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Major Ted Spector
Maj. Ted Spector
M*A*S*H character
Vital information
Rank: Major (O-4), U.S. Army JAG
Job/Role in Unit: Representative with the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General command, Seoul, South Korea
Home: Same as birthplace
Hair Color: Auburn, greying
Eye Color: Brown
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 210 lbs.
Family/Personal Information
Born: ?
Birthplace: United States
Spouse(s): ???
Relatives/Children: none mentioned
Appearances
First appeared in: "Yessir, That's Our Baby" (Season 8)
Last appeared in: one-time appearance
Appeared on/or in: M*A*S*H (TV series)
Played by: Howard Platt

Major Ted Spector was an Army Judge Advocate General representative who gives Hawkeye and B.J. nothing but red tape and the runaround when they try to find a way to find an adoptive home for an Amerasian baby who was left at the 4077th, appears in the Season 8 episode of M*A*S*H titled "Yessir, That's Our Baby". The part of Major Spector is played by Howard Platt, who is best know to TV sitcom viewers for his role as Officer "Hoppy" Hopkins in the hit NBC-TV sitcom series Sanford and Son from 1973-1977.

About Major SpectorEdit

When the medical staff finds an Amerasian infant girl, whose mother virtually left the child on the doorstep of the 4077th base, with a note to try to find a good home for her, as she says in the letter "could not take care for her herself", they are all at a loss to grant the mother's request, as Father Mulcahy tells all of the hardships that the child would have to face being of mixed parentage. To that end, the surgeons, namely Hawkeye and B.J. try to find various channels through which they can get the desired action on the problem. The first option is going through the US Army, namely Maj. Spector, chief Legal Aid for the US Army Judge Advocate General command who tells them their options going through the chain of command, which isn't very helpful; when Hawkeye then asks hypothetically if one of them wanted to adopt the child, and they tried to "buck it all the way up to MacArthur", could that get the baby "out of Korea", Spector says "not a chance!".

When B.J. shows his frustration in asking why was it so hard to try to find help for a child fathered by a GI such as the baby, and asks what how could they get the child sent stateside, Spector makes a very unamusing off color joke, responing "How about Parcel Post?"

When the surgeons, unamused at the joke, continue to show their frustration, Spector then tells them that the Army has no jurisdiction over the subject, that it's a local civilian legal matter, as he says to them that the Army can't be responsible for when a "GI gets lonely", and then sarcastically makes an off-color remark asking "Why the hell are you two so steamed up over some kid anyway? One of you guys the daddy?", B.J. responds "You're lucky I'm a doctor, 'cause I'm about to break every bone in your body!"

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