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“Temporary Duty”
MASH episode 6x22 - Roy DuPree tries out the Still with BJ and Charles
When temporarily assigned Capt. DuPree arrives in camp, he tries out the Swamp still hooch , which he calls "punch", with BJ and Charles in the Season 6 episode "Temporary Duty".
Season 6, Episode # 22
Number (#144) in series (256 episodes)
Guest star(s) George Lindsey
Marcia Rodd
Enid Kent
Network: CBS-TV
Production code: Y-125
Writer(s) Larry Balmagia
Director Burt Metcalfe
Original airdate February 13, 1978
IMDB Temporary Duty
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Temporary Duty was the 22nd episode of Season 6 of the M*A*S*H TV series, also the 144th overall series episode. The episode, which was written by Larry Balmagia, was directed by Burt Metcalfe and was originally aired on CBS-TV on February 13, 1978.

Plot synopsisEdit

While Hawkeye (Alan Alda) and Nurse Bigelow (Enid Kent) are temporarily assigned to the 8063rd, the 4077th have to deal with a loud happy-go-lucky cowboy Captain Roy Dupree (played by George Lindsey) and a smart, but very open old girlfriend of Margaret's, Lorraine Anderson (Marcia Rodd).

Full summaryEdit

A temporary medical exchange sends Hawkeye (Alan Alda) and Nurse Bigelow (Enid Kent) to the 8063rd M*A*S*H unit, and surgeon, Capt. Roy DuPree, and a nurse, Cpt. Lorraine Anderson to the 4077th. Before long, the doctors have been driven to distraction by Dupree's boorish clumsiness, and head nurse Margaret (Loretta Swit) is outraged by old friend Lorraine's flirtatious behavior with Charles. which she looked at as "silly". Margaret and Lorraine have a heart-to-heart talk, where Margaret admits she's been so jealous of her friend for so long she's almost come to hate her. Because while Lorraine is a top-flight nurse, she's still the same fun, carefree person she was when she was younger. Margaret feels trapped by her identity as "Major Houlihan" and admits she has no friends at the 4077th. Lorraine urges her to let her guard down a little, and to try and let people in--she is sure they'd get to like Margaret if she would let people meet the real person inside. 

Meanwhile, Dupree is having a "grand ole' time" at the 4077th--he even enjoys the food! He tells B.J. some of his ideas for decorating the Swamp (shrunken heads!), and how he's angling--via Col. Potter--to be transferred to the 4077th permanently. Potter, who likes Dupree's down-home charm, promises to see what he can do about making it happen for him. When the BJ and Charles learn of DuPree's intentions they, both terrified at the prospect of being in a "prairie purgatory" bunking with the boorish DuPree, devise a plan to prevent his permanent transfer. They influnce DuPree, who admitted to Charles and BJ that he had been riding horseback since he was small, to test out riding Sophie, the camp mascot, without Colonel Potter's knowledge.

In the middle of the night, Col. Potter is furious to find the drunken Dupree riding Sophie. He orders him off, which Dupree promptly does, clumsily, by falling off the horse! Potter says he never wants to see Dupree again, ending his chance at a transfer, all this after impressing Potter with his surgical skills during a long stretch of surgery where the 4077th was swamped with wounded.

The next morning, Dupree--hung over--and Lorraine head out, and Margaret asks B.J. and Winchester to join her in a cup of coffee in the Mess Tent. At first surprised, they agree, looking at each other in slight amazement as to the change.

Wonder how the 8063rd is doing? Well, at episode's end, when Hawkeye and Nurse Bigelow return from the 8063rd, Hawkeye says that he didn't go over well, at least with him, that the surgeons and staff thought that he was dull, "hated him," and that "the 4077th had gotten the better end of the deat!" With that said, confronted with the comparison between Hawkeye and his sarcastic humor, and the boorish DuPree, after feigning with BJ as if they were glad he was gone, BJ and Charles bear hugs him, in saying, "Pierce, I never thought the day would come when I would say this, but I must admit in saying, God, I missed you!"

Memorable quotesEdit

(Dupree downs the "Swamp hooch" in one gulp) DUPREE: Why don't you boys put some whiskey in this punch? B.J.: You were a fire eater before you became a doctor! DUPREE: Shoot, back home my mama'd sprinkle this stuff on her ironing board!

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