M*A*S*H episode
“Where There's a Will, There's a War”
Season 10, Episode # 16
Number (#235) in series (256 episodes)
Guest star(s) Dennis Howard
Larry Ward
Jim Borelli
James Emery
Jeff Maxwell
Kellye Nakahara
Brian Fudd
Ned Bellamy
Network: CBS-TV
Production code: 1G15
Writer(s) David Pollock and Elias Davis
Director Charles S. Dubin
Original airdate February 15, 1982
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Where There's a Will, There's a War was the 16th episode of Season 10 of the CBS-TV series M*A*S*H, also the 235th overall series episode. Written by David Pollock and Elias Davis and directed by Alan Alda, it originally aired on February 22, 1982.


Fearing for his life at an aid station, Hawkeye writes his will with special bequests for his friends.

Full episode summaryEdit

A battalion aid surgeon is killed, so an emergency request for a temporary replacement surgeon is sent to the 4077th. Normally it would be B.J.'s turn, but since he is off in Seoul for an afternoon of R&R, Potter sends Hawkeye. Hawkeye arrives, and the situation is so grim that, in a rare moment of quiet, he decides to sit in a corner and write out his will.

In a series of flashbacks, and using a voice over by Hawkeye, we see moments involving him and the other at the 4077th which relate to the items Hawkeye is bequeathing to them. Hawkeye starts off leaving everything to his father, with the exception of a few items. He starts with B.J., but at first can't think of what he wants to say. So he moves onto Winchester, leaving him his purple robe--purple being the color of royalty.

Hawkeye then leaves Father Mulcahy a nickel, a reference to the time Mulcahy got away with getting revenge on a careless General by ruining the General's elegant meal--the General promising that Mulcahy's life wouldn't be worth "a plugged nickel" if he wasn't a priest.

He leaves Margaret his pair of funny nose and glasses, a reminder of her all-too-hidden silly side. With Col. Potter, he recalls a conversation he had with him a week after Potter transferred to the 4077th and they talked about fishing. Hawkeye leaves him his father's copy of Last of the Mohicans.

To Klinger, he leaves his beloved Hawaiian shirt. We see a flashback about the time Klinger handed Hawkeye an issue of Life (August 4, 1952) that had a huge article on Maine, which delighted Hawkeye. Klinger, in a true act of generosity, traded a giant hunk of Lebanese salami for it, but didn't tell Hawkeye that.

When Hawkeye's relief arrives, one of the doctors at the aid station notices what he is writing and asks, "You finish your will?" To which Hawkeye asks, "How did you know it was my will?" The doctor subtly retorts, "I've seen a lot of those written here."

Hawkeye is allowed to go back home, and he arrives in the middle of the night. Coming back to the Swamp, he takes notice of the picture of B.J.'s family and gets an idea--he goes to Potter's office and composes a letter to Erin Hunnicutt, with a list of all the men her father worked on while in Korea, so she has some idea of what her father was doing while he was away.

Guests/Recurring castEdit

  • Dennis Howard as Captain Rackley
  • Larry Ward as General Kratzer
  • Jim Borelli as the G.I.
  • Brian Fudd as G.I.
  • New Bellamy as G.I.
  • James Emery as Corpsman

Trivia Note: the LIFE magazine was dated Aug 4, 1952. Winchester has already been in a battalion aide station in the Battle of Pork Chop Hill, which occurred from March-July 1953--a sign "M*A*S*H*" ends with the Korean War in July 1953. 

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