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* Margaret leads a group of unit members to break through the stalemate between Hawkeye, BJ, and Charles in "The Smell of Music." First by spraying Hawkeye and BJ with a fire hose and dumping soapy water on them to break their non-bathing strike, then taking Charles's French horn and ''flattening it with a jeep''! When Col. Potter finds out, he confines those responsible to the Officer's Club for the duration of the whiskey with Hawkeye, BJ, and Charles paying.
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** It's especially one for Radar as, in his own way, he says he'll stay behind because, "You might need me," and immediately takes on a lookout position to watch for the enemy, making it a BadassBoast for him and his abilities.
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* On his way to some R&R in "They Call the Wind Korea," Winchester gets stuck in an overturned troop truck with some injured Greek soldiers and Klinger in the middle of a freezing windstorm. All Winchester has is a half-full first-aid kit and manages to reinflate a collapsed lung on one of the Greeks with [[NoodleImplements nothing but a syringe, a catheter, a clamp, and some surgical tape,]] moments after saying he couldn't save the man without the proper instruments.
-->'''Klinger''': You did it!\\
'''Winchester''': More than that, Klinger, I did it ''here''.
14th Aug '17 5:44:32 PM mlsmithca
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* Even though he was the show's usually-deserving {{butt monkey}}, Frank Burns was allowed one undeniably awesome moment in "Margaret´s Engagement". Margaret has been acting so incredibly tactless and insensitive about her engagement to Donald Penobscot that even Hawkeye and BJ are giving him a break. At the end of the episode, after he's recovered from a mini-breakdown and she's still bragging, he gets her back:

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* Even though he was the show's usually-deserving {{butt monkey}}, ButtMonkey, Frank Burns was allowed one undeniably awesome moment in "Margaret´s "Margaret's Engagement". Margaret has been acting so incredibly tactless and insensitive about her engagement to Donald Penobscot that even Hawkeye and BJ are giving him a break. At the end of the episode, after he's recovered from a mini-breakdown and she's still bragging, he gets her back:back. It's also heartwarming, because then Hawkeye and BJ laugh, and for quite possibly the first and only time, they are genuinely laughing with Frank as opposed to at him.



** It's also heartwarming, because then Hawkeye and BJ laugh, and for quite possibly the first and only time, they are genuinely laughing with Frank as opposed to at him.
* Frank's first awesome moment came in season one's "Showtime" when he felt that Hawkeye had insulted him one too many times. Over the course of the episode he rigged the still to spray Hawk in the face, pulled the "bucket of water over the door" joke on him and somehow rigged the shower heads to spray in the stalls Hawkeye ''wasn't'' in.
** And, while his motives weren't exactly pure, he and Margaret are the ones who finally get General Clayton to stop participating in the cover-up in "For the Good of the Outfit" and convince him to allow the truth to come to light, realizing even the army "needs to take its lumps."

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** It's also heartwarming, because then Hawkeye and BJ laugh, and for quite possibly the first and only time, they are genuinely laughing with Frank as opposed to at him.
* Frank's first awesome moment came in season one's "Showtime" when he felt that Hawkeye had insulted him one too many times. Over the course of the episode he rigged the still to spray Hawk in the face, pulled the "bucket of water over the door" joke on him and somehow rigged the shower heads to spray in the stalls Hawkeye ''wasn't'' in.
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in. And, while his motives weren't exactly pure, he and Margaret are the ones who finally get General Clayton to stop participating in the cover-up in "For the Good of the Outfit" and convince him to allow the truth to come to light, realizing even the army "needs to take its lumps."



** Klinger gets a minor one in that episode - Hawkeye and [=BJ=] have been tapped as the unit's morale officers by Potter, and they come up with a last-minute plan to have a seafood cookout rather than the same awful food. Klinger, being the poor shmuck who they ask to go to Inchon and pick up some seafood, cons them into giving him a ''blank'' three-day pass. He then disappears for an unspecified but long amount of time, to the point that Potter is yelling at the boys for giving him a blank pass, considering that Klinger's footlocker is gone. This is Klinger's perfect chance to desert, and he arrives moments later, triumphant, with crates of crabs in the back of a jeep - ''and a footlocker full of beach sand.''
--->'''Klinger''': ''[opens the footlocker and holds up some sand]'' What's a beach party, without a beach?

