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Season 1, Episode 1
Airdate September 17, 1972
Production Number Z-9522
Written by Larry Gelbart
Directed by Gene Reynolds
Produced by Gene Reynolds
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Pilot is the first 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)

G. Wood (General Hammond), Patrick Adiarte (Ho-Jon), Karen Philipp (Lt. Dish), George Morgan (Father Mulcahy)

Timothy Brown (Spearchucker), Odessa Cleveland (Ginger), John Orchard (Ugly John), Linda Meiklejohn (Leslie Scorch), Laura Miller (Knocko)

and B. Kirby, Jr. (Boone)


Plot Overview

The Swamp's Korean houseboy, Ho-Jon, is accepted to attend school at Hawkeye's alma mater. The camp raises money to send Ho-Jon to Maine by raffling a weekend in Tokyo with a nurse, much to the chagrin of Hot Lips and Burns.


Arc Advancement





The Show

For this episode only, the show does not begin with the "Suicide Is Painless" theme song. Rather, the individuals are introduced in using the following comedic sequence: Trapper and Hawkeye (and Ho-Jon) are playing golf on a plateau, only to hit a ball into a minefield; Col. Blake and Nurse Leslie Scorch are working feverishly on something, only to learn later that they were opening a bottle of Champagne; Father Mulcahy is swatting a fly while crossing himself at the same time; Hot Lips and Frank are reading the bible while playing Footsie with each other; and Radar and Spearchucker are tossing a football.

Behind the Scenes

Allusions and References

Memorable Moments


  • (Trapper drives a golf ball, which sets off an explosion in the mine field)
Army Capt. "Trapper John" McIntyre: Fore!
(Radar stops in mid-football practice to look out over the hills)
Cpl. Walter "Radar" O'Reilly: Here they come!
Capt. "Spearchucker" Jones: I don't hear nothing'.
Cpl. Walter "Radar" O'Reilly: Wait for it.