, he's assigned to go.

Hawkeye also gets to pick a nurse to go with him, but Margaret picks herself, to keep Hawkeye from treating the nursing staff "like a harem."

Just before they leave, Margaret gets a letter from Donald Penobscott, which seems to upset her greatly. She's surly and short-tempered during the whole trip to the 8063rd, and she has no time for Hawkeye's joking around.

Things get even worse when they arrive at the 8063rd, only to find they have bugged out! The Chinese and the North Koreans started getting too close, so the whole camp packed up and left before they had a chance to call the 4077th and tell them not to send Hawkeye and Margaret.

On the way back home, bombs start to fall, and they get thrown off their course. Then the jeep breaks down, and Margaret is aghast that Hawkeye has no idea how to fix it.

They hide in the brush when they hear some North Koreans approaching, and watch helplessly as the four soldiers fix the jeep, get it going, and drive off.

Lost in enemy territory, Hawkeye and Margaret wander around and find a small, abandoned hut. Margaret is temporarily impressed when Hawkeye explains the logic of staying in the hut using actual military protocol, which he chalks up to having seen the movie Abbott & Costello Meet Hitler.

More bombs start to fall, causing part of the hut to collapse. Hawkeye takes a piece of sharp wood in the back of his leg, and he screams like a baby as Margaret removes it.

Back at the 4077th, Potter and B.J. are trying desperately to get some of the higher-ups to send out some search planes to look for Hawkeye and Margaret, but due to a combination of stupidity and incompetence, it takes forever just to get some of the brass on the phone.

Hours pass, and night falls, leaving Hawkeye and Margaret still stuck in their hut. They talk, and Margaret reveals what's upsetting her: the letter from her husband was written--and meant for--another woman named Darlene. Its gentle and romantic, and top of that it mentions Margaret as "a hard worker" and "sturdy", underscoring just how little she means to her husband.

Hawkeye tries to comfort her, but Margaret insists she's fine (although she does down most of Hawkeye'e expensive Japanese scotch, which he brought along).

They go to sleep on other sides of the tent, but in the middle of the night bombs start to fall again. Margaret breaks into hysterical panic, and Hawkeye tries to calm her down. They embrace, look into each other's eyes...and share a passionate kiss.

To be continued! 

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