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Encyclopedia > Goodbye, Farewell and Amen
Goodbye, Farewell and Amen
M*A*S*H episode
Episode no. Season 11
Episode 16 / Movie
Guest stars Allan Arbus (Sidney Freedman)
Rosalind Chao (Soon-Lee)
Jeff Maxwell (Igor Straminsky)
Kellye Nakahara
Written by Alan Alda
Karen Hall
Burt Metcalfe
John Rappaport
Thad Mumford
Dan Wilcox
David Pollock
Elias Davis
Directed by Alan Alda
Production no. 9-B04
Original airdate February 28, 1983
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"Goodbye, Farewell and Amen" was a television movie that served as the 251st and final episode of the M*A*S*H television series. Closing out the series' eleventh season, the 2½-hour episode first aired on Monday, February 28, 1983. Written by a large number of collaborators (including series star Alan Alda) and directed by Alda, "Goodbye, Farewell, and Amen" as of 2007, is still the single most watched episode of a television series in American history. Image File history File links GFAtitle. ... Allan Arbus Allan Arbus (born February 15, 1918) is an American actor perhaps best-known for his role as psychiatrist Dr. Sidney Freedman on the television series M*A*S*H. // Arbus was born in New York City of Jewish background. ... In the television series M*A*S*H, Dr. Sidney Theodore Freedman, played by Allan Arbus, is a psychiatrist frequently summoned in cases of mental health problems. ... Rosalind Chao or Chao Jyalin (Chinese: ; Pinyin: ; born September 23, 1964 is an American actress, born in Anaheim, California. ... Jeff Maxwell played Pvt. ... Private Igor Straminsky is a not-too-terribly bright mess tent assistant and the officers club bartender in the television series M*A*S*H. He is generally portrayed by actor Jeff Maxwell, although Peter Riegert played him in two sixth season episodes. ... Kellye Nakahara (b. ... Alan Alda (b. ... Karen Hall is a Hollywood screenwriter. ... Alan Alda (b. ... February 28 is the 59th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar). ... A series finale is the very last installment of a television series, usually a sitcom or drama. ... M*A*S*H season one DVD cover This is a season-by-season listing for the television series M*A*S*H. In all, there are 251 episodes. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Wikiquote is a sister project of Wikipedia, using the same MediaWiki software. ... M*A*S*H is an American television series developed by Larry Gelbart, inspired by the 1968 novel M*A*S*H: A Novel About Three Army Doctors by Richard Hooker (penname for H. Richard Hornberger) and its sequels, but primarily by the 1970 film MASH, and influenced by the... February 28 is the 59th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar). ... Alan Alda (b. ... The following is a list of most watched television episodes, organized by country and based on various criteria. ...


The episode's plot chronicles the waning days of the Korean War at the 4077th MASH and features several storylines intended to show the war's effects on the individual personnel of the unit, and to bring closure to the series. After the final cease-fire of the war goes into effect, the members of the 4077th threw a closing party before going about the process of dismantling the camp for the final time. After saying their tear-filled goodbyes, the main characters go their separate ways, leading up to the iconic final scene of the series. Combatants United Nations:  Republic of Korea,  Australia,  Belgium,  Luxembourg,  Canada,  Colombia,  Ethiopia,  France,  Greece,  Luxembourg,  Netherlands,  New Zealand,  Philippines,  South Africa,  Thailand,  Turkey,  United Kingdom,  United States Medical staff:  Denmark,  Australia,  Italy,  Norway,  Sweden Communist states:  Democratic People’s Republic of Korea,  Peoples Republic of China,  Soviet Union Commanders... An armistice is the effective end of a war, when the warring parties agree to stop fighting. ...


