"Abyssinia, Henry" was the 72nd episode of the M*A*S*H television series, and the final episode of the series' third season. First aired on March 18, 1975, and written by Everett Greenbaum and Jim Fritzell, the highly rated episode was most notable for its shocking and unexpected ending. The plot of the episode centers on the military discharge and subsequent departure of the 4077th MASH's commander, Lieutenant Colonel Henry Blake (played by McLean Stevenson).
The highly controversial ending to the episode, which has since been referenced and parodied many times, prompted an estimated 1,000-plus letters to series producers Gene Reynolds and Larry Gelbart, and drew ire from both CBS and 20th Century Fox.
After the production of this episode, both Stevenson and Wayne Rogers, who played the character of Trapper John McIntyre, left the series to pursue other interests; while Stevenson's departure was announced prior to and written into "Abyssinia, Henry", Rogers unexpectedly left the series during the break between Seasons Three and Four, and so his character's departure takes place off-screen in the following episode, "Welcome to Korea". These combined departures and their subsequent replacements also signaled the beginning of a major shift in focus of the M*A*S*H series as a whole.
Complete Series and Season 11 Region 1 DVD Release Date and Preorders
You can now preorder M*A*S*H: Martinis & Medicine Collection (the complete series) and Season 11 on DVD for Region 1 from Amazon.com. According to Amazon.com, the release date for the Region 1 DVD sets is November 7. Region 1 is the format used by the U.S., Canada, and U.S. Territories. The "Martinis & Medicine Collection" is the complete series mentioned here before which includes all 11 seasons, the original movie, and 2 DVDs of extras.
Rogers Joins the Board of Directors of Vishay Intertechnology, Inc.
Philadelphia Business Journal and Sys-Con Media reported that the Board of Directors of Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. elected Wayne Rogers to fill a vacancy on the Board of Directors. Rogers is the President of investment management firm Wayne M. Rogers & Co., a renowned investor and a regular expert commentator on Fox News Channel's business program Cashin' In. Vishay Intertechnology, Inc., a Fortune 1,000 Company is one of the world's largest manufacturers of discrete semiconductors and passive electronic components.
Stiers Filming Together Again for the First Time
Deseretnews.com has an article on the work involved with shooting a movie such as Together Again for the First Time, which stars David Ogden Stiers and Julia Duffy. The dramady is about a large family that gathers for Christmas — the first time all the kids have been together since they've grown and left the nest. The article includes a photo and some quotes from Stiers.