Like many working television actors, Lucking would eventually do his tour on M*A*S*H. But when it came time for him to make an appearance on the TV classic, he wasn’t enlisted to fight or tend to the wounded; he was brought to Korea to bowl.
In the 1982 episode “Sons and Bowlers,” Lucking played former professional bowler Marty Urbancic, a Marine sergeant who’s recruited by Colonel Pitts (Dick O’Neill) of the Marines for a bowling face-off against the 4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital. Having already lost to the Marines in football, basketball, and softball, a desperate Colonel Potter (Harry Morgan) will do anything to win, including asking Margaret (Loretta Swit) to use her feminine wiles to throw Urbancic off his game.
Later, B.J. (Mike Farrell) and Klinger (Jamie Farr) trick Urbancic by taking purported “pep pills” in front of him in order to prepare for the match. They give him one too, but don’t tell him the only effect the pill has is to turn urine blue. Urbancic panics, and the medical staff tell him he’ll be fine so long as he doesn’t bend over, which severely limits his bowling ability. Margaret comes off the bench to bowl the winning strike for the 4077th, explaining that Urbancic taught her everything he knew on their date.