Between 109 and 125 million Americans (77% of all television viewership that night) watched "Goodbye, Farewell, and Amen", more than both the year's Super Bowl and the famed Roots miniseries. The episode remains one of the highest rated and respected of the series. While the M*A*S*H series ended with this episode, three of the series' main characters (Sherman Potter (played by Harry Morgan), Maxwell Klinger, and Father Mulcahy) would later meet again in 1983 – 1985 spin-off series AfterMASH. Date January 30, 1983 Stadium Rose Bowl Stadium City Pasadena, California MVP John Riggins, Running back Favorite Dolphins by 3 National anthem Leslie Easterbrook Coin toss Elroy Hirsch Referee Jerry Markbreit Halftime show Bob Jani Productions presents KaleidoSUPERscope with the Los Angeles Super Drill Team Attendance 103,667 TV in... Roots is a 1977 American television miniseries based on Alex Haleys work Roots: The Saga of an American Family, his critically acclaimed genealogical novel. ... Colonel Sherman Tecumseh Potter was a fictional character from the M*A*S*H television show. ... For German porn star and director, see Harry S. Morgan. ... A spin-off (or spinoff) is a new organization or entity formed by a split from a larger one such as a new company formed from a university research group. ... AfterMASH was a situation comedy that ran for two seasons (1983-1985) on CBS. A spin-off of the long-running hit series M*A*S*H, AfterMASH took place immediately following the end of the Korean War and chronicled the adventures of three characters from the original series: Colonel...


This was the only episode in the entire run of M*A*S*H to have its title shown onscreen. M*A*S*H is an American television series developed by Larry Gelbart, inspired by the 1968 novel M*A*S*H: A Novel About Three Army Doctors by Richard Hooker (penname for H. Richard Hornberger) and its sequels, but primarily by the 1970 film MASH, and influenced by the...

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The finale starts during the waning days of the war at an unfamiliar hospital, in Ward D; it is revealed as a mental hospital. Captain Hawkeye Pierce (played by Alda) is inside being treated by Dr. Sidney Freedman (played by longtime recurring guest star Allan Arbus). As time progresses, Freedman is able to force him to recall the events that led up to his breakdown.[1] A psychiatric hospital (also called a mental hospital or asylum) is a hospital specializing in the treatment of persons with mental illness. ... Captain Benjamin Franklin Hawkeye Pierce is the lead fictional character in the M*A*S*H novels, film, and television series. ... In the television series M*A*S*H, Dr. Sidney Theodore Freedman, played by Allan Arbus, is a psychiatrist frequently summoned in cases of mental health problems. ... Allan Arbus Allan Arbus (born February 15, 1918) is an American actor perhaps best-known for his role as psychiatrist Dr. Sidney Freedman on the television series M*A*S*H. // Arbus was born in New York City of Jewish background. ...


In the first memory that Hawkeye recalls, he is on an ill-fated bus ride after a day of partying at the beaches of Incheon, and is drunk and jovial on the bus, and shouting for a bottle of whiskey – to be passed to the back of the bus for someone who "can't wait." However, as time progresses in his treatment, he is able to recall memories which he repressed; in his next recollection of the story, the person who "can't wait" is revealed to be a wounded soldier brought onto the bus, as a frustrated Hawkeye, unable to believe that the atmosphere on the bus is so jovial in light of this soldier's injury, calls frantically for a bottle of plasma. Also, a Korean refugee girl from the previous episode, Soon-Lee, is still on the base, continuing her search for her parents. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Whisky (or whiskey) is an alcoholic beverage distilled from grain, often including malt, which has then been aged in wooden barrels. ...


The bus then picks up a group of Korean refugees, followed later by more wounded soldiers. Then, every person on the bus is in danger of being discovered and executed by a Chinese patrol. Hawkeye scolds the refugees to be quiet but a chicken begins to cluck and its owner responds by smothering it to death to keep it quiet. Hawkeye breaks down crying as he remembers that the chicken was actually a baby, and he had repressed the memory. Hawkeye is returned to his unit.


