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Recap / M*A*S*H S4 E11: Of Moose and Men

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Hawkeye manages to offend a colonel at an army checkpoint on the way home from emergency assignment at another camp. Frank Burns goes on a crusade to protect the camp from roadside bombs after one goes off at the army checkpoint. B.J. helps out Sgt. Zale after the latter receives a letter from his wife confessing to an affair, and soon learns that there are "moose" in Korea.

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  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Hawkeye takes issue when Spiker refuses to express any gratitude for his life being saved.
  • Gung Holier Than Thou: Colonel Spiker, who wants Hawkeye court-martialed for supposedly having no respect for the uniform or the war.
  • Hypocrite: Sgt. Zale wants to tear into his wife for having an affair, but has no problems having his own on the grounds that "Who knows when we could be knocked off".
  • The Mistress: Unlike Young-Hi in "The Moose", Zale's moose is more of the girlfriend variety.
  • The Neidermeyer: The Colonel running the checkpoint.
  • Properly Paranoid: Hawkeye and B.J. make fun of Frank for mistaking two locals burying a kimchi pot for placing a bomb, but what better cover could there be for setting a bomb than a routine, uninteresting activity?
  • Stuff Blowing Up: While talking to Zale in the mess tent, B.J. comments on an explosion in the distance. The army checkpoint Hawkeye and Frank drive past is also victim of an unseen grenade blast.
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  • Too Dumb to Live: Frank insists on stopping at a sign warning of enemy snipers so he can take a photograph.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Potter delivers one to Spiker for wanting Hawkeye court-martialed after the latter saved his life.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Sgt. Zale's wife has a fling with the next door neighbour. Zale doesn't take it well, but gets better after seeking comfort in the arms of his "moose".

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