As the eighth season opens, Radar receives a letter from home proving war is not the only place where death strikes unexpectedly. The news quickly has Radar shipping stateside, followed by a period of adjustment as everyon... more »e tries to get used to a nervous and bumbling Klinger being in charge as company clerk. Things go from bad to worse as both Colonel Potter and Charles have to be quarantined with mumps. Then Hawkeye decides to stop drinking after receiving a bar bill so big that he's shocked into realizing, "I could have bought a used Studebaker for this!" Aside from incoming wounded, the 4077 is besieged by congressional aides, doctors demonstrating new techniques, inspecting colonels and a return visit from psychiatrist Sidney Freedman. Now if only everyone would just go away so the docs could get some sleep!« less
"Does anyone NOT like MASH? We watch these all the time, love the show and glad to have the DVD's. Thanks"
MASH - all of 'em are great
Nancy L. Hart | IN | 01/03/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I buy these for my Dad. He loves M.A.S.H. At 94 he watches them every day."
Daniel Plummer | Ottawa, Ontario Canada | 10/15/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I've probably seen most of the entire series, however I've now gone through 1-9 over the past year and a half. Season 8 is certainly another excellent season of MASH, however I have been noticing it's maturity and the difference in the series since it's earlier season's. Bottom line, Season 8 will not disappoint, however you may notice what I have: the changes, with the loss and addition of several actors/characters.
Perhaps moreso in Season 9, but I'm noticing much more 'friendliness' amongst the characters and the way they interact. As opposed to the good clean fun and practical jokes they would play on one another. They say the first one(s) are usually better than the sequal(s). While I don't necessarily think the later season's are 'worse' by any means, I am seeing the maturity in the series as it progressed."
Z. Jackson | 03/09/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is the season we see a big change with Corporal Radar O' Riley leaving the show. It just never seems the same without him. However the cast carrys on to what is another great season. This season includes the following episodes:
Too Many Cooks The 4077th pays host to Pvt. Paul "Look Out Below" Conway, the clumsiest man in the army. Though Conway is a total loss as a soldier, he turns out to be a brilliant gourmet chef, which is why the doctors and nurses are bending over backward to keep him in camp. Meanwhile, Col. Potter wrestles with a profoundly personal problem.
Private Finance Klinger offers money to an impoverished South Korean girl. The girl's mother misunderstands, and before long Klinger is accused of despoiling the young woman. While all this is transpiring, Hawkeye is having his own problems trying to keep a promise made to a dying patient.
Yessir, That's Our Baby A wartime fling between an American GI and a Korean woman has resulted in an abandoned infant. The gang at the 4077th realize that the baby will be shunned by the Koreans for being "mixed." Thus it is that the M*A*S*H gang dedicates itself to the difficult task of finding a good and loving home for the little castaway.
Stars and Stripes Margaret wonders if she should renew her battlefiled romance with scrappy soldier Jack Scully, especially since he's been busted to Private for punching out an officer. On another front, B.J. and Charles are asked to collaborate on a medical-journal article describing a recent life-saving operation.
Captain's Outrageous Will Father Mulcahy finally get the promotion that has so long been denied him? Though sympathetic to Mulcahy's plight, the doctors of the 4077th have got problems of their own. A big brawl at Rosie's bar has sent the proprietor to a hospital bed and placed the doctors in charge of dispensing liquor to the customers.
Dear Uncle Abdul Now it is Klinger's turn to write a letter home. In a missive to his Uncle Abdul in Toledo, Klinger details the trials and tribulations of his new position as company clerk in fact, he's so busy he can't even get his letter finished. Meanwhile, the doctors are faced with the possibility that one of the wounded soldiers is mentally challenged.
Life Time In an episode cowritten by M*A*S*H's medical consultant, the 4077th must perform immediate surgery on a soldier with a severely lacerated aorta. With only 20 minutes to close the wound and restore circulation, Hawkeye and B.J. must rely upon an aortic graft. This puts the doctors in the unenviable position of hoping that the potential graft donor, a GI with a fatal head wound, will die in enough time to save the life of their patient.
