M*A*S*H (season 6)

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M*A*S*H (season 6)
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 25
Original network CBS
Original release September 20, 1977 (1977-09-20) – March 27, 1978 (1978-03-27)
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List of M*A*S*H episodes

The sixth season of M*A*S*H aired Tuesdays at 9:00-9:30PM from September 20, 1977 to January 24, 1978 and Mondays at the same time from January 30 to March 27, 1978.


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
Gary Burghoff Cpl. Walter "Radar" O'Reilly
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]
"Fade Out, Fade In" Hy Averback Jim Fritzell & Everett Greenbaum September 20, 1977 (1977-09-20) Y-101

The 4077th acquires Charles Emerson Winchester III as a replacement surgeon when Frank doesn't return from R&R, while Margaret returns from her honeymoon in a bad mood.
Jim Fritzell and Everett Greenbaum received a Writers Guild Award nomination for this episode. This is also the first episode in which Larry Linville no longer appears and a new doctor played by David Ogden Stiers is transferred to the unit.

Guest stars Rick Hurst and Robert Symonds (who plays a colonel who sends Winchester from Tokyo to Korea and will play it again in the season 9 episode "No Laughing Matter").
125 3 "Fallen Idol" Alan Alda Alan Alda September 27, 1977 (1977-09-27) Y-104
Hawkeye blames himself for Radar getting wounded, then lashes out at him.
Alan Alda received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for writing this episode.
126 4 "Last Laugh" Don Weis Everett Greenbaum & Jim Fritzell October 4, 1977 (1977-10-04) Y-103

James Cromwell guest stars as an old friend of B.J.'s who plays a practical joke on him.

Note - David Ogden Stiers does not appear in this episode.
127 5 "War of Nerves" Alan Alda Alan Alda October 11, 1977 (1977-10-11) Y-106

Sidney returns to the 4077th as a casualty, but stays a little longer when personal clashes jeopardize morale at the camp.

Guest Star Michael O'Keefe
128 6 "The Winchester Tapes" Burt Metcalfe Everett Greenbaum & Jim Fritzell October 18, 1977 (1977-10-18) Y-107
Charles records a message to his parents describing the antics of the 4077th.
129 7 "The Light That Failed" Charles Dubin Burt Prelutsky October 25, 1977 (1977-10-25) Y-108

The 4077th read "The Rooster Crowed at Midnight", a murder mystery by candlelight due to a shortage of lightbulbs – but a page is missing. Also, Charles administers the wrong medicine to a patient in the poor lighting and Hawkeye and B.J. both give him a piece of their mind.

Note – Gary Burghoff does not appear in this episode.
130 8 "In Love and War" Alan Alda Alan Alda November 1, 1977 (1977-11-01) Y-112

Hawkeye falls for a Korean aristocrat who's helping refugees, while Margaret suspects Donald of cheating on her.
Kieu Chinh was a famous actress and talk-show host in South Vietnam before the country collapsed in 1975.

Note - Gary Burghoff does not appear in this episode.
131 9 "Change Day" Don Weis Laurence Marks November 8, 1977 (1977-11-08) Y-113

Hawkeye and B.J. try to foil Charles' scheme to get rich off an upcoming scrip exchange at the base, while Klinger surprises everyone by taking the entrance exam for West Point.

Note - Gary Burghoff does not appear in this episode.
132 10 "Images" Burt Metcalfe Burt Prelutsky November 15, 1977 (1977-11-15) Y-105
Margaret tries to kick a soft-hearted nurse out of the Army; Radar considers getting a tattoo.
133 11 "The M*A*S*H Olympics" Don Weis Ken Levine & David Isaacs November 22, 1977 (1977-11-22) Y-111

To get the 4077th fit, Potter organizes the M*A*S*H Olympics with Hawkeye and B.J. as captains of two teams.

Notes - Gary Burghoff does not appear in this episode. Events of the episode take place during the 1952 Summer Olympics.
134 12 "The Grim Reaper" George Tyne Burt Prelutsky November 29, 1977 (1977-11-29) Y-110

Hawkeye is furious at a colonel, aptly named Bloodworth, who seems to enjoy predicting casualties.

