Season 4 (1975-76)

Regular Cast: Alan Alda, Gary Burghoff, Larry Linville, Mike Farrell, Harry Morgan, Loretta Swit, Jamie Farr

Welcome to Korea (G-504-506)
Episode 73 (04×01)
1-Hour Episode, Split for Syndication
Aired September 12, 1975
Written by Everett Greenbaum, Jim Fritzell, and Larry Gelbart
Directed by Gene Reynolds
Guest Stars: Robert A. Karnes, Arthur Song, Shirlee Kong

Hawkeye returns to the 4077th after R&R. Frank is trying to get used to be being in charge and Hawkeye learns that Trapper has gone home. Radar must go pick up Trapper’s replacement and Hawkeye goes along hoping to meet Trapper before he leaves Gimpo Airbase. After arriving at Gimpo, Hawkeye learns that he has missed Trapper by only 10 minutes. Hawkeye and Trapper meet Captain BJ Honeycutt. The new surgeon. Radar, Hawkeye, and B.J. begin to head toward the 4077th in a stolen jeep. Along the way BJ gets a taste of what Korea is like when they get caught in the middle of an artillery barrage and a young Korean girl steps on a landmine. After a flat tire, they finally arrive back to the 4077th to report for duty.

Change of Command (G-501)
Episode 74 (04×02)
Aired September 19, 1975
Written by Jim Fritzell and Everett Greenbaum
Directed by Gene Reynolds
Guest Stars: None

The camp learns Frank will be replaced as commanding officer of the 4077th. Hawkeye and BJ have to scrap their bar idea. The new C.O. is an army regular who has not been in an OR for two years. When Col. Sherman Potter arrives at the camp, he seems to be a by the book commander, making Klinger get rid of his dresses. After a session in OR, Potters asks Hawkeye and BJ if there are any good places to get a drink.

It Happened One Night (G-502)
Episode 75 (04×03)
Aired September 26, 1975
Written by Larry Gelbart and Simon Muntner; story by Gene Reynolds
Directed by Gene Reynolds
Guest Stars: Christopher Allport, Darren O’Connor

On a very cold night the camp is bustling with action. Radar is getting the camp ready for blackout conditions, Hawkeye and Margaret are on Post-Op duty with a patient giving them problems, Klinger is training a new guardsman who winds up shooting him, Frank searches Margaret’s tent for the notes he has written her, and Col. Potter tires to get the shelling stopped.

The Late Captain Pierce (G-507)
Episode 76 (04×04)
Aired October 3, 1975
Written by Glen Charles and Les Charles
Directed by Alan Alda
Guest Stars: Richard Masur, Eldon Quick

The Army made a clerical error and listed Hawkeye as being dead. Hawkeye is not able to get through to his father to let him know he is alive and well. The morgue bus arrives to pick up Hawkeye’s body and Hawkeye and Col. Potter try to correct the error. BJ decides he should throw Hawkeye and wake in the Swamp and Hawkeye is cut from the pay roll. After nothing seems to work, Hawkeye decides to allow the morgue to have him so he can go home.

Hey, Doc (G-510)
Episode 77 (04×05)
Aired October 10, 1975
Written by Rich Mittleman
Directed by William Jurgensen
Guest Stars: Frank Marth, Bruce Kirby, Ted Hamilton

A soldier going home wants BJ and Hawkeye to put in his record that he cannot fly so he can take home a lot of cargo. Three doctors’ signatures are required for profile change. Hawkeye and BJ try to get Frank to sign off in return for scrounge to get them a new microscope. Meanwhile, a sniper peppers away at the camp and Hawkeye and BJ treat a few officers off the record.

The Bus (G-512)
Episode 78 (04×06)
Aired October 17, 1975
Written by John D. Hess
Directed by Gene Reynolds
Guest Stars: Soon Teck Oh

Hawkeye, BJ, Frank, Radar, and Col. Potter get lost while making their way back to the camp. The bus breaks down and Radar wonders off to find help against the others wishes. The group capture an enemy soldier who fixes the bus so they can get home.

Dear Mildred (G-505)
Episode 79 (04×07)
Aired October 24, 1975
Written by Everett Greenbaum and Jim Fritzell
Directed by Alan Alda
Guest Stars: None

Col. Potter writes home to his wife on their anniversary. Radar is having trouble getting used to his new commander, Hawkeye and BJ save a wounded horse, Margaret and BJ have a bust carved of Col. Potter for his anniversary. Radar wants to keep the horse they save and decides to give it to Col. Potter, an ex-Calvary man.

The Kids (G-511)
Episode 80 (04×08)
Aired October 31, 1975
Written by Jim Fritzell and Everett Greenbaum
Directed by Alan Alda
Guest Stars: Ann Doran, Mitchell Sakamoto, Huanani Minn

When Nurse Cratty’s orphanage is being attacked, the kids stay at the 4077th. BJ and Frank give the children physicals while a young girl thinks Klinger is a woman. BJ and Hawkeye tell two of the kids medal while Col. Potter reads to a few of them from a gun manual. A pregnant wounded Korean woman arrives, and the gang works to save her and the baby. As wounded come in, the children have to be moved out of the way of the working staff.