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** * Klinger gets a minor one in that episode "Morale Victory" - Hawkeye and [=BJ=] have been tapped as the unit's morale officers by Potter, and they come up with a last-minute plan to have a seafood cookout rather than the same awful food. Klinger, being the poor shmuck who they ask to go to Inchon and pick up some seafood, cons them into giving him a ''blank'' three-day pass. He then disappears for an unspecified but long amount of time, to the point that Potter is yelling at the boys for giving him a blank pass, considering that Klinger's footlocker is gone. This is Klinger's perfect chance to desert, and he arrives moments later, triumphant, with crates of crabs in the back of a jeep - ''and a footlocker full of beach sand.''
--->'''Klinger''': -->'''Klinger''': ''[opens the footlocker and holds up some sand]'' What's a beach party, without a beach?



* Winchester's crowning moment possible comes in season nine, in the episode "No Laughing Matter." The man who reassigned Winchester to the 4077th is visiting the camp, and Winchester has swallowed his pride to try to win the man over and get himself transferred back to Tokyo. Unfortunately, after a long series of mishaps, he offers Winchester a deal - he'll transfer Charles if he testifies against Margaret Houlihan. Winchester's pained expression when he's forced to decide is priceless (and a great acting moment), but what he does next is both awesome and heartwarming.

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* Winchester's crowning moment possible comes in season nine, in the episode "No Laughing Matter." The man who reassigned Winchester to the 4077th is visiting the camp, and Winchester has swallowed his pride to try to win the man over and get himself transferred back to Tokyo. Unfortunately, after a long series of mishaps, he offers Winchester a deal - he'll transfer Charles if he testifies against Margaret Houlihan. Winchester's pained expression when he's forced to decide is priceless (and a great acting moment), but what he does next is both awesome and heartwarming. Everyone around him immediately applauds. It's also extremely noteworthy that this is literally the first time he's ever referred to anyone at the 4077th as a friend.



** Everyone around him immediately applauds. It's also extremely noteworthy that this is literally the first time he's ever referred to anyone at the 4077th as a friend.



** In the same episode, Hawkeye, BJ, Houlihan and Mulcahy team up to keep a soldier from dying on Christmas Day proper, so that their family won't have to remember that as the day they lost their father. Counts as a MAJOR TearJerker and CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming. They don't even make it on time; they falsify his report to show that he died at 12:05 AM, December 26th.

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** * In the same episode, "Death Takes a Holiday", Hawkeye, BJ, Houlihan and Mulcahy team up to keep a soldier from dying on Christmas Day proper, so that their family won't have to remember that as the day they lost their father. Counts as a MAJOR TearJerker and CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming. They don't even make it on time; they falsify his report to show that he died at 12:05 AM, December 26th.



** His crowning moment, however, has to be in "The Smell of Music." The A-plot is Hawkeye and [=BJ=] going on a dirtiness strike to protest Charles's [[DreadfulMusician godawful French horn playing]], but the B-plot is Potter looking after a [[DrivenToSuicide suicidal]] casualty named Saunders who's undergone FacialHorror due to his rifle backfiring and the bolt catching him in the cheek. When the on-duty nurse gets distracted by the A-plot coming to its climax, Saunders sneaks into the OR and starts trying to OD on anesthesia. Potter catches him, and while this is ''not'' something you should do to someone who's suicidal, he proceeds to cram the mask over Saunder's face until he starts fighting back.

