M*A*S*H

Season 8 Episode 21

Goodbye, Cruel World

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Aired Unknown Feb 11, 1980 on CBS

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    • (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.

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