In The Army-Navy Game, M.A.S.H. spoofs bureaucracy and has Hawkeye, Trapper and Frank trying to deal with an unexploded bomb that landed in the compound. Since everybody is busy listening the football updates at the radio, it is up to these three to defuse the bomb.
Straws are drawn and, obviously, Frank is the unlucky one – however, he passes out and the other two have to give the bomb a physical. This is one best moment not just because of the comedy, but also because it creates genuine tension.
Another episode of M.A.S.H. in which Hawkeye shines is The Late Captain Pierce, in which the character is declared dead because of a paperwork error (again, the bureaucracy strikes). So Hawkeye just decides to lay back for a while and enjoy his after-life. However, there are also some inconveniences, since he wasn’t paid any longer. In addition to that, his father was supposed to be announced by his son’s death – how would that affect him?
Adam’s Ribs is one of the funniest episodes in which Hawkeye shines – he would do anything in order to get them, and this is hilarious, especially if we are considering the context. But, at the same time, it is kind of tragic to see him trying to achieve such a simple purpose when bigger challenges await him.
Of course, Goodbye, Farewell and Amen needs to be remembered, although another episode seems way better than this one (if we have this particular character in mind). And that episode is Hawkeye, which can be seen as a longer monologue of Pierce.
In this episode, Hawkeye crashes his jeep and spends an evening at a Korean family – it isn’t a hostile environment, just an unfamiliar one. He doesn’t know the language, just like they don’t know his, and they are still trying to help each other. Why is this one long monologue? Because Hawkeye talks for everybody.
The mirrored episode (which is another great having Alan Alda’s character at the front) is Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind. Temporarily blinded, Hawkeye is also found in an unfamiliar place, even if he is still in the compound. This time, he has to find a different means of communicating with the environment.