Henry finds out he's been discharged from the army, and everyone at the 4077th prepares to say goodbye to him as he heads for home.



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In one of the best remembered and most emotional episodes of the entire 11 year series, Radar has an announcement for Henry in O.R. Henry Blake has received his discharge: he is finally going home to Bloomington, Illinois, to his wife, Lorraine, and their children, the country club and his medical practice. The entire 4077 gang is thrilled for Henry and they wish him well; gifts are gotten, parties are thrown and all sorts of final memories are made. But, the entire gang is sad to be losing such an integral part of the 4077 gang. Radar, in particular, is losing the man who was a father to him. The final farewell formation is memorable; even Hawkeye and Trapper show up to tell their friend and leader a fond farewell. Some farewells are fonder than others. Klinger dresses to kill. As Henry starts to leave, Radar steadfastly holds his salute to his departing C.O. until Henry finally acknowledges him. Since the episode, "Ceasefire," Radar has grown into a young man; scrapbooks and jokes ... Written by LA-Lawyer

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18 March 1975 (USA)  »

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(RCA Photophone Sound Recording)


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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This episode marks the third appearance of Virginia Ann Lee, who originally played Young Hi in the first season episode "The Moose." She plays one of the girls who hums "America" at Colonel Blake's going away party at Rosie's. See more »


Henry states that Korea is 1 day and 14 hours ahead of the United States. Radar corrects him by saying that it is the US that is 1 day and 14 hours ahead. Asia is ahead of North America. See more »


Radar: Colonel, do you know what I found in the morning's mail?
Henry Blake: Now, that's a toughie. Hum a few bars, won't you, Radar?
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On, Wisconsin!
Music by William T. Purdy
Lyrics by Carl Beck
Performed by Alan Alda and Wayne Rogers
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M*A*S*H at the first real climax
28 June 2006 | by (Switzerland) – See all my reviews

To find out how entertaining M*A*S*H is you just need to watch two or three episodes. To find out how emotional it is, you have to watch "Abyssina Henry". But one hint: Watch the previous episodes first. The effect you'll gain will be much more satisfying then. After three seasons you have to like Henry Blake. His friends (Hawkeye, Trapper, Radar) prepare a wonderful good bye party. They drink quite a lot and it's very funny. The emotions for Henry are nicely played then and even better next morning when he leaves. The plot at the end of this episode is so surprisingly that you wouldn't expect. One of the greatest episodes all over the millions of TV-series there are.

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