M*A*S*H episode
“Officers Only”
Officers only
On the orders of Frank Burns, Radar sulkily nails the "Officers Only" sign on the entrance of the new Officers Club. This will shortly be a source of friction between the enlisted men and the officers in the camp.
Season 2, Episode # 15
Number (#39) in series (256 episodes)
Guest star(s) Jamie Farr
Odessa Cleveland
Sheila Lauritsen
Robert F. Simon
Clyde Kusatsu
Robert Weaver
Network: CBS-TV
Production code: K415
Writer(s) Ed Jurist
Director Jackie Cooper
Original airdate December 22, 1973
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Officers Only was the 15th episode of Season 2 of the TV series M*A*S*H, also the 39th overall episode of the series. Written by Ed Jurist and directed by Jackie Cooper, It originally aired on CBS-TV on December 22, 1973.


After saving the life of a General's son, Hawkeye and the rest of the 4077th are rewarded with their own Officers' Club. This causes some discontent when enlisted men are refused entry. When the General's son, who is an enlisted man, is denied entrance, Henry agrees to let the families of officers use the club. Hawkeye then proceeds to "adopt" all the enlisted men in camp.

Full episode summaryEdit

Trapper faces a difficult chest operation and summons an exhausted Hawkeye to assist in surgery. As they operate, Henry informs them they are working on Private Mitchell, the son of General Mitchell.

Meanwhile, Klinger introduces his latest section eight ploy: pregnancy! Henry is none too pleased with it, especially when General Mitchell suddenly shows up. However, his demeanor brightens when the General delivers him a crate of 12-year-old scotch as a token of his appreciation for saving his boy.

Mitchell's memory is still poor, for he doesn't seem to recognize Major Burns or Houlihan when introduced to them in post-op. (They had pressed charges against Henry and met Mitchell at the disciplinary hearing during the episode "The Trial of Henry Blake"

Margaret, apparently no longer her own #1, is back to her old ways of sucking up to generals and shamelessly promoting Frank. Mitchell wants to reward the doctors who saved his boy, so he grants Hawkeye and Trapper three days and nights in Tokyo. Henry feels less than rewarded when he has to field numerous calls of complaint about his captains from Tokyo businesses.

Hawkeye and Trapper return from R&R to find the newly constructed Officers’ Club, which Frank tells them was donated by General Mitchell (the general is fond of his O-Clubs, after all). Unfortunately, the Officers’ Club means just that: no enlisted personnel allowed. Radar gives Hawkeye and Trapper the cold shoulder and they understand why, so they talk to Henry about lifting the restriction.

As Frank and Margaret enjoy a quiet drink (he, a Shirley Temple, she, a scotch old-fashioned) in the club, Hawkeye and Trapper try to get them to sign a petition allowing enlisted personnel. Naturally, they refuse.

The Officers’ Club has its official opening that night with General Mitchell and his trusty sidekick, Captain Fox, in attendance and everyone is decked out in their Class-A's. The General's son is brought in for the festivities, but Hawkeye reminds General Mitchell his son is not an officer and is not allowed entry.

Despite protests from Henry and Frank, General Mitchell agrees with Hawkeye, saying a custom is a custom. But Hawkeye suggests they make an exception and allow family members in the club.

With Henry's concurrence, General Mitchell agrees, thus instituting a new policy, Hawkeye stands at the doorway and announces all his (enlisted) “family” who just happen to be waiting outside. These family members include Radar O’Reilly, “who’s been like a son to me. Corporal Klinger, who’s been like a daughter.

Soon the club is overfilling with “family”. General Mitchell doesn't seem to mind as he spends the night slow dancing with Margaret. Frank, all alone, gets bombed on spiked Shirley Temples.

Research notes/Fun factsEdit

  • The closing credits list Ralph Grosh's character as "Captain's aid". This is a typographical error. Grosh's character is a captain who is a General's Aide.

Guest stars/Recurring castEdit