M*A*S*H (season 4)

The fourth season of M*A*S*H aired Fridays at 8:30–9:00 pm from September 12 to November 28, 1975 and Tuesdays at 9:00–9:30 pm from December 2, 1975 to February 24, 1976 on CBS.

Season 4
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes25
Original networkCBS
Original releaseSeptember 12, 1975 (1975-09-12) –
February 24, 1976 (1976-02-24)
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Actor Role
Alan Alda Capt. Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce
Mike Farrell Capt. B.J. Hunnicut
Harry Morgan Col. Sherman T. Potter
Loretta Swit Maj. Margaret "Hot Lips" Houlihan
Larry Linville Maj. Frank Burns
Gary Burghoff Cpl. Walter "Radar" O'Reilly
Jamie Farr Cpl. Maxwell Q. Klinger


No. in
Title [n 1]Directed by [n 2]Written by [n 2]Original air dateProd.
code [n 3]
"Welcome to Korea"Gene ReynoldsEverett Greenbaum & Jim Fritzell and Larry GelbartSeptember 12, 1975 (1975-09-12)G-504
While on R&R, Hawkeye misses Trapper John's discharge, and tries to say goodbye but misses him by 10 minutes, but he meets his new ally in Captain B.J. Hunnicut (Mike Farrell). First (preview) appearance of Harry Morgan as Colonel Sherman Potter. 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.
753"Change of Command"Gene ReynoldsJim Fritzell & Everett GreenbaumSeptember 19, 1975 (1975-09-19)G-501
When Frank learns he's going to be replaced as commanding officer, he throws a tantrum, and goes AWOL. Colonel Sherman Potter (Harry Morgan) assumes command of the 4077th, and orders Klinger to get into uniform, but when his body rejects it, Hawkeye tells him to wear a slip underneath. Col. Potter soon gets acquainted with Hawkeye and B.J., bonding with them post-surgery over drinks. First mention of Jamie Farr at beginning of opening credits. Larry Gelbart voice announces the date on this episode September 19, 1952
764"It Happened One Night"Gene ReynoldsStory by : Gene Reynolds
Teleplay by : Larry Gelbart & Simon Muntner
September 26, 1975 (1975-09-26)G-502
The 4077th is shaken up by heavy artillery during a long, cold night. Frank ransacks Margaret's tent for love letters. Klinger tries to catch pneumonia. When a patient B.J. had operated on doesn't improve, he has to open him up again.
775"The Late Captain Pierce"Alan AldaGlen Charles & Les CharlesOctober 3, 1975 (1975-10-03)G-507
B.J. gets a call from Hawkeye's father-- the Army mistakenly lists Hawkeye as dead. Hawkeye tries to take advantage of the situation, but it isn't as good as he thinks. He can't receive any pay, send out or receive any mail, telegrams, or phone calls.

Note – Gary Burghoff, Loretta Swit, & William Christopher do not appear in this episode.
Note: Timeline: President elect Dwight Eisenhower visit to Korea which is why Hawkeye cant communicate stateside because of security concerns happened December 1952
786"Hey, Doc"William JurgensenRick MittlemanOctober 10, 1975 (1975-10-10)G-510
The 4077th receives special requests from British and American officers to deal with an ingrown toenail and a case of VD. Hawkeye and B.J. try to help a supply officer get home early, while also dealing with a stolen microscope. A sniper terrorizes the unit until a tank is brought in, and Frank, trying to drive it, nearly destroys the camp.
797"The Bus"Gene ReynoldsJohn D. HessOctober 17, 1975 (1975-10-17)G-512
Hawkeye, B.J. Hunnicutt, Frank Burns, Col. Potter, and Radar are stranded in unfamiliar territory when their bus breaks down on the way back from a medical conference. Radar becomes lost and a wounded North Korean soldier surrenders to the doctors. Note: This episode has no laugh track.

Note – Loretta Swit, William Christopher, and Jamie Farr do not appear in this episode.
808"Dear Mildred"Alan AldaEverett Greenbaum & Jim FritzellOctober 24, 1975 (1975-10-24)G-505
While Col. Potter writes to his wife Mildred on their 27th wedding anniversary, Frank and Margaret seek a proper gift from a local artist and Radar gives Potter an even more special gift of a horse he convinced Hawkeye and B.J. to save.
819"The Kids"Alan AldaJim Fritzell & Everett GreenbaumOctober 31, 1975 (1975-10-31)G-511
The 4077th cares for Korean orphans at Christmastime when Meg Cratty arrives. B.J. delivers a baby and treats the wounded mother. Alan Alda received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for directing this episode.
8210"Quo Vadis, Captain Chandler?"Larry GelbartBurt PrelutskyNovember 7, 1975 (1975-11-07)G-513
A wounded bombardier (Alan Fudge) believes he's Jesus Christ, which brings him to the attention of both Colonel Flagg (Edward Winter) and Dr. Sidney Freedman (Allan Arbus). Note: This episode has no laugh track.
8311"Dear Peggy"Burt MetcalfeJim Fritzell & Everett GreenbaumNovember 11, 1975 (1975-11-11)G-509
B.J. writes to his wife Peggy about life at the 4077th. Episode features Ned Beatty as a visiting senior chaplain who's there to inspect Father Mulcahy.
8412"Of Moose and Men"John ErmanJay FolbNovember 21, 1975 (1975-11-21)G-503
A colonel (Tim O'Connor) gets a grudge with Hawkeye. B.J. helps a Sergeant who gets a Dear John letter from his wife. Frank becomes paranoid about potential bomb threats in the camp.

