While Col. Potter is away on a second honeymoon in Tokyo, two members of the camp have medical issues: Margaret, who's suffering appendicitis, and his horse Sophie, who has colic.
Attention all personnel! Col. Potter's horse requires treatment with the following tropes:
- I Have to Go Iron My Dog:
Hawkeye: "I think I'll stroll up to the front to see how the shooting's going."
- Hawkeye's reaction to having to give Col. Potter's horse an enema:
- Only Shop in Town: Hawkeye's summation of Quapaw, Oklahoma:Hawkeye: Where else? A gas station, a grocery store and a fashionable restaurant called "Eats".
- Playing Sick: Klinger's latest discharge ploy, in which he tries (unconvincingly) to pretend he has depression.
- Poor Man's Porn:
- Hawkeye asks Potter to pick up some nudist magazines for him while in Tokyo.
- Instead of the promised reel of Gilda, Radar instead sends Sparky a copy of Ecstasy with Hedy Lamarr, famed for being the first non-pornographic film to depict a sex act. When Radar asks for it back, he's told that Sparky and his friends won't be done with it until next year.
- Running Gag: The previous night's chili dinner is cited as cause for several gastric ailments in the camp.
- Ruptured Appendix: Inverted with Margaret. She has chronic appendix flare-ups that present no immediate danger. Eventually she requests elective surgery to have it removed.
- Tuckerization: The last name of B.J.'s father-in-law, Floyd Hayden, is the maiden name of his then-wife, Judy Farrell. He also lives in her birthplace, Quapaw, Oklahoma.