M*A*S*H (1972–1983)
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For the Good of the Outfit 

Hawkeye and Trapper discover that a nearby town has been shelled by U.S. forces. When they pursue the issue, the army resists accepting responsibility.


Jackie Cooper


Jerry Mayer, Larry Gelbart (developed for television by)




Episode complete credited cast:
Alan Alda ... Capt. Benjamin Franklin 'Hawkeye' Pierce
Wayne Rogers ... Capt. 'Trapper John' McIntyre
McLean Stevenson ... Lt. Col. Henry Blake
Loretta Swit ... Maj. Margaret 'Hot Lips' Houlihan
Larry Linville ... Maj. Frank Burns
Gary Burghoff ... Cpl. Walter 'Radar' O'Reilly
Frank Aletter ... Maj. Stoner
Herb Voland ... Gen. Crandell Clayton
Odessa Cleveland ... Lt. Ginger Bayliss, RN
Lesley Evans Lesley Evans ... Nurse Mason
Gwen Farrell Gwen Farrell ... Nurse Butler


Trapper and Hawkeye discover an inordinately large number of South Korean casualties from the village of Tae-Dong at the 4077. Together with Margaret and Frank, they were on duty and know the truth about Tae-Dong; it was an error made by the U.S. Army. But Frank refuses to sign the guys' report. Major Stoner of the Adjutant General's office travels to the 4077 to take statements and gather all of the evidence; supposedly, he is making a full report and publishing the findings in "Stars and Stripes." It takes awhile before the drunken duo realize they have been had. When Brigadier Gen. Clayton tries to smooth ruffled feathers with Army double talk, Margaret misunderstands and thinks she and Frank have been had. But, Frank did well not to sign the Tae-Dong report. Because now, the 4077 personnel have possession of the shrapnel, records and other info gathered by Frank, even though Stoner stole theirs. They hold Clayton ransom: until their story is printed in "Stars and Stripes," they ... Written by LA-Lawyer

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Comedy | Drama | War


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Release Date:

6 October 1973 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone Sound Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


When hawkeye is in the swamp he is holding the report with his right hand but in the next scene he is holding it with his left. See more »


[referring to Margaret and Frank, after they had inadvertently help Hawkeye and Trapper]
Hawkeye: Aren't they something?
Trapper: I love 'em.
Hawkeye: Take her; he's mine.
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Us Against Them
24 February 2015 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

The unit is handling huge civilian casualties. They are people from a small village that has been decimated by American bombs. Hawkeye and Trapper, going against the advice of Henry, stirs the pot. He expects the Army to help these people rebuild. Instead, it is passed off as fortunes of war. First of all, the Army won't admit that they were responsible. When Hawkeye hands over the evidence it is never seen again. In "Stars and Stripes" it is written that the Chinese were responsible for the bombing. What is neat about this episode is that Frank, though inflexible at first, comes out OK this time. There are times that the balance is so tipped that it's worth trying to even the balance, at least a little bit.

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