|Lieutenant Duane William Bricker|
Film director Lt. Bricker arrives at the 4077th in "Yankee Doodle Doctor" (Season 1)
|Rank:||Lieutenant (O-2), U.S. Army|
|Job/Role in Unit:||Film director from Special Services who wants to make a documentary about the 4077th MASH.|
|Hair Color:||Dark Brown|
|First appeared in:||"Yankee Doodle Doctor" (Season 1)|
|Last appeared in:||N.A. Single appearance|
|Appeared on/or in:||M*A*S*H|
|Played by:||Ed Flanders|
Lieutenant Duane William Bricker is a character who makes a one-time appearance in the Season 1 episode of M*A*S*H titled "Yankee Doodle Doctor". The part of Lt. Bricker was played by Ed Flanders, best known as Dr. Westphal in St. Elsewhere.
About Lt. BrickerEdit
Lt. Bricker, from Special Services, is in Korea to make a documentary about the work of the MASH units. After filming an introduction for the film, General Crayton recommends that Bricker goes to the 4077th, commanded by "a dear friend" of his, and the "best surgical team in the whole damn war".
Bricker arrives at the 4077th and is introduced to the Swampmates by Henry. Bricker wants to make a movie focusing on one of the doctors. He is impressed by Hawkeye and wants him to be the star of the show because he has "sense of humor, moves well, good skin tone...." At first Hawkeye is reluctant but he changes his mind when he realizes that the alternative is for Frank to get the part.
The filming for the documentary begins but Hawkeye and Trapper quickly become disillusioned when they realize that Bricker is not being faithful to the true conditions of the war in his show. He keeps asking "more action, more dramatics" in the surgery and his script (with Frank as narrator) talks about "dedicated surgeons, all volunteers" and that "every red-blooded American knows if he is wounded, he will be in the strong, capable hands of a Yankee Doodle Doctor."
So Hawkeye and Trapper get Radar to distract Bricker over dinner while they sneak into the supply tent and expose all of Bricker's film.
The next day Bricker is angry to discover his film all ruined and tells everyone in the Swamp that they start shooting again immediately. But Hawkeye refuses to participate anymore. Bricker storms out of the Swamp and tells Henry they will do the show without Hawkeye. But Henry says Hawkeye is the heartbeat of the place and wants to work out a compromise. Bricker then decides to leave altogether--"I'm a funny kind of guy. I never compromise. I go right to surrender."