M*A*S*H episode
“Hot Lips is Back in Town”
MASH Episode - Hot Lips is Back in Town - Gen. Weiskopf visits
General Weiskopf (Walter Brooke) visits, offering old flame Margaret a job and promotion, and for a little hanky/panky as fringe benefits in Season 7 of the CBS-TV series M*A*S*H.
Season 7, Episode # 19
Number (#167) in series (256 episodes)
Guest star(s) Walter Brooke
Peggy Lee Brennan
Jan Jorden
Enid Kent
Kellye Nakahara
Network: CBS-TV
Production code: T-419
Writer(s) Larry Balmagia, Bernard Dilbert, & Gary Markowitz
Director Charles S. Dubin
Original airdate January 29, 1979
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Hot Lips is Back in Town was the 20th episode of Season 7  of the M*A*S*H TV series, also the 167th overall series episode. The episode was written by Larry Balmagia, Bernard Dilbert, and Gary Markowitz and directed by Charles S Dubin. The episode originally aired on CBS-TV on January 29, 1979.


Margaret celebrates her newly obtained divorce by creating a new way to handle triage and invites a general to observe. Radar is enamored of a new nurse and tries everything he can to get her attention.

Detailed episode summaryEdit

The medical staff is having a meeting in the Mess Tent, when it's interrupted by a mail call. Everyone gets something, Margaret's being the biggest of all: her divorce is now official.

She seems stunned, and insists she's happy. But when wounded arrive, Hawkeye has to snap her out of her daze. During OR, she's a little short-tempered and all business. Hawkeye and B.J. offer to take her out for drinks in the O Club, which she accepts, and they all get pie-eyed.

In the middle of the night, a bubbly, cheery Margaret visits Col. Potter in his tent, rededicating herself to a career in the Army. She's got all kinds of ideas how to improve things at the 4077th, which Potter, desperate to go back to sleep, readily agrees to.

The next morning, Margaret announces that she has a new plan for the nurses to take over in Triage, freeing the doctors to get to work immediately. Also, she's invited an old friend, Gen. Lyle Weiskopf, to come to the 4077th and inspect the unit's new procedures. Potter flatly refuses to go along, but it's too late: he's already on his way. Hawkeye mutters, "It's going to be a real fun weekend."

The next day, Gen. Weiskopf (Walter Brooke) arrives, just in time for wounded to arrive. The nurses perform their new tasks flawlessly.

Later, Weiskopf and Margaret meet for drinks back in her tent. He seems more interested in going back to the "good old days" - namely, when he and Margaret were an item, and Margaret was "Hot Lips."

Margaret is confused and angry, wanting to talk about her plans to improve medical procedures - not just at the 4077th, but maybe in the entire Theater of Operations. Weiskopf goes along, but he makes it clear that while he'd promote Margaret to Lieutenant Colonel, he expects her to go back to being his mistress, with her grandiose plans being much less important.

Margaret, realizing Weiskopf only wants one thing, demands he leave. He protests, saying she's making a big mistake, but Margaret insists. Alone in her tent, she raises a glass, and toasts herself for standing her ground: "Here's to me."

In a side plot, Radar is smitten with Lieutenant Linda Nugent, a newly arrived nurse. He fails miserably in his efforts to attract her attention, but he finally succeeds when he decides to stop trying to act impressive. The episode ends with them dancing together in the Officers' Club while everyone watches.

Guest stars/Recurring castEdit


Gen. Lyle Weiskopf is the same general that hosted a party for Margaret and her new husband Donald Penobscott during their honeymoon in Tokyo.

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