In this wonderfully crafted episode, the camera takes the perspective of a wounded soldier, and we follow his experiences from combat to helicopter to surgery to post-op to exit from the 4077th.
The photography was top-notch in this episode at clearly identifying the soldier's pain, irritation, amusement, etc. This is especially important given the soldier's wounds (which were to the neck, forbidding him from talking).
Fortunately, this allows the stars of M*A*S*H to shine. Alan Alda, whom I frequently believe overacts on this series, had one of his best performances in this episode (His last scene alone with the soldier was especially superb). Loretta Swit has a great scene as well, comforting the wounded soldier while giving him a sponge bath. But it is Harry Morgan (as usual) who shines in this one. Angered because he forgot his anniversary, Colonel Potter takes it out on the personnel. But his comforting one-way chat with the soldier put him on the right track again. Just a tremendous sequence from Morgan here.
When the private goes south in post-op and almost dies, this was cleverly displayed through character reaction and disturbing sounds (immitating a blocked airway). Riveting sequence here. Great stuff.
Point of View is an episode "change-up". Something that differs from the mainstream episode. Often, change-ups are not well received by fans (This episode's rating is clear evidence of that in this case), but I'm usually a big fan of them since it allows us to look at the characters, and the actors, from a different perspective. No series has done change-ups better than M*A*S*H -- often, they were the show's best episodes. Point of View, written by comedic masterminds Ken Levine and David Isaacs (probably best known for their work on Cheers), is top-of-the-line, a masterpiece in a show full of standout episodes.