M*A*S*H/For Want of a Boot

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For Want of a Boot
Airdate January 12, 1974
Production Number K-417
Writer(s) Sheldon Keller
Director(s) Don Weis
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Operation Noselift
M*A*S*HSeason Two

For Want of a Boot is the seventeenth episode of the second season of M*A*S*H, and the forty-first episode overall.

Guest Stars: Michael Lerner (Captain Futterman), Johnny Haymer (Zale), Jamie Farr (Klinger), Patricia Stevens (Nurse Mitchell), Sheila Lauritsen (Sheila), Suzanne Zenor (Nurse Murphy)


Plot Overview

After months of waiting, Hawkeye finds that it may take more than a requisition form to get a new pair of boots.


In the following episode "Operation Noselift" they have to bring in a specialist for a nose job. But in this episode Hawkeye offers Klinger a nose job for his hair dryer.


Allusions and References

The title is from an ancient proverb: "For want of a nail the shoe was lost. For want of a shoe the horse was lost. For want of a horse the rider was lost. For want of a rider the battle was lost. For want of a battle the kingdom was lost. And all for the want of a horseshoe nail."


(first lines)
Hawkeye: What did we get, Radar?
Radar: Uh, it's a mistake: 500 diapers and 5000 pairs of rubber pants.
Hawkeye: I'm glad you're all set for winter.