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A bar fight breaks out at Rosie's bar between Turkish and Greek soldiers, leading to Rosie being injured and unable to work for a week. Hawkeye, Margaret, BJ, and Charles (the last, reluctantly) agree to man Rosie's bar until Rosie recovers, to prevent the place from being looted or destroyed. Meanwhile, Potter believes he's secured a promotion to Captain for Father Mulcahey at last, after the good Father had been passed over several times. However, Father Mulcahey's file goes missing, which leads to a bout of anger and depression, during which he threatens the Greek and Turkish soldiers injured in the bar fight that if they don't stop fighting, he'll fight both of them. Potter, with Klinger's assistance, is determined to push Father Mulcahey's promotion through, so he starts placing calls to find the missing file. In the end, they reach the Pentagon itself, and manage to get him the promotion. The last scene features Hawkeye, BJ, Potter, Charles, Klinger, and Father Mulcahey celebrating in Rosie's bar, with a freshly healed Rosie back at work. The others surprise Father Mulcahey with the news of his promotion, and Hawkeye pins his own captain's bars on Father Mulcahey's collar.

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  • Badass Boast: A drunk soldiernote  laments his girl running off with a "college boy." He then turns his sights on Charles, who is tending bar, and gets irate that he's obviously a "stinkin' college boy" too. Charles, ever prideful, doesn't back down from the attempted insult, and instead rubs his credentials in the soldier's face.
    Charles: Harvard, '47. I graduated summa cum laude. Lettered in crew and polo, women dripping off me! Rah! Rah! Rah!
  • Bad Boss: It turns out Rosie takes 30% of her staff's tips for herself. She justifies this by claiming her staff are Stealing from the Till.
  • Badass Preacher: Father Mulcahey threatens to knock out both the Turkish and Greek soldiers if they won't stop fighting one another.
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  • Bar Brawl: One between a group of Turkish and Greek soldiers kicks off the plot of the episode.
  • Dirty Cop: Muldoon, an MP who will ignore that Rosie's is an unlicensed bar adjacent to a military installation — if he gets free booze.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Father Mulcahy goes on (what qualifies for him as) a rampage when he's once again passed over for promotion to Captain. He ends up jurying his case directly with Col. Potter, who takes it in turn directly to the Pentagon. It works.
  • Misblamed: Margaret accuses the doctors of causing the brawl in Rosie's when really it was the fault of the Greek and Turkish soldiers, with Winchester trying (and failing) to calm them down.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Charles wasn't present when Rosie mentioned needing to bribe Muldoon with liquor to keep the bar open in violation of Army regulations. Naturally, when Muldoon walks in and orders his "coffee," Charles gives him coffee. Muldoon gets angry with Charles over this, but doesn't clarify his intent, even though a new barkeep is there. Charles insults Muldoon in reply, and Muldoon storms off, later returning to close the bar permanently. However, since Status Quo Is God, Rosie's is open again in later episodes with no indication it was ever actually shut down.
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  • Ungrateful Bastard: Distaff version; Rosie and the way she treats the people of M*A*S*H after how they try to keep her bar open while she is recovering.
  • Watering Down: Rosie, highlighting how shady her business really is.
    Rosie: Keeps prices from getting high.
    B.J.: Has the same effect on the customers.
  • We ARE Struggling Together: Turns out that having two different units of soldiers from two separate countries with very bad histories with each other is not a very good idea.
  • You Look Familiar: John Orchard as Muldoon. He previously appeared in Season 1 as Ugly John, the anesthesiologist.
    • Inverted with G W Bailey, who would later become supporting character Rizzo.
    • Sirri Murad appears at the Turkish Soldier. He previously appeared as "The Mad Turk" (possibly the same character) in season 3's "A Rich Full Day".

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