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

At the 4077th MASH (Mobile Army Surgical Hospital) in Korea, doctors "Hawkeye" Pierce and "Trapper" John McIntyre are ecstatic when they receive news that Ho-John, their Korean house boy was accepted into Hawkeye's college. To get the money needed to fly Ho-John to the U.S., Hawkeye and Trapper decide to throw a fundraiser party and raffle off a weekend pass to Tokyo with Nurse Lieutenant Dish.

Episode Info

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

Director: Gene Reynolds
Writer: Larry Gelbart

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9/10 (3 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
G. Wood
As Brigadier Gen. Hamilton Hartington Hammond
Gene Wood
As Brigadier Gen. Hamilton Hartington Hammond
John Orchard
As Ugly John
Karen Philipp
As Lieutenant Maria 'Dish' Schneider
Linda Meiklejohn
As Nurse Leslie Scorch
Odessa Cleveland
As Ginger Bayliss
Patrick Adiarte
As Ho-Jon
Timothy Brown
As Spearchucker Jones
Bruno Kirby
As Pvt. Lorenzo Boone
George Morgan
As Father John Francis "Red" Mulcahy
Laura Miller
As Knocko
Main Cast
Alan Alda
As Captain Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce
Wayne Rogers (1)
As Captain John Francis Xavier "Trapper" McIntyre
McLean Stevenson
As Lt. Colonel Henry Braymore Blake
Loretta Swit
As Major Margaret J. "Hot Lips" Houlihan
Larry Linville
As Major Franklin Delano Marion Burns
Gary 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 producers were concerned about the backlash that might occur if they depicted the horrors of war too graphically. During the OR scenes in this episode, the doctors and nurses don't even have blood on their surgical gloves. This would change later in the series.

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

Warning: M*A*S*H season 1 episode 1 guide may contain spoilers
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