Lieutenant Colonel Henry Blake finally receives his discharge from the Army, and the entire 4077th wishes him a fond farewell. In the famous final scene, it is revealed at the end that his transport plane was shot down over the Sea of Japan and he was killed in action. Written by
In the scene where Col. Blake is saying goodbye to the staff, he goes over to kiss Margaret. In the initial shot, Margaret has her right arm bent up so she can hold her hat on. The next angle, shot from behind the pair, shows Margaret's right arm over Henry's shoulder and her hand on his back. Then the view switches back to the original angle and her hand is back on her head. See more »
[rushing into the OR, shortly after Henry's departure... Trapper sees him unmasked]
Radar, put a mask on!
I have a message.
Capt. Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce:
If it's about my discharge, give it to me straight! I can take it!
Lt. Col. Henry Blake's plane was shot down over the Sea of Japan... it spun in. There were no survivors.
[Margaret begins to cry softly... the surgeons continue their work in absolute silence]
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Stevenson as 'Col. Blake' was never very funny on this show. His 'comic timing' was terrible and he always over-acted. The slightest bit of business the writers gave him to perform, like the bumping into the door thing, never got a chuckle, except from the almighty laugh track... which was Alan Alda's best friend.
Out with the old and in with the new was the welcome recipe for this episode. This was also Wayne Rogers' final episode, though I'm sure he would have stuck around if the deadhead producers would have paid him what he wanted. Stevenson's departure made room for the talented Harry Morgan, but Rogers' exit allowed Mike Farrell to stumble into the mix, and that was sitcom blasphemy. Farrell couldn't act his way out of his own butt.
The end of one era for M*A*S*H*, but the beginning of a better one (with the exception of the participation of Farrell).
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