M*A*S*H - Season Six (Collector's Edition)
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But as Winchester slowly finds his place within the OR, things get back to normal or as normal as they ever get. Radar goes off in search of the perfect tattoo. Black marketeers steal all the units penicillin. Hawkeye and B.J. refuse to shower unless Charles stops blowing his horn. And Hawkeye and Margaret find comfort in each others arms...if only for one night.
The season's primary dramatic arc is Margaret's (Loretta Switt) marital woes, culminating in the Emmy-nominated two-parter, "Comrades in Arms," in which Hawkeye and Margaret, trapped by enemy fire, engage in a little close-order drill. The humanization of Margaret continues in "Temporary Duty," which also features one of the most memorable visitors to the 4077th, George "Goober" Lindsey, as the wild and wooly Roy Dupree, a temporary transfer who drives BJ and Charles crazy. Alan Arbus's psychiatrist Dr. Sidney Freedman, one of the series' most welcome recurring characters, makes a memorable return in "War of Nerves," one of his most dramatic episodes, in which a soldier Freedman sent back into combat, is unforgiving in blaming Sidney for his injuries. Two excellent ensemble episodes are "The Light That Failed, "in which the reading-starved camp shares a mystery novel, but doesn't have a clue what happens after the last page is missing, and "Mail Call Three," in which the camp reacts to news from home. Demerits again for no cast commentary, but this set once again offers viewers of the option of watching the episodes with or without a laugh track. --Donald Liebenson
- 24 episodes on three discs
- Viewer can watch with or without the laugh track
Top Customer Reviews
Early seasons had more characters and lots of silliness, but as time went on, they whittled things down to a more managable size. This season shows that at it's finest.
And of course we get Sid Freedman back this year, as well as the infamous Hawkeye and Hotlips romantic encounter. Plus more glimpses at the chinks in Hawk's humor-armor.
A great show that will never be outdone.
They should release the seasons more than two a year though.
Frank was basically a schoolyard bully, and he never outgrew that role. When he left the 4077th he was pretty much the same jerk he had been when he arrived. Charles, on the other hand, will grow and mature as the series progresses. He learns in "The Light that Failed" that he is capable of making mistakes like anybody else. In "Dr. Winchester and Mr. Hyde" his self-abuse of amphetamines to keep up with the hectic pace (and his facade of perfection?) has disastrous results. By the end of the season, he comes down off his high horse a bit and joins the team -- but never loses his upper-crust dignity.
Other characters also begin to grow in new directions during this season. Margaret becomes more humanized, and is no longer merely a foil for sexist jokes. Much of this was due to Alan Alda having his own consciousness raised on feminist issues. This season aired in 1977-78, remember, and the times they were a'changing. Frankly speaking (pun intended), much of the crude humor in the early seasons was based on jokes that would now be considered sexual harrassment.Read more ›
"FADE OUT, FADE IN"
A distraught Frank searches Tokyo for Margaret and her husband, a disastrous act that gets him sent stateside and gets Major Charles Emerson Winchester III sent to the 4077.
After Hawkeye convinces Radar to go to Seoul for a little R&R, he feels so guilty when Radar returns as a casualty that he gets too drunk to finish Radar's emergency surgery.
Colonel Potter is shocked when he receives word that the Provost Marshall's office is sending a colonel to the 4077 to investigate whether BJ is really a doctor or just an impostor.
"WAR OF NERVES"
Psychiatrist Doctor Sidney Freedman returns to the 4077th, but this time he's a patient who found himself pinned down in a foxhole with a solider he recommended be sent back into the action.
"THE WINCHESTER TAPES"
Desperate to get away from BJ and Hawkeye, Winchester tapes a letter to his influential parents back home begging them to pull a few strings and get him shipped stateside.
"THE LIGHT THAT FAILED"
When the 4077 runs out of light bulbs, BJ passes around his latest murder mystery for all to read by candlelight, while Charles makes a mistake during surgery in a a darkened OR.
"IN LOVE AND WAR"
Hawkeye's resentment for a wealthy Korean woman who asks Colonel Potter to send a doctor over to her home, changes when he realizes she's actually caring for the homeless.Read more ›
It contains one of the best episodes, "Fallen Idol", where Hawkeye and Radar's friendship is transformed.
I believe that the arrival of David Ogden Stiers as Major Charles Emerson Winchester, brought a new life and energy to the show. Not to diminish the efforts and contribution of the Larry Linville. But I believe he took the Frank Burns as far as it could go.
I am a fan of all eleven seasons of the show - a show which I believe was the classiest and most consistently high-quality of any television dramatic/comedy series. The show and its characters grew over time. Each season, impressive in its own right.
I anxiously await season six - as well as the rest!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Once again the MASH folks make us laugh in the middle of tragic war - grateful -Published 1 month ago by gail berry neeley
It is a gift for my daughter-in-law. She was pleasantly surprisedPublished 3 months ago by A Midwesterner
Poor Frank... He sure was funny but I enjoy Charles just as much. These seasons have been so much fun to rewatch again and it's something I will pull out and rewatch again and... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jennifer Reid
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