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M*A*S*H: M*A*S*H - The Pilot

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Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x1
Production Number: J301
Airdate: Sunday September 17th, 1972

Director: Gene Reynolds
Writer: Larry Gelbart


 
Guest Stars
Gene WoodGene Wood
As Brigadier Gen. Hamilton Hartington Hammond
Recurring
Gene WoodGene Wood
As Brigadier Gen. Hamilton Hartington Hammond
Recurring
Karen PhilippKaren Philipp
As Lieutenant Maria 'Dish' Schneider
Recurring
Karen PhilippKaren Philipp
As Lieutenant Maria 'Dish' Schneider
Recurring
Linda MeiklejohnLinda Meiklejohn
As Nurse Leslie Scorch
Recurring
Linda MeiklejohnLinda Meiklejohn
As Nurse Leslie Scorch
Recurring
Odessa ClevelandOdessa Cleveland
As Ginger Bayliss
Recurring
Timothy BrownTimothy Brown
As Spearchucker Jones
Recurring
George MorganGeorge Morgan
As Father John Francis "Red" Mulcahy
George MorganGeorge Morgan
As Father John Francis "Red" Mulcahy
Laura MillerLaura Miller
As Knocko
Laura MillerLaura Miller
As Knocko
Main Cast
Alan AldaAlan Alda
As Captain Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce
Wayne Rogers (1)Wayne Rogers (1)
As Captain John Francis Xavier "Trapper" McIntyre
Wayne Rogers (1)Wayne Rogers (1)
As Captain John Francis Xavier "Trapper" McIntyre
McLean StevensonMcLean Stevenson
As Lt. Colonel Henry Braymore Blake
Larry LinvilleLarry Linville
As Major Franklin Delano Marion Burns
Gary BurghoffGary Burghoff
As Corporal Walter Eugene "Radar" O'Reilly
Gary BurghoffGary Burghoff
As Corporal Walter Eugene "Radar" O'Reilly
Episode Notes
This is one of the few appearances of Timothy Brown as Spearchucker Jones. His character was dropped after it was revealed that no black surgeons served in MASH during the Korean War.

For the series theme song, the instrumental verison of the movie theme, "Suicide is Painless" is used. Due to the nature of the lyrics, the network could not air them on television.

This was the first series to be allowed to use the phrase "son-of-a-bitch" in dialogue.

This is the only episode in which Henry Blake wears his vest over his army green shirt.

The flashback scene where General Hammond recalls the romantic interlude with Margaret takes place at Ft. Benning near Columbus, Georgia. This is only scene in the entire series that takes place in The United States.

The 4077 staff treat Canadian soldiers in this episode. 516 Canadians were killed in the Korean War.



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