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Recap / M*A*S*H S4 E14: Mail Call...Again

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The arrival of the mail brings Col. Potter news that his first grandchild is about to be born, Margaret a new set of "fatigues" from Frederick's of Hollywood, and Frank the revelation that his wife has learned about his affair.

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  • The Bet: Radar runs a betting pool for the birth date, weight, and sex of Col. Potter's grandchild.
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  • Blatant Lies: Radar sees inside Frank's letter after it "accidentally" comes open while he's making tea for Colonel Potter.
    B.J.: Steam'll do that.
  • Chewing the Scenery: Literally: Frank actually rips the stuffing out of a pillow with his teeth when he reads the letter from his wife.
  • Meaningful Name: Col. Potter's granddaughter is named Cheryl Pershing Potter, after General John "Black Jack" Pershing.
  • MST: Not to the same degree as in previous installments, but Radar's home movies do prompt a few riffs from those assembled. Radar takes them with good humor.
  • Newhart Phone Call: Radar arranges several throughout the episode for Col. Potter and Frank. Margaret listens in on Frank's.
  • Take That!: One of the newspapers Hawkeye's father sent to him.
    Hawkeye: The sardine cannery burned down. "The last structure in town designed by Frank Lloyd Wright."
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  • Your Cheating Heart: Louise Burns finds out about Frank and Margaret's affair after a neighbour passed through the camp as a patient before going home.

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