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** His crowning moment, however, has to be in "The Smell of Music." The A-plot is Hawkeye and [=BJ=] going on a dirtiness strike to protest Charles's [[DreadfulMusician godawful French horn playing]], but the B-plot is Potter looking after a [[DrivenToSuicide suicidal]] casualty named Saunders who's undergone FacialHorror due to his rifle backfiring and the bolt catching him in the cheek. When the on-duty nurse gets distracted by the A-plot coming to its climax, Saunders sneaks into the OR and starts trying to OD on anesthesia. Potter catches him, and while this is ''not'' something you should do to someone who's suicidal, he proceeds to cram the mask over Saunder's Saunders' face until he starts fighting back.



--> '''Hawkeye''' (to Mulcahy after the priest has won again): Get a little inside information?
--> '''Mulcahy''': (''wordlessly looks upwards, implying God gave him the info he needed'')
--> '''Hawkeye''': Name-dropper.

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--> ---> '''Hawkeye''' (to Mulcahy after the priest has won again): Get a little inside information?
--> ---> '''Mulcahy''': (''wordlessly looks upwards, implying God gave him the info he needed'')
--> ---> '''Hawkeye''': Name-dropper.



-->'''Houlihan:''' "Go cover yourself, you hairy fool!"
-->'''Klinger:''' "I am covered! Covered in glory!"

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-->'''Houlihan:''' "Go --->'''Houlihan:''' Go cover yourself, you hairy fool!"
-->'''Klinger:''' "I
fool!
--->'''Klinger:''' I
am covered! Covered in glory!"glory!



** Radar also got a good one in "Out of Sight, Out of Mind", when Hawkeye was temporarily blinded by an exploding stove. Potter sent Radar to contact an eye-surgeon, which led to;
--->'''Radar:''' Now listen, you dumb clerk, and this time get it right. This is General Walter O'Reilly, three stars and real mad! If Major Overman isn't here by the time they crack my powdered eggs for breakfast, I'll have you digging a latrine for every GI in Korea!!! You got that?! Good!
*** Made awesome by the delivery; Radar sounds just like a general and very unlike himself. Despite the fact that he's still holding his teddy bear while he's hollering at the clerk.

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** * Radar also got a good one in "Out of Sight, Out of Mind", when Hawkeye was temporarily blinded by an exploding stove. Potter sent Radar to contact an eye-surgeon, which led to;
--->'''Radar:'''
to the following line. Made awesome by the delivery; Radar sounds just like a general and very unlike himself. Despite the fact that he's still holding his teddy bear while he's hollering at the clerk.
-->'''Radar:'''
Now listen, you dumb clerk, and this time get it right. This is General Walter O'Reilly, three stars and real mad! If Major Overman isn't here by the time they crack my powdered eggs for breakfast, I'll have you digging a latrine for every GI in Korea!!! You got that?! Good!
*** Made awesome by the delivery; Radar sounds just like a general and very unlike himself. Despite the fact that he's still holding his teddy bear while he's hollering at the clerk.
Good!



* Charles Winchester gets a Crowning ''Episode'' of Awesome, when he pulls a [[MagnificentBastard flawless]] ThePlan on [[spoiler: Colonel Flagg]] to [[spoiler: divert Flagg from his usual fruitless hunts for spies, traitors and Communist sympathizers. Winchester actually nearly gets Flagg to arrest the Mayor and Police Chief of Uijongbu by convincing him that the two are actually North Korean agents.]]
** In the same episode, a young soldier starts feuding with Hawkeye because the latter chose to treat a more severely wounded North Korean soldier before treating the soldier's friend. Throughout the episode whenever the two see each other they get extremely hostile. B.J. manages to hold back Hawkeye and lectures him on controlling his temper, emphasizing that he himself has the cooler head. Later in the episode the soldier comes to The Swamp and starts attacking Hawkeye, only to be stopped a furious B.J. who has to be held back by Hawkeye. It turns out that B.J. has a good old-fashioned BerserkButton when it comes to threatening his friends.
-->'''B.J:''' I oughta ''break your neck''!
** A minor one for Radar in the same episode, when he stands up to [[spoiler: Colonel Flagg]] by [[spoiler: preventing Flagg from blocking the North Korean soldier's IV]].
-->[[spoiler:'''Radar:''' H-hey, now wait just a minute. Hey, listen, I don't care who you are! You can't--you can't come in here threatening someone's blood!]]

