|“The Trial of Henry Blake”|
| Season 2, Episode # 8 |
Number (#32) in series (251 episodes)
|Guest star(s)||Jamie Farr|
Robert F. Simon
|Original airdate||November 3, 1973|
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The Trial of Henry Blake was the eighth episode of Season 2 of the TV series M*A*S*H, also the 32nd overall episode of the series. Written by McLean Stevenson and direceted by Don Weis, It originally aired on CBS-TV on November 3, 1973.
Col. Blake is court-martialed for allegedly sending medical supplies to North Koreans. Frank Burns (in temporary command) confines Hawkeye and Trapper to quarters, but both manage to escape and present evidence to exonerate Henry. They convince Frank to drop the charges using the only method they know how - blackmail.
Henry is accused of aiding and abeding the enemy, and to prevent Hawkeye and Trapper John from getting evidence to exonerate him, Major Burns (in temporary command) arrests them and confines them both to quarters. Trapper and Hawkeye manage escape anyway and arrive at the Courts Martial proceedings courtroom with proof that the North Koreans that Henry is accused of aiding were merely refugees and children at a civilian clinic near the border. Frank refuses to drop their charges, so Hawkeye and Trapper use what they know best to change his mind: blackmail in getting him and Hotlips to drop their charges against Henry.