Meanwhile, a tank is driven by a wounded soldier into the 4077th and crushes the latrine. Charles Emerson Winchester, going to use the "ravine latrine," "captures" a rag-tag bunch of Chinese soldiers who happened to be musicians -- the equivalent of a unit band, they play traditional music for the other POWs. Charles teaches them to play Mozart's "Quintet for Clarinet and Strings, K. 581". Colonel Potter gets orders not to move the tank. Major Charles Emerson Winchester III is a principal character on the television series, M*A*S*H, played by David Ogden Stiers. ... It has been suggested that this article be split into multiple articles. ... The music of China dates back to the dawn of Chinese civilization with documents and artifacts providing evidence of a well-developed musical culture as early as the Zhou Dynasty (1122 BC - 256 BC). ... “Mozart” redirects here. ... Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in A (also called Clarinet Quintet in A Major) is the common name of the Mozart composition with the Köchel number of 581. ... Colonel Sherman Tecumseh Potter was a fictional character from the M*A*S*H television show. ...


Charles is also bemoaning the fact that a competitor for the position of Chief of Thoracic Surgery at Mercy Hospital back in Boston has been pulling strings in an attempt to get the job. Margaret tries to help him get the job, and succeeds in doing so, but when Winchester finds out what she has done, he is none too pleased. Diagram of a tsetse fly, showing the head, thorax and abdomen The thorax is a division of an animals body, that lies between the head and the abdomen. ... Major Margaret Hot Lips Houlihan was a fictional character from the M*A*S*H television show. ...


The presence of the tank causes the North Koreans to begin mortaring the unit. During the initial mortaring, Father Mulcahy goes out to try to save a group of prisoners of war who have been placed in the camp. While he is doing so, he is knocked out by a mortar round that explodes very near to him, and when he wakes up, finds that he cannot hear what anyone is saying. Upon learning from BJ that he's suffering from a case of tinnitus, Mulcahy makes him promise not to tell anyone about his hearing problem, because it could get him sent home where he wouldn't be able to continue helping the local orphans. John Patrick Francis Mulcahy is a principal character from the film, M*A*S*H played by Rene Auberjonois and the television series version played by William Christopher. ... Geneva Convention definition A prisoner of war (POW) is a soldier, sailor, airman, or marine who is imprisoned by an enemy power during or immediately after an armed conflict. ... Tinnitus (IPA pronunciation: or ,[1] from the Latin word for ringing[2]) is the perception of sound in the human ear in the absence of corresponding external sound(s). ...


B.J. Hunnicutt, who has received his discharge papers, leaves for home, before Hawkeye returns to the camp to find a fresh batch of wounded waiting for him. Hawkeye is dismayed that B.J. left the same way Trapper did, without saying goodbye or leaving a note. After a surgical round, with the mortaring of the camp continuing, Hawkeye takes the initiative and drives the tank out of the camp, through the newly built latrine and into the garbage dump. This impulsive move forces Colonel Potter to arrange for Hawkeye another session with Dr. Freedman. Captain B.J. Hunnicutt (played by Mike Farrell) is a fictional character in the TV show M*A*S*H, which ran from 1972-1983 on CBS. Captain Hunnicutt resided in Mill Valley, California before he was recruited to join the US Army to fight in the War. ...


Soon after, wildfires started by North Korean incendiary bombs in the surrounding hills forces the 4077th to bug out. (An actual wildfire destroyed the outdoor set and had to be written into the script.) Almost as soon as the new camp has been set up, B.J. returns, his journey home stopped after word reaches him in Guam that his discharge has been rescinded.


Winchester eventually has to say goodbye to his Chinese music students, due to a POW trade with the Koreans. However, shortly thereafter, one of the musicians is brought back to the camp, barely clinging to life, and Charles is stunned to learn that he is the only one of the students still alive. As a result, classical music, his number one solace during the war, becomes unpalatable to him. He goes inside his tent and starts up his records player, but only after a few seconds he takes the record off and smashes it. Classical music is a broad, somewhat imprecise term, referring to music produced in, or rooted in the traditions of, European art, ecclesiastical and concert music, encompassing a broad period from roughly 1000 to the present day. ...


