Season 11 Episode 5

Who Knew?

Aired Unknown Nov 22, 1982 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Who Knew?
Hawkeye volunteers to deliver the eulogy for a dead nurse that he briefly dated, and belatedly discovers her deep feelings for him.

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  • We mourn not merely a nurse, but the carefree Hawkeye of old, yet it is a good cleansing grief.

    I remember watching this, essentially waiting out the show's finale as a series of hit and miss episodes came and went. This one knocked me across the teeth. The Hawkeye of Seasons 1-3 makes his final exit with this, but he has had a good run, and it sets up Hawkeye's status as the war's final victim, come the finale. These are the things he can't joke away, and we realize more than ever those wisecracks really were a defensive posture against the insanity he faced---and almost lost himself to later on.

    From the death of this one nurse who could have came and went without dying, Hawkeye puts aside the jokes at least long enough to make damn sure the people he cares about know it without question. Some episodes in S11 showed the series' age. This one shows its maturity, and it is a graceful maturity.moreless
  • A Poignant episode

    When I saw this episode, I got to know a side of Hawkeye one rarely saw in MASH... The caring and deeply emotional side. When a Nurse dies he takes upon the difficult task of delivering the eulogy. This is made extra hard due to the fact that nobody, not even Hawkeye, really knew this nurse. It takes her diary for Hawkeye to get to know her, and get to know himself. And the funeral service becomes a riveting affair that reminds us that even those who goes through our life like a ghost can become very important to us.moreless
  • This in my opinion is where we see Alan Alda not just Hawkeye. When Hawkeye get to the part when he starts talking about his love for his friends after he says past all the wisecracks we can see Alda emerge.The Character is gone & real emotion is there.moreless

    Very good episode. We finally see that M*A*S*H is coming to an end and Alda in the eulogy starts talking about his love it seems real. This show had been on a long time and the end was in sight and you knew it. You could see that these people really liked each other. You know when Alda said Charles that the friendship was there. Not many times did we see Alda as he was so easily in character as wisecracking Hawkeye Pierce. This episode is one of my favorites its a very sentimental episode and one that makes the character of Hawkeye who has used comedy to get through the war a real person. Alda shines in this episode.moreless
  • That..... is..... so..... SAD!!!!! I cried!

    Hawkeye comes into the Swamp and tells about this girl he's been dating called Millie Carpenter. The next day in the mess tent, Colonel Potter comes in and informs everyone that Millie was killed in a land mine accident the night before. Father Mulcahy is supposed to give the eulogy. Hawkeye finds him and asks to give it instead. So then he goes all over camp trying to find out stuff about her. All Margaret could say was that she was a great nurse and that she mostly kept to herself. All the others new was the same thing and that she had a bunch of fudge. Father Mulcahy finds Millie's diary and asks that Hawkeye read it. Hawkeye finds out that Millie had deep feelings for him. At the funeral, Hawkeye also says that the reason she didn't share the fudge she had other than the few pieces, was because she had given them to the wounded soldiers in post-op. Very depressing episode.moreless
Harry Morgan

Harry Morgan

Colonel Sherman T. Potter (Season 4-11)

Alan Alda

Alan Alda

Captain Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce

David Ogden Stiers

David Ogden Stiers

Major Charles Emerson Winchester III (Season 6-11)

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)

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • At the end of this episode Klinger wants to "invent" the Frisbee, but the Korean War started in 1950 and the Frisbee was invented by in 1948, by Walter Fredrick Morrison, so there is no way he could have cornered the market on it.

    • Klinger tries to get Charles to invest in hula-hoops, which are apparently brand new, but Klinger mentions them back in Season 5's "Dear Sigmund".

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Col. Potter: The best damn cartoon strip in the world is 'Li'l Abner.'
      Winchester: That is roughly comparable to being the finest ballerina in all of Galveston.

    • Hawkeye: We thought she was kind of distant, unfriendly. In fact, she had a kind of awe for us, for having done our jobs so well for so long. She would have told us that, but she couldn't. She was too shy to express her deepest feelings, so she wrote them in her diary... It's too late for Milly to change, and that's sad. Maybe we can all take a page from her diary to remind us of what we all need to learn... To all the people here I have sweated and endured with, ... you're very important to me. I hope in the future I do a better job of letting you know it. I love every one of you.

  • NOTES (2)

    • This episode probably shows that the series is winding down more that anything as Hawkeye tells everyone, including his closest friends how much they mean to him. It also gives a partial sense of closure as this could be even seen as a memorial service for M*A*S*H itself.

    • A welcome return for Enid Kent, who reprises her role as Lt. Bigelow.