M*A*S*H (season 4)

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M*A*S*H (season 4)
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 25
Release
Original network CBS
Original release September 12, 1975 (1975-09-12) – February 24, 1976 (1976-02-24)
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List of M*A*S*H episodes

The fourth season of M*A*S*H aired Fridays at 8:30–9:00 pm from September 12 to November 28, 1975 and Tuesdays at 9:00–9:30 pm from December 2, 1975 to February 24, 1976 on CBS.

Cast[edit]

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
Larry Linville Maj. Frank Burns
Gary Burghoff Cpl. Walter "Radar" O'Reilly
Jamie Farr Cpl. Maxwell Q. Klinger

Episodes[edit]

No. in
Series
No. in
Season
Title[n 1] Directed by[n 2] Written by[n 2] Original air date Production
code[n 3]
73
74
1
2
"Welcome to Korea" Gene Reynolds Everett Greenbaum & Jim Fritzell and Larry Gelbart September 12, 1975 (1975-09-12) G-504
G-506
While on R&R, Hawkeye misses Trapper John's discharge, and tries to say goodbye but misses him by 10 minutes, but he meets his new ally in Captain B.J. Hunnicut (Mike Farrell). First appearance of Harry Morgan as Colonel Sherman Potter. Gene Reynolds won the Primetime Emmy Award for directing this episode while Fred W. Berger and Stanford Tischler won for editing. Everett Greenbaum, Jim Fritzell and Larry Gelbart won the Writers Guild Award.
75 3 "Change of Command" Gene Reynolds Jim Fritzell & Everett Greenbaum September 19, 1975 (1975-09-19) G-501
When Frank learns he's going to be replaced he throws a tantrum, and goes AWOL. Colonel Sherman Potter (Harry Morgan) assumes command of the 4077th, and orders Klinger to get into uniform, Hawkeye tells him to wear a slip. Col. Potter, Hawkeye, and B.J. drink and sing songs. Col. Potter compliments Klinger on his Shirley Temple dress. First mention of Jamie Farr at beginning of opening credits.
76 4 "It Happened One Night" Gene Reynolds Teleplay: Larry Gelbart & Simon Muntner
Story: Gene Reynolds
September 26, 1975 (1975-09-26) G-502
The 4077th is shaken up by heavy artillery during a long, cold night. Frank ransacks Hotlips' tent. Klinger tries to catch Pneumonia. B.J. has to open up his patient again.
77 5 "The Late Captain Pierce" Alan Alda Glen Charles & Les Charles October 3, 1975 (1975-10-03) G-507
B.J. gets a call from Hawkeye's father. The Army mistakenly lists Hawkeye as dead; Hawkeye tries to take advantage of the situation. But it isn't as good as he thinks. He can't receive any pay, send out or receive any mail, telegrams, or phone calls.

