Return Engagement

Return Engagement

Air Date: March 1, 1970

Written by: Stanley Roberts

Directed by: Don Richardson

Guest Stars: Sally Kellerman (Lotta Crabtree), David McLean (Marshal Steve Fallon), Ray Teal (Sheriff Roy Coffee), Victor Sen Yung (Hop Sing)

Hoss turns actor when Lotta Crabtree returns to Virginia City.

Trivia: This is Sally Kellerman’s second and final appearance in the series. She was the was the first actress to play Major Margaret “Hot Lips” O’Houlihan in the film version of MASH (1970). The role went to Loretta Swit for the TV series. In 1969, she reportedly almost talked herself out of her most famous role. She had an argument with MASH (1970) director Robert Altman after reading the script. She was incensed about the way her proposed character, “Hot Lips” O’Houlihan, was to be treated. Altman said that her attitude and passion was exactly what he was looking for in the character, and her scenes were among the most popular moments of the movie. The shower tent scene (where O’Houlihan is revealed in the nude) evoked a large number of imitations in movie history.