Note – William Christopher and Jamie Farr do not appear in this episode.
8513"Soldier of the Month"Gene ReynoldsLinda BloodworthNovember 28, 1975 (1975-11-28)G-514
Potter announces a Soldier of the Month contest, which Klinger tries to cheat to win, while Frank gets delirious from Hemorrhagic Fever.
8614"The Gun"Burt MetcalfeLarry Gelbart & Gene ReynoldsDecember 2, 1975 (1975-12-02)G-517
Frank steals the rare gun of a wounded colonel (Warren Stevens), and lets Radar take the fall when the gun is discovered missing.
8715"Mail Call...Again"George TyneJim Fritzell & Everett GreenbaumDecember 9, 1975 (1975-12-09)G-518
Mail arrives at the 4077th. Col. Potter learns he's a grandfather, Hawkeye gets his hometown newspaper, Radar gets a home movie from his family, and Frank learns his wife has found out about his affair with Margaret and is asking for a divorce.
8816"The Price of Tomato Juice"Gene ReynoldsLarry Gelbart & Gene ReynoldsDecember 16, 1975 (1975-12-16)G-519
In his ongoing efforts to please Col. Potter, Radar does everything he can to obtain a supply of tomato juice.
8917"Dear Ma"Alan AldaEverett Greenbaum & Jim FritzellDecember 23, 1975 (1975-12-23)G-515
Radar writes to his mother about the 4077th's monthly foot inspection, B.J. getting scammed by a patient and Colonel Potter is injured.
9018"Der Tag"Gene ReynoldsEverett Greenbaum & Jim FritzellJanuary 6, 1976 (1976-01-06)G-522
Potter asks Hawkeye and B.J. to be nice to Frank while Margaret's in Tokyo. The three go out drinking and gambling.
9119"Hawkeye"Larry GelbartLarry Gelbart & Simon MuntnerJanuary 13, 1976 (1976-01-13)G-520
Hawkeye gets a concussion in a jeep accident and finds shelter in a Korean farmer's home, where he talks nonstop to maintain consciousness while one of the family members goes for help. Note: Alda is the only regular cast member to appear in this episode.
9220"Some 38th Parallels"Burt MetcalfeRegier & Markowitz[a]January 20, 1976 (1976-01-20)G-521
Radar bonds with a patient, Hawkeye is unable to bond with a nurse, and Frank decides the camp's garbage could be as valuable as war bonds.
9321"The Novocaine Mutiny"Harry MorganBurt PrelutskyJanuary 27, 1976 (1976-01-27)G-523
Frank charges Hawkeye with mutiny, but they have different views of the circumstances leading to the court martial.

Note – Loretta Swit does not appear in this episode. Note Timeline: The date of the Court Martial is October 1952
9422"Smilin' Jack"Charles DubinLarry Gelbart & Simon MuntnerFebruary 3, 1976 (1976-02-03)G-508

A helicopter pilot with diabetes (Robert J. Hogan) is determined to win the annual pilots' competition for bringing in the most wounded, even if he has to risk his health and life to do it.

Note – William Christopher and Jamie Farr do not appear in this episode.

The PA announcement at the end of the episode is a reference to the battle of Solma-Ri, also known as "Gloucesters Hill" or the battle of the Imjin River. Mention of this battle places the date this episode is set as being between April 22nd and 25th, 1951, with the high casualty figure indicating a most probable date of either the 24th or 25th of April.
9523"The More I See You"Gene ReynoldsLarry Gelbart & Gene ReynoldsFebruary 10, 1976 (1976-02-10)G-524
One of Hawkeye Old flames (Blythe Danner) is assigned to the 4077th, and old tensions rise.

Note – Larry Linville and Loretta Swit do not appear in this episode.
9624"Deluge"William JurgensenLarry Gelbart & Simon MuntnerFebruary 17, 1976 (1976-02-17)G-516
The 4077th is overrun with casualties from an unexpected offensive.
Note:The PA annocement tells of the Chinese entering the war-which happened in the Chosin Reservoir campaign of November 1950..not October 1952.
9725"The Interview"Larry GelbartLarry GelbartFebruary 24, 1976 (1976-02-24)G-525

A news correspondent (Clete Roberts) visits the 4077th to get their feelings about the war. Note: 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.

In 1997, TV Guide ranked this episode #80 on its list of the 100 Greatest Episodes.[1]
  1. ^ John W. Regier & Gary Markowitz


  1. ^ Titles taken from DVD
  2. ^ a b Credits from episode title cards
  3. ^ Production Code from end credits


  1. ^ "Special Collector's Issue: 100 Greatest Episodes of All Time". TV Guide (June 28-July 4). 1997.

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