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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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 »
The tank that is erratically driven into camp by the wounded soldier is an M-24 Chaffee light tank, but when Hawkeye drives it back out of camp, it is a Sherman tank. See more »
When M*A*S*H ended in 1983, the cutline in the tv guide read, "130 million Americans laughed and cried as the 4077th went home." I finally saw the final episode about a year ago; laughing and crying is exactly what I did. It's ironic--in many ways, M*A*S*H was a parody of the Army in the Korean War. Its characters, though, were totally thorough and convincing. This, without a doubt, is the very best series finale of all time. Seinfeld doesn't even light a candle to this one.
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