The Best Episodes of M*A*S*H

Last Updated: Jan 8, 2019

The 4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital is stuck in the middle of the Korean war. With little help from the circumstances they find themselves in, they are forced to make their own fun. Fond of practical jokes and revenge, the doctors, nurses, administrators, and soldiers often find ways of making wartime life bearable.

Goodbye, Farewell and Amen

#1 - Goodbye, Farewell and Amen

Season 11 - Episode 16

Hawkeye is sent to a mental hospital; a freak accident causes Father Mulcahy to lose his hearing; Margaret worries about her post-war plans; Charles run across a band of Chinese musicians; BJ is sent home, much to Hawkeye's dismay; Klinger decides to stay in Korea to marry Soon-Lee; a ceasefire is declared, ending the war.

star 8.97
150 votes
Directors: Alan Alda
Writers: Alan Alda, Burt Metcalfe, John Rappaport, Thad Mumford, Dan Wilcox, David Pollock, Elias Davis, Karen Hall
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Good-Bye Radar (Part 2)

#2 - Good-Bye Radar (Part 2)

Season 8 - Episode 5

As company clerk Radar O'Reilly reluctantly prepares to depart the 4077th, the unit is still without electricity due to a broken generator, and the operating room continues to fill up with war wounded as night falls. The responsibility for procuring a new generator falls on Klinger, who lacks Radar's masterful knack of cutting through red tape in search of much-needed supplies.

star 8.42
135 votes
Writers: Ken Levine, David Isaacs
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Abyssinia, Henry

#3 - Abyssinia, Henry

Season 3 - Episode 24

Actually, we won't. One of the classic M*A*S*H episodes. Henry finally gets his discharge. While he is tying things up, Burns prepares for his new command. Henry bids a tearful adieu, but not before Klinger turns up in an outrageous tropical outfit, and gets Henry to zip him up, and he gets a kiss Margaret. He gives Radar a hug and his last order, and departs by helicopter. In the traumatic and shocking last scene, a devastated Radar announces that Henry has been killed when his plane was shot down over the Sea of Japan.

star 8.42
194 votes
Directors: Larry Gelbart
Writers: Everett Greenbaum, Jim Fritzell
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Morale Victory

#4 - Morale Victory

Season 8 - Episode 19

Tired of their constant complaints about the quality of recreational activities at the 4077th, Colonel Potter appoints Hawkeye and B.J. as the new morale officers. Winchester's morale has already reached a new peak: He's ecstatic about his operation on a wounded soldier, Sheridan, which saved the boy's leg, leaving only "negligible" side effects - less use of his right hand. However, the soldier was a concert pianist before the war, so Winchester obtains music written by Maurice Ravel for a pianist that had lost a hand in World War I.

star 8.35
105 votes
Writers: John Rappaport
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Old Soldiers

#5 - Old Soldiers

Season 8 - Episode 18

Hawkeye is appointed temporary commander of the 4077th when Colonel Potter rushes off to Tokyo on a mysterious mission. While in command, Hawkeye's main problem is housing a large group of Korean refugees comprised mainly of rambunctious children who need medical care.

star 8.35
110 votes
Writers: Dennis Koenig
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Mr. and Mrs. Who?

#6 - Mr. and Mrs. Who?

Season 8 - Episode 9

Charles returns to the 4077th after a trip to Tokyo with an uncharacteristic hangover and the uneasy feeling of a romantic entanglement. Meanwhile, the hospital struggles to find a cure for an outbreak of deadly hemorrhagic fever.

star 8.24
126 votes
Directors: Burt Metcalfe
Writers: Ronny Graham
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April Fools

#7 - April Fools

Season 8 - Episode 25

A no-nonsense Colonel, who is notorious as a hard-nosed disciplinarian, visits the 4077th during an outbreak of April Fools' Day pranksterism. Colonel Potter tries in vain to halt the mayhem before Colonel Tucker arrives in camp.

star 8.22
111 votes
Writers: Dennis Koenig
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Heal Thyself

