M*A*S*H episode
“Margaret's Marriage”
MASH episdoe 5x24 - Margaret's Marriage - The wedding of Margaret and Donald Penobscot
In a big practical joke played by Hawkeye and B.J. on Margaret, her soon-to-be husband, Col. Penobscot (Beeson Carroll) has to go through their wedding vows in a body cast in "Margaret's Marriage".
Season 5, Episode # 25
Number (#122) in series (256 episodes)
Guest star(s) Beeson Carroll
Judy Farrell
Lynne Marie Stewart
Kellye Nakahara
Network: CBS-TV
Production code: U820
Writer(s) Everett Greenbaum and Jim Fritzell
Director Gene Reynolds
Original airdate March 15, 1977
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Margaret's Marriage was the 122nd episode of M*A*S*H, the 25th and season finale episode of Season 5 the show, which originally aired on CBS-TV on March 15, 1977. It was written by Everett Greenbaum and Jim Fritzell, and directed by Gene Reynolds.


Pressured by Frank, Margaret decides to marry Colonel Donald Penobscott at the 4077th. When Donald arrives in camp, he is treated to a bachelor party and a practical joke while the nurses give Margaret a bridal shower.

Full episode summaryEdit

After Margaret's not-yet-scheduled marriage becomes the topic of discussion in the O.R., Margaret calls Donald Penobscott, wanting to set the date. Penobscott agrees, and says he is on his way to the 4077th. Margaret is thrilled, Frank is worried.

A day later, Penobscott (Beeson Carroll) arrives, and announces they want to get married as soon as possible. Frank walks in, and when he takes one look at the tall, strapping Penobscott, he runs in the other direction.

Penobscott gives chase, eventually pinning Frank to the compound. In the middle of kicking and screaming, Penobscott surprises everyone by thanking Frank for inspiring Margaret to finally ask about getting married, and he wants Frank to the best man.

The nurses throw Margaret a shower, and Klinger shows up with a surprise gift- a beautiful wedding gown, which Klinger claims his uncle used to "get out of World War I." Houlihan is moved to tears by Klingers' generosity.

Meanwhile at the bachelor party everyone gets hammered, even Father Mulcahy and Radar. When Penobscott passes out on B.J.'s bunk, B.J. gets a devilish idea--he suggests he and Hawkeye put Penobscott in a full body cast, and tell him he broke his leg overnight. Hawkeye says "That's cruel--that's vicious!" B.J. agrees: "I know--it's perfect!"

The next morning, Penobscott waits at the altar (in the Mess Tent) in, yes, a full body cast. Margaret looks beautiful in Klinger's wedding gown. The ceremony starts off fine, but has to be rushed to its conclusion when wounded arrive.

Margaret does triage in her wedding gown, and then assists Col. Potter in O.R., who comments "Hell of a wedding for you, kid." Penobscott asks to watch his wife at work, so he is propped up by Father Mulcahy so he can see. But even though he's a self-described "combat veteran", he gets sick when he sees a patient spurt blood all over B.J. during an operation.

After surgery is over, everyone gathers on the upper chopper pad to see Margaret and Penobscott off. After the rotors start whirring, Hawkeye and B.J. admit the whole "breaking a leg" thing was a joke--but Margaret can't hear what they're saying. They decide to call her in Tokyo and tell her the truth, so as not to ruin their honeymoon. BJ wagers that Houlihan will probably rip the casts off with her bare hands.

Everyone wanders off, except for Frank, who watches Margaret' chopper fly off. All by himself, he says, to no one in particular, a quiet "Bye, Margaret."

Guest stars/Recurring castEdit


This is the final episode appearance of Maj. Frank Burns.

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