M*A*S*H - Season Nine (Collector's Edition)
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In its early years, M*A*S*H primarily prescribed laughter, with measured doses of sensitivity and compassion, to combat the tragedies and absurdities of war. By the ninth season, the good doctors of the 4077th were no longer content to be cut-ups, and this television institution began to overdose on self-righteousness. In the episode "Depressing News," Hawkeye builds a "monument" out of 500,000 tongue depressors mistakenly delivered to the camp. "We wouldn't have this supply if they didn't think there'd be a demand," he laments. "My God, hasn't this elimination tournament gone on long enough?" When, after much fanfare, he destroys his creation for the benefit of a confused Stars and Stripes reporter, he spells it out: "Senseless destruction; get the picture?" While there are no groundbreaking episodes on the order of "Point of View" (from season 7), season 9 finds cast and crew working at peak efficiency. --Donald Liebenson
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Note: episode guide courtesy of tvtome.com
195. The Best of Enemies
First aired: 11/17/1980
On his way to some R&R in Tokyo, Hawkeye is forced by a North Korean soldier to perform an emergency roadside operation on his buddy.
First aired: 11/24/1980
Members of the 4077th share their impressions of war in response to letters from fourth graders in Hawkeye's hometown. Margaret writes about how there are some patients she will never forget, whilst the Colonel tells of his days as 'Hoops' Potter. Hawkeye: "Dear Ronnie, it's a shame to let the love you have for your brother turn to hate for others. Hate makes war, and war is what killed Keith. I understand how you feel. Sometimes I hate myself for being here. But sometimes in the midst of all this insanity, the smallest thing can make my being here seems worthwhile. Maybe the best answer I have for you is that you look for good wherever you can find it."
197. Cementing Relationships
First aired: 12/1/1980
A jilted Italian soldier, Corpsman Ignazio De Simone, is smitten by Margaret; and Klinger pours a cement floor in the operating room to fight the spread of germs. Charles: "My good man, I have better things to do than listen to someone make no sense in two languages."
198. Father's Day
First aired: 12/8/1980
Margaret has trouble pretending she's a chip off the old block when her dad, blood and guts "Howitzer" Al Houlihan, arrives for a visit.
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Just a few:
Best Of Enemies - Not only do we get to see Hawkeye forced to operate under severe emotional strain, we also get to see Bridge played With Marquis De Sade rules. Colonel Potter gets a letter with a winning bridge hand that his wife, Mildred, won with. This gets the whole camp going for a bridge match. Ends up with Potter, Charles, Margaret, and B.J playing in numerous line-ups, and the good Father winning a bet on who wins.
Father's Day. Hawkeye is working on a patient whose face is seriously damaged, but he's glad to be alive. In return he sends Hawkeye an entire side of beef. This leads to serious problems as Margaret's ultra-military father comes to visit. Classic episode.
War For All Seasons - This episode covers one entire year. Included is Father Mulcahy showing off his green thumb. There's the project of B.J and Hawkeye's that takes a while to build a piece of equipment. Then, finally, there's the baseball bet made between Klinger and Potter, which gets Charles interested, and then the whole camp.
Your Retention Please - A duplicious retention officer comes in just as Klinger gets bad news about his ex getting re-married. A male nurse, who's not an officer, takes issue with the retention officer. This is where we get to see Klinger as Lady Godiva on Potter's horse Sophie. He thought that he'd just re-inlisted for six more years when the retention officer tricked him. Potter made him read off an oath. Fortunately, for Klinger, it was the oath for President of the U.S. Of A!
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