|“Trick or Treatment”|
Margaret, Potter, B.J. and Hawkeye decked out in costume for Halloween Party at the O'Club in "Trick or Treatment".
| Season 11, Episode # 2 |
Number (#242) in series (256 episodes)
|Guest star(s)||George Wendt |
Andrew Dice Clay
Arnold F. Turner
|Director||Charles S. Dubin|
|Original airdate||November 1, 1982|
|IMDB||Trick or Treatment|
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(Season 11 premiere)
Trick or Treatment is the 242nd episode of the CBS-TV series M*A*S*H, also the second episode of Season 11 of the series. Written by Dennis Koenig, and directed by Charles S. Dubin, it originally aired on November 1, 1982.
It's time for the annual 4077th Halloween party. Hawkeye is dressed as Superman, B.J. is a clown, Margaret is a geisha girl, Colonel Potter is a cowboy and Klinger is Al Capone. But it's not much of a party for the surgeons when unexpected wounded guests show up; Charles tries to help a slovenly marine who has a billiard ball stuck in his mouth; Father Mulcahy inadvertently saves a man's life when he is presumed dead.
Full episode summaryEdit
It's Halloween night at the 4077th, and a battalion of visiting Marines are getting hammered over at Rosie's Bar. Hawkeye, B.J., Col. Potter, Margaret, and Klinger are all in costume, planning to head over to the party.
Winchester, wanting nothing to do with any Halloween celebration, has volunteered to be on duty in Post Op. He ends up with first patient almost immediately--a Private LaRoche, which Charles sarcastically refferred to as "Private Mosconi" (George Wendt) who stuck a pool ball in his mouth as a gag, but now can't get it back out. Winchester examines him, torturing the poor guy pretending not to even notice the ball jutting out of his jaw. Before everyone can make the party, wounded arrive, including one young soldier already toe-tagged. There's so many patients that the doctors don't have time to examine the dead young man closely, so his body is put off to the side while they tend to the living.
During the session in OR, each of the doctors tell ghost stories. Everyone gets spooked, except for Winchester, who doesn't believe any of it.
More wounded arrive, keeping the doctors busy. We see the young dead solider laying on the compound. Except...he's not quite dead. We see his hand move slightly, then stop again. But no one notices.
Meanwhile, B.J. has to tend to one the Marines, a drunken Corporal Hrabosky (Andrew Dice Clay), who got injured partying offbase after leaving Rosie's, challenged a few drunken Marine buddies to a motorbike race, where he crashed into a chicken coop! Hawkeye, after operating on another soldier, Private Scala (Richard Lineback), in a second and final series guest appearance), has to try to console and persuade the grieving young man to eat. Scala has been starving himself out of guilt over going back to the platoon chow line, and then witnessing his unit get bombarded by mortar fire, where most of his platoon, and all of his buddies, were killed.
Graves Registration arrives, looking for any dead soldiers. There's still just the one, the young man came in that way. They carry the body onto their truck, but stop to grab a cup of coffee, leaving him there while they rest.
At the end of the night, all the wounded have been taken care of. Father Mulchay returns from a trip to the orphanage, and he runs into Hawkeye, who tells him how busy they were. Father Mulcahy asks if any of them need last rites, and the only one that does is the young man in the truck. Just before Graves Registration drives off, Father Mulcahy stops them, wanting to give the man last rites. He climbs into the truck, and begins the ritual--then stops. He is shocked to see a tear falling from the man's eye, and he calls out for Hawkeye.
Later, in Post Op, all the doctors huddle around the young man, on his way to recovery now that he's been tended to. B.J. remarks this is the first time being "dead" wasn't terminal, and Hawkeye suggests, "This is a ghost story none of us will ever be able to top."
note:heartbreak ridge happened in sept/October 1951!
The story of a soldier starving himself out of grief is based very loosely on a report that a US Army officer reported that while having Thanksgiving dinner in the Hürtgen Forest in November 1944 he was shelled by the Germans; and that for years afterward he couldn't eat turkey at Thanksgiving without feeling sick first. Of course this is not the first time MASH 4077 took another incident from a different war and twisted the facts out of sequence such as in A Full Rich Day (TV series episode) nor would it be the last Foreign Affairs (TV series episode).
Loretta Swit hair is going from blond to white!
- George Wendt as Private La Roche
- Richard Lineback as Private Scala
- Andrew Dice Clay as Corporal Hrabosky (as Andrew Clay)
- James Carroll as Private Crotty (as James Lough)
- Herman Poppe as M.P.
- R.J. Miller as Graves Registration Driver
- Arnold F. Turner as Graves Registration Assistant
- Arlee Reed as Soldier