Note – Gary Burghoff does not appear in this episode.
78 6 "Hey, Doc" William Jurgensen Rick Mittleman October 10, 1975 (1975-10-10) G-510
Father Mulcahy, Radar and Klinger are trapped in the showers when a sniper starts shooting. The 4077th receives special requests from American and British officers. An ingrown toenail and a sexual problem, and Frank destroys the camp with a tank.
79 7 "The Bus" Gene Reynolds John D. Hess October 17, 1975 (1975-10-17) G-512
Hawkeye, B.J. Hunnicutt, Frank Burns, Col. Potter, and Radar are stranded in unfamiliar territory when their bus breaks down on the way back from a medical conference. A Korean soldier fixes the bus engine and Hawkeye and B.J. play a practical joke on Frank. Note: This episode has no laugh track.
80 8 "Dear Mildred" Alan Alda Everett Greenbaum & Jim Fritzell October 24, 1975 (1975-10-24) G-505
While Col. Potter writes to his wife Mildred on their 27th anniversary, Frank and Margaret seek a proper gift from a local artist and Radar saves the best for last. A 4 year old horse whom the Colonel names Sophie.
81 9 "The Kids" Alan Alda Jim Fritzell & Everett Greenbaum October 31, 1975 (1975-10-31) G-511
The 4077th cares for Korean orphans at Christmastime when Meg Cratty arrives. B.J. delivers a baby and treats the wounded mother. Alan Alda received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for directing this episode.
82 10 "Quo Vadis, Captain Chandler?" Larry Gelbart Burt Prelutsky November 7, 1975 (1975-11-07) G-513
A wounded bombardier (Alan Fudge) believes he's Jesus Christ, which brings him to the attention of both Colonel Flagg (Edward Winter) and Dr. Sidney Freedman (Allan Arbus). Note: This episode has no laugh track.
83 11 "Dear Peggy" Burt Metcalfe Jim Fritzell & Everett Greenbaum November 14, 1975 (1975-11-14) G-509
B.J. writes to his wife Peggy about life at the 4077th. Episode features Ned Beatty as a visiting senior chaplain.
84 12 "Of Moose and Men" John Erman Jay Folb November 21, 1975 (1975-11-21) G-503
A colonel (Tim O'Connor) goes after Hawkeye, while B.J. learns what a "moose" means in Korea.
85 13 "Soldier of the Month" Gene Reynolds Linda Bloodworth November 28, 1975 (1975-11-28) G-514
Potter announces a Soldier of the Month contest, while Frank gets delirious from a fever.
86 14 "The Gun" Burt Metcalfe Larry Gelbart & Gene Reynolds December 2, 1975 (1975-12-02) G-517
Frank steals the rare gun of a wounded colonel (Warren Stevens), and lets Radar take the fall when the gun is discovered missing.
87 15 "Mail Call...Again" George Tyne Jim Fritzell & Everett Greenbaum December 9, 1975 (1975-12-09) G-518
A batch of mail from home brings news that Col. Potter will be a grandfather and Frank's wife has discovered his affair with Margaret.
88 16 "The Price of Tomato Juice" Gene Reynolds Larry Gelbart & Gene Reynolds December 16, 1975 (1975-12-16) G-519
In his ongoing efforts to please Col. Potter, Radar does everything he can to obtain a supply of tomato juice.
89 17 "Dear Ma" Alan Alda Everett Greenbaum & Jim Fritzell December 23, 1975 (1975-12-23) G-515
Radar writes to his mother about the 4077th's monthly foot inspection and the various related incidents.
90 18 "Der Tag" Gene Reynolds Everett Greenbaum & Jim Fritzell January 6, 1976 (1976-01-06) G-522
Potter asks Hawkeye and B.J. to be nice to Frank while Margaret's in Tokyo.
91 19 "Hawkeye" Larry Gelbart Larry Gelbart & Simon Muntner January 13, 1976 (1976-01-13) G-520
Hawkeye gets a concussion in a jeep accident and finds shelter in a Korean farmer's home, where he talks nonstop to maintain consciousness. Note: Alda is the only regular cast member to appear in this episode.
92 20 "Some 38th Parallels" Burt Metcalfe John W. Regier & Gary Markowitz January 20, 1976 (1976-01-20) G-521
Radar bonds with a patient, Hawkeye is unable to bond with a nurse, and Frank decides the camp's garbage could be as valuable as war bonds.
93 21 "The Novocaine Mutiny" Harry Morgan Burt Prelutsky January 27, 1976 (1976-01-27) G-523
Frank charges Hawkeye with mutiny, but they have different views of the circumstances leading to the court martial.
94 22 "Smilin' Jack" Charles Dubin Larry Gelbart & Simon Muntner February 3, 1976 (1976-02-03) G-508
A helicopter pilot with diabetes (Robert J. Hogan) doesn't want to give up flying.
95 23 "The More I See You" Gene Reynolds Larry Gelbart & Gene Reynolds February 10, 1976 (1976-02-10) G-524
One of Hawkeye's old flames (Blythe Danner) is assigned to the 4077th.
96 24 "Deluge" William Jurgensen Larry Gelbart & Simon Muntner February 17, 1976 (1976-02-17) G-516
The 4077th is overrun with casualties from an unexpected offensive.
97 25 "The Interview" Larry Gelbart Larry Gelbart February 24, 1976 (1976-02-24) G-525

A news correspondent (Clete Roberts) visits the 4077th to get their feelings about the war. Note: This episode was filmed in black and white and was the final episode for series developer Larry Gelbart. Loretta Swit does not appear.

In 1997, TV Guide ranked this episode #80 on its list of the 100 Greatest Episodes.[1]


Notes[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Special Collector's Issue: 100 Greatest Episodes of All Time". TV Guide (June 28-July 4). 1997.