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...
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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
Throughout the 11 year run of the series, mail service to and from the States kept changing. Sometimes mail was delivered in either direction quickly, sometimes it could have taken months. In this episode, which spans an entire year, mail, including packages ordered from the Sears catalog, was delivered quickly. See more »
The opening and ending scenes have Colonel Potter leading the 4077th in celebrating the end of the year 1950 and 1951 respectfully. 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 nor 1951. Neither Maj. Winchester nor BJ Hunnicut should have been there either, given the time they arrived in relation to Col. Potter. This also means Radar, Captain McIntyre, and Maj. Burns should have been present as well. See more »
Capt. B.J. Hunnicut:
In a few minutes we're going to be decobbing corn, thanks to you and your khaki thumb.
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]
Where is the corn?
Cpl. Igor Straminsky:
You're looking at it. The mushy stuff.
You... You creamed it!
[on the verge of tears]
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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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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