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Recap / M*A*S*H S6 E2: Fallen Idol

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  • Beware the Nice Ones: This is the first time in the series where Father Mulcahy gets legitimately angry. He even kicks over the Swamp's stove.
  • Broken Pedestal: Radar loses his faith in Hawkeye during the episode. It's over by the end of the episode.
  • Continuity Snarl: The episode kicks off with Radar lamenting that he is still a virgin, but earlier episodes showed that he has had intercourse at least a couple of times.
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  • Deadpan Snarker: After Hawkeye has had a little too much razzing from Charles.
    Charles: In the meantime, try to learn a little self discipline.
    Hawkeye: I'm working on it right now.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: Hawkeye sets a new record for intoxication after Radar gets hurt. Admittedly he's got good reason to, but then he operates drunk.
  • I Have This Friend...: Radar claims that “some people” really look up to Hawkeye, and his conduct is a disappointment to them.
  • Moment of Weakness: Colonel Potter implies to Radar that this was the case with Hawkeye, whose guilt and self-loathing led him to speak cruelly.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Hawkeye immediately regrets yelling at Radar in post-op.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • Hawkeye the moment he sees that Radar is among the wounded.
    • Radar's reaction to Hawkeye telling him he's about to do something he's hardly ever done: Giving him a genuine salute.
      Radar: You're not gonna kiss me, are ya?
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  • One of Our Own: Radar gets caught in a mortar attack.
  • Talk About the Weather: Potter suggests that simple small talk about the weather will help Radar see Hawkeye as the same man he’s always known. Radar later uses this to break the ice with Hawkeye at Rosie’s Bar.
  • Third Wheel: Margaret barges into the Swamp to try and yell at Hawkeye while Potter is doing the same thing. She's then upset when Hawkeye leaves the tent before she can yell at him too.
  • Virgin-Shaming: The plot of the episode gets kicked off by Radar lamenting his continued virginity. Hawkeye tells him to go to Seoul, find a prostitute, and get it over with.
    Radar: When my Uncle Ed came home from Europe his mother could tell by the look in his eye that he hadn't been a good boy in France. I just know my ma will take one look at me and chuckle for a week!
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  • What the Hell, Hero?: Hawkeye gets several from the main cast throughout the episode, including twice from Colonel Potter. Mainly, it's because he yelled at Radar.
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