M*A*S*H: Season 6, Episode 1

Fade Out, Fade In (20 Sep. 1977)

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Frank Burns cracks up over Margaret's marriage while on R&R in Tokyo, and Major Charles Emerson Winchester III is sent to the 4077th as a replacement by a vindictive superior officer.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Raymond Singer ...
Dr. Berman
Robert Symonds ...
Tom Stovall ...
The Sergeant
William Flatley ...
M.P. Sergeant
James Carroll ...
Driver (as James Lough)
Joseph Burns ...


While on leave in Seoul, Frank finally cracks up over Margaret's marriage and starts hunting her and Donald down, accosting every female who bears even a passing resemblance to her. Unfortunately, it couldn't come at a worse time as the 4077th is inundated with casualties. Potter then makes a call to Tokyo and requests a surgeon to come in to fill in while the MPs hunt for Frank. They eventually find one in the person of Major Charles Emerson Winchester III, whose surgical skills match his arrogance, causing Hawkeye and BJ to take an immediate dislike to him. Eventually, Frank is transferred out and Winchester becomes a permanent member of the 4077 surgical staff. Now, Winchester must adjust not only to what he sees as inferior surgical conditions, but to the lunacy of Hawkeye and BJ. Written by Brian Washington <Sargebri@att.net>

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Comedy | Drama | War





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20 September 1977 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone Sound Recording)


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The title refers to movie directions to the close and open a scene thus alluding to the transition from Major Burns to Major Winchester. The Broadway musical "Fade Out - Fade In" opened at the Mark Hellinger Theater on May 20, 1964, ran for 271 performances, starred Carol Burnett and Jack Cassidy and had music written by Jule Styne and lyrics and book by Betty Comden and Adolph Green. See more »


When Major Winchester's Jeep is hit by mortar, it is clearly undamaged, but in the close up, it is on fire. No additional mortar fire is heard or seen after the shot that hits the Jeep. See more »


Col. Potter: [Hawkeye and B.J. learn that Major Winchester has permanently replaced Frank Burns] Would you rather have Burns?
Hawkeye: He was more fun to be cruel to.
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References The Howdy Doody Show (1947) See more »


Give Me the Simple Life
Music by Rube Bloom
Plays in the Officers' Club
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A Good Transitional Episode
26 March 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I remember being really pleased with the arrival of Charles Emerson Winchester. After five years of Frank Burns, the party was over. While he was a great character, he was becoming more bizarre and pathetic. What the guys needed was a worthy adversary. The final scene in this episode shows that things are going to be played on an even playing field. It doesn't mean that the hijinks will stop altogether, but that we have a man of great ego as well as great skill going toe to toe to the sophomoric duo of Hawkeye and B.J. Frank's departure is treated with way too much slapstick, but, of course, Larry Linville doesn't appear in the flesh. There are a series of interesting vignettes involving patients, plus the education of Charles into the world of meatball surgery. Klinger gets a lawyer to progress his case for being sent home and Margaret comes back to the unit from an unhappy honeymoon. A good start to the sixth season.

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