Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Episode 251 - Goodbye, Farewell, and Amen

Season 11, Episode 251: Goodbye, Farewell, and Amen
Original Air Date: 2/28/83
Written by: Alan Alda, Burt Metcalfe, John Rappaport, Dan Wilcox & Thad Mumford, Elias Davis & David Pollock
, Karen Hall
Directed by: Alan Alda

This episode opens in a location we've never seen--the Army psychiatric hospital where Sidney Freedman works. We find him in the middle of a session with a patient, except the patient is...Hawkeye.

Sidney is trying to get to the bottom of something that happened involving a trip most of the camp took to the beach. But Hawkeye is in no mood to talk--all he's interested in is getting out, pronto. When everyone back at the 4077th calls him to lift his spirits, that's all he talks about to them, as well.

There's rumors of the peace talks progressing, to the point of ending the war once and for all. Margaret seems so confident that she starts planning what she's going to be doing after the war, which initially involves her working at an administrative post in Tokyo.

She tries to share her good news with Winchester, who is less than interested--partly because he's learned that his application to be Chief of Thoracic Surgery in Boston may be turned down, but mostly because he's suffering from a stomach ailment, causing an acute bout of intestinal distress.

All this is tabled when a tank comes tearing onto the compound, flailing wildly, eventually crashing into the Latrine, causing Winchester to wander off, panicked.

Margaret begins to berate the tank driver, but when he emerges from it, she sees he's severely wounded. Soon, she is assisting Col. Potter in OR working on the young man.

Meanwhile, the construction of the new Latrine is going so slowly (what would you expect, with Igor in charge?) that Winchester is forced to use, as Col. Potter so delicately puts it, "The ravine latrine."

Left with no other options, Winchester heads out into the woods, where he runs into five North Korean soldiers. He begs for mercy, until he sees what they are carrying aren't guns, but...musical instruments. "By God, they're musicians", he says to himself, astonished. They follow Winchester back to the 4077th, looking to turn themselves in.

Back at the hospital, Sidney and Hawkeye continue to talk, and Hawkeye admits that on the bus they took home, there was a wounded solider. Sidney wonders why Hawkeye didn't mention this before, but Hawkeye has no answers.

Meanwhile, Margaret has Klinger write a telegram to an old friend back at Boston Hospital, looking to help Winchester land his dream job. She's interrupted by Soon Lee, who needs Klinger's help in finding her still-missing parents. They are both interrupted by Col. Potter, who demands Klinger call I-Corps to get help removing the giant tank, still in the middle of the compound.

Winchester, back at the Swamp, tries to listen to some classical music. Its drowned out by the North Korean musicians, and when he demands they stop, they surprise him by playing some Mozart. They're so good it stops Winchester in his tracks, stunned, unable to move even as wounded arrive.

A few days later, B.J. gets a surprise letter from I-Corps--orders to head home! He tells Col. Potter, who thinks it must be some sort of snafu. B.J., afraid to ask I-Corps any further questions, begs to let go. Potter makes him a deal--if B.J. can find a replacement, then he's free to go.

Suddenly, artillery starts to fall, and everyone hides under the tables in the Mess Tent. Unfortunately, all the P.O.W.s imprisoned in the makeshift cell in the compound are sitting ducks. As the bombs get closer, Father Mulcahy runs outside to free them.

He succeeds, but he's too close when one bomb hits, knocking Mulcahy to the ground. Later, B.J. examines him, and Mulcahy learns he's damaged a part of his inner ear. Which, B.J. warns, might lead to Mulcahy losing his hearing completely. Mulcahy, scared to be sent home (and unwilling to leave the orphans "in the lurch"), makes B.J. promise not to tell anyone else.

Meanwhile, Hawkeye starts to slowly reveal what happened that night on the bus--he tells Sidney they came across a North Korean patrol, so they had to turn off the lights and be completely quiet until they pass. Everyone does so, except for a squawking chicken sitting on the lap of a Korean woman. She unable to keep it quiet, endangering everyone's lives.

Back at the 4077th, Soon Lee is determined to keep searching for her parents, even in dangerous areas. Klinger tries to talk her out of it, but she won't listen. Meanwhile, B.J. keeps pestering him to find a replacement surgeon so he can go home.

