|“Rally ‘Round the Flagg, Boys”|
Colonel Flagg begins to threaten, then watch Hawkeye, who he thinks may be a Communist sympathizer, in the episode "Rally 'Round the Flagg, Boys" in Season 7.
| Season 7, Episode # 22 |
Number (#169) in series (256 episodes)
|Guest star(s)||Jerry Fujikawa|
|Original airdate||February 14, 1979|
|IMDB||Rally ‘Round the Flagg, Boys|
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Rally 'Round the Flagg, Boys was the 22nd episode of Season 7 of the M*A*S*H TV series, also the 169th overall series episode. The episode was written by Mitch Markowitz, and directed by Harry Morgan. The episode originally aired on CBS-TV on February 14, 1979.
Col. Flagg attempts to recruit Winchester to spy on Hawkeye whom he suspects is a spy himself.
Detailed episode summaryEdit
After playing Bridge with two South Korean dignitaries, wounded arrive. One of them, a North Korean, has a severe head injury, and Hawkeye as Chief Surgeon overrules Winchester by taking him in first.
Another soldier, a Corporal Basgall, is furious as one of "them" being taken ahead of his buddy, and during OR he calls Hawkeye a commie. After some additional prodding by Winchester, Hawkeye loses his cool and walks over to the Corporal and threatens to shut his mouth for him.
Later, Col. Potter is dismayed to see Col. Flagg waiting for him in his office. Flagg heard about Hawkeye working on a North Korean ahead of an American, which is against protocol, and is here to investigate.
He confronts Hawkeye, calling him a commie, among other things. Hawkeye of course doesn't take any of Flagg's threats seriously, and after a minute or so he walks away.
Later, Flagg introduces himself to Winchester, and wants him to spy on Hawkeye for him. He insists to Winchester that Hawkeye's a commie spy, and that Winchester find some evidence. Winchester of course thinks this is all nonsense, but is willing to do Flagg's bidding when he offers Winchester a ticket home to Boston in return.
Winchester does some snooping, but of course he doesn't find anything. Hawkeye is sure that Flagg has bugged the Swamp, a lot more familiar with Flagg's methods than Winchester.
Winchester finds the spying distasteful, and tries to resign. Flagg switches from bribery to threats, saying if he doesn't help out Winchester could just "disappear." Winchester relents.
Later, in Post Op, Flagg questions the North Korean, but that quickly devolves into cutting off the patient's IV drip. Radar sees this, and is horrified. He tells Flagg he can't do that, and Winchester steps in.
He then finds a "clue" on the North Korean, which looks like a map of the 4077th, with a meeting of some sort scheduled for 10pm.
Flagg camps outside the Swamp with some MPs, where Winchester joins them. They see two Koreans in suits enter, along with Hawkeye and Col. Potter. Flagg thinks it's a spy ring so big it involves Potter, too, and charges in with gun in hand.
Turns out the two Korean gentlemen are the mayor of Ouijambu, and the chief of police, something of course Winchester knew all along. Flagg should be embarrassed, but he thinks it's an even bigger plot, and refuses to give an inch. For their part, the Korean officials are furious at this insult and vow to use their contacts at I Corps to make sure Flagg is punished. Hawkeye laughs that "You're going to lose your magic decoder ring for this one, Flagg." After the MPs leave, Flagg suddenly does the light and "vanishes"
After the MPs and Flagg leave, Winchester sits down to play bridge with the others, and begins to regale them with the story of how he pulled one over on Flagg.
Winchester: "...The notion that Pierce is a sympathizer is absurd...Pierce has a big mouth and sticks his nose into anyone's business. But that makes him obnoxious...not a spy."
Flagg: "I'm obnoxious and I'm a spy."
This is not the first time Flagg has goofed up an intelligence assignment...hence the MP remark of "Another one of Col Flagg's red herrings."
Final appearance of Col. Samuel Flagg in the MASH series. He would appear in Season 2 of the spinoff series AfterMASH, episode "Trials" where he would testify at Klinger's trial. Evidence he brings against Klinger prove ridiculous and he's left tirading how Klinger has them fooled.
- Edward Winter as Colonel Sam Flagg
- Neil Thompson as Corporal Basgall
- James Lough as M.P.
- Jerry Fujikawa as Hung Pak
- Bob Ozazaki as Doo Pak
- Roy Goldman as Private Roy Goldman