M*A*S*H (1972–1983)
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Goodbye, Farewell, and Amen 

In the closing days of the Korean War, the staff of the 4077 M*A*S*H Unit find themselves facing irrevocable changes in their lives.

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In this final episode, the staff of the 4077th M*A*S*H unit find their lives no less hectic despite the fact that it appears that the war may soon be over. Until then, the staff must deal with events like Hawkeye has been temporarily institutionalized due to a nervous breakdown, Winchester has finally found people who share his taste in classical music and Father Mulcahy has been permanently deafened in a mortar attack. At last, the ceasefire is declared and the staff must come to grips with the fact that this time in their lives is over. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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28 February 1983 (USA)  »

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Alan Alda made sure that the first line spoken by Sidney Freeman in the series was also his last: "Ladies and gentleman, take my advice. Pull down your pants and slide on the ice." See more »

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A wounded soldier drives his tank into the compound, flattening the latrines. The tank is attracting enemy fire, so Klinger erects a tent over it to hide it. The ruse doesn't work, though, and the enemy continue to shell the 4077th. Finally, Hawkeye dashes out to the tent, fires up the tank and drives it to the camp garbage dump. The goof? When the tank drove into the camp, it was an M24 Chaffee light tank. When it drove out of the tent, it was an M4 Sherman medium tank. See more »

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Maj. Winchester: I have a standing in the medical community, and I don't need the help of a nurse.
Maj. Margaret Houlihan: It's a good thing I'm a lady, or you'd need a nurse buddy.
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Referenced in 30 Rock: Kidney Now! (2009) See more »

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The Party's Over (Farewell to M*A*S*H*)
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Sung by Sam Neely
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A fantastic end to the greatest show of all time
21 May 2001 | by (Brisbane, Australia) – See all my reviews

What can one say about this movie, which wrapped up one of the longest running television series in history? Admittedly it was much darker than most of the episodes were, but Alan Alda did it all in this finale: wrote, directed, and starred in a powerful and fitting finale to this immortal show.

In case there are still people out there who are yet to see it, I refuse to give anything about the movie away, save for the fact that Alda's performance as Hawkeye in the first half of the movie is absolutely brilliant, as he takes the character in a direction seldom, if ever, seen in the series.

While there are still laughs in this finale, the laugh track is conspicuously absent, as the focus here is more on the characters and their reaction to the end of the war and the breakup of the 4077th MASH family and a focus on the issue that's been sublime in the series since 1972: War is Hell. We see it as Major Winchester, who has tried every trick in the book to shut out the war around him, finally has it broken through his defensive wall. The goodbyes at the end of the film, between Hawkeye, BJ, and Colonel Potter, and between Hawkeye and BJ, followed by the last, slower (almost haunting) playing of the MASH theme as a chopper flies Hawkeye away from the 4077th forever, provide a befitting swansong to the greatest television show ever. No show will ever outperform MASH. Ever.


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