M*A*S*H (1972–1983)
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Deal Me Out 

Radar hits a local with a jeep and a GI suffers from battle fatigue while Pierce and McIntyre clash with Frank Burns and the CID all during a poker game disguised as an officer's conference.


Gene Reynolds

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Episode complete credited cast:
Alan Alda ... Capt. Benjamin Franklin 'Hawkeye' Pierce
Wayne Rogers ... Capt. 'Trapper John' McIntyre
McLean Stevenson ... Lt. Col. Henry Blake
Loretta Swit ... Maj. Margaret 'Hot Lips' Houlihan (credit only)
Larry Linville ... Maj. Frank Burns
Gary Burghoff ... Cpl. Walter 'Radar' O'Reilly
Pat Morita ... Capt. Sam Pak
Allan Arbus ... Maj. Sidney Freedman
Edward Winter ... Capt. Halloran
Jamie Farr ... Cpl. Maxwell Q. Klinger
Jerry Fujikawa ... 'Whiplash' Hwang (as Jarry Fujikawa)
Tom Dever ... Lt. Rogers
Gwen Farrell Gwen Farrell ... Nurse Wilson
John Ritter ... Pvt. Carter


At 1800 hours, Major Sidney Freedman (Allan Arbus) and Captain Sam Pak (Pat Morita) meet for the usual conference at The Swamp. Frank is on duty in OR and Radar asked to borrow Henry's jeep to go to the Purple Dragon. Klinger is first to "deal in" at the conference, attired in sweater, skirt and earrings. En route to his big night, Radar meets Whiplash Hwang, the fall-down king of Korea. Henry is first to "deal out" to help Radar. Frank is too scared to operate on a CID man without another one present. As Henry "deals in," the Captains "deal out" to prevent the CID man from cashing in altogether from his severe internal injuries. Frank calls CID and snitches to CID "Captain Halloran" (Edward Winters) but Halloran prefers to "deal in" than to arrest surgeons. Frank mercilessly taunts Private Carter (John Ritter) in Post Op. Severe battle fatigue and/or Frank's personality induces Carter to grab Frank at gunpoint in the shower. If you want inscrutable, it is 5-card stud, high-low, buy ... Written by LA-Lawyer

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Comedy | Drama | War








Release Date:

8 December 1973 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone Sound Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


CID means Criminal Investigation Department. A CID officer is exclusively involved in the investigation of crime(s) assigned to his department. See more »


During the poker game, when asked if he enlisted, Klinger responds, "When they came for me, I ran like a thief right into Grand Central Station." However, Klinger is famously from Toledo, Ohio -- a fact mentioned countless times throughout the entire series. The authorities would only know to find, and then pursue, Klinger into Grand Central Station if he had been living in New York. See more »


References Bright Eyes (1934) See more »

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Top 3 episode.
11 April 2014 | by mrmikebrown131See all my reviews

This is by far the best episode of MASH, I can't stop laughing when I watch it. This is also one of the best appearances of Col. Flagg there is. The card game is one of the best filmed sequences in the history of the show. Pat Morita gives on of his classic lines when Col. Flagg asks if he can talk in front of Klinger in drag and he says that's my wife. Then he sits down next to Klinger and he says you're a guy up close, and he says far away too. I love it. The zany madcap adventures that are set for this episode makes it top 3 for me. Radar hitting the Korean con man is classic as well. You also have an early appearance of John Ritter shows the early acting ability that made him such a lovable star.

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