The truce has been signed. While in surgery, the hospital staff hears journalist Robert Pierpoint over the PA as the last shots of the war are fired. Robert Pierpoint was an American broadcast journalist who worked for CBS. Before becoming CBS White House Correspondent Pierpoint covered the Korean War. ...


A party is given in the mess tent to celebrate (presumably that evening or the evening before the hospital is decommissioned). Each of the main characters – and many minor characters, including ones barely seen during the run of the show – tells what he or she will be doing after the war. The biggest surprise comes from Klinger whom, after countless attempts throughout the series to seek a Section 8 discharge, decides to stay in Korea to be with his new wife Soon Lee, and assist her in her search for her missing parents — even though he, like most of the soldiers, has finally received his release papers. Maxwell Q. Klinger is a fictional character from the M*A*S*H television series played by American actor Jamie Farr. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


The day of departure begins with Father Mulcahy officiating the wedding of Klinger and Soon Lee, with Colonel Potter serving as best man. The newlyweds are the first ones to leave. As they pull out in an ox cart (decorated with a "JUST MARRIED" sign and strings of Klinger's old high heel shoes), Soon Lee throws her bouquet, which is caught by Margaret. As the tearing down of the camp begins, some personnel are sent by bus to the 8063rd MASH, a temporary stop, before being sent home. The landmark wooden arrow mileage signs of respective hometowns are taken one by one. The officers then say goodbye, and what remains of the camp is torn down by the few remaining soldiers. Each officer departs one by one: Father Mulcahy first on his way to the 8063rd; then Margaret, also heading to join others at the 8063rd (after saying goodbye to Charles, B.J. and Col. Potter - and sharing a long, passionate farewell kiss with Hawkeye); Charles then leaves in a garbage truck with Sgt. Rizzo after bidding farewell to his Swampmates and the Colonel; and Colonel Potter takes one final ride on Sophie before donating her to a local orphanage. Hawkeye and B.J. simultaneously give Potter a farewell salute before he rides away.

Promotional photograph of the iconic final scene of the episode.

The final scene involves just B.J. and Hawkeye. Earlier, B.J. was unable to say goodbye and Hawkeye mocked him for this failure. Hawkeye laments that they will be on opposite sides of the country after they go home and concludes that they will probably never see each other again, though Hunnicutt promises they will. They tearfully embrace for the last time, then Hawkeye boards a helicopter and prepares to lift off. B.J. rides off on a motorcycle (with the San Francisco mileage arrow) and, as the helicopter ascends, Hawkeye sees a final message from his long-time friend spelled out with stones on the sandy soil: "GOODBYE." The message, of course, serves a dual purpose: it was also a message from the creators of the series to its fans, saying "goodbye" after 11 years. As such, it is the last image shown of the 4077th on the screen before the final credits, before a close-up shot of Hawkeye followed by a final shot of his helicopter flying into the distance. Image File history File links MASH_Goodbye. ... Image File history File links MASH_Goodbye. ... For other uses, see Helicopter (disambiguation). ...


The credits run longer, with an extended version of the show theme played instead of the usual short closing theme that had been used for the previous two seasons' worth of episodes.


"Goodbye, Farewell and Amen" on Home Video

Both the "Martinis and Medicine Collection" complete series set and the Season 11 DVD set of MASH were both released on November 7 of 2006. For the Season 11 DVD set release, the final 2½-hour episode was released on the third disc of the set as it was originally aired. Eventually 20th century Fox Home Entertainment re-released "Goodbye, Farewell and Amen" episode as a stand-alone Three-DVD set on May 15th of 2007. This DVD set also includes the two "special features" DVDs that were originally included in the complete series "Martinis and Medicine Collection" DVD set.[2]. Size comparison: A 12 cm Sony DVD+RW and a 19 cm Dixon Ticonderoga pencil. ...


