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
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In 1983 a spin-off to M*A*S*H called After MASH (1983) was aired. It was a sequel focusing on the M*A*S*H characters of Klinger, Colonel Potter and Father Mulcahy who, following the Korean War, end up working together in a VA hospital in the US. In its first season, it did well enough to be renewed for a second year but it was then put up against The A-Team (1983) on a rival channel, lost heavily in the ratings and was cancelled. Some commentators have suggested that this was indicative of the mood change in America at the time, M*A*S*H doing hugely well during the presidency of Jimmy Carter when the country was ridden with liberal angst and self-doubt but losing out to the macho jingoism of 'The A-Team' once Ronald Reagan took power. See more »
Colonel Potter's horse, Sophie is supposed to be a mare. In the shot of Potter riding "her" away from camp, "she" is definitely a stallion. See more »
Well, I'm going to be head of thoracic surgery at Boston Mercy Hospital, so my life will go on pretty much as I expected, with one exception. For me, music was always a refuge from this miserable experience, and now it will always be a reminder.
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The end to one of the finest TV shows in its history
The successful Tv series M*A*S*H ended its long history with this two hour finale. It begins with Hawkeye (Alda) in a mental hospital after an incident. Meanwhile the war is drawing to a close and the men and women of the 4077th prepare for peace and the return to normalcy..but not until the war takes its final shots at them. This episode is still one of the most highly rated tv shows ever on a scale of one to ten..9
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