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*At the beginning of the episode, when Col. Wortman introduces General Kelly to everyone, he refers to him as a Lieutenant General (a 3-star general). At the end, however, when he's arranging a battle to place General Kelly's body in the middle of, he refers to him as a Major General - demoting him by one star.
 
*At the beginning of the episode, when Col. Wortman introduces General Kelly to everyone, he refers to him as a Lieutenant General (a 3-star general). At the end, however, when he's arranging a battle to place General Kelly's body in the middle of, he refers to him as a Major General - demoting him by one star.
 
*The first mention of Rosie's bar.
 
*The first mention of Rosie's bar.
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*[[Frank Burns]] stupidly orders Igor to take his Korean prostitutes out of camp in an ambulance; apparently Burns doesn't realize that with a 24 hour 7 day probability of wounded soldiers coming in at anytime day or night ambulances need to be where the medical Personel could use them ASAP.
 
*For the record in the real Korean war the only US Generals killed in Korean war in 1950-1951 were Walton Walker {killed December 23, 1950 {auto accident)] and Bryant Moore {died of a heart attack February 24, 1951 after a helicopter accident}
 
*For the record in the real Korean war the only US Generals killed in Korean war in 1950-1951 were Walton Walker {killed December 23, 1950 {auto accident)] and Bryant Moore {died of a heart attack February 24, 1951 after a helicopter accident}
   

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M*A*S*H episode
“Iron Guts Kelly”
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Colonel Wortman (Keene Curtis) and Lt. General "Iron Guts" Kelly (James Gregory) greeting Henry (McLean Stevenson) in the 4077th Officers Club in the episode "Iron Guts Kelly" in Season 3 of M*A*S*H.
Season 3, Episode # 4
Number (#52) in series (256 episodes)
Guest star(s) James Gregory
Keene Curtis
Bobbie Mitchell
Byron Chung
Alberta Jay
Jeff Maxwell
Dennis Troy
Network: CBS-TV
Production code: B-304
Writer(s) Laurence Marks & Sid Dorfman
Director Don Weis
Original airdate October 1, 1974
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Iron Guts Kelly was the fourth episode of Season 3 of the CBS-TV series M*A*S*H, also the 52nd overall series episode. Written by Larry Gelbart and Sid Dorfman, and directed by Don Weis, it first aired on October 1, 1974.

SynopsisEdit

General Iron Guts Kelly dies inconveniently in Houlihan's tent (perhaps the excitement was too much?!), so his aide sets out to make it appear as if the general has died gloriously in battle.

Full episode summaryEdit

General “Iron Guts” Kelly (James Gregory), one of the top generals in the U.S. Army, is arriving in camp. Henry is nervous about his arrival and tries chewing gum to cover the alcohol on his breath, but ends up giving the General a gummy salute when he and his aide, Colonel Wortman, arrive.

Kelly is impressed with the camp's handling of wounded and observes Hawkeye and Trapper during surgery. After some mawkish platitudes for the doctors and nurses, it's off to the Officers’ Club where Henry has a drink with Kelly and Wortman. Frank & Margaret arrive and Kelly is immediately smitten with the camp's Head Nurse and, of course, Margaret is more than happy to dally with a General.

Kelly is delighted to have a photo taken with Margaret, but when Frank wants a photo, he proposes that Wortman have Frank give him a tour of the motor pool to see how well it conforms to the Pentagon's "new Franistan Plan". He tells Wortman to take his time, at least a couple of hours. Wortman understands and plays along. The General then retires to Margaret's tent for a nightcap.

In the middle of the night, a panicked Margaret bursts into the Swamp, telling Hawkeye and Trapper she's in “terrible trouble.” Back in her tent, the doctors find General Kelly seemingly unconscious, but when Hawkeye takes his pulse he tells Margaret, "If his last words were 'I shall return', don't wait." In other words, the general was dead.

Margaret and the doctors begin to plan out what to do but then they're interrupted by Frank. So they put the General into Margaret's closet and Hawkeye and Trapper pretend to play cards while Margaret tries, with some difficulty, to get rid of Frank.

Hawkeye and Trapper drag the body to the VIP Tent where they find Wortman shaving his head. He's shocked to hear of the general's death, but, wanting to preserve Kelly's heroic legacy, Wortman intends to concoct a grand story about General Kelly dying in battle, and requests Hawkeye and Trapper sign a blank death certificate so he himself can fill in the details later, but they both refuse to do so, even after Wortman makes it a direct order. Wortman threatens them with court martial, but when Trapper warns him that they'll be the ones telling the truth, Wortman appeals to their sense of fair play and asks the doctors to at least help him load the General's body into an ambulance so he can personally deliver it to the front and stage his death. Frank watches as Hawkeye and Trapper load the General's body into an ambulance, and then he goes to Margaret's tent to ask her why there are so many weird things going on. As he sits on Margaret's bed, he's pricked by one of the general's decorative stars, but when he questions Margaret about it, she throws him out.

Meanwhile, Wortman goes and wakes Radar and orders him to find a sector where some fighting is going on. At first Radar can't find much fighting, only "lots of diarrhea" but he eventually finds a battle. Satisfied, Wortman leaves, but before he can get back to the ambulance, Igor and Dennis, who have been having a party, load a bunch of Korean call girls into the same vehicle and drive away. Unable to find the ambulance, Wortman goes to the Swamp to ask where it is. Hawkeye and Trapper, having heard it pull away, assumed it was Wortman driving the ambulance. Frank enters and tells them all the ambulance was full of “floosies”, and that he has arranged for a military police checkpoint to stop the vehicle and have the occupants arrested. Wortman, furious that his plan has gone awry, storms back into the orderly room to try to have the ambulance stopped at the MP checkpoint. Just as he arrives Henry takes a call informing him of an accident outside camp: an ambulance had gone over an embankment and overturned. He learns the Korean girls inside are OK, but General Kelly has died. Henry's confusion is heightened when Wortman takes the telephone and starts ordering off-shore bombardment, jet attacks and rockets, declaring that that General Kelly "is gonna perish in a full-scale, blazing, all-out, glorious, star-spangled-bannered death”.

Days later, Trapper and Hawkeye read in Stars and Stripes that General Kelly has died heroically in battle.

Research notes/Fun factsEdit

  • Alberta Jay has a brief role as anesthetist but doesn't seem to have any lines, and it is hard to say where she is. The only possible scene is the one at the beginning where Hawkeye and Trapper are operating on a patient in the O.R. when General Kelly drops in for a visit. The anesthetist is seated at the head of the table, and we only ever see her back.
  • Assisting Hawkeye in the O.R. is "Mr. Kwang". Hawkeye addresses him by name when he asks for more suction. However, it is not clear if this is Soon-Tek Oh who plays Mister Kwang later in the season in "Love and Marriage".
  • At the beginning of the episode, when Col. Wortman introduces General Kelly to everyone, he refers to him as a Lieutenant General (a 3-star general). At the end, however, when he's arranging a battle to place General Kelly's body in the middle of, he refers to him as a Major General - demoting him by one star.
  • The first mention of Rosie's bar.
  • Frank Burns stupidly orders Igor to take his Korean prostitutes out of camp in an ambulance; apparently Burns doesn't realize that with a 24 hour 7 day probability of wounded soldiers coming in at anytime day or night ambulances need to be where the medical Personel could use them ASAP.
  • For the record in the real Korean war the only US Generals killed in Korean war in 1950-1951 were Walton Walker {killed December 23, 1950 {auto accident)] and Bryant Moore {died of a heart attack February 24, 1951 after a helicopter accident}

Guest stars/Recurring castEdit

GalleryEdit

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