Black Comedy Rape: When she is discovered making out with Frank by Margaret, Colonel Reese hollers out the word 'rape' for all the camp to hear and come rushing to the rescue. She quickly frames Frank, who is left bewildered by the run of events so much that he cannot verbally defend himself properly.
Bothering by the Book: Henry wants to avoid this at the start of the episode when Frank wants Hawkeye court-martialled.
Brutal Honesty: Frank complains in The Tag that the mess sergeant gave him C rations for dinner while Hawkeye got steak. Hawkeye implies that it's because of the difference in the crimes either of them were being accused of.
Hawkeye: Well, Frank, I was just a puncher. You're a jumper.
Frank: This is terrible. What am I going to tell my wife?
Hawkeye: The truth is always best, Frank. You were waiting for your mistress, and you got impatient and attacked a woman.
In response to Frank's claim that Colonel Reese is the most decorated nurse in the army, Trapper says:
Great. We can put our Christmas presents under her.
When Henry boos the character played by Vincent Price at Movie Night, Father Mulcahy advises him not to judge the character too harshly as one of the other male characters is coveting his neighbour's wife. Hawkeye smiles, quietly snarking:
A visiting female colonal from the Pentagon attempts to make a pass at Frank Burns. When he refuses Colonal Reese's advances, she lies to Colonal Blake that FRANK raped HER, calling him savage and even pulling down a corner of her robe as evidence. EVERYONE, including MARGARET sides with Colonal Reese, and poor Frank is punished with house arrest. Not even a RACIST deserves THAT!
Establishing Character Moment: When Colonel Reese arrives, she groans and roughly dusts off her jacket before going to examine her Jeep, stopping only for a moment to return Margaret's salute.
Margaret: Colonel Reese? Major Houlihan.
Resse: They haven't lubed this clunker since Pershing was a pup.
Margaret: Colonel Blake would be here himself to greet you, but he's involved with a court-martial and glazed fruit.
Reese: Glazed fruit? That'll tear your partial.
Margaret: Oh, I'll have an enlisted man get your bag.
Reese: Ah, it's light. All I got in here is fatigues, skivvies, and an extra garter belt in case you guys have a dance.
Get Out!: Henry tries to broker a peace between Frank and Hawkeye after the altercation in the hospital washroom, partly because of a desire to avoid the paperwork involved in arranging an investigation and subsequent court-martial. Radar seemingly ignores him and spouts the first part of the procedure out loud, causing Hawkeye to be gleeful with the punishment and Frank satisfied that things appear to be going his way for once. Henry, of course, is steamed.
Henry: Get out.
Green-Eyed Monster: Margaret reacts with appalled shock when Colonel Reese flirts with Frank in the OR.
HeelFace Turn: Margaret acquits Hawkeye after Frank betrays her by cheating on her with Colonel Reese. Frank responds with a near-speechless Et Tu, Brute?.
Implacable Man: Not even an apology from Hawkeye can get Frank to back down from demanding that the former be court-martialled for punching him.
Impossibly Delicious Food: The mess sergeant gifts Hawkeye with a real steak dinner made from water buffalo. Hawkeye finds it so good that he shares it with Trapper and Father Mulcahy.
Insistent Terminology: Henry tries to think of a word to describe how Frank got injured in Trapper's witness statement that the Army would find appropriate. After considering 'whammo' and 'socko', he settles on 'bam'.
Jaw Drop: Margaret is rendered shocked and speechless when she returns to her tent after a shift and finds Frank and Colonel Reese making out.
The Klutz: Margaret, unexpectedly, in the opening scene.
Minor Injury Overreaction: Subverted. While a direct punch to the face is no small matter, Frank blubbers like his entire face had been smashed in.
Motive Rant: Radar lets off a quiet and restrained but nonetheless tearjerking one to Hawkeye, explaining his need for the elevated shoes.
Out-of-Character Alert: In the opening scene, Hawkeye is disturbed by how slow the usually competent Margaret Houlihan is performing while assisting him in surgery. Instead of flying off the handle at him, she explains she's nervous because of Colonel Reese's impending arrival.
Your Cheating Heart: Frank is already cheating on his wife with Margaret. Then, when Colonel Reese propositions him, he appears to be seriously considering her offer (a transfer and a promotion in exchange for sex) before she forces herself on him.
You're Insane!: Frank calls the entire unit this for treating Hawkeye with praise and respect rather than as a prisoner awaiting court-martial.
Frank: This whole post is potty. The man's a prisoner and he's treated like the Aga Khan.