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* "Rally Round the Flagg, Boys":
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Charles Winchester gets a Crowning ''Episode'' of Awesome, Awesome when he pulls a [[MagnificentBastard flawless]] ThePlan on [[spoiler: Colonel Flagg]] to [[spoiler: divert Flagg from his usual fruitless hunts for spies, traitors and Communist sympathizers. Winchester actually nearly gets Flagg to arrest the Mayor and Police Chief of Uijongbu by convincing him that the two are actually North Korean agents.]]
** In the same episode, a A young soldier starts feuding with Hawkeye because the latter chose to treat a more severely wounded North Korean soldier before treating the soldier's friend. Throughout the episode whenever the two see each other they get extremely hostile. B.J. manages to hold back Hawkeye and lectures him on controlling his temper, emphasizing that he himself has the cooler head. Later in the episode the soldier comes to The Swamp and starts attacking Hawkeye, only to be stopped a furious B.J. who has to be held back by Hawkeye. It turns out that B.J. has a good old-fashioned BerserkButton when it comes to threatening his friends.
-->'''B.--->'''B.J:''' I oughta ''break your neck''!
** A minor one for Radar in the same episode, Radar, when he stands up to [[spoiler: Colonel Flagg]] by [[spoiler: preventing Flagg from blocking the North Korean soldier's IV]].
-->[[spoiler:'''Radar:''' --->[[spoiler:'''Radar:''' H-hey, now wait just a minute. Hey, listen, I don't care who you are! You can't--you can't come in here threatening someone's blood!]]



* Charles is listening to a [=USO=] accordion player perform in the Officer's Club. After Charles makes a few snide remarks, the accordion player walks over to the piano...and proceeds to blow Charles away with a flawless rendition of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=888eMi11gG0 Beethoven's Pathetique Sonata in C Minor]]. Immediately afterwards, she pops Winchester's snob balloon by reminding him that the great composers of classical music also wrote dance songs and other ditties, not just grand concertos. She then jumps into a rendition of "Roll Out The Barrel" and Kelly comes over to ask Winchester to dance. He's so impressed by the pianist's remarks about him isolating himself that he accepts.

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* Charles is listening to a [=USO=] accordion player perform in the Officer's Club. After Charles makes a few snide remarks, the accordion player walks over to the piano...and proceeds to blow Charles away with a flawless rendition of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=888eMi11gG0 Beethoven's Pathetique Sonata in C Minor]]. Immediately afterwards, she pops Winchester's snob balloon by reminding him that the great composers of classical music also wrote dance songs and other ditties, not just grand concertos. She then jumps into a rendition of "Roll Out The the Barrel" and Kelly Kellye comes over to ask Winchester to dance. He's so impressed by the pianist's remarks about him isolating himself that he accepts.



* Hawkeye finally swallowing his claustrophobia enough to go inside the cave to help treat a patient during the bug-out in "C*A*V*E".
** Margaret confronting her fear of loud noises to go back to camp with him to perform emergency surgery also counts.

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* Hawkeye finally swallowing his claustrophobia enough to go inside the cave to help treat a patient during the bug-out in "C*A*V*E".
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"C*A*V*E". Margaret confronting her fear of loud noises to go back to camp with him to perform emergency surgery also counts.



* When a racist CO is discovered to be sending the black soldiers in his unit out to where the most intense fighting is so that they will either get killed or injured severely enough to earn a trip back home ("I don't want them in my unit"), Potter hatches a plan to force the man's resignation; he feigns agreement with the CO's racist beliefs and earns his trust. Then he invites the CO back to the Swamp for a drink, where a black major from the personnel office at I-CORPS is waiting inside. The major dresses down the CO and, along with Potter, Hawkeye, [=BJ=], and Charles coerce the man into resigning his commission. The venom in Charles's voice when he points out that it's not four people who saw and heard him confess why so many black soldiers in his unit were getting hurt, but ''five'' is great.
** Doubles as a SugarWiki/{{Funny Moment|s}} when the major, a captain who had borrowed Charles' major's insignia as part of his masquerade, is revealed by Potter to be a dentist, much to Charles' chagrin; he had been suffering a toothache the whole episode!

