M*A*S*H (2)

M*A*S*H/CBS/1972-83 (Stuttering)

Honoria (mentioned but never seen), the sister of Charles Emerson Winchester III (David Ogden Stiers), a snobbish, pompous Harvard educated physician from the City of Boston, Massachusetts.


Charles Emerson Winchester III records a letter on his tape recorder.

During his reluctant tour of duty as a surgeon at the 4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital during the Korean War, Winchester communicated via tape recorded letters with his sister, Honoria who was afflicted speech impediment (stuttering).

Episodes dealing with Charles’ sister, Honoria and the topic of stuttering:

  • “Dr. Winchester and Mr. Hyde” (February 27, 1978): Winchester mentions that his sister Honoria (pronounced ah-NOR-ee-uh) ran off and married a farmer. In the very next episode “Major Topper” Winchester says he attended his sister’s wedding.
  • “Bottle Fatigue” (January 2, 1980): Honoria sends a letter announcing she is engaged to an Italian man. Charles is furious that his sister might marry a man from a lower social class.
  • “Picture This” (April 5, 1982): Corporal Klinger overhears Winchester recording a letter to his sister Honoria, scheming to drive B.J. out of the “Swamp” (tent) so he can have the place to himself.
  • “Run for the Money” (December 20, 1982): Charles helps Private Walter Palmer (Phil Brock) who stutters. When Winchester discovers that Captain Sweeney (Thomas Callaway) had mocked Pvt. Palmer in front of everyone, he takes him outside, and says, “Captain Sweeney, if you say one more unkind word to Private Palmer, I will personally write up a report detailing your inhumanity, and I will have it placed in your 201 file, where it will follow you for the rest of your career. IS THAT CLEAR?” (Sweeney answers “Yes, sir.”) Later, Winchester returns to his tent and listens to a tape recorded letter from his sister that arrived in the mail. Her stuttering is heard.

Note: Actor David Ogden Stiers  stuttered from childhood until he took up acting. It was acting that cured him. As he said, “I didn’t stutter when the lines were written for me…Without lines to read was another story. One day, I noticed that I wasn’t stuttering anymore, with or without lines. I overcame it by not giving up, by continuing to play roles, and by overcoming my fear of saying something wrong, or sounding stupid.”

See also: M*A*S*H






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