M*A*S*H/Dear Dad

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Dear Dad
Season 1, Episode 12
Airdate December 17, 1972
Production Number J-313
Written by Larry Gelbart
Directed by Gene Reynolds
Produced by Gene Reynolds
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Dear Dad is the twelfth episode of the first season of M*A*S*H.

Starring: Alan Alda (Capt. Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce), Wayne Rogers (Capt. "Trapper John" McIntyre), McLean Stevenson (Lt. Col. Henry Blake), Loretta Swit (Major Margaret "Hot Lips" Houlihan), Larry Linville (Major Frank Burns), Gary Burghoff (Cpl. Walter "Radar" O'Reilly)

Jamie Farr (Klinger), William Christopher (Father Mulcahy) Buck Young (M.P.), Odessa Cleveland (Ginger), Bonnie Jones (Barbara), Lizabeth Deen (Becky), Bill Katt (P.F.C.), Gary Van Orman (Corporal)


Plot Overview

Hawkeye writes his dad, describing the antics of the 4077th.


Arc Advancement





The Show

The first of many shows based upon the characters writing letters home.

Behind the Scenes

Allusions and References

Memorable Moments


  • Sergeant: (as Hawkeye, dressed as Santa Claus, is lowered by helicopter to treat a wounded soldier) And you said there was no Santa!