M*A*S*H episode
“Dr. Pierce and Mr. Hyde”
Dr Pierce and Mr Hyde
Hawkeye tries to sleep but is prevented by the arrival of choppers bearing wounded, again and again and again.
Season 2, Episode # 5
Number (#29) in series (256 episodes)
Guest star(s) Herb Voland
Buck Young
Network: CBS-TV
Production code: K-405
Writer(s) Alan Alda & Robert Klane
Director Jackie Cooper
Original airdate October 13, 1973
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Dr. Pierce and Mr. Hyde was the fifth episode of Season 2 of the TV series M*A*S*H, also the 29th overall episode of the series. Written by Alan Alda and Robert Klane and directed by Jackie Cooper, it originally aired on CBS-TV on October 13, 1973.


Three straight days without sleep causes Hawkeye to start to act very erratically. After sending President Harry Truman a rude telegram, things come to a head when he attempts to drag the camp latrine to North Korea - with General Clayton inside.

Full episode summaryEdit

After a long session in the O.R., Hawkeye tries to get some sleep but every time he settles down, more wounded arrive, and they keep arriving. Henry orders him to stand down and get some rest, but Hawkeye is more concerned about treating the patients.

After three days of continuous surgery with no sleep, Hawkeye begins to behave erratically. He wanders around the camp at night making observations and then wakes Trapper up to tell him that he has made an important discovery: there is a war going on. He next goes to Radar and gets him to send a telegram to President Truman asking "Who's responsible?"

The next morning, Hawkeye tells the chopper pilot O'Brien that he must not fly anymore. He tells O'Brien his new idea to stop people being wounded. When O'Brien lifts off, his stretchers are empty, but when he lands, his stretchers are filled with injured soldiers. So if "nobody goes up, nobody gets hurt." They're interrupted by the arrival of even more choppers.

After surgery, Hawkeye continues wandering around the camp and crashes Frank Burn's lecture to the enlisted men. Hawkeye demands that Frank answer his question about why North Korea should want to make war. Frank blabbers off a made-up answer that half of North Korea have probably never seen a bathroom and probably want one - and if they can't get it by subversion, they mean to get it by war.

Unfortunately, Frank's crazy answer gives Hawkeye ideas. He starts taking photographs of the latrine, intending to send the photos to the North Koreans. Trapper and Radar try to sedate him with a hypodermic, but they end up jabbing the needle into Frank Burns instead.

Trapper wants Henry to do something about Hawkeye, but Henry has his own problems: General Clayton has found out about the telegram to President Truman and is going to find out who sent it.

Trapper tries to sedate Hawkeye by drugging his martini, but the drug doesn't seem to work. Hawkeye is still awake and he starts working on his next plan, which is to attach a chain to the latrine and tow it behind an ambulance to North Korea.

Meanwhile, General Clayton arrives in the camp. Despite Radar's protestations, Clayton steps into the latrine just as Hawkeye starts up the ambulance, and the General ends up being trapped in a traveling latrine bound for North Korea.

Back at the Swamp, Trapper explains to Henry that a few yards down the road Hawkeye fell asleep at the wheel when the sedative finally took effect. Hawkeye then mumbles in his sleep, and Henry asks why Hawkeye did such a stunt. Trapper explains that Hawkeye had taken an oath to never sit around and let people die. Henry reminds Trapper that they all as doctors had taken that oath, and that if they were smart all three of them would be in the next latrine to North Korea.

Research notes/Fun factsEdit

  • The title makes reference to the novel "The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde" by Robert Louis Stevenson.
  • Hawkeye is quoting a The Three Stooges routine when he says "Slowly I turn, step by step, inch by inch."
  • After the part where General Clayton is trapped in the traveling latrine, Hawkeye is shown finally getting some sleep at last. This last scene is usually not shown in syndicated versions.
Extras in Dr Pierce and Mr Hyde

Lots of nurse extras in this episode. Gwen Farrell is wearing the boonie hat. The blonde next to her is Sheila Lauritsen. The brunette to the right is Marcia Gelman. The red-head on the left is unknown.

Guest stars/Recurring castEdit

Great Lines/QuotesEdit

(Henry is trying to persuade Hawkeye to get some rest.)

  • Henry: I'm gonna be frank with you, Pierce.
  • Hawkeye: You're gonna be Frank with me?
  • Henry: [Annoyed] I mean blunt.
  • Hawkeye: Oh, that's good. Otherwise, Frank would try to be Henry with me. I don't think I could stand that.

(Henry is trying to prepare for the visit of General Clayton.)

  • Henry: Oh, and do we have enough sherry and ginger ale for the general?
  • Radar: Oh, nobody does, sir.
  • Henry: Well, fine. Then if nobody does, we don't have to. But make sure we do, in case we don't.

(Henry tells Radar some "dodo" has been sending telegrams to the President. Radar tells him it is Hawkeye. Radar adds that he knows because he sent the telegrams.)

  • Henry: Why didn't you tell me?
  • Radar: Well I was only trying to help. I didn't want him to get into trouble.
  • Henry: Oh, you don't care about me getting in trouble.
  • Radar: Well you don't need any help.

(Hawkeye interrupts Frank's lecture and demands to know why they are fighting in Korea.)

  • Frank: Let me tell you something, Pierce. These godless Communists have run their own countries right into the ground, while we've been building the highest standard of living in the world. Half of these people over here never even saw a bathroom. And believe you me, they want one.
  • Hawkeye: They do?
  • Frank: You bet your life they do. And if they can't get our bathrooms by subversion, they'll get them by war!

(Later, Hawkeye is taking a photo of the latrine, intending to send it to North Korean.)

  • Hawkeye: Why is North Korea shooting at us? What do we have that they could possibly want? We have guns, they have guns. We have tanks, they have tanks. You gave me the clue, Frank. This war will go down in history as the Battle of the Bathroom.