M*A*S*H (1972–1983)
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Bless You Hawkeye 

Hawkeye starts inexplicably sneezing uncontrollably until Col. Potter suspects it's psychological in nature and calls in Dr. Freedman.


Nell Cox




Episode complete credited cast:
Alan Alda ... Capt. Benjamin Franklin 'Hawkeye' Pierce
Mike Farrell ... Capt. B.J. Hunnicutt
Harry Morgan ... Col. Sherman T. Potter
Loretta Swit ... Maj. Margaret 'Hot Lips' Houlihan
David Ogden Stiers ... Maj. Charles Winchester
Jamie Farr ... Cpl. Maxwell Q. Klinger
William Christopher ... Father Francis Mulcahy
Allan Arbus ... Maj. Sidney Freedman
Barry Schwartz Barry Schwartz ... Pvt. Joe Caputo
Dennis Troy ... Driver
Pamela Coleman Pamela Coleman ... Nurse


A wounded soldier who has been laying in stagnant water is brought into the Mash O/R. The smell is noticed by Hawkeye and seems to strike a personal chord. Afterwards he starts sneezing uncontrollably day and night. When Sydney Freeman is called, they both discover an intense memory from Hawkeye's past about a childhood accident that he has creatively "re-written' to hide an ugly truth. Written by Sam Shollenberger

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This is the first episode that Hawkeye mentions his mother. See more »


Hawkeye: [Searching the tent for whatever is making him sneeze] I must be allergic to something in here. It's probably something small.
Capt. B.J. Hunnicutt: Then it's certainly not Winchester's ego.
Maj. Charles Winchester: Or Hunnicutt's feet.
Hawkeye: [Finds his laundry bag] Aha! My laundry!
Maj. Charles Winchester: Of course you're allergic to that, Pierce. It's clean.
Hawkeye: They're probably using some new kind of soap.
[Throws laundry bag out the door]
Capt. B.J. Hunnicutt: Bye bye, shorts.
Hawkeye: [Sneezes loudly]
Maj. Charles Winchester: You quit wearing your undies, now you've caught a cold.
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Wow, What a Psychiatrist!
25 April 2015 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

I've always loved this episode, even if it is pretty incredible. The camp is awakened by casualties coming in. The men are in various situations of disrepair. One of them has lice; one other has fallen into a water filled ditch and smells of mold and stagnant water. After finishing in the Operating Room, Hawkeye begins to sneeze. He sneezes uncontrollably all night and into the next day. Everyone tries to help, but nothing works. Soon he begins to think he is going to die. Allergy tests reveal nothing. Finally, he is relieved of surgery until things can be sorted out. Potter decides it's something psychological and sends for Sidney Freedman. The only problem is that this is a half hour show and the results of his visit are pretty remarkable. Still, it is kind of neat how everything gets put back together.

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16 March 1981 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone Sound Recording)



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