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 ReynoldsJim Fritzell & Everett GreenbaumSeptember 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.
1003"Margaret's Engagement"Alan AldaGary MarkowitzSeptember 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.
1014"Out of Sight, Out of Mind"Gene ReynoldsKen Levine & David IsaacsOctober 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.
1025"Lt. Radar O'Reilly"Alan RafkinEverett Greenbaum & Jim FritzellOctober 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.
1036"The Nurses"Joan DarlingLinda BloodworthOctober 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.
1047"The Abduction of Margaret Houlihan"Gene ReynoldsStory by : Gene Reynolds
Teleplay by : Allan Katz & Don Reo
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.
1058"Dear Sigmund"Alan AldaAlan AldaNovember 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.
1069"Mulcahy's War"George TyneRichard CoganNovember 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.
10710"The Korean Surgeon"Gene ReynoldsBill IdelsonNovember 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.
10811"Hawkeye Get Your Gun"William JurgensenStory by : Gene Reynolds & Jay Folb
Teleplay by : 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.
10912"The Colonel's Horse"Burt MetcalfeJim Fritzell and Everett GreenbaumDecember 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.
11013"Exorcism"Alan AldaStory by : Gene Reynolds & Jay Folb
Teleplay by : 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.
11114"Hawk's Nightmare"Burt MetcalfeBurt PrelutskyDecember 21, 1976 (1976-12-21)U-804
Sidney returns to the 4077th when Hawkeye starts having nightmares.
11215"The Most Unforgettable Characters"Burt MetcalfeKen Levine & David IsaacsJanuary 4, 1977 (1977-01-04)U-818
Radar takes a correspondence course in creative writing.
11316"38 Across"Burt MetcalfeJim Fritzell & Everett GreenbaumJanuary 11, 1977 (1977-01-11)U-821
Hawkeye calls a Navy buddy for help in finishing a crossword puzzle.
11417"Ping Pong"William JurgensenSid DorfmanJanuary 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.
11518"End Run"Harry MorganJohn D. HessJanuary 25, 1977 (1977-01-25)U-816
Radar tries to help a former college football star deal with the loss of his leg.
11619"Hanky Panky"Gene ReynoldsGene ReynoldsFebruary 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.
11720"Hepatitis"Alan AldaAlan AldaFebruary 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.
11821"The General's Practitioner"Alan RafkinBurt PrelutskyFebruary 15, 1977 (1977-02-15)U-807
A general makes a reluctant Hawkeye his personal physician while a GI (Larry Wilcox) asks Radar for a big favor.
11922"Movie Tonight"Burt MetcalfeGene Reynolds, Don Reo, Allan Katz and Jay FolbFebruary 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.
12023"Souvenirs"Joshua ShelleyStory by : Burt Prelutsky and Reinhold Weege
Teleplay by : Burt Prelutsky
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.
12124"Post Op"Gene ReynoldsStory by : Gene Reynolds & Jay Folb
Teleplay by : Ken Levine & David Isaacs
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.
12225"Margaret's Marriage"Gene ReynoldsEverett Greenbaum & Jim FritzellMarch 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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