Season 11 Episode 15

As Time Goes By

Aired Unknown Feb 21, 1983 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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

    • The title of the episode comes from the famous song of the same name from the classic movie Casablanca.