Germ Warfare (M*A*S*H)

"Germ Warfare" was the 11th episode of the first season of the TV series M*A*S*H. It originally aired on December 10, 1972.

"Germ Warfare"
M*A*S*H episode
Episode no.Season 1
Episode 11 (11th overall)
Directed byTerry Becker
Written byLarry Gelbart
Production codeJ304
Original air dateDecember 10, 1972
Guest appearance(s)
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Guest cast is Patrick Adiarte as Ho-Jon, Timothy Brown as Spearchucker Jones, Byron Chung as P.O.W., Odessa Cleveland as Ginger, Bob Gooden as Boone, and Karen Philipp as Lt. Dish.[1][2][3][4][5][6] The episode features the final appearances in the series of Captain Jones, Lt. Dish and Pvt. Boone -- all simply disappear after this point, without comment or explanation.


Hawkeye and Trapper move a North Korean POW patient into the Swamp, rather than have him shipped out early. They discover that the POW has a rare blood type. Since Frank has the same blood type, they furtively steal some of Frank's blood in the night. However, when the patient develops hepatitis, they suspect Frank is the carrier, and have to keep him away from Margaret and patients.[7] By way of apologizing for their machinations to determine whether or not Frank had hepatitis instead of simply being up front with him, Hawkeye presents him with a bouquet of daisies at the end of the episode.

In the course of the episode, Margaret and Frank set up a rendezvous. Alan Alda does a very respectable imitation of Pete Smith, the MGM Studios short subject humorist famed for his "Pete Smith Specialties", describing their behavior and actions as the lovers go about their shenanigans.


  1. ^ Wittebols, James H. "Watching M*A*S*H, Watching America". pp. 161–166. Retrieved 2009-05-15.
  2. ^ "Episode Guide". TV Guide. Retrieved 2009-05-15.
  3. ^ "The Classic Sitcoms Guide: M*A*S*H". Retrieved 2009-05-15.
  4. ^ "M*A*S*H: Season One (Collector's Edition) (1972)".
  5. ^ Reiss, David S. (1983). M*A*S*H: the exclusive, inside story of TV's most popular show. ISBN 0-672-52656-5.
  6. ^ Suzy, Kalter (1988). Complete Book of Mash. New York: H.N. Abrams. ISBN 0-8109-8083-5.
  7. ^ David S. Reiss (1983). M*A*S*H. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill Co. p. 126. ISBN 978-0-672-52762-3.

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