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Recap / M*A*S*H S5 E11: The Colonel's Horse

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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's reaction to having to give Col. Potter's horse an enema:
    Hawkeye: "I think I'll stroll up to the front to see how the shooting's going."
  • 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".
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  • 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.

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