#8 - Heal Thyself

Season 8 - Episode 17

Colonel Potter turns crotchety when he catches the mumps, and his condition is worsened when Winchester gets the same disease and has to be quarantined with him. A temporary replacement surgeon, Newsome, is quickly brought into the 4077th and seems to be a gem in terms of both personality and ability.

star 8.22
120 votes
Directors: Mike Farrell
Writers: Dennis Koenig
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The Life You Save

#9 - The Life You Save

Season 9 - Episode 20

After Charles is nearly felled by a sniper's bullet, he develops a philosophical obsession with death. Meanwhile, the officers have all been assigned new responsibilities.

star 8.20
109 votes
Directors: Alan Alda
Writers: John Rappaport, Alan Alda
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Blood Brothers

#10 - Blood Brothers

Season 9 - Episode 18

Hawkeye is overcome by the devotion of a terminally ill G.I., who has leukemia, for his critically wounded buddy, but he has trouble coming to terms with the fact that he can't cure the man. Meanwhile, Father Mulcahy is worried about the impending visit of a Cardinal.

star 8.20
106 votes
Directors: Harry Morgan
Writers: Elias Davis, David Pollock
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Tuttle

#11 - Tuttle

Season 1 - Episode 15

Hawkeye creates a fake doctor, Captain Jonathan S. Tuttle, to give supplies to the local orphans. Henry wants Tuttle to be officer of the day, so Hawkeye creates a fake personnel file, and all his back pay is given to the orphanage. When General Clayton wants to reward his generosity, Hawkeye is forced to invent a story about Tuttle jumping from a chopper without his parachute! Of course, Trapper's new friend, Captain Murdoch, obtained the fake dog tags and parachute...!

star 8.19
234 votes
Directors: William Wiard
Writers: Bruce Shelly, David Ketchum
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As Time Goes By

#12 - As Time Goes By

Season 11 - Episode 15

Margaret and Hawkeye work on a time capsule to commemorate their time in Korea; Rizzo and BJ goof around with a fake hand grenade; Klinger becomes smitten with a young, pretty Korean war criminal.

star 8.19
110 votes
Directors: Burt Metcalfe
Writers: Dan Wilcox, Thad Mumford
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Change of Command

#13 - Change of Command

Season 4 - Episode 2

Frank settles in as commanding officer, only to have a new one appointed over his head, one that, to his chagrin, fits in very well.

star 8.19
247 votes
Directors: Gene Reynolds
Writers: Jim Fritzell, Everett Greenbaum
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Dear Sigmund

#14 - Dear Sigmund

Season 5 - Episode 7

Sidney Freedman, feeling depressed, visits the 4077th to observe how they fare under the pressures of war. He begins a letter to Sigmund Freud as a form of self-therapy, and releases his tension in the form of a practical joke with B.J., aimed at Frank Burns.

star 8.19
179 votes
Directors: Alan Alda
Writers: Alan Alda
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Out of Sight, Out of Mind

#15 - Out of Sight, Out of Mind

Season 5 - Episode 3

While fixing a stove that explodes, Hawkeye's face is badly burned. His eyes are bandaged, and it is not known if he will ever see again. Meanwhile Frank bets on the outcome of a baseball game, which he has already heard on the radio. After much tension in the camp the bandages come off, and happily, Hawkeye can see again.

star 8.18
174 votes
Directors: Gene Reynolds
Writers: Ken Levine, David Isaacs
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The Party

#16 - The Party

Season 7 - Episode 25

Talk of a post-war reunion gives BJ an idea- planning a present-day stateside gathering of 4077th families. He continues to obsess with the idea even under the duress of bug-out instigated by a Chinese breakthrough. Also, Klinger fears that the party will blow his cover, as his mother doesn't know he's stationed in Korea.

star 8.18
115 votes
Directors: Burt Metcalfe
Writers: Burt Metcalfe, Alan Alda
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The Foresight Saga