A day or so later, B.J. comes to visit Hawkeye, but its tense and awkward. B.J. obliquely mentions going home, but when it sets Hawkeye off he clams up about his orders home. When B.J. mentions his daughter Erin, it sends Hawkeye into a raving talking jag, which unnerves B.J. so much he gets Sidney.

Sidney starts an impromptu session, and B.J. departs, but not before awkwardly saying goodbye--realizing it might be the last time he ever sees him.

Sidney and Hawkeye talk, and it eventually comes back to talking about the bus and the chicken. Hawkeye reveals that the woman smothered the chicken to keep it quiet, reducing Hawkeye to anguished tears.

Sidney at first can't understand why this upsets Hawkeye so, until he reveals it wasn't a chicken the woman was her own baby. The woman smothered her own baby to save everyone else's life.

Hawkeye is angry and disgusted that Sidney drew that memory out of him, but Sidney says this is good news: "Now we're halfway home."

A couple of days later, Hawkeye assumes he's heading home, but Sidney has disappointing news: he's going back to the 4077th. Hawkeye crumples up the letter to his father telling him he's coming home, tossing it away.

Back at the 4077th, Klinger arranges a flight for B.J. home, having scheduled a replacement surgeon--a Dr. Arnie Jacobsen--to arrive the next day. A chopper arrives, delivering mail. When he mentions he's headed to Kimpo, B.J. bums a ride with him--even though that means he has to leave in five minutes.

With so little time, B.J. only has the chance to give everyone a cursory goodbye. He tries to write a letter to Hawkeye, but can't think of what to say. He finally asks Margaret to talk to Hawkeye for him. Margaret tearfully hugs B.J. goodbye.

Potter watches as B.J.'s boards the chopper, just as Klinger finds him, telling him that I-Corps has rescinded B.J.'s orders. Potter pretends not to hear this, and watches B.J. depart.

As Hawkeye makes his way back to the 4077th, we watch Winchester train his North Korean musicians in the art of classical music, Klinger continue to try and help Soon Lee find her parents, and Margaret accept another offer as to what she's going to do after the war is over.

Wounded arrive just as Hawkeye returns, and he is floored to hear B.J. has left for home. His replacement, Capt. Jacobsen, hasn't arrived either, meaning the 4077th is short handed.

Hawkeye is slow to get back to the old routine. Margaret asks what's wrong, and Hawkeye asks "What could be wrong? I'm about to stick my hands into a kid whose insides look like raw meat loaf, I found out my best friend went home without leaving me so much as a damn note..."

Margaret interrupts, apologizing for B.J., saying how bad he felt about doing that, but Hawkeye cuts her off: "Trapper left without leaving a note, it the war that stinks, or me?"

After the long session in OR, bombs start to fall again. After hiding in a sandbag-fortified Post Op, Hawkeye has had enough--he bolts out onto the compound, ducking artillery blasts. He jumps into the tank, and drives it off into the camp garbage dump, a mile or two away. He returns to the compound to a round of applause...except from Col. Potter and Margaret, who think they need to put in a call to Sidney.

Meanwhile, Soon Lee has taken off to search for her parents, into dangerous areas. Klinger finds her, and promises he will help her find her parents, no matter what. Soon Lee agrees, and heads back to the 4077th with him.

That night, Col. Potter and Klinger spy a fiery glow coming from the hills. Klinger thinks its the sunset, but Potter realizes they're looking east, not west--its a massive forest fire, started by all the falling artillery.

This causes the 4077th to bug out, and move the whole camp down the road. Once they get there, they are met by their new surgeon--B.J.

Turns out that once I-Corps realized their error, they found B.J. in an airport in Guam, and sent him right back to Korea. As frustrated as he is, he's happy to see Hawkeye back. He apologizes to Hawkeye for not leaving a note, but Hawkeye gives him a sarcastic reply.

That night, Klinger reveals his deep feelings for Soon Lee, and asks her to marry him. She accepts, but mentions that she can't leave Korea until she finds her parents. Even after Klinger responds "that could be months...years", she remains adamant. At an impasse, Klinger departs.

The next day, the camp has a picnic for the kids in the local orphanage, and Sidney arrives to talk to Hawkeye. Hawkeye admits to being terrified to perform surgery again.

A few days later, Winchester's North Korean musicians are shipped out, over his protestations. With a truce seemingly near, all the POWs are being shipped out. Winchester, sad but accepting, watches the truck they're in depart down the road, as the five musicians play Mozart, the sound getting quieter and quieter.

