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Recap / M*A*S*H S4 E9: Quo Vadis, Captain Chandler?

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The latest group of casualties includes an air force bombardier who claims he's Jesus Christ. Frank and Margaret think he's faking battle fatigue in order to get a discharge, and they bring in Colonel Flagg to help expose him. Hawkeye has Col. Potter bring in Sidney Freedman to analyze the patient and give his views.

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  • Blackmail: Col. Flagg attempts this with Sidney, but threatening to have him discharged for not signing a loyalty oath at the time of his recruitment if he doesn't back Flagg over Chandler.
  • Briar Patching: Col. Flagg accuses Sidney of this during his rant in Potter's office. By arguing for Chandler's discharge, Sidney will prompt Flagg to turn him in for not signing his loyalty oath - leading to Sidney's own discharge, which will send him home with no negative effect on his professional life whatsoever.
  • Call-Back: Col. Flagg introduces himself to Sidney with "We played poker once."
  • Companion Cube: Radar asks Chandler/"Jesus" to bless his teddy bear.
  • Given Name Reveal: This episode marks the first use of Radar's first name, Walter.
  • Heroic BSoD: Chandler's Jesus delusion is the result of suffering from heavy guilt over his bombing missions.
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  • Laugh Track: Like the earlier episode, "The Bus", this episode is laugh track-free throughout the entire episode.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Flagg is on the receiving end of two of these:
    • From Potter:
    Potter: I'm not fond of personal abuse, Colonel. I was in this man's army when the only thumb you cared about was the one you had in your mouth.
    • From Dr. Freedman:
    Sidney: You're a victim too, Flagg. But you're such an unbelievable example of walking fertilizer, it's hard for me to care.
  • The Oath-Breaker: Played with; Flagg blackmails Sidney by threatening to have him discharged for not signing his loyalty oath. Sidney points out that were he truly a Communist plant, he would not have hesitated to sign.
  • The Stool Pigeon: When Col. Potter refuses to have Chandler court-martialed for blasphemy and cowardice without evidence, Frank and Margaret call on Col. Flagg to give it to them. This is the last time the two ever go over a CO's head for the remainder of the series, as well as the only time they do to this to Potter.
  • The Tag: Hawkeye and B.J. are playing a game with city names when Klinger arrives dressed as Moses, complete with his own set of Ten Commandments tablets, hoping for a discharge.
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  • Unishment: Hawkeye and B.J. are quick to point out that Flagg's plan to blackmail Sidney (who in civilian life would be self-employed) with a dishonourable discharge is this.
    Hawkeye: Where do we go to not sign?
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