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

The Light That Failed (25 Oct. 1977)

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A delivery error keeps the 4077th from receiving a vital shipment of supplies, Winchester has a selfish reaction to an error that nearly kills a patient, and everyone is forced to guess at the murderer's identity in a mystery novel.


(as Charles Dubin)


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Episode cast overview:
Enid Kent ...
Sgt. Hacker
Gary Erwin ...
Corporal Dobson


B.J. receives a mystery novel that everyone in camp reads in turn. When they discover the last page is missing, the solution to the mystery has become a mystery in itself, until B.J. calls the author long distance; In post-op, thanks to faulty lighting and an incompetent nurse, Charles accidentally injects his patient with the wrong hypodermic and nearly kills him. Written by <Explorerds6789>

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Comedy | Drama | War





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25 October 1977 (USA)  »

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(RCA Photophone Sound Recording)


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1.33 : 1
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The title comes from the novel 'The Light That Failed' by Rudyard Kipling, published in 1890. See more »


Charles nearly kills a patient when he mistakes curare for morphine in Post-Op. Curare was never approved for use in Korea, so it should not be there in the first place, and even if it was there, curare is a paralytic used in conjunction with anesthetics - it has no use in Post-Op. See more »


References The Light That Failed (1939) See more »


When the Lights Go On Again (All Over the World)
Written by Eddie Seiler, Sol Marcus and Bennie Benjamin
Portion sung by Jamie Farr
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