Col. Potter and Hawkeye volunteer for duty at a Korean field hospital, putting them up against two of their demons: Potter's age and Hawkeye's aversion to guns. Klinger tries to get out of the army by claiming to be king of a gypsy tribe, and therefore not an American citizen and eligible for the draft.
Attention all personnel! Hawkeye refuses to carry the following tropes:
- Dented Iron: Potter repeatedly faces insinuations from Frank that he is past his prime. His posturing in front of Frank in The Tag suggests there may be something to it.
- Firing in the Air a Lot: What Potter proposes when Hawkeye refuses to shoot back at the enemy during the ambush. This is the only use of a gun Hawkeye agrees to.
- Famed In-Story: Frank Burns, who even the commander of the Korean hospital knows as "Ol' Ferret Face".
- Fortune Teller: Klinger makes two attempts at fortune telling by palm reading and drawing cards. He breaks character during the latter attempt after accidentally dealing a straight.
- I Was Having Such a Nice Dream: Potter awakens Hawkeye from a dream about a lady at a bar.
- Magic Misfire: Of a kind. Hawkeye claims that he can make Potter sleep by repeating it over and over. He falls asleep instead.
- Shout-Out: To Mrs. Miniver.
- Two Decades Behind: Hawkeye cites apple pie and Betty Grable to prove to the arriving US soldiers that they're friendlies. Potter cites Clara Bow.