|“Mad Dogs and Servicemen”|
Margaret nurses Radar, who was bitten by the camp mutt, whom the doctors suspected may have had rabies.
| Season 3, Episode # 13 |
Number (#61) in series (256 episodes)
|Guest star(s)||Michael O'Keefe|
|Writer(s)||Linda Bloodworth and Mary Kay Place|
|Original airdate||December 10, 1974|
|IMDB||Mad Dogs and Servicemen|
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Mad Dogs and Servicemen was the 13th episode of Season 3 of the CBS-TV series M*A*S*H, also the 61st overall series episode. Written by Linda Bloodworth and Mary Kay Place, and directed by Hy Averback, it first aired on December 10, 1974.
Radar is bitten by a local dog, and the camp conducts a search to find the pooch so that Radar doesn't have to undergo a series of painful rabies vaccinations. Hawkeye defies Frank to take care of a GI who's suffering from a case of hysterical paralysis.
Full episode summaryEdit
Radar gets bitten by a stray dog which leaves a nasty scratch. Hawkeye becomes concerned when he learns Radar does not know where this dog is and tells him it could cause rabies or dysentery.
Wounded arrive and on of the patients, Corporal Travis (Michael O’Keefe), claims paralysis although he doesn’t have a scratch on him. Defying Frank’s order Travis be shipped to Tokyo as a shell shock case, Hawkeye and Trapper admit him to post-op and telephone Sidney Freedman. Sidney is too busy to come, so he tells Hawkeye to use this therapy for soldiers with combat fatigue. Reluctantly, Hawkeye agrees.
Hawkeye denies Travis use of a bedpan which means he is soiling his sheets throughout the day. Margaret is not happy about this, but Hawkeye tells her Travis’s legs work perfectly and he can use the latrine. Likewise, Hawkeye won’t let Travis eat delivered food, insisting he walk to the mess tent for his meals. Hawkeye’s actions and gruff tone of voice draws stares from the medical staff, but this is how Sidney would have handled it.
Radar and Henry have been combing the countryside looking for the dog, but with no luck. They check with Rosie (making her M*A*S*H debut) who tells them some locals just made some “dog stew” out of a local mutt, but the dog had no tags, meaning it wasn’t the pooch they are seeking. At a dead end, Henry tells Radar he’ll have to start getting rabies shots until the dog is found.
As Radar starts his treatments, Travis is starting to make progress, for Frank finds him crawling to the mess tent. He complains to Henry, but Hawkeye and Trapper take this as a sign the therapy is working. They all agree Travis needs to open up about what caused his hysterical paralysis, so Trapper tries talking to him about Boston and the Red Sox. This approach works for Travis reveals how an enemy tank attack killed many of his fellow soldiers. He admits the shock of the attack left him unable to move or fire his weapons, and he starts weeping after brandishing himself a coward. As Henry gives all Radar’s pet animals a clean bill of health, he notices the dog. Trapper and Henry chase the dog and the dog chases Trapper and Henry. Henry finds the dog has no rabies and tells Radar he’ll be OK. Travis is OK, too – he walks into Henry’s office to tell the medical staff he is fine. Later Frank explains to Hawkeye and Trapper its important to keep up to date with medical practices through a medical journal, before revealing its about how to get money from patients.
- Michael O'Keefe as Corporal Richard Travis
- Shizuko Hoshi as Rosie
- Bobbie Mitchell as Nurse Baker
- Arthur Song as Korean Man
- Jeff Maxwell as Igor Straminsky
- First appearance of Rosie and her bar.
- Travis remarks on how Ted Williams goes to Korea; Williams went back into the service in May 1952.
- Hawkeye says that in Corporal Travis's eyes, he's "just left of Godzilla." The character of Godzilla didn't make its first public appearance until 1954, one year after the end of the Korean war.