Note - Gary Burghoff does not appear in this episode.
135 13 "Comrades in Arms: Part 1" Burt Metcalfe and Alan Alda Alan Alda December 6, 1977 (1977-12-06) Y-116

The 4077th starts to worry when Hawkeye and Margaret get lost in enemy territory on the way to another M*A*S*H unit.
Burt Metcalfe and Alan Alda were nominated for Primetime Emmy and Directors Guild Awards for this episode.

Note - Gary Burghoff does not appear in this episode.
136 14 "Comrades in Arms: Part 2" Alan Alda and Burt Metcalfe Alan Alda December 13, 1977 (1977-12-13) Y-117

A harrowing night in enemy territory brings Hawkeye and Margaret into each other's arms, but it doesn't take long for them to drive each other crazy.

Note - Gary Burghoff does not appear in this episode.
137 15 "The Merchant of Korea" William Jurgensen Ken Levine & David Isaacs December 20, 1977 (1977-12-20) Y-118
When payday is delayed, B.J. and Hawkeye become indebted to Charles.
138 16 "The Smell of Music" Stuart Millar Jim Fritzell & Everett Greenbaum January 3, 1978 (1978-01-03) Y-115

Hawkeye and B.J. go to extremes to get Charles off the French horn, particularly by not bathing. Meanwhile, Col. Potter keeps a suicide watch on a patient with a facial wound.

Note - Gary Burghoff does not appear in this episode.
139 17 "Patent 4077" Harry Morgan Ken Levine & David Isaacs January 10, 1978 (1978-01-10) Y-114

Hawkeye turns to a local merchant (Keye Luke) for a special surgical clamp, while Margaret tries to find her wedding ring.

Note - Gary Burghoff does not appear in this episode.
140 18 "Tea and Empathy" Don Weis Bill Idelson January 17, 1978 (1978-01-17) Y-109

Penicillin is stolen while wounded British soldiers are being treated in the OR and Hawkeye clashes with the regiment's commander (Bernard Fox).

Note - Gary Burghoff does not appear in this episode.
141 19 "Your Hit Parade" George Tyne Ronny Graham January 24, 1978 (1978-01-24) Y-124
A stack of records arrives in camp and Radar becomes a DJ by playing them over the P.A. system to calm everyone's nerves during a long OR session. Meanwhile, with the many casualties taking up space around the compound, Charles struggles to find a place to sleep. Gribble, a drunk and trypanophobic sergeant (played by episode writer Ronny Graham), is coerced by Hawkeye and B.J. into giving his blood in a blood transfusion.
142 20 "What's Up, Doc?" George Tyne Larry Balmagia January 30, 1978 (1978-01-30) Y-119
Margaret confides to Hawkeye that she might be pregnant, and they perform surgery on Radar's pet rabbit Fluffy in order to perform a rabbit test. At the same time, a wounded soldier and art major named Lieutenant Martinson (Charles Frank) tries to obtain a chopper so he can return home to Ohio, taking Charles hostage at gunpoint in order for his demands to be met.
143 21 "Mail Call Three" Charles Dubin Everett Greenbaum & Jim Fritzell February 6, 1978 (1978-02-06) Y-121
A third batch of mail from home brings Hawkeye a letter meant for another Benjamin Pierce and unsettling news for others in the camp.
144 22 "Temporary Duty" Burt Metcalfe Larry Balmagia February 13, 1978 (1978-02-13) Y-125
A boorish doctor (George Lindsey) and a fun-loving nurse (who is a longtime friend of Margaret's) from the 8063rd are sent to the 4077th for temporary duty as part of an exchange program.
145 23 "Potter's Retirement" William Jurgensen Laurence Marks February 20, 1978 (1978-02-20) Y-120
Potter considers retirement when someone within his camp files critical reports about his command.
146 24 "Dr. Winchester and Mr. Hyde" Charles Dubin Ken Levine & David Isaacs and Ronny Graham February 27, 1978 (1978-02-27) Y-122
Charles gets hooked on pep pills while Radar challenges some wounded Marines to a mouse race.
147 25 "Major Topper" Charles Dubin Allyn Freeman March 27, 1978 (1978-03-27) Y-123
Klinger welcomes a new guy (Hamilton Camp) who's crazier than he is, while Potter, Hawkeye, B.J. and Charles have to use sugar pills when there is no morphine. In addition, Hawkeye and B.J. try to match Charles tall story for tall story, only for the latter to beat them at every turn.


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

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