M*A*S*H (1972–1983)
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Abyssinia, Henry 

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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Comedy | Drama | War

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18 March 1975 (USA)  »

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The title uses the word "Abyssinia" as a comic corruption of the phrase "I'll be seeing you." See more »

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When 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 »

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Henry Blake: [Henry's final line, as he says good-bye to Radar] You behave yourself, or I'm gonna come back here and kick your butt!
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Features M*A*S*H: Kim (1973) See more »

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America the Beautiful
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Music by Samuel A. Ward
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MASH isn't just a comedy
4 October 2017 | by (Essex) – See all my reviews

if you watch the series and expecting a comedy, you've got half of what you expect due to excellent writing and acting this show perfectly combines Comedy and the serious nature that is the pointless act of war, this episode proves that point.

This episode shows the first Major cast Change as Henry Blake (McLean Stevenson) is discharged, whilst most of the episode is a comedy and a goodbye for the Character, by the last 10 minutes you start to see that the Comedy can be a drama, the goodbye scene is one of the best written and best preformed of the first 3 seasons.

if you watched the first 3 seasons and grew to love Henry you will be deeply moved by his Off Screen death portraying the horrors of war that not everyone makes it home, Henry is sadly the victim of this.

when the laughing and the comedy stops you feel like you're in another series, a well acted and rightly deserved top rated episode.


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