Henry Blake Desk - On episode "To Market, To
Market" (aired 9/24/72) on the military sitcom M*A*S*H/CBS/1972-83 Lieutenant
Colonel Henry Blake (McLean Stevenson) shows off a beautiful 100 year old
antique desk that he had shipped from the States to adorn his Korean War
headquarters. The desk was Henry's pride and joy and a pleasant reminder of his
home in Bloomington, Illinois.
Lt. Colonel Henry Blake
Unfortunately, when black marketers steal a much needed shipment of medical
supplies (hydrocortisone), the crafty surgeons Captain Benjamin Franklin
"Hawkeye" Pierce (Alan Alda) and Captain John "Trapper John" McIntyre (Wayne
Rogers) convince a Korean officer (Jack Soo) to retrieve the hydrocortisone in
exchange for Henry's desk. Henry, of course, never authorized such a deal.
Early the next day at 5:00 AM Pierce and Trapper entered Henry's office to
prepare the desk for truck transport. But when Major Frank Burns (Larry
Linville) and Major Margaret Houlihan (Loretta Swit) arrive on the scene during
a security check and lock Hawkeye and Trapper in the office, the cornered desk
thieves look for some way to get out with their booty. Their solution? Remove
the bolts that secure that back wall of Henry's office.
Escaping with Henry's desk in hand, our intrepid duo again run afoul of Major
Burns who scares away the truck and driver who was to transport the desk. Not
deterred Pierce and Trapper carry the desk to a helicopter pad where it is
whisked away to its news owner.
A few minutes later Trapper John saunters up to a disbelieving Henry Blake
and asks, "Sending it out to be waxed?" Dumbfounded, all Henry can say is "I
don't know what it's doing up there? It's just going up, up, up." Hawkeye then
interjects "To a far better place, I'm sure."
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