M*A*S*H

Season 8 Episode 22

Dreams

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Aired Unknown Feb 18, 1980 on CBS
8.2
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The 4077th can't escape the Korean War, even in its dreams. Exhausted after two days without sleep, members of the 4077th steal away for catnaps and experience dreams that reveal their fears, yearnings and frustrations.

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  • War haunts the 4077...even in their dreams.

    7.8
    During an extra rough night, each of the 4077 sneak away for some shut eye only to find that even when they're asleep they're haunted by the war.



    Despite an interesting idea and stylish direction (via Alan Alda) the episode comes off as a little too preachy for it's own good. It has plenty of great moments (BJ dancing with his wife, Peg; Potter dreaming about his earlier years) but by the final dream they've overkilled the whole "war is bad" message.moreless
  • War is madness

    8.0
    War is madness, and this episode shows it to perfection as the dreams of the characters goes totally beyond flippant and into the realm of complete insanity. Dreams is also the way people cope with what might seem to be uncopable during the day.. Without the capacity to dream we all would certainly go crazy, even those of us who seldom witnesses the kind of madness which the people witnessing war in some capacity or other does, either it is as willing participants or just having been dragged into the whole ordeal.



    "Dreams" is in my opinion one of the best post-O'Reilly episodes. Kudosmoreless
  • Weird, creepy and downright depressing. This is my least favorite episode of the entire series run. Margaret covered in Blood? Hawkeye with no arms? That tap dancing thing with Charles with the sparklers? This isn't a hospital, it's an insane asylum.moreless

    1.0
    This episode represents the fallout of this show. I understand what Alda was trying to do, I understand that he was trying to come up with some imagery that projected how the members of the 4077 had been damaged mentally by the war but come ON! This episode is creepy, it's weird, it is a downer. The imagery belongs to a horror show.



    Look, I started watching M*A*S*H because of the kind of humor displayed in the first four seasons, a successful mixture of comedy and the horrors of war but I've always felt that this show began to bottom out with the exit of Radar and this episode proves it.moreless
  • this episode is strange

    9.0
    Yes this episode is strange. it is a good episode why? because Alan Alda wanted to show the audiance that the people cant excape from war and it dose effect them in many ways. However this episode creep the sh.t out of me Hawk pulling his arms off, Winchester pulling off magic tricks to try to save a live and the worst one of them all is Father Mokeaye showing the statue of Jesus and then looking back to see a dead soilder are they crazy

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  • it was cheesy by today's standards but was intersting and a good episode.

    7.8
    the cheesy part was in Hawkeyes dream were he removes the arms and legs, and the fact they all have similar dreams, but my guess is anyone in a war time situation would dream about family. It look like they tried to hard to make it more dramatic, but it was neat because we all had a glimpse of what their lives were like before the war. BJ with his wife, Klinger in Toledo at Paco's, even the ones who were career military you saw Colnol Potter on a horse, and Major Houlihan in a wedding dress. Major Winchester had a weird dream involving fireworks. It was an intersting episode to say the least.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)

Ford Rainey

Ford Rainey

General Coogan

Guest Star

Robin Haynes

Robin Haynes

Taylor

Guest Star

Fred Stuthman

Fred Stuthman

Professor

Guest Star

Dennis Troy

Dennis Troy

Orderley

Recurring Role

Kellye Nakahara

Kellye Nakahara

Kellye

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  • TRIVIA (5)

    • In Klinger's dream sequence the supply room turns into a train and when he gets off the train he is at Tony Paco's restaurant in Toledo, which he references alot. He looks inside and Potter is operating and and motions for him to come here, and he looks down and Potter is operating on him.

    • Col. Potter appears in five different dreams in this episode, more than any other character. In addition to his own, he also appears in BJ's, Klinger's, Mulcahey's, and Winchester's dreams as well. His appearance in Winchester's dream is cut from the syndicated version of this episode.

    • In Margaret's dream she is wearing a wedding dress and is on the marriage bed, but she is wearing no wedding band.

    • Potter told the general that a first lieutenant was withholding the ambulances, but when they were talking to him on the phone, he was wearing a second lieutenant's uniform.

    • In Charles' dream sequence, in some shots Klinger is wearing earrings, in others he is not.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Gen. Coogan: (on the phone) Lieutenant, I'm sure you have a sound reason for not sending those ambulances into combat.
      Lt. Garvey: Yes, sir!
      Gen. Coogan: Well, why don't you come here in the flesh and tell me what it is?
      Lt. Garvey: In the flesh, sir?
      Gen. Coogan: You wouldn't mind that, would you, Lieutenant?
      Lt. Garvey: They're on the way to you now, sir!

    • Col. Potter: Some yahoo of a First Lieutenant won't send us any ambulances!
      Gen. Coogan: Well, why the hell not?
      Col. Potter: He says there's a lot of shooting going on, and he doesn't want those ambulances to get hurt.
      Gen. Coogan: Damn jackass! If I could just have 30 seconds on the phone with that pimple-headed lieutenant, I'd boil his bars!
      Col. Potter: Well, General, I think we can arrange that, person to pimple!

    • (Falling asleep, after Lt. Garvey has refused to send him any ambulances)
      Col. Potter: I'm too old for this. I've got children telling me I can't play with their toys.

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