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MASH episode 5x23 - Souvenirs
Capt. Willie Stratton, a chopper pilot who deals in trading and selling "war souvenirs" derived from war materials, checks up on one of his young collecters, who gets injured in shell fire, much to the chagrin of Hawkeye and B.J., not to mention the boy's mother, in the episode "Souvenirs".
Season 5, Episode # 23
Number (#120) in series (256 episodes)
Guest star(s) Michael Bell
Brian Dennehy
Scott Mulhern
June Kyoto Lu
Crandal Jue
Alvin Kim
Network: CBS-TV
Production code: U819
Writer(s) Burt Prelutsky (teleplay/story) and Reinhold Weege (story)
Director Joshua Shelley
Original airdate March 1, 1977
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Souvenirs was the 120th episode of M*A*S*H, the 23rd in the fifth season of the show, which originally aired on CBS-TV on March 1, 1977. It was written by Burt Prelutsky from an original story by Prelutsky and Reinhold Weege and directed by Joshua Shelley.


Hawkeye and BJ try to stop a chopper pilot from selling souvenirs derived from war materials derived from locals facing danger getting them, and Klinger becomes a pole-sitter in his latest attempt to get a Section Eight.

Full episode summaryEdit

A batch of wounded include some young Korean kids who were out looking for scrap metal (to sell for money), which leads to a discussion about the curious need for people to collect souvenirs.

One of the biggest souvenir pushers is a chopper pilot named Chief Warrant Officer Willie Stratton (Michael Bell), who buys a lot of the stuff the kids are risking their lives collecting. While hawking his wares in the Mess Tent, he runs afoul of Hawkeye and B.J., who are disgusted by Stratton's creation of the market that is getting so many kids hurt. Stratton is unimpressed, and walks out.

They ask Col. Potter for help, who gives a lecture in the Mess Tent, all-but-officially banning the buying and selling of such material at the 4077th. Stratton is the only one who seems uninterested in following Potter's "advice."

Later, in the Swamp, an M.P. (Brian Dennehy) arrives, on the trail of an antique Korean vase which was stolen and sold on the black market. The trail leads to...Frank, who insists he doesn't know anything about it. Turns out its a priceless treasure, and owning it is illegal. The M.P. leaves, leaving Frank to chortle uncontrollably.

Margaret also wants something from Frank--a ring she gave him when they were a couple, and now that they're not together, she wants it back. Like the Korean vase, Frank says he doesn't have it, leading Margaret to get drunk in the Officers Club, depressed at how poor a friend Frank is.

While drunk, Stratton shoots his mouth off, which gets Margaret so riled up she decks him! As Stratton lays on the floor unconscious, Margaret returns to her drink.

Later that night, Frank packs up the Korean vase he doesn't have, sending it to his wife Louise. Hawkeye and B.J. follow him, remove the vase, and replace it with a bed-pan, returning Frank's dryly-written note to his wife about it being a "priceless object."

Frank catches someone rifling through his stuff in the Swamp, and they fight. Frank of course is pinned into submission within a few seconds, and thief is...Margaret! Margaret was looking for the ring Frank said he didn't have, and she waves in front of him in disgust. Frank apologizes weakly, but Margaret storms off. This leads to a confrontation the next morning, where Col. Potter admonishes Margaret, saying she can't go around "getting loaded and beating up our officers."

Margaret, despite this being from a superior officer, is having none of it, and she says she feels she was justified in her actions. Potter tries to argue his side of it, but she won't listen. Potter gives up, sarcastically saying he's "glad we had this little talk."

Back in Post Op, Hawkeye and B.J. are disgusted by Stratton's gift to one of the wounded scrap-metal collectors: a cigarette lighter in the shape of a pistol. They drag him outside and demand he stop, but he is unmoved, defiant even.

Hawkeye and B.J. then suggest that Stratton has some vague symptoms that might mean he's very sick, so sick he can't even fly as a chopper pilot anymore. Stratton thinks they're bluffing, but he's worried enough about losing his "wings" that officially agrees to get out of the business of souvenir selling.

Stratton, disgusted, mocks the doctors' noble efforts, pointing out that there are "A hundred other guys out there like me--what are you going to do, change the world?"

B.J. answers, "No, just our little corner of it."

Guest stars/Recurring castEdit


The Me-TV version has two added parts:

An extended version of Potter, Hawkeye, BJ and Burns talking to Klinger atop the pole

The end has Houlihan demanding $15.00 from Burns to erase the inscription on her ring.!

Sliced from Syndication - Edit

These are the additional scenes that were sometimes removed from reruns on various cable television channels.  Edit

In 5.22 - Souvenirs - Frank has taken Margaret's ring (a family heirloom) - He also had it inscribed and is evidently planning on sending it to his WIFE!!!  Melietcetera (talk) 02:06, November 23, 2015 (UTC)

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