Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Fed up with practically everything -- the lack of decorum at the 4077th, the irreverence of Hawkeye (Alan Alda) and Trapper (Wayne Rogers), and especially her dead-end romance with Frank Burns (Larry Linville) -- Maj. Margaret "Hot Lips" Houlihan (Loretta Swit) demands a transfer out of the unit. This momentous occasion demands a farewell party, during which Margaret gets good and sloshed. An unexpected crisis not only sobers up the heroine, but changes her mind as well. The first of several episodes written by actress Mary Kay Place and future sitcom producer Linda Bloodworth, "Hot Lips and Empty Arms" originally aired on December 15, 1973.