#17 - The Foresight Saga

Season 9 - Episode 19

The 4077th is given a gift of fresh-grown vegetables by a grateful Korean; and Potter questions the veracity of an upbeat letter from Radar.

star 8.17
106 votes
Writers: David Pollock, Elias Davis
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Good-Bye Radar (Part 1)

#18 - Good-Bye Radar (Part 1)

Season 8 - Episode 4

On leave in Tokyo, Radar is desperately needed back at the crisis-stricken 4077th, but his return is delayed by outside events. While casualties continue to pour in from the front, the 4077th's generator conks out, and the backup has been stolen, depriving the medical unit of all electrical power. But Klinger, filling in for the vacationing Radar, lacks the expertise and experience to wheel and deal for a new machine.

star 8.17
132 votes
Writers: Ken Levine, David Isaacs
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Bug Out

#19 - Bug Out

Season 5 - Episode 1

A rumour that there's going to be a practive bug-out causes anxiety. When Potter assembles the unit in an attempt to squelch the rumor, the call comes in to bug out, and the rumour suddenly comes to life! Meanwhile, Hawkeye begins surgery on a patient with a spinal injury. The bug-out proceeds without him, Hot Lips and Radar, and they quickly learn after the unit departs that they're in the midst of the front. When Potter, Mulcahy, BJ, Frank and the others arrive at the buildings which had been scouted by helicopter, they find the house full of "business girls," and Potter gives them Klinger's dresses to persuade them to leave the house. A helicopter comes to evacuate the spinal injury patient, and just as the three get ready to go to the new location, they find the 4077 is already returning, and eventually everyone reunites back at the camp, what with the Chinese being repulsed.

star 8.16
180 votes
Directors: Gene Reynolds
Writers: Jim Fritzell, Everett Greenbaum
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Where There's a Will, There's a War

#20 - Where There's a Will, There's a War

Season 10 - Episode 16

Hawkeye goes to help at an aid station, and under heavy shelling he draws up a will, leaving various items to his friends at the 4077th.

star 8.16
97 votes
Directors: Alan Alda
Writers: Elias Davis, David Pollock
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Aid Station

#21 - Aid Station

Season 3 - Episode 19

Hawkeye, Houlihan, and Klinger go to an aid station at the front. Working closely together under heavy fire and unsanitary medical conditions, the three return to camp with new found respect for one another.

star 8.16
166 votes
Writers: Larry Gelbart, Simon Muntner
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Dear Uncle Abdul

#22 - Dear Uncle Abdul

Season 8 - Episode 12

Klinger discovers that his duties as company clerk include catering to the eccentric whims of the 4077th officers. Consequently, the unusual demands by Klinger's superiors leave little time to write a letter home to Toledo. Meanwhile, the Doctors are concerned about a young soldier who appears to be mentally deficient.

star 8.16
126 votes
Writers: John Rappaport, Jim Mulligan
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Pressure Points

#23 - Pressure Points

Season 10 - Episode 15

Potter sends for Sidney Freedman when he loses confidence in his surgical abilities, and Winchester loses patience with his bunkmates' sloppiness.

star 8.16
101 votes
Writers: David Pollock
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Dreams

#24 - Dreams

Season 8 - Episode 22

The 4077th can't escape the Korean War, even in its dreams. Exhausted after two days without sleep, members of the 4077th steal away for catnaps and experience dreams that reveal their fears, yearnings and frustrations.

star 8.15
97 votes
Directors: Alan Alda
Writers: Alan Alda
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Welcome to Korea

#25 - Welcome to Korea

Season 4 - Episode 1

Trapper is shipped home while Hawkeye is on R&R. Hawkeye speeds to Kimpo with Radar to catch Trapper's plane, but they just miss him. While they are there, they pick up BJ Hunnicut and take him back to camp. On the way back, BJ is introduced to the Korean War.

star 8.15
225 votes
Directors: Gene Reynolds
Writers: Everett Greenbaum, Jim Fritzell, Larry Gelbart
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