M*A*S*H

Season 1 Episode 23

Cease-Fire

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Aired Unknown Mar 18, 1973 on CBS
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General Clayton calls to say that a ceasefire is to be declared. The camp celebrates, Klinger gives away his dresses and locals start to take pieces of the camp. But Trapper does not believe it. Hawkeye claims he is married to avoid promises he made to several nurses. The party to celebrate the cease-fire, which never really took place, is interrupted by incoming wounded.moreless

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  • Everyones happy, but not for long

    9.1
    General Clayton says that there is a cease fire and that the war could be over. Obviously it couldn't because it still had 10 season to go.



    I knew how this episode was going to end up, but it was still compelling to watch. Hawkeye and just about everyone else got their hopes up (except Trapper) only for them to be brought back to ground with casualties.



    It was touching seeing Frank & Margaret and Henry & Radar say their goodbyes to each other even though the didn't matter in the end.moreless
  • A good episode even though you know what the ending will be....

    7.5
    An episode that strikes a note as it tackles something near and dear to the hearts of the people at the MASH : the end of the war. With the announcement of a preliminary ceasefire, the camp erupts into jubilation as they all celebrate save for Trapper, who has a few lingering doubts. Even as Hawkeye, Radar and all the others start to plan for life after the war, Trapper continues to imply that they should take a ' wait and see ' approach to things.



    The episode also touches on the friendship between Radar and Henry Blake as the two discuss meeting after they get back to the States in a manner that is both humorous and touching.



    Good episode to watch...moreless
Gary Burghoff

Gary Burghoff

Corporal Walter Eugene "Radar" O'Reilly (Season 1-8)

Larry Linville

Larry Linville

Major Franklin Delano Marion Burns (Season 1-5)

Loretta Swit

Loretta Swit

Major Margaret J. "Hot Lips" Houlihan

McLean Stevenson

McLean Stevenson

Lt. Colonel Henry Braymore Blake (Season 1-3)

Alan Alda

Alan Alda

Captain Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce

Wayne Rogers

Wayne Rogers

Captain John Francis Xavier "Trapper" McIntyre (Season 1-3)

Bruce Kimmel

Bruce Kimmel

Private Gilbert

Guest Star

Bonnie Jones

Bonnie Jones

Lt. Barbara Bannerman

Guest Star

Lynette Mettey

Lynette Mettey

Lt. Nancy Griffin

Recurring Role

Herb Voland

Herb Voland

Clayton

Recurring Role

Patrick Adiarte

Patrick Adiarte

Ho-Jon

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (5)

    • In the 'Dear Dad' episode, Hawkeye mentioned that his father was in Vermont, rather than Maine. He mentions it again in this episode: while telling a nurse that he has five kids, he adds that it's cold up in Vermont.

    • This episode marks the final appearance of Marcia Stassman as Nurse Cutler.

    • When Hawkeye finds out about the cease-fire in Henry's office he throws up pieces of paper in the air. In the next scene when Hawkeye is talking on the phone the papers are no longer falling down as they were a few seconds earlier.

    • At the end of the episode, Trapper and Hawkeye are sitting in a nearly destroyed swamp. A patient with crutches goes behind Hawkeye. After a cut to Hawkeye, the patient has dissapeared, although he has not passed Hawkeye. After a cut to Trapper one can see a pink "thing", which was not there before the cut.

    • The people celebrate the ceasefire in the mess tent. Hawkeye and Trapper are drinking beer from cans, which are standing on the table in front of them. After a cut Hawkeye's can suddenly does not stand on the table and he holds his arm behind his back, soon starting to pour beer on Trapper.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Hawkeye: I'll stick with gin. Champagne is just ginger ale that knows somebody.

    • Bonnie: I just found out you're married?
      Hawkeye: You don't mind?
      Bonnie: Just check your sleeping bag...for a land mine, lover!

    • Hawkeye: The U. S. Army always leaves stuff behind after war. There's a tribe on Guadalcanal made a god out of a '39 Chevy.

    • Fr. Mulcahy: (after leading a prayer for the fallen) And now...on with the secular festivities!

    • Radar: Hey, Trapper, sign my book?
      Trapper: I'll sign it when the real cease-fire comes.
      Nancy: Oh, how can you turn him down?
      Hawkeye: His liver is where his heart oughta be.
      Nancy: What's where his liver oughta be?
      Hawkeye: Onions.
      (Trapper signs)
      Hawkeye: 'Compliments of a friend?'
      Radar: Boy, you guys sure know how to reach somebody.

    • (Henry gives Hawkeye and Trapper permission to go on leave)
      Hawkeye: Radar, two of your best passes.
      Radar: (turns to pick up the phone, even though it hasn't rung) 4077th MASH, Colonel Blake's office.
      Trapper: Did you hear a bell?
      Hawkeye: His head's in another time zone.

  • NOTES (1)

    • This episode was written just in case the show wasn't picked up for a second season. The show had not been a success in the ratings at that time and many of the cast and crew had doubts that they would be back. Two scripts were written for the show, one in which the war ended and the other in which the ceasefire turned out to be a false alarm. When news came that the show was to be picked up for a second season, the second draft was filmed.

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