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* When a racist CO is discovered to be sending the black soldiers in his unit out to where the most intense fighting is so that they will either get killed or injured severely enough to earn a trip back home ("I don't want them in my unit"), Potter hatches a plan to force the man's resignation; he feigns agreement with the CO's racist beliefs and earns his trust. Then he invites the CO back to the Swamp for a drink, where a black major from the personnel office at I-CORPS is waiting inside. The major dresses down the CO and, along with Potter, Hawkeye, [=BJ=], and Charles coerce the man into resigning his commission. The venom in Charles's voice when he points out that it's not four people who saw and heard him confess why so many black soldiers in his unit were getting hurt, but ''five'' is great.
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great. Doubles as a SugarWiki/{{Funny Moment|s}} when the major, a captain who had borrowed Charles' major's insignia as part of his masquerade, is revealed by Potter to be a dentist, much to Charles' chagrin; he had been suffering a toothache the whole episode!



* Hawkeye and an irritating visiting doctor head up to an aid station to temporarily replace a killed surgeon. The station is shelled, and Hawkeye and the visiting doctor each wind up with one arm or wrist broken. Their solution? Put aside their differences and essentially staple themselves together so they can each work as one half of a whole surgeon. ''And it works''.
** Extra awesome since the doctor in question is played by Robert Alda, Creator/AlanAlda's real life father. And the medic at the station? Alan Alda's half-brother.
* "Exorcism" has the camp experiencing a rash of bad luck after a traditional spirit post was moved from its place. When an elderly man throws himself in front of a jeep to cure his own DemonicPossession, his granddaughter enlists Radar to bring in a local exorcist. In brilliantly colored robes, a tall feathered headdress, a jingling sistrum and a fan, the exorcist dances and chants her way through the entire compound, lifting everyone's spirits. Everything starts working again, and Potter returns the spirit post to its proper place. During all this time, Frank protests bringing exorcist:

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* Hawkeye and an irritating visiting doctor head up to an aid station to temporarily replace a killed surgeon. The station is shelled, and Hawkeye and the visiting doctor each wind up with one arm or wrist broken. Their solution? Put aside their differences and essentially staple themselves together so they can each work as one half of a whole surgeon. ''And it works''.
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works''. Extra awesome since the doctor in question is played by Robert Alda, Creator/AlanAlda's real life father. And the medic at the station? Alan Alda's half-brother.
* "Exorcism" has the camp experiencing a rash of bad luck after a traditional spirit post was moved from its place. When an elderly man throws himself in front of a jeep to cure his own DemonicPossession, his granddaughter enlists Radar to bring in a local exorcist. In brilliantly colored robes, a tall feathered headdress, a jingling sistrum and a fan, the exorcist dances and chants her way through the entire compound, lifting everyone's spirits. Everything starts working again, and Potter returns the spirit post to its proper place. During all this time, Frank protests bringing exorcist:an exorcist, and Mulcahy of all people smacks him down. The sad truth of the matter is that it would have been far more likely for a Catholic priest, both at the time of the filming and the time the series was set in, to be dismissive, disdainful or outright hostile towards "heathen deviltry", an attitude that the audience would have swallowed without complaint. Instead, Mulcahy demonstrates a wonderfully sincere open-mindedness about a native religion and its spiritualistic culture.



