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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Comedy | Drama | War





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29 December 1980 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone Sound Recording)


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The title is based on the movie A Man for All Seasons (1966). See more »


When the Giants win the pennant, Winchester drops his baseball cap to the ground. Moments later, he has fainted and is lying on his back, but the cap is back in his hand and being held to his chest. See more »


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 The Birth of a Nation (1915) See more »


Auld Lang Syne
Traditional Scottish Ballad
Words by Robert Burns
Performed by cast
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A Little Time Capsule
24 April 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The show starts on New Year's Eve. While we need to be careful of the chronology here (since most TV shows tend to ignore time anyway) this is a fun episode with Potter overseeing the party and hoping all will be home in the coming year. We are then treated to a series of events that happen in the forthcoming year. For one, we have the Sears Roebuck catalogue, which is a lifeline to the states. B.J. and Hawkeye seem to have unlimited funds to buy lots of junk. As spring comes around, we watch as the Dodgers build a huge lead in the National League and Winchester becomes enamored, not with baseball, but with a "sure thing." Mulcahy plants sweet corn so that on the 4th of July, they will be eating corn on the cob. Dire results, thanks to Igor. There is also a patient who is dealing with kidney problems. The boys are able to rig up a kind of machine (dialysis?) because moving him to a hospital could be fatal. Anyway, if one can overlook the obvious junctures of time, just enjoy the individual events.

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