Season 3 Episode 24

Abyssinia, Henry

Aired Unknown Mar 18, 1975 on CBS

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  • Henry recieves his orders to be shipped stateside and the 4077th celebrates before he must depart. But the camp must say goodbye in a way that was never expected.

    (Spoilers Within)
    This is the episode that forever altered M*A*S*H. In one single moment, it twists everything around and the camp and the audience is left "shell-shocked". This is one of the most memorable episodes with one of the most memorable moment in television history. At first this episode was bittersweet. Sweet in that Henry escapes the war, bitter in that one of the most lovable characters is leaving the show. But as the show progresses and the camp celebrates Henry's good fortune, the bitterness fades and it is hard not to feel happy for Henry. This is extremely poignant in the bar scene with Hawkeye, Trapper, Henry, and Radar all drunk and then Henry being "drummed out" of the Army by Hawk and Trap. And when Henry is in the chopper and it flies out of view, all that is left is a sigh and smile, everyone glad that Henry escaped the war...

    ...but then reality cruelly smashes through the relief and joy. Henry did not escape the war. On his way home, Henry's plane is shot down and he is killed. The reaction of the camp is a perfect mirror of how the audience reacted. Shocked, despaired silence...