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  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: Radar trying to make Frank Burns understand the differences between the time zone they are in in Korea and the one the company Frank wants to call back in the States is in.
    Frank: I want to make a stateside call. It's a New York number - Canal 7-9000.
    Radar: Uh, yes sir. I'll get on it first thing tomorrow morning.
    Frank: Well, I don't want it first thing in the morning. I want it first thing now!
    Radar: Uh, well, I can't reach them now, sir. I'll be calling them yesterday.
    Frank: [Double Take] That's ridiculous!
    Radar: Oh no, sir. They're sixteen hours behind us. Our today is their yesterday.
    Frank: It's five o'clock in the afternoon!
    Radar: That's here, sir. Back there, it's one o'clock yesterday morning. Everyone's gone to bed and said, "See you tomorrow", which by the time their tomorrow comes will be our yesterday.
    Frank: Isn't it sixteen hours later there?
    Radar: No sir.
    Frank: What if it is? When would it be now there if it was our today here?
    Radar: You see, we don't have the same now, sir. By the time their now becomes our now, this'll be then.
    Frank: Okay. I think I got a bead on it. In order for me to talk to them at nine o'clock in the morning their time, what time does it have to be our when?
    Radar: Uh. One o'clock our tomorrow morning will get you nine o'clock there today there, sir.
    • It's enforced further when they cut to the chase by writing the company a telegram instead.
  • Funny Moments: The following exchange between Hawkeye, Trapper and Frank.
    Hawkeye: Hi, Frank.
    Trapper: Hello, Frank.
    Frank: That'll be the day.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The first reaction of Hawkeye seeing that Trapper wants to leave is to Sad Clown joke-ask if it's his fault. When Trapper does leave and he doesn't get to say goodbye, he'll blame himself for the duration of the series.
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  • Like You Would Really Do It: This episode has Trapper getting drunk and desiring to leave the 4077 to get back to his family by going AWOL, which will very likely get him arrested and/or killed. Frank and Margaret go through a massive break-up. Everything is happily resolved by The Tag.
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