Heading back to the Swamp, Winchester is stopped in his tracks when the P.A. makes an announcement: the truce has been signed, hostilities will end in 12 hours: "The war is over!"
Just as everyone breaks into hysterical cheers, wounded arrive, snapping the 4077th back to work. Amid the chaos, Potter announces I-Corps wants them back to their original location, with the bug out commencing after the session in OR.

Making their way back, everyone is sad to see their former home burnt to a crisp, with the metal hospital left charred and stained. Potter takes a look around, and then announces, "Okay, boys and girls...let's go to work."

The next day, everyone goes through their last OR session, where they talk about what the first thing is they want when they get home. They are discouraged as they listen to reporter Robert Pierpoint give the sad totals of the war--how many dead, how many wounded, how many left homeless, how much money spent.

During a break, Hawkeye and B.J. talk in the Mess Tent, where Hawkeye admits the only thing he's going to miss about the 4077th is B.J. B.J. promises to keep in contact, "One year Peg and I will come east", but his tone underlines the uncertainty they both feel about ever seeing each other again.

Hawkeye mocks B.J. a bit over this, trying to get him to actually say the word "goodbye." B.J. refuses, and walks off.

More wounded arrive, and Winchester does triage. He is stunned when he sees one of the wounded--who is inevitably going to die from his injuries--is one of the North Korean musicians. He asks what happened to the rest, but is grimly told the one lying before him, "Is the only one that made it this far."

Crushed, he wanders into the Swamp and puts on some Mozart. He listens to it for a few seconds, then angrily grabs the record, smashing it into pieces.

As the session in OR continues, Sidney quietly follows asks how Hawkeye is doing. When Hawkeye feels confident enough to work on a small wounded child, Sidney knows Hawkeye will be fine.

As he makes his exit, he says goodbye to everyone. He stops at the door, turns, and says, "You know I told you people something a long time ago, and its just as pertinent today as it was then: ladies and gentlemen, take my advice--pull down your pants, and slide on the ice." With that, Sidney Freedman departs.
Moments later, the official end of the war is heard when the guns go silent. Robert Pierpoint announces: "There it is--that's the sound of Peace." Everyone pauses for a moment, then goes back to work.

The next night--the last night they'll have together--the 4077th holds a huge dinner in the Mess Tent to announce what each of them will be doing once they get home.

Col. Potter goes first, saying he'll be a semi-retired country doctor, but most of the time, he'll be "Mrs. Potter's Mr. Potter." Kellye follows, saying she's found a position in a hospital back home in Honolulu.

Rizzo announces his plans to breed frogs for french restaurants, much to everyone's hysterics. Hawkeye follows, planning to return to Crabapple Cove, and having the time to talk to his patients, and "get to know them." Igor plans to be a pig farmer, to which Rizzo asks, "What do you mean, 'gonna be'?"

Nurse Bigelow, after being a nurse at the tail end of WWII, and then Korea, quietly admits, "You know something? I've had it."

Potter asks Winchester, who initially gives a bloodless answer about being Chief of Thoracic Surgery, so his life "Will go on pretty much as I expected." He begins to sit down, but then stops, admitting, "For me, music was always a refuge from this miserable it will always be a...reminder."

Margaret announces she's worked through a number of offers, but has decided to work in the States, in a hospital. She tearfully thanks her nurses for their superb work.

Klinger is last, and he announces that he and Soon Lee are getting married! He then points out the one problem is that she won't leave until she finds her parents. So, he admits, "I don't believe I'm saying this...I'm staying in Korea." Everyone erupts into stunned laughter. The evening ends with a toast to the new couple, everyone clinking their glasses in succession.

The next morning, Father Mulcahy performs the marriage ceremony, with Col. Potter as Best Man. As Klinger and Soon Lee climb into their "limo" (a horse-drawn cart), Klinger says goodbye to all his friends. B.J. has him sign a picture of himself in his Scarlett O'Hara gown, because, when he tells Erin about his experiences, "There's just some things she's just not going to believe."

After tearfully saying goodbye to Col. Potter, Soon Lee throws her bouquet, right into the arms of...Margaret.

The nurses head off to the 8063rd, but not before Kellye and some of the others grab their hometown markers from the camp signpost.