Mr. and Mrs. Who? Returning from Tokyo with a massive hangover, Charles is confronted with the possibility that he might have gotten married while drunk. And that's hardly the end of Charles' problems, as he and the other doctors tackle a plague of deadly hemorrhagic fever. Making matters worse, the staff of the 4077th has been ordered not to treat any of the fever victims.
Nurse Doctor Father Mulcahy generously offers to help a pretty nurse study for her medical-school entrance exams. Unfortunately, the girl responds in a manner far too affectionate for the celibate Mulcahy. Meanwhile, the rest of the camp tries to figure out how to take showers with an extremely limited water supply.
Guerilla My Dreams Hawkeye crosses swords with Lt. Hung Lae Park, a ruthless and determined ROK officer. At the center of the conflict is a wounded Korean woman, whose life Hawkeye is determined to save. But Park insists that the woman is an enemy guerilla--and as such must be turned over to him for a particularly brutal round of interrogations.
Good-Bye Radar, Part 1 In this first episode of a two-part story, the 4077th's resourceful company clerk Radar O'Reilly is on a well-deserved leave in Tokyo. Colonel Potter for one cannot wait until Radar returns; thanks to the combined ineptitude of Klinger and Zale, the camp's generator is on the blink, leaving the doctors and nurses without electricity. Only Radar has the smarts to requistion a new generator in a hurry but fate has other things in store for the mild-mannered corporal.
Period of Adjustment With Radar gone, Klinger is overwhelmed by his new responsibilities as company clerk a situation that Col. Potter tries to remedy. Meanwhile, a depressed B.J., yearning to be reunited with his family, has a violent falling out with his pal Hawkeye. Before long, the entire camp is looking for Klinger and B.J., who have gone off together on a spectacular bender.
Good-Bye Radar, Part 2 In the conclusion of a two-part story, Cpl. Radar O'Reilly discovers that his uncle has died, leaving him the man of the family and as such, he qualifies for a hardship discharge from the army. Although no one at the 4077th wants to see Radar go, the gang decides to throw a farewell party in his honor. As Klinger struggles with the daunting prospect of filling Radar's shoes as company clerk, the little corporal becomes more and more certain that the 4077th won't be able to survive without him.
Are You Now, Margaret? Ostensibly visiting the 4077th on a standard fact-finding tour, Congressional aide R. Theodore Williamson turns out to be a stooge for the McCarthyites. As such, Williamson is determined to prove that innocent Margaret is a Commie-loving security risk. Hawkeye and B.J. cook up a scheme to save Margaret's military career and, incidentally, to make Williamson look a bigger jackass than he already is.
Bottle Fatigue Having toted up a humongous bar tab, Hawkeye vows that he will make the supreme sacrifice. No, he's not giving up drinking, but he does intend to stay stone cold sober for a whole entire week. Meanwhile, aristocratic Charles tries to prevent his sister from marrying "beneath her station."
Dreams Everyone at the 4077th is suffering from the fatigue of a medical crisis. Unable to go to sleep for any great length of time, the staff begins taking little cat-naps. The result is a series of dreams and nightmares that are as bizarre as anything out of a Luis Bunuel or Ingmar Bergman movie.
Back Pay Doing some creative math in his off-hours, Hawkeye figures out how much money he would have made during the Korean war if he'd been a civilian doctor. Dutifully annotating the results, Hawkeye presents the Army with a bill for services rendered. And on another front, Charles arrogantly demonstrates the latest American doctoral techniques to three Korean medics and thereby sets himself up for another generous serving of Humble Pie.
