|“Yankee Doodle Doctor”|
| Season 1, Episode # 6 |
Number (#6) in series (251 episodes)
|Guest star(s)||Ed Flanders|
|Original airdate||October 22, 1972|
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"Yankee Doodle Doctor" is an episode from the television series M*A*S*H. It was the sixth episode broadcast and aired on October 22, 1972, and it was rerun April 8, 1973. It was written by Laurence Marks and directed by Hy Averback.
Lieutenant Bricker (Ed Flanders) arrives at the 4077th to film a documentary about M*A*S*H units, on the recommendation of General Clayton (Herb Voland). However, when Trapper and Hawkeye find out it is little more than propaganda, they wreck it and make their own version. After replacing most of the film with absurd images taken from around the camp, Hawkeye appears in the recovery room, explaining that no war is glamorous. The general orders all copies of the film burned, except one. He says that they need something to laugh at when the war ends.
Lieutenant Bricker is making a documentary film about MASH units and Brigadier General Clayton recommends the 4077th. Bricker wants one of the doctors to "star" in his documentary and Hawkeye agrees when faced with the possibility that the role could go to Frank. The documentary is nothing more than overhyped propaganda. In the night, Pierce and McIntyre destroy the film by exposing it to light. After much convincing by Lt. Col. Blake, they remake the film, casting Hawkeye as a Groucho Marx-type doctor and Trapper as a Harpo Marx-esque surgeon. The crowd loves it, but Clayton is not impressed at first. After the film is over Clayton does find the ending exceptional.