Sidney Freedman feels depressed over Tom, a young soldier, who blames Sidney for his injuries because Sidney sent him back into combat. The 4077th members light a bonfire to release their stress.



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When a bus rolls into the 4077 compound, there are several wounded soldiers and a surprise: Sidney (Allan Arbus). He was in a foxhole doing therapy with patient, Tom (Michael O'Keefe), who suffered from hysterical paralysis when they were hit by Chinese artillery. Sidney has a headache but he is 100% compared to the 4077 crew. With everyone acting frenzied, Col. Potter asks Sidney if he would visit with some of the "loonier" cases. Klinger and Radar are each genuinely worried he is crazy, Margaret continues to do her work correctly, if not loudly, and Boston Baked Buffoon is wrong and cannot deal with it. The Swamp Rats see Tom is giving Sidney a hard time and the good doctor is beating himself up over it but only Father Mulcahy consults Sidney about Sidney. A routine duty turns into a Potter-sanctioned 4077 organized activity to allow everyone to "let off some steam." Written by LA-Lawyer

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Comedy | Drama | War





Release Date:

11 October 1977 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone Sound Recording)


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The actor that plays Tom (the injured patient Sydney cures of hysterical paralysis) is the same actor who played a hysterical paralysis patient Hawkeye cures during M*A*S*H: Mad Dogs and Servicemen (1974). See more »


Maj. Sidney Freedman: Klinger, let me ask you something. Why do you want to get out of here?
Maj. Sidney Freedman: Why? Well there's, there's lots of reasons. I guess death tops the list. I don't wanna die. And I don't wanna look at other people while they do it. And I don't wanna be told where to stand while it happens to me. And I don't wanna be told how to do it to somebody else. And I ain't gonna, period, that's it, I'm gettin' out.
Maj. Sidney Freedman: You don't like death.
Maxwell Klinger: Overall, I'd rather lay in a hammock with a couple of girls than be dead. Yes.
Maj. Sidney Freedman: ...
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References I Love Lucy (1951) See more »


Keep the Home Fires Burning ('Till the Boys Come Home)
Music by Ivor Novello
Lyrics by Lena Guilbert Ford
Performed by Allan Arbus, William Christopher, Jamie Farr, and Harry Morgan
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Sidney Strikes Again
27 March 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Once again, the camp is on edge. Potter thinks he is losing control. Coincidentally, Sidney Freedman has been brought in with a head wound. He has been in a foxhole, following up on a kid he had sent back to the front after severe psychological trauma. While he is in camp, he begins to see the people of the 4077th. Charles and Margaret have a feud going over his touching his nose while in surgery. Klinger and Radar both think they are crazy. Sidney is also having a rough time because the boy he sent back despises him for his actions. While all this is going on, Zale and another guy are burning Chinese uniforms because they are infested. Someone gets the idea to build a huge bonfire. This is a nicely done episode. As I've said before, episodes with Dr. Freedman are among the best of all.

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