M*A*S*H (season 9)

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M*A*S*H (season 9)
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 20
Original network CBS
Original release November 17, 1980 (1980-11-17) – May 4, 1981 (1981-05-04)
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List of M*A*S*H episodes

The ninth season of M*A*S*H aired Mondays at 9:00-9:30 pm on CBS.


Actor Role
Alan Alda Capt. Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce
Mike Farrell Capt. B.J. Hunnicut
Harry Morgan Col. Sherman T. Potter
Loretta Swit Maj. Margaret "Hot Lips" Houlihan
David Ogden Stiers Maj. Charles Emerson Winchester III
Jamie Farr Cpl. Maxwell Q. Klinger
William Christopher Father Francis Mulcahy


No. in
No. in
Title[n 1] Directed by[n 2] Written by[n 2] Original air date Production
code[n 3]
199 1 "The Best of Enemies" Charles S. Dubin Sheldon Bull November 17, 1980 (1980-11-17) Z-404
On his way to Seoul, Hawkeye is captured by a North Korean (Mako) who forces him to save his comrade. Meanwhile, Potter and Charles compete to find out who is better at bridge.
200 2 "Letters" Charles S. Dubin Dennis Koenig November 24, 1980 (1980-11-24) Z-403
The camp answers letters from fourth-graders in Hawkeye's hometown, and Hawkeye struggles to respond to a boy who holds doctors accountable for the death of his soldier brother.
201 3 "Cementing Relationships" Charles S. Dubin David Pollock and Elias Davis December 1, 1980 (1980-12-01) Z-401
Klinger supervises the creation of a cement floor in the OR, while Margaret is wooed by an amorous patient (Joel Brooks) from Italy.
202 4 "Father's Day" Alan Alda Karen Hall December 8, 1980 (1980-12-08) Z-405
Margaret tries to whip the camp into shape before her father (Andrew Duggan) comes for a visit.
203 5 "Death Takes a Holiday" Mike Farrell Story by : Thad Mumford & Dan Wilcox and Burt Metcalfe
Teleplay by : Mike Farrell, John Rappaport and Dennis Koenig
December 15, 1980 (1980-12-15) Z-408
The spirit of Christmas is felt at the 4077th during a truce as they throw a potluck party for the orphans. But when Hawkeye, B.J. and Margaret receive a mortally wounded soldier, they attempt to keep him alive until the day after Christmas for the sake of his wife and kids.
204 6 "A War for All Seasons" Burt Metcalfe Dan Wilcox & Thad Mumford December 29, 1980 (1980-12-29) Z-409
The lives of the 4077th M*A*S*H unit are seen through all four seasons of the year after Potter's 1951 New Year's Eve party.
Dan Wilcox and Thad Mumford received a Writers Guild Award nomination for this episode.
205 7 "Your Retention, Please" Charles S. Dubin Erik Tarloff January 5, 1981 (1981-01-05) Z-406
Klinger decides to reenlist after learning his ex-wife Laverne is marrying his best friend.
206 8 "Tell It to the Marines" Harry Morgan Hank Bradford January 12, 1981 (1981-01-12) Z-410
With Charles temporarily in command, Hawkeye fights for the cause of a soon-to-be-discharged Dutch immigrant marine whose mother is about to be deported.
207 9 "Taking the Fifth" Charles S. Dubin Elias Davis & David Pollock January 19, 1981 (1981-01-19) Z-407
Hawkeye uses a bottle of wine as bait for a date with a nurse, while Potter is mad at the Army for banning a certain anesthesia.
208 10 "Operation Friendship" Rena Down Dennis Koenig January 26, 1981 (1981-01-26) Z-412
Charles indebts himself to Klinger for saving his life during an explosion, while a specialist (Tim O'Connor) is brought in to treat B.J. for a Compartment Hemorrhage injury to his right wrist.
209 11 "No Sweat" Burt Metcalfe John Rappaport February 2, 1981 (1981-02-02) Z-402
The 4077th deals with a sudden heat wave in their own personal ways: Klinger disassembles the P.A. system, Charles goes through all of his tax returns and bonds, B.J. stresses over a letter from Peg, Margaret develops a severe case of prickly heat, and Colonel Potter can't get a good night's sleep.
John Rappaport received a Writers Guild Award nomination for this episode.
210 12 "Depressing News" Alan Alda Dan Wilcox & Thad Mumford February 9, 1981 (1981-02-09) Z-411
Klinger finds the perfect story to start his unit newspaper: Hawkeye's new craft project, inspired by a mistaken delivery of 500,000 tongue depressors. In one scene, Alan Alda can be seen still wearing his blue, 1980's-style sneakers.
211 13 "No Laughing Matter" Burt Metcalfe Elias Davis & David Pollock February 16, 1981 (1981-02-16) Z-413
B.J. challenges Hawkeye to go through one day without making any jokes, while Charles confronts the colonel who sent him to Korea. Robert Symonds reprises his role as the colonel after playing it in the season 6 episode "Fade Out, Fade In".
212 14 "Oh, How We Danced" Burt Metcalfe John Rappaport February 23, 1981 (1981-02-23) Z-414
Hawkeye plans a surprise for B.J.'s wedding anniversary, while Charles offends a hot-tempered frontline officer. Catherine Bergstrom plays B.J.'s wife Peg.
213 15 "Bottoms Up" Alan Alda Dennis Koenig March 2, 1981 (1981-03-02) Z-415
Margaret is worried that her friend and colleague (Gail Strickland) has been drinking, while Hawkeye is a social pariah for embarrassing Charles too much during surgery.
214 16 "The Red/White Blues" Gabrielle Beaumont Elias Davis & David Pollock March 9, 1981 (1981-03-09) Z-416
Potter is given too much kindness when word gets around about his blood pressure, while Klinger has an adverse reaction to medicine.
215 17 "Bless You, Hawkeye" Nell Cox Dan Wilcox & Thad Mumford March 16, 1981 (1981-03-16) Z-417
Potter calls Sidney for help when Hawkeye keeps sneezing nonstop.
Dan Wilcox and Thad Mumford received a Writers Guild Award nomination for this episode.
216 18 "Blood Brothers" Harry Morgan David Pollock & Elias Davis April 6, 1981 (1981-04-06) Z-421
Hawkeye discovers troubling news regarding a patient's (Patrick Swayze) blood test, while Father Mulcahy works his heart out to prepare the camp for a visiting Cardinal.
Harry Morgan received a Directors Guild Award for this episode.
217 19 "The Foresight Saga" Charles S. Dubin Dennis Koenig April 13, 1981 (1981-04-13) Z-422
Potter's feeling down when his eyeglasses break, while a letter from Radar and fresh vegetables make everyone else happy.
218 20 "The Life You Save" Alan Alda John Rappaport & Alan Alda May 4, 1981 (1981-05-04) Z-418
Charles becomes obsessed with death after surviving a near-fatal sniper attack.


  1. ^ Titles taken from DVD
  2. ^ a b Credits from episode title cards
  3. ^ Production Code from end credits


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