M*A*S*H episode
“The Abduction of Margaret Houlihan”
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Potter enlists Col. Flagg (center) to investigate the disappearance of Margaret from camp, who actually went to help a Korean couple deliver a baby off camp in "The Abduction of Margeret Houlihan".
Season 5, Episode # 7
Number (#104) in series (256 episodes)
Guest star(s) Edward Winter
Lynne Marie Stewart
Susan Bredhoff
June Kyoto Lu
Le Quynh
Susan Sakimoto 
Johnny Yune
Network: CBS-TV
Production code: U808
Writer(s) written by Alan Katz & Don Reo (teleplay) with Gene Reynolds (story)
Director Gene Reynolds
Original airdate October 26, 1976
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The Abduction of Margaret Houlihan was the 104th episode of the CBS-TV series M*A*S*H, and, also the seventh episode of the fifth season of the series. Written by Allan Katz and Gene Reynolds, who also directed the episode, for a teleplay also penned by Katz and Don Reo, it first aired on October 26, 1976.


Margaret takes off in the middle of the night to help deliver a Korean baby. Nobody knows of her whereabouts, and Colonel Flagg is brought in to help investigate her disappearance.

Full episode summaryEdit

In the middle of night, Hot Lips and Klinger (who is on guard duty) are met by a young Korean girl, who is in distress and asks for help.

Hot Lips, understanding a certain amount of Korean, explains that the young girl says her mother is giving birth, and needs her help to deliver the baby. She grabs her medical bag and takes off with the girl.

The next morning, Hot Lips is nowhere to be seen. Radar looks everywhere, but can't find her. He questions a still-sleeping Klinger, who replies that she's out having a baby; Radar dismisses this as just babbling, and continues the search. Frank decides to go find her himself, loading his gun with macho pride. Unfortunately, he accidentally fires the gun, with the bullet nicking B.J. in the leg.

Col. Potter, not knowing what else to do, brings in Army Intelligence. Unfortunately, that means...Col. Flagg. Flagg does some investigating, including mistaking Hawkeye for B.J., and insisting that Frank's reading material--Reader's Digest--is, in fact, a Commie rag, Red's Digest. He even goes as far as saying that Burns was probably responsible for Margaret's disappearance, which leads to Hawkeye and B.J. spinning a wild yarn about him shipping Margaret away to Las Vegas, disguised as Johnnie Ray, to do two shows a night at the Sands club, three on Saturdays. Flagg, however, finds one flaw in that "theory"; they don't do three shows a night at the Sands. (Flagg knows this because he was disguised as a showgirl for six weeks for an assignment.) Flagg turns up nothing on Hot Lips, and in Col. Potter's office he has Radar order some artillery strikes. Potter is aghast, but Flagg is not deterred.

Meanwhile, Hot Lips assists the Korean woman's delivery, then accompanies the family back to the camp. Carrying the baby herself, she's greeted by Klinger, who has been equally unaware of the commotion her absence caused. Hot Lips hands the baby to Klinger, who affectionately marvels at the baby and its "tiny" nose. (This may be a hint of Klinger's affinity for Korea and the Korean people.)

Hot Lips walks into Potter's office, and is surprised by the fuss. With the missing major's safe return, there is no need for Flagg's elaborate schemes, or Flagg himself. Potter calls off Flagg's plans and dismisses him. Flagg, though, won't depart until everyone closes their eyes so he can leave mysteriously--like his codename, "The Wind." Everyone initially refuses, but when Flagg says he won't leave unless they do, they shut their eyes immediately.

They hear a grunt and a crash, and see that Flagg has jumped out the window. Hawkeye looks out the hole, and says, dismissively, "'The Wind' just broke his leg."

Later in the Swamp as the episode closes, Hawkeye and B.J. are playing chess when Hawkeye has an epiphany; he saw Flagg at the Sands, disguised as a showgirl, when he had once been in Vegas. When asked by B.J. what tipped him off, Hawkeye states that Flagg was the only showgirl carrying a machine gun. (This last part is usually omitted from most syndicated airings.)

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