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Recap / M*A*S*H S5 E6: The Abduction of Margaret Houlihan

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Margaret leaves the camp to help a Korean woman deliver a baby. Unfortunately, the only person she tells is Klinger, who goes to sleep without informing anyone else. Next morning, the rest of the camp is in a panic over Margaret's seeming disappearance. Colonel Flagg drops by and adds to the confusion.

Attention, all personnel! The following tropes have been recovered during the search for Major Houlihan:

  • Deadpan Snarker: Colonel Potter after B.J. is injured.
    Frank: Sir, I think the Chinese have captured Major Houlihan.
    Col. Potter: I see. So, naturally, you shot Captain Hunnicutt.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: Radar is intimidated by the prospect of having to search for Margaret in the women's showers:
    Radar: There might be naked female personnel showering in there with their clothes off!
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar:
    Radar: Sir, I was just looking in the nurses' shower.
    Hawkeye: I told you you wouldn't go blind.
  • Insane Troll Logic: As always with Col. Flagg. Parodied by Hawkeye and B.J. when Flagg accuses Frank of being responsible for Margaret's disappearance:
    Flagg: You were insanely jealous of her engagement. You were furious at being rejected. You were capable of murder!
    Hawkeye: That's right! So you hit her over the head with a blunt instrument.
    B.J.: A saxophone.
    Hawkeye: Then you hypnotized her and told her she was Johnny Ray.
    B.J.: Then you performed plastic surgery on her, made her look like Johnny.
    Hawkeye: The rest is obvious. You stuck her in a trunk, you mailed her to Las Vegas, and now she's doing two shows a night at The Sands.
    B.J.: Three on Saturdays.
    Flagg: There's only one flaw in that theory.
    Hawkeye: Only one?
    Flagg: They don't do three shows a night on Saturday at The Sands.
    Hawkeye: How do you know?
    Flagg: I was a showgirl for six weeks
    • Earlier in the episode, Flagg walks in dressed in an Italian uniform with dark glasses and a fake mustache. Radar sees through the disguise immediately.
    Flagg: Alright, what tipped you off?
    Radar: Well you don't look anything like you sir. And since you're a master of disguise I figured you were the only one who could look so much not like you, sir.
    Flagg: I'll buy that. For now.
  • Insult Backfire: Hawkeye is horrified at the extreme measures Col. Flagg is proposing to find Margaret:
    Hawkeye: Why stop there? Why not just drop an atomic bomb?
    Col. Flagg [smiling]: Hey...don't try and make friends with me.
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  • Juggling Loaded Guns: Frank Burns once again provides a clear-cut example of how not to safely handle a gun. He ends up shooting B.J. in the leg.
  • Noodle Implements: Flagg wants Radar to get a box of about a dozen scorpions - and if he can't find those, to get two snakes and a rat.
    • And why does he want them? "It's personal. Gift for a friend."
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Both Radar and Col. Potter immediately see through Col. Flagg's disguise.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Margaret tells only Klinger that she's leaving the camp to help deliver a baby. He soon finishes his guard duty shift and falls asleep without telling anyone else. When asked if he knows where Margaret is, he drowsily responds with, "She's having a baby."
  • Strange Minds Think Alike: See Insane Troll Logic, since Flagg actually thinks that it's plausible but for that one bit of inaccuracy.

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