M*A*S*H

Season 8 Episode 5

Good-Bye Radar (Part 2)

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Aired Unknown Oct 15, 1979 on CBS
9.1
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Good-Bye Radar (Part 2)
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As company clerk Radar O'Reilly reluctantly prepares to depart the 4077th, the unit is still without electricity due to a broken generator, and the operating room continues to fill up with war wounded as night falls. The responsibility for procuring a new generator falls on Klinger, who lacks Radar's masterful knack of cutting through red tape in search of much-needed supplies.moreless

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  • Radar struggles with the thought of leaving.

    9.0
    The indispensable man? For me, there were two brilliant parts to this episode. Firstly, where Radar and Hawkeye argue about Radars decision to stay. Hawkeye's reaction was so true to character, it was breathtaking. Essentially, his love for people, especially Radar, moves him to almost hostility at the thought of anyone, especially a friend, willingly staying in a war-zone. The second, was the teddy bear left behind for Hawkeye. It was a symbol of decency, and though Radar changed over the years, he never lost his decency. It was sad to see Radar go, but I feel his character had given all he could to the show.moreless
  • Go Home Radar.. Go Home

    9.4
    This is diffentaly a very sad episode. Radar is a classic character in every MASH episode and in the movie. Gary actually played Radar in MASH The Movie. He was a part of MASH but once he was gone I was sort of glad. He was really annoying sometimes and I like the way Klinger does his job. Radar really loved a respected everyone in camp, especially Hawkeye. Radar really looked up to Hawkeye, almost like he would look up to an older brother or even possibly a father. I thought the most sad part was when Hawkeye found Radar's teddy on his cot. This was a personal goodbye to Hawkeye since he never really got to tell him all the things he wanted to before he left.moreless
  • In the second part of this two part episode, the doctors and nurses of the 4077th MASH say their goodbyes to Corporal Walter 'Radar' O'Reilly. Klinger continues his baptism by fire as the replacement Company Clerk.moreless

    10
    Never in all the television I've watched has one show made me so emotional as M*A*S*H, and this episode was no exception. The subtle changes in Radar's personality only added to the notion that he had finally 'grown up', and was ready to leave the 4077. You get a feel for exactly how much Radar was needed and loved in this episode, by all the main cast. A more heartfelt episode is hard to find, although M*A*S*H had a number of them in its eleven year run. The most memorable scenes in this episode in my opinion are these, Radar and Hawkeye's argument on why Radar should go home, Col. Potter's tearful goodbye to Radar as wounded fill the compound, Hawkeye's bloody salute, and the final scene, where Radar's teddy bear was left on Hawkeye's cot, a final reminder that Radar grew up, and was gone forever.moreless
Alan Alda

Alan Alda

Captain Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce

David Ogden Stiers

David Ogden Stiers

Major Charles Emerson Winchester III (Season 6-11)

Gary Burghoff

Gary Burghoff

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

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

Lee De Broux

Lee De Broux

Major Van Kirk

Guest Star

Whitney Rydbeck

Whitney Rydbeck

Hondo McKee

Guest Star

David Dozer

David Dozer

Dispatcher

Guest Star

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Towards the end, when Hawkeye salutes Radar from the O.R., his hurt finger on that hand has somehow healed. But, when the O.R. session is over and he's walking back to the Swamp, the bandage is back on.

    • After Margaret plants a kiss on Radar in Post-Op, he exclaims,"Wow, hot lips!" This is the final mention or reference of Margaret's old nickname of "Hot Lips" of the series.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Margaret: He reminds me of an old Raggedy Ann doll I had as a child. I'd kick it, pull out its eyes, yell at it, ignore it, and then when I lost it I'd cry for days.
      Charles: I know exactly how you felt; I once had the same experience with a butler.

    • Klinger: (mocking Major Van Kirk) Lousy Commies! We've had two [generators] swiped here already! Do I hear THREE?

    • (Radar refuses to leave MASH)
      Hawkeye: We all wait for that day! We dream about it! We pray for it! We'd sacrifice a virgin if we could find one! How dare you!!
      Radar: I'm sorry, there's too much around here I gotta do!
      Hawkeye: No no no no, you're not pulling that tripe on me! They've been holding wars long before you signed up, and the fun'll continue long after you leave! Let me put this as gracefully as I can: We don't need you!
      Radar: (chuckles) Oh, ya don't huh? How's your generator? Is Klinger gonna find you one? If things got tough, and you were the one that was leavin', you'd be stayin'!
      Hawkeye: Don't bet on it. I'd be outta here so fast my shorts would have to catch the next plane!
      Radar: Oh, yeah yeah. I saw ya workin' in OR with your hurt finger. You'd stay! Hey, listen, I got responsibilities around here, just like you.
      Hawkeye: You've got responsibilities at home, you jackass!
      Radar: Well how about if I wanna make up my own mind? I'm no kid anymore, ya know! I've been around.
      Hawkeye: Oh, excuse me, Mr. Globetrotter ... Why bless my soul, Mrs. O'Reilly's little boy is a big man now. I guess you've outgrown all that other stuff, huh? Ottumwa, the farm - your mother - Ah! Your mother! Have you outgrown your responsibility to her?
      Radar: Listen, how I take care of my mom is my business. You said it yourself, Hawkeye. Nobody should tell somebody else how to run their life!

    • Radar: (last line of series) I'm ready. Let's go!

    • (as Radar prepares to leave)
      Col. Potter: Well, Radar, I guess we can take it from here.
      Radar: Yes, sir, I guess you can.
      Col. Potter: (choking up) It's not exactly the way I wanted to say goodbye, Radar.
      Radar: Me neither, sir.
      Col. Potter: Godspeed, son! (they hug)

    • Col. Potter: Listen, Radar, I guess you realize I'm kinda fond of you. Lord knows I've never met a soul I could depend on more, but above all that, you've been a damn good friend. Well, friend, it's time we said goodbye. Time you got on with your life. You've come as far as you can go here. You've earned your wings...now you've gotta fly.
      Radar: You're right, sir.
      Col. Potter: I am?

  • NOTES (6)

    • Ken Levine and David Isaacs received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series.

    • At the end of this episode, Radar leaves his beloved teddy bear on Hawkeye's cot. The next time it appears is in the next to last episode, "As Time Goes By", when it is buried in the time capsule along with one of Klinger's dresses, a bottle of brandy and one of Henry Blake's old fishing lures.

    • Although Klinger initially struggles with getting a generator for the camp, we get a glimpse of his negotiating skills as he eventually gets one. Klinger would continue to have his problems (note "Period of Adjustment"), but he would grow into the job.

    • A melancholy cornet rendition of "Suicide Is Painless" is heard as "Good-Bye Radar (Part 2)"'s closing tag credits flash. This same rendition can also be heard at the end of Episode #S617, "Yessir, That's Our Baby" (Dec. 31, 1979) and #S612, "Dreams" (Feb. 18, 1980).

    • This is Radar's final appearance in the series, as he heads home to Iowa to take over the running of the family farm. However, Gary Burghoff reprised the role in two episodes of AfterMASH and in the pilot episode of W*A*L*T*E*R.

    • Ironically the first series regular to be hired, Gary Burghoff is the fourth and final original cast member of M*A*S*H to quit the show. Alan Alda and Loretta Swit are now the only remaining members of the original cast from Season 1.

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