M*A*S*H

Season 11 Episode 15

As Time Goes By

5
Aired Unknown Feb 21, 1983 on CBS
9.1
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As Time Goes By
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Margaret and Hawkeye work on a time capsule to commemorate their time in Korea; Rizzo and BJ goof around with a fake hand grenade; Klinger becomes smitten with a young, pretty Korean war criminal.

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  • How can you wind down such a monumental series?

    9.1
    With a time capsule of course. Anyway this episode does a good job of giving viewers one final taste of "normal" life at the 4077th. It brings back memories of the entire series while still allowing time for Hawkeye and Margaret conflict, Klinger growing up some more, Father Mulchahy trying help everyone at once, and as always the joke, this time pulled off by BJ and Charles. It is not a phenominal "out with a bang" type episode, that was left for the finale. It simply gives fans a sentimental feeling and brings together the cast in an usually tight way.moreless
  • The regular series is over and only the 2 1/2 hr finale remains. Margaret gets sentimental about a time capsule that will be put away for 100 yrs.As usual Hawkeye is making fun of everything & Margaret is not happy with some choices to put in the capsule.moreless

    9.2
    The regular series ends and now only the two and a half hour finale is remaining. We see some interesting things. We meet Soon-Lee Hahn who will end up marrying Klinger. We see people going to refugee camps, but do we know the war is ending ? I think not the 3 year war wrapped up in 11 seasons in all but one show away from being over. I wonder if now that's they way it should ended so abruptly? I think probably so. This show is sentimental and again gets as many of the characters involved as possible for Margaret's time capsule. Hawkeye while making light of it all is acting like he is going to have his own time capsule. In the end Hawkeye comes through as expected with a cherished gift. you might remember Radar gave him his teddy bear before he left Korea. Now we all know its not the same bear, but it works all the same.



    This is a very good show and the long run is almost over and the most watched television program in History ( still is 25 years later) is next.moreless
  • The final episode of M*A*S*H before the big series finale.

    10
    The final half-hour M*A*S*H episode ever produced. And it was very well written. M*A*S*H has always been a series of both comedy and drama and both elements are used here. The main comedy of the episode is the constant conflict between Hawkeye and Margaret on what items need to be put in a time capsule that is to be buried in the ground at the 4077th site. While Margaret wants a serious deal with the capsule, Hawkeye, along with other camp members, dont take it as seriously by donating Charles's booze and klinger's dresses to the capsule. In the end, Hawkeye decides to make one of his own. His includeds Klinger's dresses and Charles's cognac of course but others include a broken fan belt from a chopper whose pilot bravely saved the life of a young wounded solider, Radar's teddy bear to represent those who went home from war, and Henry's fishhook, to represent those who never made it home. This episode was a great way to end the series and could have been considered part 1 of "Goodbye Farewell and Amen" because of another plotline to the story. Klinger falls ins love with Soon-Li who is trying to find her parents. In the final episode, Klinger marries her and stays in Korea to help her find her parents. The other storyline is when Charles and BJ take away Rizzo's troublemaking fake grenade which is the funnier part of episode watching Rizzo use it. For those of you that know a lot about M*A*S*H but havent seen the series finale, i suggest you watch this episode first. It all goes together as time goes by.moreless
Alan Alda

Alan Alda

Captain Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce

David Ogden Stiers

David Ogden Stiers

Major Charles Emerson Winchester III (Season 6-11)

Harry Morgan

Harry Morgan

Colonel Sherman T. Potter (Season 4-11)

Jamie Farr

Jamie Farr

Corporal/Sergeant Maxwell Q. Klinger

Loretta Swit

Loretta Swit

Major Margaret J. "Hot Lips" Houlihan

Mike Farrell

Mike Farrell

Captain BJ Hunnicut (Season 4-11)

Rosalind Chao

Rosalind Chao

Soon-Li Hahn

Guest Star

Michael Swan

Michael Swan

Lt. Brannum

Guest Star

Mark Herrier

Mark Herrier

Sergeant Stoddard

Guest Star

G.W. Bailey

G.W. Bailey

Rizzo

Recurring Role

Jeff Maxwell

Jeff Maxwell

Igor

Recurring Role

Kellye Nakahara

Kellye Nakahara

Kellye

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • When everybody was putting mementos of past characters in the time capsule, Radar and Henry Blake were mentioned. Charles even mentioned "the infamous Major Burns" afterwards. How could they (especially Hawkeye!) have forgotten to even mention Trapper?


      Actually, Trapper is the only departed character mentioned in the two hour finale. This is probably why he wasn't mentioned here.

    • When Hawkeye was contributing symbols to the time capsule he placed in Radar's teddy bear. On closer inspection, however, we find that this is not his teddy bear. The giveaway was the nose, which had been either rubber or china, but in the new one was cloth.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Margaret: You lowlife, disgusting son of a sewer pump!
      Hawkeye: Has anybody ever told you that you have the voice of a songbird drowning in hot tar?
      Margaret: I suppose that piece of toast is for your time capsule?
      Hawkeye: Well, you certainly don't expect me to eat it?
      Margaret: I'm trying to do something with meaning and heart, two things about which you know nothing.
      Hawkeye: Let me tell you something I do know. If you want to symbolize what we're doing here, bury an empty box.

    • Winchester: I noticed you didn't include anything on behalf of the infamous Major Burns.
      Hawkeye: I was thinking about adding Frank's scalpel, but I didn't want to include any dangerous weapons.

    • (Hawkeye, Winchester, BJ, Klinger and Soon Lee are all going to the Officers Club. There is a huge crowd in it.)
      Hawkeye: Aw man. We'll never get a table.
      Winchester: Gentlemen, do not despair. I have a feeling we will be able to find a table very soon. (He tosses a fake hand grenade into the air and catches it.)

  • NOTES (3)

    • This could almost be seen as the first part of a two part story due to the fact that this episode introduces the character of Soon-Li and her quest to find her parents. Soon-Li's quest would be continued in the final episode and she would be helped in that search by her future husband, Klinger, who wound up staying in Korea for a few months after the war.

    • This was the very last episode of the original M*A*S*H television series ever produced (filmed January 10-13, 1983), following completion of the 2-hour 30-minute series finale.

    • This was dedicated to the memory of the late Connie Izay M.D. (11/29/28-8/21/82), who was technical supervisor of the series from 1977-82, and played various nurses from 1979-81.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

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