Goodbye, Farewell and Amen

Season 11, Ep 16, Aired 2/28/83
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  • Episode Description
  • 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 runs across a band of Chinese musicians; BJ is sent home, much to Hawkeye's dismay; Klinger decides to stay in Korea to marry Soon-Li; a ceasefire is declared, ending the war.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Alan Alda

  • Burt Metcalfe

  • John Rappaport

  • Thad Mumford

  • Dan Wilcox

  • Fan Reviews (19)
  • Very Enjoyable

    By tlvd, Jul 10, 2013

  • Disappointing (Yes, disappointing)

    By fdextro, Aug 03, 2008

  • A great ending to a great show

    By Budoshi, Dec 15, 2009

  • Remarkable, but not perfect.

    By SergeantWilson, Jul 26, 2008

  • A Great episode I had tears in my eyes when the episode was over the best show ever written .

    By alcovedark3, May 27, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (21)

    • Winchester: (at the final banquet) For me, music was always a refuge from this horrible place. And now it will always be a reminder.

    • Hawkeye: (as compound is being shelled because of a stalled tank) Okay, boys and girls, time to do something intelligent. Since I seem to be the only intelligent person here I nominate me! All in favor say aye.
      Potter: Take your seat, Pierce.
      Hawkeye: Sorry, sorry...I can take umbrage, I can take the cake, I can take the A-Train, I can take two and call me in the morning, but I cannot take this sitting down! Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm gonna take five.

    • Winchester: Just a minute! You handle our food AND dig LATRINES?
      Igor: Don't worry sir, I always wash my hands before I dig the latrines.

    • (Klinger is on the phone to Chorwon looking for Soon-Li's family)
      Soon-Li: Tell them my father is short, dark hair...
      Klinger: Mr. Han is a short man with dark hair...
      Soon-Li: Mother, short, dark hair...
      Klinger: Right. The mother also isn't too tall.
      Margaret: Klinger, get off the phone, I need to send a telegram.
      Soon-Li: And brother, short, dark hair...
      Klinger: I think they get the picture. (on phone) Okay, could you- whoa! That did sound close! (hangs up) They gotta get outta there, they're gonna be overrun any minute!
      Margaret: Klinger!
      Klinger: Working on it Major, go.
      Margaret: This goes to Robert Harwell-
      Soon-Li: Why you not tell them about my brother?!?
      Klinger: I tried!
      Margaret: Klinger, pay attention! To Robert Harwell, Chief of Staff, Boston Mercy Hospital. Dear Uncle Bob...
      Klinger: Oh, your uncle runs a hospital.
      Margaret: Well, he's not really my uncle.
      Klinger: Oh, that kind of uncle!
      Margaret: He's a friend of the family, I've been calling him that for years, now BE QUIET!
      (Col. Potter enters)
      Potter: Sergeant, get on the phone to I-Corps.
      Margaret: In a minute Colonel, I'm sending a telegram.
      Soon-Li: Now they be looking for two people, not three!
      Klinger: They're not looking for anybody, they're leaving.
      Potter: Klinger, I've got North Koreans up to my southern border, I want to get rid of them!
      Margaret: Been working with Major Winchester two years. Stop. His two years experience in Korea is equal to ten years at any stateside hospital. Stop.
      Potter: STOP! Tell I-Corps that tank is still out there, and this is not a parking lot.
      (clamoring still continues)
      Potter: Don't you have a piece of paper that proves I'm in charge here?

    • Winchester: (to Hawkeye and BJ) I want to thank you both. You've made me realize what going home is all about.

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    Notes (21)

    • When the time came for the series finale of Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Creator Joss Whedon mentioned the M*A*S*H finale, "Goodbye, Farewell and Amen", citing it as the reason why his finale was only one hour long. While speaking admiringly of it and acknowledging "GFA"'s place in TV history, Whedon called the episode too sprawling and unwieldy, and a case of an event taking over from the plot.

    • With the completion of the episode, it was honor and a privilege Alan Alda (Hawkeye) is the only actor to have appeared in all 251 episodes.

    • Alan Alda, Loretta Swit, Jamie Farr and William Christopher are the only four original cast members to appear in all 11 seasons of the series. Jamie Farr and William Christopher were supporting cast members until the fourth and fifth seasons.

    • M*A*S*H received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Comedy Series at the 1983 Emmy Awards. Alan Alda received Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. Also Harry Morgan received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series and Loretta Swit received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.

    • This episode received an Emmy nominations for Outstanding Film Editing in a Series, Outstanding Sound Editing in a Series and Outstanding Costumers.

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    Trivia (14)

    • The M*A*S*H timeline takes another hit. Margaret sends a telegram saying she knew Charles for two years which means he arrived in 1951 however Colonel Potter and BJ arrived by September 1952.

    • At the final get-together before everyone leaves, the nurse that says "I'm gonna be the best darn nurse Oklahoma's ever seen" is played by Judy Farrell, ex-wife of Mike Farrell (BJ). Incidentally, Judy is from Oklahoma, born in Quapaw in 1938.

    • When everyone is in the mess tent discussing what they're going to do when they get home, Nurse Kellye is shown with her rank and medical insignia on the opposite and incorrect collars.

    • Alan Alda had a different idea for the series finale; after a typical half-hour episode, a "breaking the fourth wall" routine would happen: the director would yell 'cut,' the actors would walk off screen, and Alan Alda would say, 'Well, for the last 11 years we tried to show you what war was like, but it's not as much fun.'

    • When saying goodbye to Col. Potter Hawkeye and BJ gives him a parting gift from the heart: a salute.

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