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Recap / M*A*S*H S5 E8: Mulcahy's War

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After a patient who shot himself in the foot challenges him for not understanding life on the front, Father Mulcahy decides to see what conditions are like - and gets more than he bargained for. Meanwhile, Frank operates on a dog that tripped a land mine to save its partner in bomb disposal from stepping on it.

Attention, all personnel! Father Mulcahy will be assisting with retrieving the following tropes from the front.


  • Badass Preacher: Father Marty Gallagher certainly qualifies, if the stories are any indication. Father Mulcahy earns the title by episode's end.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Klinger refuses to shoot himself in the foot to get out of the army - he'd ruin a perfectly good pair of nylons.
  • Instant Drama, Just Add Tracheotomy: When the wounded soldier begins to choke on his tongue.
  • MacGyvering: Using only a handful of Noodle Implements: Father Mulcahy performs a roadside tracheotomy
  • Noodle Implements: Father Mulcahy's surgical tools: a pocketknife, an eyedropper, some cotton, and a bottle of rubbing alcohol.
  • Rage Against the Mentor: Father Mulcahy tries to offer comfort to a wounded patient, who counters that Father Mulcahy can't relate because he hasn't been to the front.
  • Roadside Surgery: Hawkeye walks Mulcahy through one over the radio.
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  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: Despite being told to stay in camp, Father Mulcahy insists on going to the front to help retrieve a wounded patient from battalion aid.

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