Ferret-face - The
insulting but quite appropriate nickname for Major Frank Burns (Larry
Linville), a weasel of an army surgeon on the military comedy
M*A*S*H/CBS/1972-83. Frank was married but that didn't keep him from
fooling around with nurse Major Margaret "Hot Lips" Houlihan (Loretta
Swit) who was stationed at the 4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital.
Frank always quoted chapter and verse from the Army manual and
questioned everyone's patriotism when they didn't do things by the
When Margaret Houlihan got married later in the series, Frank
went bonkers with jealousy, as well as AWOL. While drunk in Seoul, he
accosted a General and his wife in a bathhouse and was placed on
Back at the 4077th, Captain Hawkeye Pierce
toasted Frank's departure with a simple "Goodbye, Ferret Face." Frank was
also called the "Lipless Wonder." See also
NICKNAMES: "Hot Lips"
The many faces of Major Burns, a.k.a.
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