This episode is perhaps the one episode that will always stand out in my mind whenever I think of this series. Henry Blake finally gets the news that every member of the 4077 wants to hear: he's going back to the US for good. The reactions from everyone in the camp of his imminent departure sums up a lot of what everyone thinks of their beloved camp commander in this episode.
However, the scene at the end of this installment is maybe the most famous, and contrversial, of anything shown in this entire series. The fact that only a select few knew how the scene, involving Radar coming into the operating room with news about Henry Blake, heightens the genuine impact of how things play out.
This is a landmark episode for the series as it marks the departure of actors McLean Stevenson and Wayne Rogers. For some fans of the show, their departures are ably filled by Harry Morgan and Mike Farrell in the following season. For others, this marked the end of a comedic run that was never approached for the rest of the series.
Regardless of what you think about the episodes that follow this one, if you're a fan of MASH, you would do yourself a great disservice if you fail to watch this episode at least once. Simply put, it is one of the most memorable episodes ever to be produced for TV bar none!