Season 9 Episode 6

A War for all Seasons

Aired Unknown Dec 29, 1980 on CBS

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  • A year passes at the 4077th, with ingenious developments, a lot of knitting, money changing hands, but an overall feeling of sadness.

    In the mess tent, the staff of the 4077th commemorate the end of 1950. "Here's to the new year. May she be a damn sight better thatn the old one, and may we all be home before it's over."

    The episode carries the central thread of the seasonal Sears and Roebuck catalogue. The Doctors buy warm clothing, a radio, a fake fire, and parts for an artificial kidney(made up of a bathtub and sausage casing from Packo's Hungarian Hot Dogs (of Toledo)); Klinger buys baseball gloves and chocolates; Potter buys Zane Gray novels, and Margaret buys wool for knitting. Her knitting project starts as a pot holder, turns into a scarf, then a sweater, finally a blanket, having changed her mind through the year. Mulcahy buys gardening gear and grows corn. Looking forward to corn on the cob on July 4, he is dismayed to find the cook has creamed it!

    Klinger gets Winchester caught up in gambling on the 1951 baseball pennant. Incidentally, this is based on the real life 1951 season where the Dodgers took a huge lead into the last few weeks, only to be chased down in the last innings of the last playoff game, by the Giants. Winchester loses over $600.

    The episode ends on New Years Eve 1951, as they are about to welcome 1952. "Here's to the new year. May she be a damn sight better thatn the old one, and may we all be home before it's over." The significance of the ongoing war dampens the mood.

    The episode ends with film footage of the years highlights in the States, which Potter got to show the camp. It starts with the shot of Bobby Thompson hitting the winning homer to win the pennant for the Giants. Winchester takes a kitchen knife to the screen, screaming: "Where is that Lebanese mongoose?"
  • Old Masher

    It would have been more funnier-if it had been frank Burns who gets burned by losing all these bets.....
  • A great episode, even if it messes with the MASH timeline a bit...

    A good story is more important than good continuity, but I always find myself wishing that Maclean Stevenson had been asked to do a cameo at the start of this ep, doing the 1951-2 New Year's toast, maybe with Burghoff and Rogers chiming in. No matter how well you stretch and twist the MASH timeline, no way in Sweet Fanny's Horse Hocky was Potter there for New Year's 1952. Double Ditto for Charles.

    That aside, A Year In The Life Of The 4077th proceeds well, having high spots and low spots, the funniest of the low spots being Igor's infamous creaming of Father Mulcahy's corn. We see Margaret playing the field with her usual luck, the Doctors improvising their hearts out for want of a kidney machine, and just plain getting through a war that chops up more than just young men. While creative as hell, the ep still has those historical holes, and falls just short of being perfect as a result.