M*A*S*H

The Life You Save

Season 9, Ep 20, Aired 5/4/81
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  • Episode Description
  • 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.

  • Cast & Crew
  • John Rappaport

  • Alan Alda

  • Meshach Taylor

    Orderly

  • Val Bisoglio

    The Cook

  • Jin Boeke

    Sergeant Chiaverini

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • After having escaped death by only centemetres, Charles becomes obsessed with death. While searching for the answer to "What happens..." Charles puts himself right in death's path, an aid station on the line.

    By jasten, Sep 04, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Notes (3)

    • M*A*S*H received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Comedy Series at the 1981 Emmy Awards. Alan Alda received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. Also Harry Morgan David Ogden Stiers 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.

    • Alan Alda received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series.

    • Hawkeye says of Mulcahy's assignment to trash duty: "Some men are born with garbage, others have garbage thrust upon them" -- Potter said the exact same thing to Frank Burns in Some 38th Parallels.

    Trivia (3)

    • When Hawkeye and Pernelli are discussing breakfast, Klinger appears and calls Pernelli "Cookie." "Cookie" is slang term for a Navy cook; Army cooks are usually referred to as "mess cooks" or "mess sergeants."

    • This is the first of three appearances by Val Bisoglio as SSG Pernelli, the mess sergeant.

    • Charles revealed that he had a brother but he died which caused his obsession with death.

    Allusions (1)

    • Hawkeye: Some men are born to garbage, some have garbage thrust on them.
      A paraphrasing of Shakespeare from Twelfth Night: "Be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them."

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