The 'GFA' DVD set was a compromise between the loyal fans (who bought the entire series on DVD season by season from 2002 to 2006) and 20th century Fox Home Entertainment as a way of getting the "Special Features" discs that were available in the then-exclusive "Martinis and Medicine Collection". Before 'GFA' was re-released on DVD, the only way that fans could get the "Special Features" discs was to purchase the complete series set (which angered loyal fans). Even before the Season 11 and "Martinis and Medicine Collection" sets were released, information was leaked on the internet on a possible compromise with loyal fans on obtaining the "Special Features" Discs [3].


While the entire series is available on Region 1, Region 2, and Region 4 DVDs, the 'GFA' set is currently available only on Region 1 DVD. No word if it will be re-released on Region 2 or Region 4 DVDs. The following is an excerpt of the article entitled DVD. For the sake of convenience, the terms Region 0, Region 1, Region 2, Region 3, Region 4, Region 5, Region 6, Region 7 and Region 8 redirect to this page. ... The following is an excerpt of the article entitled DVD. For the sake of convenience, the terms Region 0, Region 1, Region 2, Region 3, Region 4, Region 5, Region 6, Region 7 and Region 8 redirect to this page. ... The following is an excerpt of the article entitled DVD. For the sake of convenience, the terms Region 0, Region 1, Region 2, Region 3, Region 4, Region 5, Region 6, Region 7 and Region 8 redirect to this page. ...


Prior of being released on DVD, "Goodbye, Farewell and Amen" became the first TV program to be released on home video by the 'CBS/Fox Video' label (VHS, Laserdisc, and the RCA Selectavision Video Disc) and was released to rental outlets. CBS/Fox Video was a home video company formed and established in 1982. ... Bottom view of VHS cassette with magnetic tape exposed Top view of VHS cassette with front casing removed The Video Home System, better known by its abbreviation VHS, is a recording and playing standard. ... Not to be confused with disk laser, a type of solid-state laser in a flat configuration. ... RCA, formerly an acronym for the Radio Corporation of America, is now a trademark owned by Thomson SA through RCA Trademark Management S.A., a company owned by Thomson. ... The Hobbit CED SelectaVision was originally the name for a video playback system developed by RCA using specialized Capacitance Electronic Disc (CED) media, in which video and audio could be played back on a TV using a special analog needle and high-density groove system similar to phonograph records. ...


Also, as a part of their TV Home Video Club, Columbia House did release selected episodes of MASH on VHS in the 1990's. Of the episodes released to club members, GFA was one of many episodes released by Columbia House [4]. Columbia House operates a music club and DVD club, and as such is a direct seller of DVD movies and box sets, offering its selections through “club membership” agreements. ...


Currently, there is no report of MASH being released on Blu-Ray Disc or HD-DVD (types of High-Definition format DVD). Blu-ray discs Blu-ray Disc is a next-generation optical disc format jointly developed by a group of leading consumer electronics and PC companies called the Blu_ray Disc Association (BDA), which succeeds the Blu_ray Disc Founders (BDF). ... HD DVD, High-Definition DVD or High-Density DVD is a high-density optical disc format designed for the storage of data and high-definition video. ...


"Goodbye, Farewell, and Amen" on DVD

For the most part, the third disc of the MASH: Season 11 DVD set and the first disc of the MASH: GFA set are the same disc. The only difference is the disc art. The artword of the third disc of the MASH: Season 11 DVD has a solid khaki background with a 'grayscale' image of Sgt. Klinger on the left. The artwork of the first disc of the MASH: GFA set has a solid lime-green background with a 'grayscale' image of a martini glass with an olive in the glass also located on the left of the disc.


