M*A*S*H (season 8)

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M*A*S*H (season 8)
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 25
Original network CBS
Original release September 17, 1979 (1979-09-17) – March 24, 1980 (1980-03-24)
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List of M*A*S*H episodes

The eighth 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 John Patrick Mulcahy

Gary Burghoff appeared in four episodes of the season as Cpl. Walter "Radar" O'Reilly before leaving the series.


No. in
No. in
Title[n 1] Directed by[n 2] Written by[n 2] Original air date Production
code[n 3]
174 1 "Too Many Cooks" Charles S. Dubin Dennis Koenig September 17, 1979 (1979-09-17) S-601
The 4077th tries to save a wounded private (Ed Begley, Jr.) who knows his way around a kitchen better than a foxhole.
175 2 "Are You Now, Margaret?" Charles S. Dubin Thad Mumford & Dan Wilcox September 24, 1979 (1979-09-24) S-602

A visiting Congressional aide gets close to Margaret during what he claims is a routine fact-finding tour.
Thad Mumford and Dan Wilcox won the Writers Guild Award for this episode.

Note – Gary Burghoff does not appear in this episode.
176 3 "Guerilla My Dreams" Alan Alda Bob Colleary October 1, 1979 (1979-10-01) S-603
A South Korean officer harasses a wounded woman he claims to be an enemy guerilla. Second appearance of Scully.
177 4 "Good-Bye Radar: Part 1" Charles S. Dubin Ken Levine & David Isaacs October 8, 1979 (1979-10-08) S-610
The generator goes on the fritz while Radar is on R&R, so B.J. and Potter experiment with a patient's treatment.
178 5 "Good-Bye Radar: Part 2" Charles S. Dubin Ken Levine & David Isaacs October 15, 1979 (1979-10-15) S-611

Although Radar has his discharge, the need for a new generator makes him think he's needed more in Korea.
Ken Levine and David Isaacs received Primetime Emmy and Writers Guild Award nominations for this episode.

Note – This is Gary Burghoff's last appearance on the show.
179 6 "Period of Adjustment" Charles S. Dubin Jim Mulligan & John Rappaport October 22, 1979 (1979-10-22) S-604
Klinger has a rough time adjusting to being company clerk, while B.J. hears discouraging news about his family being visited by Radar.
Charles S. Dubin won the Directors Guild Award for this episode and received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination.
Jim Mulligan and John Rappaport received a Writers Guild Award nomination.
180 7 "Nurse Doctor" Charles S. Dubin Teleplay: Sy Rosen and Thad Mumford & Dan Wilcox
Story: Sy Rosen
October 29, 1979 (1979-10-29) S-608
Father Mulcahy assists a nurse with her studies for medical school, but feels uneasy about her display of appreciation.
181 8 "Private Finance" Charles S. Dubin Dennis Koenig November 5, 1979 (1979-11-05) S-605
A Korean woman accuses Klinger of disgracing her daughter, while Hawkeye finds it hard to keep a promise to a dying soldier.
182 9 "Mr. and Mrs. Who?" Burt Metcalfe Ronny Graham November 12, 1979 (1979-11-12) S-606
Charles tries to remember his R&R in Tokyo when he has a hangover.
183 10 "The Yalu Brick Road" Charles S. Dubin Mike Farrell November 19, 1979 (1979-11-19) S-607
Hawkeye and B.J. get lost in enemy territory on their way back to camp with antibiotics, but they do pick up a North Korean prisoner. First episode for the character Sgt. Rizzo.
184 11 "Life Time" Alan Alda Alan Alda and Walter D. Dishell, M.D. November 26, 1979 (1979-11-26) S-609
The surgeons race against time to save a soldier with lacerated aorta.
The majority of this episode happens in real time after Pierce announces a deadline of 20 minutes they have to save a patient from paralysis. An analogue clock, established as the clock in the helicopter, is superimposed at the bottom right corner of the screen and a quiet ticking sound is heard throughout. The episode has no laugh track.
185 12 "Dear Uncle Abdul" William Jurgensen John Rappaport & Jim Mulligan December 3, 1979 (1979-12-03) S-613
Klinger writes to his uncle Abdul about his duties as company clerk.
186 13 "Captains Outrageous" Burt Metcalfe Thad Mumford & Dan Wilcox December 10, 1979 (1979-12-10) S-614
The surgeons take care of Rosie's after she's hurt in a brawl, while Father Mulcahy awaits his long-denied promotion. Featuring John Orchard, who had played "Ugly John" in the first season, in a different role.
187 14 "Stars and Stripes" Harry Morgan Dennis Koenig December 17, 1979 (1979-12-17) S-615
B.J. and Charles have a clash of the egos while working together on a medical paper. Third and final appearance of Scully.
Harry Morgan received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for directing this episode.
188 15 "Yessir, That's Our Baby" Alan Alda Jim Mulligan December 31, 1979 (1979-12-31) S-617
The 4077th tries to find a permanent home for an abandoned half-American/half-Korean baby.
189 16 "Bottle Fatigue" Burt Metcalfe Thad Mumford & Dan Wilcox January 7, 1980 (1980-01-07) S-618
Because of his bar bill, Hawkeye gets off drinking for a week, but his self-righteousness nearly makes everyone else drink. Meanwhile, Charles is not happy about his sister Honoria's engagement. Featuring Shelley Long.
190 17 "Heal Thyself" Mike Farrell Teleplay: Dennis Koenig
Story: Dennis Koenig and Gene Reynolds
January 14, 1980 (1980-01-14) S-616
When Potter and Charles are quarantined with the mumps, a replacement surgeon (Edward Herrmann) fills in for them, but he starts to crack under the pressure.
191 18 "Old Soldiers" Charles S. Dubin Dennis Koenig January 21, 1980 (1980-01-21) S-620
While the camp is treating Korean refugees, Potter returns in a bad mood after visiting a sick friend.
192 19 "Morale Victory" Charles S. Dubin John Rappaport January 28, 1980 (1980-01-28) S-619
Charles looks after a patient with a unique talent, while Potter puts Hawkeye and B.J. in charge of morale.
193 20 "Lend a Hand" Alan Alda Alan Alda February 4, 1980 (1980-02-04) S-621
Hawkeye clashes with a know-it-all surgeon, but the two must work together under fire at an aid station.
This episode features Alan Alda's father Robert and half-brother Antony.
194 21 "Goodbye, Cruel World" Charles S. Dubin Thad Mumford & Dan Wilcox February 11, 1980 (1980-02-11) S-622
Sidney is brought back to the 4077th to deal with an Asian-American war hero who's not happy about being sent home.
195 22 "Dreams" Alan Alda Teleplay: Alan Alda
Story: Alan Alda and James Jay Rubinfier
February 18, 1980 (1980-02-18) S-612
The surgeons get a few minutes of sleep during a long haul in the OR, but their pleasant dreams soon become nightmares.
Alan Alda received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for directing this episode.
196 23 "War Co-Respondent" Mike Farrell Mike Farrell March 3, 1980 (1980-03-03) S-624
B.J. tries to stay faithful to his family back in California despite his attraction to a famous war correspondent (Susan Saint James).
197 24 "Back Pay" Burt Metcalfe Thad Mumford & Dan Wilcox and Dennis Koenig March 10, 1980 (1980-03-10) S-625
Irked at stateside medical fees, Hawkeye decides to bill the Army for his own medical services.
198 25 "April Fools" Charles S. Dubin Dennis Koenig March 24, 1980 (1980-03-24) S-623
A hot-tempered colonel (Pat Hingle) arrives at the 4077th on April Fools' Day.


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

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