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Recap / M*A*S*H S2 E16: Henry in Love

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When Henry Blake returns to the 4077 after a short stay in Tokyo, he reveals to Hawkeye, Trapper and Radar that he has fallen in love with a young woman there by the name of Nancy Sue Parker who will be coming to visit him and the members of the camp in a few days. The three, and the entire camp, are left unimpressed due to the suspicion that the colonel is setting himself up for a fall. Bu then Nancy arrives, and everyone starts to see why Henry is so head over heels when she shows how nice and bubbly she is.

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But is all as it seems? And if Henry's feelings remain strong as they are, what will this mean for his life back home?


Attention, all personnel! The following tropes in the form of Cupid's arrows have been fired at Colonel Blake:

  • And I'm the Queen of Sheba: Alarm bells are ringing for Hawkeye and Trapper when Henry confides in them that Nancy Sue will be coming to stay at the 4077 for a while.
    Henry: I'll all be on the up and up, of course.
    Trapper: Of course.
    Henry: I mean she'll have her own tent, and I'll be in mine.
    Hawkeye: Right. Now if you'll excuse us, we'll start digging the tunnel.
  • Big Entrance: Henry's return to the 4077.
  • Fat Flex: Whenever Nancy's in proximity, Henry immediately sucks in his gut. By the end Hawkeye tells him if he did it one more time, his bellybutton would cave in.
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  • Gag Censor: Hawkeye is trying to tell Nancy Sue and Lieutenant Sturner a funny story, but when he gets to the punchline, a jet is heard flying overhead instead.
    Hawkeye: Thanks a lot.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Margaret is going to show Frank something personal about her he's never seen before. Her diary.
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!: As usual, the P.A. Announcer acts as a Moment Killer when he calls Henry and Trapper in for surgery. Because Henry is still romancing Nancy at that point, he lets out a single word: "Fudge".
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Margaret jealously notices Frank falling for Nancy's charms.
    Margaret: Try doing it with your mouth shut.
  • Heel Realization: Henry's puppy-dog feelings regarding Nancy Sue are brought to a temporary standstill when he is reminded about his family back home.
    • He has a much stronger one just before the end of the episode after he has shared a phone call with his wife Lorraine.
  • Hypocrite: Frank and Margaret criticize Henry's affair with Nancy Sue as being immoral and disgusting. Their conversation doubles as Hypocritical Humor when Frank points out their hypocrisy by accident.
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  • May–December Romance: Henry Blake and Nancy Sue Parker
  • Oh, Crap!: After finding out Nancy is not really the good nice girl Henry is gushing about or that anyone else would like to believe, Hawkeye discovers from Trapper that Henry is currently on the phone with his wife.
    Hawkeye: Come on, before he blows his marriage.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: To continue impressing Nancy Sue, Henry uses cosmetics and hair dye to make himself look younger and forces through various exercises, including long runs and push-ups, to lose weight.
  • Out-of-Character Alert: Radar is shocked when he sees how spiffy Colonel Blake has made himself for when Nancy Sue arrives.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: Upon seeing her for the first time, even Hawkeye and Trapper admit that Nancy Sue Parker is really really attractive.
    Hawkeye: I'm a doctor. You can believe me, that's a nice leg.
    Trapper: That sweater's not filled with chopped liver either.
  • Shout-Out: Hawkeye and Trapper funnily compare Henry to Superman.
    Trapper: To the return of Henry Blake.
    Hawkeye: Able to leap tall bar stools in a single bound. Faster than a speeding nurse.
    Trapper: It's Supercolonel!
    Hawkeye: Ta-da!
  • The Stoic: Frank Burns puts in a really good effort at trying to be this in the beginning, even appearing more steady than Margaret, until he loses control when his speech gets to the part of the many insults he got in his suggestions box, particularly the ones about his mother.
  • The Vamp: It was suspected, but it still comes as a surprise when Nancy Sue Parker turns out to be this after all.
  • You Keep Using That Word: Frank gets quite taken with Nancy Sue that he falls into this.
    Frank: It's nice to be nice...to the nice.
    [...]
  • You're Insane!: While handling an operation alongside Trapper, Henry comments that maybe his wife Lorraine and Nancy Sue could get along well. Trapper's response goes as expected.
    Trapper: Henry, get away from the ether.
  • Your Cheating Heart: The episode's main theme.
    • At first it seems like the age gap between Henry and Nancy Sue is the main problem, Hawkeye has with their relationship, but it turns out to be this trope when Hawkeye reminds the colonel about his wife Lorraine and their three children.
      • So does Trapper, but his case is a little more hypocritical than Hawkeye's.
    • Nancy Sue Parker loses all interest in Henry the moment she lays eyes on Hawkeye.
    • Averted by Hawkeye himself on the terms of friendship, choosing not to hurt Henry when Nancy comes on to him.
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