M*A*S*H: Season 9, Episode 6

A War for All Seasons (29 Dec. 1980)

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As the year 1950 comes to a close, the 4077th staff and surgeons hope 1951 is "a damn sight better" and hopefully they'll be going home. The year 1951 is not uneventful: Klinger makes a bet... See full summary »

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As the year 1950 comes to a close, the 4077th staff and surgeons hope 1951 is "a damn sight better" and hopefully they'll be going home. The year 1951 is not uneventful: Klinger makes a bet on a baseball team Charles is sure will lose, Hawkeye and B.J. build a kidney machine, Margaret knits a scarf which soon becomes a bed sheet, and Father Mulcahy plants a garden. By the time New Year's Eve rolls around again, they all hope 1952 will be "a damn sight better" and that they will be returning home. Written by <Explorerds6789>

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The title is based on the movie A Man for All Seasons (1966). See more »

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The opening scene has Colonel Potter leading the 4077th in celebrating the end of the year 1950 and the beginning of the year 1951. In his initial appearance in Season 4's "Change of Command", Potter replaces Colonel Henry Blake as commanding officer, and it is announced that the date of his arrival was September 17, 1952. Therefore Colonel Potter would not have been at the 4077th on New Year's Eve 1950. And because of this neither Col. Winchester nor BJ Hunnicut should have been there either, given the time they arrived in relation to Col. Potter. This also means Radar and Maj. Burns should have been present as well. See more »

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Capt. B.J. Hunnicut: In a few minutes we're going to be decobbing corn, thanks to you and your khaki thumb.
Father Mulcahy: Don't I know it. All week I've been dreaming of getting butter on my cheeks, juice on my shirt, and a niblet wedged between two molars.
[walks up to the table]
Father Mulcahy: Where is the corn?
Cpl. Igor Straminsky: You're looking at it. The mushy stuff.
Father Mulcahy: You... You creamed it!
[on the verge of tears]
Father Mulcahy: You... you ninny!
Cpl. Igor Straminsky: [everybody yells at Igor] I was just trying to be helpful. Next Fourth of July you can eat it on the cob for all I care.
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References A Man for All Seasons (1966) See more »

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Auld Lang Syne
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Words by Robert Burns
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A year's worth of M.A.S.H. In one episode
24 February 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

One of the most bizarre episodes of mash. it is supposed to be new Year's eve 1950, despite the fact that M.A.S.H. By this time had been going on for over 8 years - more than twice as long as the Korean WAr lasted, and had already shown two Christmas episodes, which would mean we should by now be in 1952 at least. but still we get shown a whole year going rapidly by, meaning by the end of that episode it is new year's eve 1951, with nearly 2 years of war still to go. they were clearly getting desperate for ideas by the time they made this peculiar episode, but slogged on relentlessly for another two series. i really wish they had called it a day before they reached this desperate stage.


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