- Tuttle (M*A*S*H)
Infobox Television episode
Title = Tuttle
Series = M*A*S*H
Season = 1
Episode = 15
January 14, 1973
Production = J315
Bruce Shelley David Ketchum
Dennis Fimple Mary-Robin Redd James Sikking Herb Voland
Episode list = List of "M*A*S*H" episodes
Prev = Love Story
Next = The Ringbanger
"Tuttle" is an episode from the television series "M*A*S*H". It was the fifteenth episode broadcast and aired on
January 14, 1973. It was written by Bruce Shelleyand David Ketchumand directed by William Wiard. Due to its bizarre storyline, it is one of the most well-known episodes of the show.
Guest cast is
Dennis Fimpleas Sergeant Pryor, Mary-Robin Reddas Sister Theresa, Herb Volandas General Clayton and James Sikkingas a finance officer.
Hawkeye and Trapper invent a fictional Captain Tuttle, but one thing leads to another and soon everyone at the camp believes Captain Tuttle is real. This creates problems when General Clayton decides to honor Tuttle by placing his picture in the newspaper.
The episode opens with Hawkeye Pierce and Trapper McIntyre giving away supplies to Sister Theresa, a
nunwho runs the local orphanage. When she attempts to thank them, they claim they're just following orders and, when pressed, Pierce says these orders originated from Captain Tuttle.
Tuttle was Pierce's
imaginary friendin childhood, whom he used as something of a scapegoat. When Radar O'Reilly, who's in on the fact Tuttle doesn't actually exist, explains to Henry Blakehow Tuttle already signed the supply form, Blake realizes Tuttle has never pulled any O.D. duty and makes him Officer of the Day.
Frank Burnsdiscovers he isn't Officer of the Day he decides to find out everything he can about his stand-in. Radar manages to stall Frank so Hawkeye and Trapper can forge a dossieron Tuttle.
After this, things get out of hand. Pierce and McIntyre, "realizing" Tuttle hasn't been paid in fourteen months, have all his finances transferred to Sister Theresa's orphanage. General Clayton was so impressed with this act that he proceeds to personally award Tuttle by placing his picture in the newspaper.
When Clayton arrives, Pierce explains how Tuttle accidentally jumped off a
helicopterwithout a parachute. Pierce delivers Tuttle's eulogy, including the cheeky line "There's a little bit of Tuttle left in all of us--in fact, you might say that all of us together "made up" Tuttle."
When Radar asks Pierce and McIntyre where they came up with Tuttle's dog tags and parachute, McIntyre claimed they were from Major Murdock. When asked who Major Murdock was, McIntyre replied he was Tuttle's replacement, to which Pierce chimed in, "Oh yeah, I had breakfast with him this morning."
* It is never explained what happened when Colonel Blake called Tuttle to his office. When Tuttle doesn't show up, Frank goes out to find him, before encountering Major Houlihan and having a small argument with her. It then cuts to Hawkeye and Trapper in Blake's office at night, where they "discover" Tuttle hasn't been paid in fourteen months.
*"Captain Tuttle" was listed in the credits as playing "himself." Consequently, he has [http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1813789/ an entry] in the
Internet Movie Database.
*This is the only episode in which the viewers actually see Sparky and learn his real name, Sergeant Pryor.
Larry Gelbarthas remarked that there was a "conscious - and total" influence from the Soviet novellaand film" Lieutenant Kije" on this episode.M*A*S*H navigation | 1="Love Story" | 2="The Ringbanger"
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