M*A*S*H: April Fools April Fool's Day is practically a legal holiday at the 4077th, with the staffers falling over themselves performing all manner of practical jokes. Normally, even taciturn Col. Potter (Harry Morgan) would be joining in on the fun. This year, however, Potter wishes everyone would cease and desist: the notoriously humorless and extremely disciplinarian Col. Tucker (Pat Hingle) has arrived to conduct an inspection of the camp. This was the final episode of M*A*S*H's eighth season. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide
M*A*S*H: War Co-Respondent Susan Saint James guest stars as Aggie O'Shea, a beautiful and energetic war correspondent. Upon arriving at the 4077th, Aggie immediately strikes up a friendship with B.J.. The plot thickens when the relationship between these two attractive people threatens to deepen into a romance--and remember, B.J. still has a wife back home. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide
M*A*S*H: Goodbye, Cruel World Hawkeye and psychiatrist Sidneytackle the problem of Sgt. Yee, a much-decorated war hero. It seems that Yee's fearlessness on the battlefield is a direct result of his trying to kill himself. Meanwhile, Klinger begins to wonder if it was such a good idea to forge Colonel Potter's name on a set of discharge papers.
M*A*S*H: Heal Thyself Col. Potter and Charles prove to be difficult patients when both are quarantined with the mumps. It is particularly irksome for Charles, who fears that his temporary replacement Newsome, who has toted up an impressive combat surgery record, will prove to be better at the job than the man he's replacing. But things take an unexpected term during a medical emergency.
M*A*S*H: Old Soldiers Heading for a mysterious rendezvous "to take care of a sick friend" in Tokyo, Col. Potter leaves Hawkeye in charge of the 4077th. Hawkeye's first challenge: To deal with an onslaught of refugee Korean children. His second challenge: To find out why Potter is behaving so strangely upon his return.
April Fools April Fool's Day is practically a legal holiday at the 4077th, with the staffers falling over themselves performing all manner of practical jokes. Normally, even taciturn Col. Potter would be joining in on the fun. This year, however, Potter wishes everyone would cease and desist: the notoriously humorless and extremely disciplinarian Col. Tucker has arrived to conduct an inspection of the camp.
War Co-Respondent Susan Saint James guest stars as Aggie O'Shea, a beautiful and energetic war correspondent. Upon arriving at the 4077th, Aggie immediately strikes up a friendship with B.J.. The plot thickens when the relationship between these two attractive people threatens to deepen into a romance.
Goodbye, Cruel World Hawkeye and psychiatrist Sidney tackle the problem of Sgt. Yee, a much-decorated war hero. It seems that Yee's fearlessness on the battlefield is a direct result of his trying to kill himself. Meanwhile, Klinger begins to wonder if it was such a good idea to forge Colonel Potter's name on a set of discharge papers.
Old Soldiers Heading for a mysterious rendezvous "to take care of a sick friend" in Tokyo, Col. Potter leaves Hawkeye in charge of the 4077th. Hawkeye's first challenge: To deal with an onslaught of refugee Korean children. His second challenge: To find out why Potter is behaving so strangely upon his return
Morale Victory Col. Potter is fed up with the camp's bellyaching in general, and with the constant carping of Hawkeye and B.J. in particular. Hoping to shut everyone up, Potter appoints the two doctors as the 4077th's new morale officers. As Hawkeye and B.J. go about their seemingly insurmountable duties, Charles uses his knowledge of composer Maurice Ravel to give a seriously injured musical prodigy a new lease on life.
Lend a Hand Hawkeye again crosses the path of arrogant older doctor Anthony Borelli. With ample reason to dislike one another, Hawk and Borelli are none too happy when they are forced to collaborateon an operation in the field. Back in camp, B.J. holds a curious "anniversary" party where everyone is invited.
Heal Thyself Col. Potter and Charles prove to be difficult patients when both are quarantined with the mumps. It is particularly irksome for Charles, who fears that his temporary replacement Newsome, who has toted up an impressive combat surgery record, will prove to be better at the job than the man he's replacing. But things take an unexpected term during a medical emergency "
Best Series Ever
H. Randolph | Georgia | 01/05/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The series MASH has it all. You can cry and laugh each episode. It is by the far the best series EVER made!"