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The plot is set in military hospital during the Korean War - seems like not very good place for sitcom, but you would be surprised. Doctors are busy chasing nurses, nurses are busy avoiding doctors and the commander is trying to avoid being commander.
Welcome to Korea
Trapper gets discharged and Hawkeye misses saying goodbye, but makes a new ally in Captain B.J. Hunnicut (Mike Farrell). Gene Reynolds won the Primetime Emmy Award for directing this episode while Fred W. Berger and Stanford Tischler won for editing. Everett Greenbaum, Jim Fritzell and Larry Gelbart won the Writers Guild Award.
Change of Command
Colonel Sherman Potter (Harry Morgan) assumes command of the 4077th and learns that life at a M*A*S*H unit is hardly normal.
It Happened One Night
The 4077th is shaken up by heavy artillery during a long, cold night.
The Late Captain Pierce
The Army mistakenly lists Hawkeye as dead, but Hawkeye takes advantage of the situation hoping it’ll get him home. Timeline: President Elect Eisenhower comes to Korea-which happened in December 1952
The 4077th is bombarded with requests for special favors, and a sniper begins firing at the compound.
Hawkeye, B.J., Frank, Potter and Radar get stranded in unfamiliar territory when their bus breaks down on their way back from a medical conference. (Note: This episode has no laugh track).
Potter writes to his wife Mildred on their 27th anniversary, and Radar saves the best gift for last.
The 4077th shelters Korean orphans in their tents. Alan Alda received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for directing this episode.
Quo Vadis, Captain Chandler?
A wounded bomber pilot comes to believe he’s Jesus Christ, which beings attention to both Colonel Flagg and Sidney Freedman. (Note: This episode has no laugh track)
B.J. writes to his wife Peggy about life at the 4077th. Featuring Ned Beatty as a senior chaplain.
Of Moose and Men
A bitter colonel (Tim O’Connor) with shrapnel in his stomach goes after Hawkeye, while B.J. learns about "moose" in Korea.
Soldier of the Month
Potter announces a contest that will send the winner to Tokyo, making the 4077th more militaristic, while Frank gets delirious from a fever.
Frank steals a wounded colonel’s rare Colt .45 and makes Radar take the fall when the gun goes missing. Warren Stevens plays the colonel.
Mail Call, Again
Another batch of mail from home brings news that Potter will be a grandfather and Frank’s wife has found out about his affair with Margaret.
The Price of Tomato Juice
In his on-going mission to please Potter, Radar does everything to obtain a supply of tomato juice.
Radar writes to his mother about the 4077th’s monthly foot inspection, a Korean helping himself to food in the mess tent, and Frank getting paranoid about being overrun.
Potter asks Hawkeye and B.J. to be nice to Frank while Margaret’s in Tokyo.
Hawkeye gets a concussion in a jeep accident and finds shelter in a Korean farmer’s home, where he talks nonstop to maintain consciousness. (Note: Alan Alda is the only regular cast member to appear in this episode.)
Some 38th Parallels
Personal anxieties affect the 4077th, while a gung-ho colonel is responsible for a number of casualties.
The Novocaine Mutiny
Frank charges Hawkeye with mutiny, but they each have different views of the circumstances leading to the court-martial. Timeline October 1952
A wounded helicopter pilot (Robert J. Hogan) doesn’t want to go home, but a soldier who received two Purple Hearts certainly does.
The More I See You
An old flame (Blythe Danner) of Hawkeye’s is assigned to the 4077th.
The 4077th is overrun with casualties from an unexpected offensive. (Note: The "unexpected offensive", described in the episode’s dialogue as the Chinese army "hitting and rupturing the entire UN line", is likely a reference to the Third Battle of Seoul, an actual event in the history of the Korean War.
A news correspondent (Clete Roberts) visits the 4077th to get their feelings about the war. (Notes: This episode was filmed in black and white and was the final episode for series developer Larry Gelbart. Loretta Swit does not appear in this episode.)