M*A*S*H: The Late Captain Pierce (1975)

Genres - Comedy, Comedy Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Military Comedy, Satire, Sitcom [TV]  |   Run Time - 30 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Thanks to a bureaucratic snafu, the father of chief surgeon Hawkeye (Alan Alda) receives a letter informing him that his son is dead. Though upset that his dad is in temporary distress, the very much alive Hawkeye intends to take advantage of his "deceased" state--at least until he is denied his weekly paycheck. Later on, Hawkeye discovers that it's harder to prove that he's alive than dead; after all, the Army never, ever makes mistakes.