M*A*S*H episode
“Give 'Em Hell, Hawkeye”
Season 10, Episode # 5
Number (#223) in series (256 episodes)
Guest star(s) Stefan Gierasch
Lance Toyoshima
Ed Vasgersian
John Lavachielli
Xander Berkeley
Kellye Nakahara
Mae Hi
Network: CBS-TV
Production code: 1G01
Writer(s) Dennis Koenig
Director Charles S. Dubin
Original airdate November 16, 1981
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Give 'Em Hell, Hawkeye was the fifth episode of Season 10 of the CBS-TV series M*A*S*H, also the 223rd overall series episode. Written by Dennis Koenig and directed by Charles S. Dubin, it originally aired on November 16, 1981.


Hawkeye writes a protest letter to President Truman complaining about the war and the senseless tasks they have to do like camp beautification.

Full episode summaryEdit

Hawkeye gets enraged upon reading in the newspaper how poorly the peace talks are going, so mad that he sits down and writes a letter to President Truman, with a simple request: stop the war. He tells the president about some of the stupid, troubling, and demoralizing events at the 4077th, like when a Col. Ditka (Stefan Gierasch) arrived and demanded the camp start a beautification effort since, in the eyes of visiting dignitaries, "This place just looks terrible."

In exchange for much needed equipment, the 4077th agrees to go along with Ditka's request, and Margaret and Klinger are put in charge. They hire a local boy, Kim Han (Lance Toyoshima) to round up bushes and plants from the nearby hills. Kim Han is a smooth talker, wiser than his years, and is obsessed with all thing American.

He's so obsessed that he asks B.J. to perform elective surgery on his eyes, to make them look "more American." B.J., horrified, turns Kim Han down, but that doesn't stop Kim Han. He wanders off, saying he'll just travel to the 8063rd where someone will do it for him. Hawkeye relays this to Truman in his letter, worried that if the U.S. stays in Korea any longer, they'll "have all of Korea disoriented."

Later, Margaret sits down to a meal next to Kim Han, just before he heads off to the 8063rd. She butters him up, telling him what a dreamboat he is, and how, in just a few years, he's going to be a real lady killer, unlike the "clumsy young boys" many of the G.I.s were at his age. Kim Han takes all this in, and then turns down his ride to the 8063rd. Margaret, smiling, leaves the Mess Tent, giving B.J., sitting nearby, the thumbs up.

Other issues include the prevalence of venereal disease which staff members must try to prevent (especially disagreeable to Winchester, on whom Potter is firm), and poisonous moonshine (Xander Berkeley plays a victim who has become blind).

The beautification project finally gets finished, complete with water fountain made from bedpans. Col. Ditka comes to inspect it, and, after a few moments of silent contemplation, says he likes it. The 4077th breaks into cheers, knowing they'll be getting the new, better water heater they need.

Hawkeye relates this crazy scheme to President Truman, ending the letter with a plea for help to bring them all home.

Research notes/Fun factsEdit

  • Ditka mentions the 8228th MASH, an actual MASH unit during the Korean War.
  • Another timeline problem. Truman is still President at a time in the timeline when Eisenhower should be President. [Remember 4 season/5 epsiode The Late Captain Pierce (TV series episode) in which it correctly states that Eisenhower not Truman is President!]]

Guest stars/Recurring castEdit