It is a black and white episode; a male war correspondent, Clete Roberts, discusses the newest method of wartime medical care, the M*A*S*H model. He visits one of the five M*A*S*H units in Korea, the 4077, to interview the personnel. Roberts asks about the newest advances in treating casualties, morale, the families of the soldiers, their recreations in Korea, drinking, what they miss about home, the relationships that have blossomed into family, how they conquer boredom, etc. The interviewer weaves a tapestry from the commentary and off-hand remarks of the interviewees. Written by
Due to the CBS network's concern over the episode being presented in black and white monochrome, the episode began with the commentator stating, "The following is in black and white." See more »
B.J. says that he did three amputations before his first breakfast at the 4077th. However, in "Welcome to Korea," after a stop at Rosy's Bar, B.J. arrives the camp literally almost fall-down drunk. He certainly would not have been in a state to perform surgery before the following morning. See more »
The following is in black and white. This is a room in Korea a room most of the men fighting the second year of the war would rather not see. This is an operating room in a MASH, a Mobile Army Surgical Hospital. There are five of these units in South Korea. The concept of treating wounded close to the front - this particular hospital is just three miles from the fighting is being tested for the first time. If anything can be said to be a success in war, it is this concept. By ...
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The opening and closing credits are in color while the rest of the program is in black and white. See more »
A filmmaker goes to the camp to get a first hand view of the unit by interviewing several of our regulars. It is done in black and white which would have been typical of the newsreel type of reporting. This concluded the fourth season of MASH. This mostly works though I always felt it could have been better. Hawkeye, in his inimitable style, makes random comments that would be hard to interpret for the casual observer. He is so cynical and so self centered (as he usually is) and doesn't respect the questions being asked. B.J. comes across as a man out of his element. Klinger is silly and loud. Frank says exactly what you would think. Radar is cute and sort of clueless. The figures that come across the best are Potter and Mulcahy. They are both really good actors and their openness and sensitivity shine through. I wonder why none of the women were in this. Was that true to the style of these to simply ignore them. At least, it seems, Margaret, in her position of authority, would have been a good interview. Of course, Father Mulcahy's line about the doctors warming their hands over the bodies on the table is priceless.
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