Father Mulcahy then leaves, still trying to keep his hearing loss a secret. Hawkeye tells him a joke, but he can't hear it, so after B.J. giving him silent instructions, he fakes a laugh. As he climbs into his ambulance, he waves and says, "Goodbye everybody...I'll pray for you."

Winchester, originally scheduled to depart with Margaret in a jeep, finds there is no room left since she has filled it with her belongings. Winchester kisses her hand goodbye, and Col. Potter kisses her on the head, just as a father would do. She and Hawkeye stare at one another for a moment, awkwardly trying to figure out what to say.

They finally embrace, and share a long--really long--passionate kiss. After they finish, Hawkeye simply says, "Well, so long", to which Margaret replies, "See ya." She watches them all as her jeep leaves the camp.

Just before Winchester leaves in--of all things--a garbage truck, they watch the Swamp be collapsed, forever. Hawkeye expresses sympathy for all the homeless rats, but Winchester assures him "Don't worry, you'll find somewhere to go."

He compliments Col. Potter's skills as a commander, and sarcastically says goodbye to Hawkeye and B.J. Climbing into the junky garbage truck, he bows slightly, and says, "Gentlemen." With that, he departs.

Before Col. Potter climbs on Sophie, he thanks Hawkeye and B.J. for always making him laugh, telling them there were times when, as commander, he had to pretend he was mad at them, but "Inside, I was laughing to beat all hell."

Hawkeye and B.J., teary-eyed, tell their former commander they have a gift for him--a honest, no-nonsense military salute. Col. Potter tearfully returns the gesture of respect, and rides off on his steed.

Hawkeye and B.J. begin an awkward goodbye on the compound, but when they hear Hawkeye's chopper arrive B.J. offers him a ride up to the chopper pad.

Once they make it there, they say goodbye, admitting how much they will miss one another. After recalling some great times together, they hug. Hawkeye climbs into the chopper, and B.J. starts his motorcycle.

He yells to Hawkeye, saying "I'll see you back in the States--I promise! But just in case, I left you a note", pointing to something off in the distance.

Hawkeye, confused, yells, "What?!?" but B.J. doesn't answer. He simply waves goodbye, and drives off.

Hawkeye's chopper begins to lift off, and he looks around for what his friend was talking about. He smiles when he sees, on one of the lower chopper pads, a note B.J. has left for him, spelled out in stones: "Goodbye."

Cracking a grin, Hawkeye looks out one last time over the camp, now mostly deserted and consisting of empty building frames. He then leans back into his seat, looking at peace.

The last shot we see is of Hawkeye's chopper, headed off into the distance:

Fun Facts: This episode still holds the record, almost 27 years later, as the most watched series episode TV history, with over 106 million viewers. Considering how fragmented TV is now, its a safe bet that's a record that will never be broken.

This is the series' longest episode, and the only one to feature an on-screen title.

I have so many comments and/or questions relating to this episode, I hardly know where to begin, and we don't have room for them all here. So here's a few:

Question: Why can't Col. Potter take Sophie with him? He lives in Missouri, not Manhattan. As an animal lover since I was small, the idea that Col. Potter left Sophie behind was really heartbreaking to me. Maybe it was to give Harry Morgan some bit of a storyline, since, of all the characters, he undergoes the least change in this episode?

Comment: I love Hawkeye bringing up Trapper not leaving a note when he left, even after all this time. Hawkeye as a character was always more insecure than B.J., so that line really gives you the sense that Hawkeye is still smarting from that perceived slight.

Question: All the characters get to say goodbye to each other in the final scene, except for Margaret and Father Mulcahy, who will see each other again at the 8063rd. Why was this? Just one goodbye moment too many?

Comment: I love the moment with Enid Kent as Nurse Bigelow in the banquet scene. Most everyone is chipper and happy now that the war's over, and looking forward to the next chapter of their lives. But Nurse Bigelow is just sick of war, sick of the death. This was the character's finest moment in the series.

Comment: This episode was filmed at the beginning of the year, before most of the other Season Eleven episodes. How weird must have that been for the actors, to play these heartfelt, tearful goodbye scenes, and then go and film more shows?

Favorite Line: How do I pick a favorite line from this monumental, literally historic episode?

There aren't that many funny lines, which is to be expected, since this episode is so inherently dramatic. So I'm going to pick two lines, one funny, one serious.

The laugh line: When, after Hawkeye finishes another rant mentioning a bus, Sidney repeats back to him: "Chickens take the bus?"

