Season 8 Episode 21

Goodbye, Cruel World

Aired Unknown Feb 11, 1980 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • In redecorating his quarters, Klinger uses a gaudy, bizarre little statue-clock. The statue is identical to (and probably the very same prop as) the statue Archie Bunker brought to his family as an example of "true art" in Episode 4 of Season 4 of All In The Family ("Archie and the Kiss").

  • Quotes

    • B.J.: You dummy, Toledo is the first place they're gonna look for you!
      Klinger: Sure, for Max Klinger. Not for: Sven Lundgren!
      B.J.: Sven?
      Klinger: Shh! Yumpin' Yimminy, not so loud!
      B.J.: It'll never work. You'd have to bleach your entire body!
      Klinger: Thanks! That'll clinch it!

    • (Sidney heads for Post-Op)
      Klinger: Sure. Go on. Abandon me like everybody else. Trample my feelings like they were so many dead roses.
      Sidney: Klinger--can you hold that thought?

    • Hawkeye: You did good, Doc.
      Sidney: Oh, just meatball psychiatry. There's still a lot more work to do.

    • Colonel Potter: You know, son, this swag lamp of yours is great! It brilliantly illuminates every word on this page.
      Klinger: And what words are those, sir?
      Colonel Potter: Surprisingly enough, they're the same words, all down the page: Sherman T. Potter, Sherman T. Potter, ad infinito. Now why would I sign my John Hancock 47 times?
      Klinger: Ah, see, that's the thing, sir. You were sleepwalking one night, and started signing your name. I figured I shouldn't wake you.
      Colonel Potter: And it's probably good that you didn't. But Klinger:
      Klinger: Yes?
      Colonel Potter: You put too much swoop on the T!

    • (Sidney finished talking to a war hero who tried to commit suicide after finding out he was being sent home)
      Hawkeye: Sidney, why did you remove his restraints?
      Sidney: I want to show him I trust him.
      Hawkeye: But should we take the risk? He's being held together by three-o silk and wishful thinking. If he tries to kill himself again, he's half way there.
      Sidney: He's out of danger.
      Hawkeye: What are you talking about?! He's twitching like a nervous wreck!
      Sidney: Come with me.
      (Sidney leads Hawkeye out of Post Op)
      Sidney: Its a case of severe guilt. In his ten years in the service, this is the first time he's fought an Asian enemy. He's been looking through a gun sight at people who could be members of his own family.
      Hawkeye: No wonder he felt guilty. That would be like my declaring war on Crabapple Cove.
      Sidney: Right, only in his case, its worse. He has to kill Chinese to be a good American, and than he has to kill himself to be a good Chinese.
      Hawkeye: A man without two countries. Freud would have flipped over this one.
      Sidney: All I did was give him a substitue symptom: I told him under hypnosis that when he feels the guilt, instead of punishing himself with suicide, he sould twitch his hand. He's not even aware he's doing it.
      Hawkeye: (satisified) Better that than take a second try at killing yourself.
      Sidney: Second try? Remember all those dangerous missions? He's been trying to kill himself since he got to Korea.

    • Hawkeye: I think our job might be a little easier than yours, Sidney. At least we can always see where they're bleeding.

    • Sidney Freedman: Well Max, last time I saw your face it was under a bonnet.

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • Hawkeye describes home as "where the buffalo roam." This is a line from the old western song, "Home On The Range."

    • Hawkeye describes Sergeant Yee as "a man without two countries." A Man Without A Country is a novel by Edward Everett Hale. There have been several movie versions of it.

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