PLEASE NOTE: The artwork for 'GFA' disc one is slightly redone from its original 'Martinis and Medicine Collection' design(disc one). The only difference between the two is the episode title on the Disc. "Martinis and Medicine Collection" 's disc one of the 'Special Features' artwork of the has no mention of any season or episode title). Also some 'GFA' sets re-used the Season 11 Disc 3 disc art.


Cultural reaction and impact

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Pre-airing buildup

The anticipation and buildup to the airing of "Goodbye, Farewell and Amen" was almost unprecedented, especially for a regular television series (in contrast to an awards show or special event). Interest from advertisers prompted CBS, the network that aired M*A*S*H, to sell 30-second commercial blocks for $450,000 (about $906,000 in 2006) each – a higher cost than even for the Super Bowl of that year.[5] CBS Broadcasting, Inc. ... Date January 30, 1983 Stadium Rose Bowl Stadium City Pasadena, California MVP John Riggins, Running back Favorite Dolphins by 3 National anthem Leslie Easterbrook Coin toss Elroy Hirsch Referee Jerry Markbreit Halftime show Bob Jani Productions presents KaleidoSUPERscope with the Los Angeles Super Drill Team Attendance 103,667 TV in...


On the night this episode aired, large areas of California (particularly the San Francisco Bay Area) were affected by power outages resulting from unusually strong winter weather. This prevented many viewers from watching the series finale. Three weeks later, on March 21, KPIX, the CBS affiliate in San Francisco, re-aired the episode. USGS satellite photo of the San Francisco Bay Area. ... KPIX-TV (Channel 5) is the CBS owned and operated television station in San Francisco, California. ...


Post show reaction

The episode was seen by so many people that just after the end of the episode, the New York City Sanitation/Public Works Department reported the largest use of water ever around the city; apparently New Yorkers had been "holding it" through the show.[6]


M*A*S*H was one of the most successful shows in TV history. It therefore is not surprising that CBS wanted the franchise to continue. [weasel words] Hence was born AfterMASH, following the adventures of Colonel Potter, Max Klinger and Father Mulcahy in a Stateside hospital after the war. Initially popular, script problems and constant character changes led to a steep decline in viewers, and the show lasted a mere two seasons. AfterMASH was a situation comedy that ran for two seasons (1983-1985) on CBS. A spin-off of the long-running hit series M*A*S*H, AfterMASH took place immediately following the end of the Korean War and chronicled the adventures of three characters from the original series: Colonel...


M*A*S*H finished up its 11-season run on CBS with a repeat of "Goodbye, Farewell and Amen" on September 19, 1983. It was repeated again in summer 1984. is the 262nd day of the year (263rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar). ...


Trivia

  • The episode's title is a paraphrase of a line in Cole Porter's song "Just One Of Those Things". Many other M*A*S*H episodes had also borrowed their titles from classic songs and films.
  • Klinger reveals he has an Uncle Jameel. Jamie Farr's birth name is Jameel Joseph Farah.
  • It was Jamie Farr's idea to have Klinger voluntarily choose to stay in Korea at the end of the episode.
  • The shots of the 4077th tents being packed up were taken from the episode "Bug Out."
  • In the finale's closing moments, listen closely for references to the episodes "Bottoms Up" (March 2, 1981) and "The Joker is Wild" (November 15, 1982).
  • Alda reportedly had a different idea for what to do for the finale: he wanted it to be a typical half-hour episode, at the end of which the fourth wall would be broken when a director would be heard saying "cut!" during a surgery scene, and crewmen would walk on the set and do what they normally did. Alda would then say to the camera "Well, for the last 12 years we tried to show you what war was like, but it's not as much fun." Alda is the only series regular to be in all 251 installments of M*A*S*H.
  • Featured a long kiss shared between Alan Alda and Loretta Swit. Alda and Swit are the only actors to appear in both the first episode of M*A*S*H and this, the last episode. The character of Father Mulcahy also appears in both, but was played by a different actor in the pilot episode.
  • BJ, on his initial trip back to the US, is confronted by the MPs, who ask if he is "Hunnicutt the doctor?" To which he replies, "No, I am Hunnicutt the chaplain." In the 1968 Richard Hooker novel M*A*S*H: A Novel About Three Army Doctors, which is the basis for the M*A*S*H franchise, the doctors impersonate chaplains to get out of working short-arm inspection while en route back to the US.
  • The final line in the episode, and of the overall M*A*S*H series is Hawkeye (Alda) calling out, "What?" over the whir of the chopper blades. This is in response to BJ Hunnicutt's shouted words of farewell to his friend: "I'll see you back in the states... I promise. But just in case I don't, I left you a note." As BJ disappears on his motorcycle, Hawkeye gives the the chopper pilot the signal to take off. As the helicopter rises into the air, Hawkeye sees that BJ has arranged the camp's white stones -- which previously spelled out "MASH" -- to read, "GOODBYE".

Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... Cole Albert Porter (June 9, 1891 – October 15, 1964) was an American composer and songwriter from Peru, Indiana. ... Just One Of Those Things may refer to: Just One Of Those Things, a popular song, written by Cole Porter in 1935 for the musical High Society. ... Jamie Farr (born Jameel Joseph Farah on July 1, 1934) is an American television and film actor and popular game show panelist. ... Bug Out is a special hour-long episode of M*A*S*H. With North Korean forces on the march, the 4077th must bug out and move the entire camp, but a soldier who has just had serious spinal surgery cannot be moved. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... A television director is usually responsible for directing the actors and other taped aspects of a television production. ... M*A*S*H season one DVD cover This is a season-by-season listing for the television series M*A*S*H. In all, there are 251 episodes. ... Alan Alda (b. ... Loretta Swit was born on November 4, 1937, in Passaic, New Jersey to Polish immigrants. ...

Footnotes

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  1. ^ Classic Episode - Goodbye, Farewell and Amen. MASH4077.co.uk. (Accessed November 12, 2006)
  2. ^ http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/newsitem.cfm?NewsID=6323
  3. ^ http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/read.php?ID=24932
  4. ^ http://www.finest-kind.net/misc/MASHcolumbialist.txt
  5. ^ Wittebols, James H. Watching M*A*S*H, Watching America: A Social History of the 1972-1983 Television Series. 1998. 242 pp. 138-142.
  6. ^ http://imdb.com/title/tt0213826/trivia "M*A*S*H" Goodbye, Farewell, and Amen (1983) trivia
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M*A*S*H: Goodbye, Farewell And Amen | The A.V. Club (571 words)
M*A*S*H's best and worst qualities are apparent in the series finale, "Goodbye, Farewell And Amen," a quintuple-length episode that remains the highest-rated single TV broadcast in history.
What an estimated 100 million viewers saw that night was an ambitious two hours of television (not counting commercials) that tried to push the show's "war is hell" message to a new level of psychodrama, while also providing a satisfying send-off to beloved characters.
The final half-hour is beautifully bittersweet, as the characters get their chances to say goodbye, knowing they'll likely never see each other again.
FYE: Television - M*A*S*H: Goodbye, Farewell, And Amen [3 Discs] 1983 (262 words)
Goodbye, Farewell and Amen was the instant-classic final installment of the long-running TV series M*A*S*H. After nearly three bloody years of combat in Korea (and 11 years' worth of TV time!), a truce has been declared and the 4077th is going home.
Others who must begin seriously considering a future unblemished by the threat of war are newly married Corporal Klinger (Jamie Farr), newly divorced Major Margaret Houlihan (Loretta Swit), and the hearing-impaired Father Mulcahy (William Christopher).
Originally telecast February 28, 1983, the 2 1/2 hour Goodbye, Farewell and Amen was the most widely watched TV program of all time.
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