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Recap / M*A*S*H S4 E10: Dear Peggy

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B.J. writes home to Peggy about life at the 4077th. Among the highlights are a visit from a senior chaplain, Frank Burns trying to teach Koreans English to help with the patients, and Hawkeye trying to break a world record for stuffing people in a Jeep. Meanwhile, Klinger makes two attempts to desert, once by disguising himself as a Korean woman and once by trying to sail home in a life raft.

Attention, attention. B.J. wrote home to Peg about the following tropes.

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  • Asian Speekee Engrish: The Koreans recruited by Col. Potter to work in the wards, shown repeating English phrases being taught to them by Frank.
  • Badass Preacher: Colonel Maurice Hollister certainly sees himself this way, but verges on Church Militant.
  • Clown Car: After reading about students stuffing themselves into a Volkswagen, Hawkeye tries to break their record by fitting 16 people into a Jeep.
  • Gentleman and a Scholar: B.J. continues his trend of quoting figures in history, introduced in his first episode.
    B.J.: (in voiceover) I remember reading Justice Holmes. He said "War is an organized bore."
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Hawkeye yells at Frank for sewing a patient up before removing all the shell fragments.
    Hawkeye: You can't just look, you have to feel around!
    Margaret: He does!
    Hawkeye: I mean in surgery!
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  • Improbably Predictable: Frank, who Hawkeye had trained the Korean recruits to make fun of on command.
    Father Mulcahy: Is he gonna make it?
    Hawkeye: Probably. It depends. We could get bombed, there could be an earthquake or Frank could operate on him again.
    Frank: Twerp!
    Hawkeye: (points to the Koreans)
    Koreans: You tell 'em, ferret face!
  • Insane Troll Logic: Col. Hollister is convinced that by writing home to a critically wounded soldier's parents with good news, Father Mulcahy will guarantee that he pulls through.
  • Shout-Out: Klinger's scene with the inflatable raft in Potter's office is reminiscent of a similar scene in The Dick Van Dyke Show.
  • Voiceover Letter: B.J. writes his letter home to his wife throughout the episode.
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