** To explain why Mulcahy's attitude is so awesome: the sad truth of the matter is that it would have been far more likely for a Catholic priest, both at the time of the filming and the time the series was set in, to be dismissive, disdainful or outright hostile towards "heathen deviltry", an attitude that the audience would have swallowed without complaint. Instead, Mulcahy demonstrates a wonderfully sincere open-mindedness about a native religion and its spiritualistic culture.
** Not trying to lessen father Mulcahy, but I'll raise you one [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bartolom%C3%A9_de_las_Casas De las Casas]].
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* "Exorcism" has the camp experiencing a rash of bad luck after a traditional spirit post was moved from its place. When an elderly man throws himself in front of a jeep to cure his own DemonicPossession, his granddaughter enlists Radar to bring in a local exorcist. In brilliantly colored robes, a tall feathered headdress, a jingling sistrum and a fan, the exorcist dances and chants her way through the entire compound, lifting everyone's spirits. Everything starts working again, and Potter returns the spirit post to its proper place. Duringall this time, Frank protests bringing exorcist:

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* "Exorcism" has the camp experiencing a rash of bad luck after a traditional spirit post was moved from its place. When an elderly man throws himself in front of a jeep to cure his own DemonicPossession, his granddaughter enlists Radar to bring in a local exorcist. In brilliantly colored robes, a tall feathered headdress, a jingling sistrum and a fan, the exorcist dances and chants her way through the entire compound, lifting everyone's spirits. Everything starts working again, and Potter returns the spirit post to its proper place. Duringall During all this time, Frank protests bringing exorcist:
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--> '''Frank:''' (''stunned'') Not ''you,'' Father!
--> '''Mulcahy:''' Yes, Major. Me.
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* "Exorcism" has the camp experiencing a rash of bad luck after a traditional spirit post was moved from its place. When an elderly man throws himself in front of a jeep to cure his own DemonicPossession, his granddaughter enlists Radar to bring in a local exorcist. In brilliantly colored robes, a tall feathered headdress, a jingling sistrum and a fan, the exorcist dances and chants her way through the entire compound, lifting everyone's spirits. Everything starts working again, and Potter returns the spirit post to its proper place.

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* "Exorcism" has the camp experiencing a rash of bad luck after a traditional spirit post was moved from its place. When an elderly man throws himself in front of a jeep to cure his own DemonicPossession, his granddaughter enlists Radar to bring in a local exorcist. In brilliantly colored robes, a tall feathered headdress, a jingling sistrum and a fan, the exorcist dances and chants her way through the entire compound, lifting everyone's spirits. Everything starts working again, and Potter returns the spirit post to its proper place. Duringall this time, Frank protests bringing exorcist:
--> '''Frank:''' You can't go through with this!
--> '''Potter:''' I can if I want to. And it won't be you I apologize to, it'll be the good Father. (''looking to Father Mulcahy'')
--> '''Father Mulcahy:''' Why me?
--> '''Potter:''' It's not exactly what they told you to expect in chaplain school.
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*** Made awesome by the delivery; Radar sounds just like a general and very unlike himself.

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*** Made awesome by the delivery; Radar sounds just like a general and very unlike himself. Despite the fact that he's still holding his teddy bear while he's hollering at the clerk.
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--> '''Frank:''' (''skeptically'') What does that mean?
--> '''Mulcahy:''' It means there's more than one way to skin a spirit!
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* In "Souvenirs" Hawkeye and B.J. discover one of their pilots, Stratton is making South Korean children go through dangerous territory to collect war junk that he can sell to his fellow soldiers, with little to no regard of their safety. Two awesome things happen, one a drunken Hot Lips catches wind of it and decks Stratton. She gets reprimanded for it, but it was awesome none the less. And two, BJ and Hawkeye imply that as both of them are Stratton's official Doctor, they could BS and say he is too sick to fly his helicopter. Stratton backs off and we have this little gem.

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* In "Souvenirs" Hawkeye and B.J. discover one of their pilots, Stratton Stratton, is making South Korean children go through dangerous territory to collect war junk that he can sell to his fellow soldiers, with little to no regard of their safety. Two awesome things happen, one happen. One, a drunken Hot Lips catches wind of it and decks Stratton.Stratton, not deliberately but because she wanted to explain what her absent fiancé would do if-he-were-there-but-he-wasn't-so-he-couldn't. She gets reprimanded for it, but it was awesome none the less. And two, BJ and Hawkeye imply that as both of them are Stratton's official Doctor, they could BS and say he is too sick to fly his helicopter. Stratton backs off and we have this little gem.
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