M*A*S*H (season 5)

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M*A*S*H (season 5)
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 25
Original network CBS
Original release September 21, 1976 (1976-09-21) – March 15, 1977 (1977-03-15)
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List of M*A*S*H episodes

The fifth season of M*A*S*H aired Tuesdays 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 Houlihan
Larry Linville Maj. Frank Burns
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]
"Bug Out" Gene Reynolds Jim Fritzell & Everett Greenbaum September 21, 1976 (1976-09-21) U-801
The 4077th bugs out in fear of a Chinese advance, but Hawkeye, Margaret and Radar must stay behind with a patient who can't be moved.
100 3 "Margaret's Engagement" Alan Alda Gary Markowitz September 28, 1976 (1976-09-28) U-803
Margaret gets engaged in Tokyo while on temporary duty and the surgeons brace themselves for Frank's reaction.
101 4 "Out of Sight, Out of Mind" Gene Reynolds Ken Levine & David Isaacs October 5, 1976 (1976-10-05) U-806
An explosion causes Hawkeye to go blind.
Tom Sullivan makes his television debut as a patient who lost his sight in combat.
Able is played by Judy Farrell, Mike Farrell's wife at the time this episode aired.
102 5 "Lt. Radar O'Reilly" Alan Rafkin Everett Greenbaum & Jim Fritzell October 12, 1976 (1976-10-12) U-805
Hawkeye and B.J. arrange a promotion for Radar to lieutenant, but Radar realizes he feels better as a corporal.
Alan Rafkin received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for directing this episode.
103 6 "The Nurses" Joan Darling Linda Bloodworth October 19, 1976 (1976-10-19) U-809
A feud between Margaret and the nurses jeopardizes Nurse Baker's overdue honeymoon. Gregory Harrison, who later starred in Trapper John, M.D., guest stars as Baker's husband Tony.
Joan Darling received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for directing this episode.
104 7 "The Abduction of Margaret Houlihan" Gene Reynolds Teleplay: Allan Katz & Don Reo
Story: Gene Reynolds
October 26, 1976 (1976-10-26) U-808
Colonel Flagg shows up when it seems that Margaret's been abducted while on a mission of mercy.
105 8 "Dear Sigmund" Alan Alda Alan Alda November 9, 1976 (1976-11-09) U-810
Feeling depressed, Sidney Freeman writes to Sigmund Freud about the craziness of the 4077th.
Alan Alda won the Primetime Emmy and Directors Guild Awards for this episode. Alda also received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for writing, while William Jurgensen was nominated for cinematography.
106 9 "Mulcahy's War" George Tyne Richard Cogan November 16, 1976 (1976-11-16) U-812
After failing to communicate with a patient who shot himself, Father Mulcahy decides to experience life on the front lines.
107 10 "The Korean Surgeon" Gene Reynolds Bill Idelson November 23, 1976 (1976-11-23) U-814
Hawkeye feels a North Korean POW who is an American-trained MD would be a fine addition to the 4077th's surgical staff.
108 11 "Hawkeye Get Your Gun" William Jurgensen Teleplay: Jay Folb
Story: Gene Reynolds & Jay Folb
November 30, 1976 (1976-11-30) U-813
Hawkeye and Potter must assist a Korean hospital near the front.
Jay Folb and Gene Reynolds received a Writers Guild Award nomination for this episode.

Note – Gary Burghoff does not appear in this episode.
109 12 "The Colonel's Horse" Burt Metcalfe Jim Fritzell and Everett Greenbaum December 7, 1976 (1976-12-07) U-811
While Potter's in Tokyo, both his mare and Margaret get sick. B.J. calls his father-in-law to ask for advice, for Potter's mare, and Hawkeye operates on Margaret who has appendicitis.
110 13 "Exorcism" Alan Alda Teleplay: Jay Folb
Story: Gene Reynolds & Jay Folb
December 14, 1976 (1976-12-14) U-815
Potter orders the removal of a post that Koreans believe keeps away evil spirits – then strange things start happening all over the camp.
111 14 "Hawk's Nightmare" Burt Metcalfe Burt Prelutsky December 21, 1976 (1976-12-21) U-804
Sidney returns to the 4077th when Hawkeye starts having nightmares.
112 15 "The Most Unforgettable Characters" Burt Metcalfe Ken Levine & David Isaacs January 4, 1977 (1977-01-04) U-818
Radar takes a correspondence course in creative writing.
113 16 "38 Across" Burt Metcalfe Jim Fritzell & Everett Greenbaum January 11, 1977 (1977-01-11) U-821
Hawkeye calls a Navy buddy for help in finishing a crossword puzzle.
114 17 "Ping Pong" William Jurgensen Sid Dorfman January 18, 1977 (1977-01-18) U-817
Hawkeye and B.J. support a Korean ping-pong champion. The staff arranges a wedding for him and his fiancée, which everyone attends. Burns doesn't approve and threatens them with General Harrelson, but Margaret tells him to shut up.
115 18 "End Run" Harry Morgan John D. Hess January 25, 1977 (1977-01-25) U-816
Radar tries to help a former college football star deal with the loss of his leg.
116 19 "Hanky Panky" Gene Reynolds Gene Reynolds February 1, 1977 (1977-02-01) U-822
Margaret worries for her hospitalized fiancé, while B.J. gets close to a nurse who just received a "Dear Jane" letter.
117 20 "Hepatitis" Alan Alda Alan Alda February 8, 1977 (1977-02-08) U-823
The 4077th springs into action when Father Mulcahy has a case of hepatitis, while Hawkeye develops a backache after receiving news about a doctor from back home.
118 21 "The General's Practitioner" Alan Rafkin Burt Prelutsky February 15, 1977 (1977-02-15) U-807
A general makes a reluctant Hawkeye his personal physician while a GI asks Radar for a big favor.
119 22 "Movie Tonight" Burt Metcalfe Gene Reynolds
Don Reo & Allan Katz
Jay Folb
February 22, 1977 (1977-02-22) U-824
Potter presents My Darling Clementine, a 1946 Western film to boost morale at the 4077th, but the audience proves to be rowdier than the cowboys in the movie. The staff has a sing-a-long to "Gee, Mom, I Wanna Go Home" during a break in the film.
120 23 "Souvenirs" Joshua Shelley Teleplay: Burt Prelutsky
Story: Burt Prelutsky and Reinhold Weege
March 1, 1977 (1977-03-01) U-819
Hawkeye and B.J. conspire against a helicopter pilot who's selling souvenirs at the expense of Korean children. Featuring Brian Dennehy as an M.P.

Note – Gary Burghoff does not appear in this episode.
121 24 "Post Op" Gene Reynolds Teleplay: Ken Levine & David Isaacs
Story: Gene Reynolds & Jay Folb
March 8, 1977 (1977-03-08) U-825
The post-op ward fills up with increasing casualties causing a shortage of blood.

Note – Gary Burghoff does not appear in this episode.
122 25 "Margaret's Marriage" Gene Reynolds Everett Greenbaum & Jim Fritzell March 15, 1977 (1977-03-15) U-820
Margaret feels eight months is long enough to be engaged so she and Donald decide to get married right away. This was Larry Linville's final episode.


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

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