Hawkeye, aggravated to no end: "Again with the bus? Why don't you subscribe to Arizona Highways and leave me alone?"

Now for the serious: during Hawkeye and B.J.'s final scene, there are many great, heartfelt lines, but I think B.J.'s line "I can't imagine what this place would have been like if I hadn't found you here" hits me the most.

As a kid, I was, as you might imagine from someone who spends so much time blogging about comic book superheroes, horror magazines, and TV shows, not a very "macho" kid. I didn't like to play sports, and when I did I was awful. I felt like I didn't fit in and so many of the things that boys my age were into I was completely indifferent to.

I was a sensitive kid, and of course any kid who was interested in anything less than punching another kid in the face was called "gay", or a host of other terms meant to wound.

Not to over-dramatize this, but I clearly remember watching the final episode, as it aired. I was in the 6th grade, and it was revelatory to me, to watch two men express their fondness--oh hell, love--for one another so openly. Hawkeye and B.J. were two people I aspired to be like--they were smart, confident, compassionate, funny--and if they could be so open with who they were, maybe I could be, too. this the end of the blog? Well, yes and no. I have a bunch of other related posts to get to in the next week or two, so please join me for those.

But after that, yes, my look back at M*A*S*H will end and this blog will cease. Had any episodes of After M*A*S*H been available, in any format, I might have considered taking a look at that series, too--I haven't seen any of them since they first aired, and I'd love to revisit the show and see how it plays now (I really can't believe, with all the TV shows that have been put on DVD, that After M*A*S*H is still languishing in limbo).

Be back tomorrow!


What the Parrot Saw said...


I have been too busy to keep up with commenting, but Rob! your work here has been without par. Truly. Your synopses have been consistently thoughtful and have uncovered little gems of insight that had escaped my notice, and I'd been a devotee of the series for three decades (!) now.

I've revisited episodes familiar and not and found elements you and the other commentators have pointed out.

All told, the trenchant observations and the evocative prose make this not only the best M*A*S*H site on the net, but better than some of the books which have been published!

I need to find time to save these pages! Please tell us if the site will be going down at some point this year.

Big thanks, sir. This is the gold standard for fan sites. I'll have to check out your comic pages! (I'm a silver age Marvel fan ;-)


Dr. Eric said...

Rob, let me offer you a martini that tastes like lighter fluid (or, since I don't drink, a bottle of grape Nehi) as congratulations on this phenomenal site! I haven't commented on each entry (although I've commented on quite a few), but I've read each one, most of them 2 or 3 times. You've brought out some aspects of M*A*S*H that I had never thought of, and got me to watch the series all over again (I own the Martinis & Medicine set). I'm really going to miss this site. Bravo to you!

Now that you've reached the end, I think it's time to say something about one overall theme of M*A*S*H. While I'm sure it was never intended this way, if one watches the show from beginning to end, one will see the war slowly working on Hawkeye so that by the end he is in a mental hospital. Early on he was fearless, irreverent, and seemed unflappable. As the show goes on, his zaniness tones down, he becomes less of a drinker and less of a rounder. Now, the real life reason for this is mostly due to Alan Alda, but if you can put that out of your mind, this theme becomes clear. In some ways, it is the second harshest indictment of war that the series ever did (after, of course, the death of Henry Blake).

Again, Rob, thanks for this great site! (I can't think of a great M*A*S*H quote at the moment, so insert your fave quote here :-))

Finest Kind

rob! said...


This blog will stay up, so no need to save any pages. Every so often when I have something MASH-related, I'll be doing a new post.

Dr. Eric-

Thanks! Finest Kind is such a great site, I'll be getting my own daily MASH fix from FK once my own efforts here are over!

That reminds me--anyone want to be on my MASH mailing list, email me so I can let you know any time there's a new post here.

Shawn - said...

Rob -
Thank you SO much for this site and your comics sites as well. I'm a big fan of both so you are a 'friend in my head', whether you know it or not.
I can't imagine ever watching another episode and not thinking of you and one of your insights. I started reading during season two (but went back and read everything) and have loved every day (and hated the breaks! LOL).
I am a friend through facebook so I'm assuming any updates past the next two weeks will be posted there as well? I sure hope so.

rob! said...


Thanks for the very nice words, it means a lot!

I will be mentioning the upcoming posts on the Facebook page, yes. I want everyone to hang around until the very end!

Tom said...

