Private Russell in "Point of View" (Season 7).
|Rank:||E-1 (Private), U.S. Army|
|Job/Role in Unit:||patient at the 4077th MASH|
|First appeared in:||"Point of View" (Season 7)|
|Last appeared in:||N/A, one-time appearance|
|Appeared on/or in:||M*A*S*H|
|Played by:||Brad Gorman|
Private Russell is a US Army G.I. who makes a one-time appearance in the Season 7 episode of the CBS-TV series M*A*S*H titled "Point of View". The part of Private Ferguson is played by actor Brad Gorman.
About Private RussellEdit
Private Russell is the patient in the next bed to Private Rich (who takes the camera's point of view). Russell is cheerful and talkative. He introduces himself to Rich and tells him he knows his injury is not serious enough to get him evacuated him but he is playing it up by pretending to be in great pain every time a doctor or a nurse comes by. Unfortunately he chooses to do his act with Winchester! He acts like he is in agony and asks Winchester if he could have missed something. Winchester tells him he has a slight injury in his shoulder and that's all there is to it. He adds that Russell's act was the worst performance he had ever seen in the MASH: "It lacked sincerity, depth. You're lucky I stayed through the whole show."
Later Russell tries to chat up Margaret. He calls her "lamb chop" and wants to be the next one to get a sponge bath from her. "Sorry, you're too eager," she says.
In post-op Russell is holding a novel (see photo above) whose cover is clearly visible: it is a 1959 edition of Visiting Nurse by Margaret Howe, quite an anachronism as the Korean War ended in 1953.