This has been a very good series. Found out about it when you were in the middle of the 4th or 5th season, and have been checking back with it every day or so. Shame you aren't doing AfterMASH. Would have looked forward to reading it too.

What the Parrot Saw said...

I should revisit the other M*A*S*H sites, btw- sorry if my remarks (this being the best site) offended anyone who should happen to run a site. The more, the better! :-)

PS. I have mpgs of all of season 1 and most of season two of AfterMASH. IMHO, its not bad at all ans better than its posthumous reputation.

Rob- I can burn you a disc if you like.

rob! said...


I would love some AfterMASH dvds, if you wouldn't mind! Shoot me an email and I'll give you my address, thanks!

What the Parrot Saw said...


Anonymous said...

this show just reminds me of many former friends and how even being so far away, that love for that person never has changed, even has grown. There is ONE inconsistancy in this show if not more. Of coarse i think the thing MASH was MOST consistant for was it's INconsistancies. Here we see Erin celebrating her 2nd birthday, yet in season 5 episode "Soveneirs", BJ makes a comment that Erin is sayin full sentences and Hawk asks how old she is. BJ says '2' (as he's holding yarn. (of coarse this is followed by a mock shot toward frank)Missed those days of mash

Fan of the Just King said...

Rob, as always I enjoy reading your insights into the episodes, and I hope to clear up one of your questions on here.

Col Potter cannot take Sophie with him because of quarantine reasons. It was the same with the Australian mounted division. After the First World War ended, they couldn't take their horses home, and many had to shoot their own horses.

When the horses have been in another country, they may be carrying many awful infectious diseases that they may not be showing symptoms of.

Because of this, and Col Potter being a cavalry man from WW1, knew this, and realised that he couldn't bring Sophie home.

Hope this helped answer your question!

Anonymous said...

The goodbyes are the best part of thsi finale. "Burn as the rest" as General CLayton said.

Keith Douglas said...

I've always thought that one thing the series does in a revolutionary way is showing that one can love someone very much and yet know that one cannot ever be together, a sort of "non-fairytale" attitude towards love. You mention Hawkeye and BJ, but Hawkeye and Margaret is analogous in the way I just mentioned, and I think that's important too.

One sees this in the final episode, but it is hinted at throughout. Margaret even says so at one point, that she says her dream man would be "10%" like him.

MOCK! said...

Stumbled across this post after someone mentioned the episode on Facebook tonight.

I, too, was in 6th grade when this aired. Still cry just watching clips on YouTube.

I look forward to poking around the archives.

Dave said...

I had not seen the finale in a long time until recently. I have to say it's overrated. I thought the whole story about Hawkeye in the mental hospital was just a waste of valuable time. Alda's attempt at getting a Emmy nomination.:)

the rest of it was fine. I did like where they sort of recreated the whole scenario of Trapper leaving without saying goodbye except with BJ instead. It gave you an idea of how Trapper could not find the right words in a note just like BJ has trouble doing in this. it's the same thing except BJ comes back and He and Hawkeye get to have their goodbye.

Dominic said...

Dear Rob!
Thanks for all the work you did for MASH. You offered insights and ideas I never would've thought of and made the synopses so consistent. Thanks for everything.
Your friend,
PS: this is ironic because I was born 11 years after the last episode, yet, I am a huge fan of your work on MASH. Think you could do one on Everybody loves Raymond

Blake2903 said...

I was born one month and one day after this episode aired.

WestVirginiaRebel said...

How'd they get the Swamp & its contents (including the still) replaced down to the exact detail after it was destroyed in the fire? Not to mention their hometown signs? Where was BJ going on his motorcycle? How'd he get it out of Korea?

Hawkeye finally cracking was perhaps the pinnacle of the series, although his humor at the hospital felt forced, knowing why he was there. His frustration at the way BJ leaves the first time-"I thought you were in the bathroom"-but later being able to have a real goodbye showed how much Hawkeye had grown as a person. Although the TV series After Mash showed what happened to Potter, Klinger, and Father Mulchahay, and Trapper John MD gave us an idea of what life had been like for Trapper John by the then-present day, it would have been nice to see what happened to Hawkeye, BJ, Margaret, and Charles. Did their lives turn out the way they expected, or hoped?

I grew up watching MASH in the Seventies and was one of those "outsider" kids who could identify with Radar more than anyone else, although I wished I was like Hawkeye.

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