Quo Vadis, Captain Chandler? (G-513)
Episode 81 (04×09)
Aired November 7, 1975
Written by Burt Prelutsky
Directed by Larry Gelbart
Guest Stars: Allan Arbus, Edward Winter, Alan Fudge

A wounded man arrives at the 4077th who claims he is Jesus Christ, and Dr. Freedman is called in to assist. Meanwhile, Col. Flagg arrives to investigate at the request of Frank and Margaret. Col. Flagg and Dr. Freedman butt heads over the handling of the wounded soldier. Radar’s full name is also revealed.

Dear Peggy (G-509)
Episode 82 (04×10)
Aired November 11, 1975
Written by Jim Fritzell and Everett Greenbaum
Directed by Burt Metcalfe
Guest Stars: Ned Beatty, Dennis Troy

BJ writes to his wife about his new job at the 4077th. The events he writes about include: the boredom, Frank’s error in OR, BJ’s care of a critical patient, Klinger’s dream, Hawkeye’s trying to break a world record, Klinger’s attempted escapes, Father Mulchay’s inspection by an important Army priest, and the training of Koreans to work in Post-Op.

Of Moose and Men (G-503)
Episode 83 (04×11)
Aired November 21, 1975
Written by Jay Folb
Directed by John Erman
Guest Stars: Johnny Haymer, Lois Foraker, Jeff Maxwell

Hawkeye and Frank are on their way back to the 4077th when they aggravate a Colonel at a check point. When the Colonel is wounded, he does not want Hawkeye to touch him, but it is Hawkeye who saves his life. Meanwhile, BJ helps Sgt. Zale write a letter to his wife after he finds out she had an affair. BJ learns Zale also is having an affair with is “Moose.”

Soldier of the Month (G-514)
Episode 84 (04×12)
Aired November 28, 1975
Written by Linda Bloodworth
Directed by Gene Reynolds
Guest Stars: Johnny Haymer, Jeff Maxwell

Many patients have come down with Hemorrhagic fever. The fever is caused by mites and fleas on rats. Frank is put in charge of taking care of the rats and comes down with the fever. Frank makes out a will leaving his cloths to Margaret. Meanwhile the enlisted men are all involved in a contest to win passes to Tokyo. The finalists, Klinger, Zale, Radar, and Igor, take an oral quiz. The winner…Radar.

The Gun (G-517)
Episode 85 (04×13)
Aired December 2, 1975
Written by Larry Gelbart and Gene Reynolds
Directed by Burt Metcalfe
Guest Stars: Warren Stevens

When a wounded Colonel arrives at the camp, he has a fancy pistol. Frank steals the pistol and when the Colonel learns of its disappearance, Radar gets blamed. Frank tries to return the gun but shoots himself in the foot.

Mail Call Again (G-518)
Episode 86 (04×14)
Aired December 9, 1975
Written by Jim Fritzell and Everett Greenbaum
Directed by George Tyne
Guest Stars: None

The camp receives a batch of mail. The news include: the birth of Col. Potter’s grandchild, Father Mulcahy’s sister’s basketball games, Hawkeye’s hometown newspaper, Franks wife wants a divorce, Margaret’s gift from Frank, and Radar’s home movie.

The Price of Tomato Juice (G-519)
Episode 87 (04×15)
Aired December 16, 1975
Written by Larry Gelbart and Gene Reynolds
Directed by Gene Reynolds
Guest Stars: James Jeter

After a foul up, the 4077th receives a can of tomato juice. When Col. Potter admits he loves the stuff, Radar tries to get it for him every day. Frank is in charge of supply, and he wants a pair of nylons in return. Klinger has the nylons, but he wants a pass from Col. Potter. The Colonel has to ask a general for a favor to lay off Klinger while he is on R&R, but the general wants a date with Margaret in return. Just when the whole deal seems as though it may fall apart, it all works out in the end…or does it?

Dear Ma (G-515)
Episode 88 (04×16)
Aired December 23, 1975
Written by Everett Greenbaum and Jim Fritzell
Directed by Alan Alda
Guest Stars: Redmond Gleeson, Byron Chung, John Fujioka

Radar writes home to his mom about the goings on of the camp. He tells her about Hawkeye giving the camp a foot inspection, the 4077th coffee, an enemy soldier in the Mess Tent, Klinger’s further attempts to get a Section-8, Radar’s guinea pig, Col. Potter getting shot, and BJ being fooled by a wounded soldier selling him a cheap watch.

Der Tag (G-522)
Episode 89 (04×17)
Aired January 6, 1976
Written by Everett Greenbaum and Jim Fritzell
Directed by Gene Reynolds
Guest Stars: Joe Morton, John Voldstad, George Simmons, William Grant

As a favor to Col. Potter, Hawkeye and BJ be nice to Frank while Margaret is away on R&R. They invite him to play poker with them in the Swamp and take him to the Officer’s Club for a drink. After Frank passes out, they put a toe tag on him as a joke and he winds up in a truck going to an aid station. Hawkeye and BJ have to go pick him up.

Hawkeye (G-520)
Episode 90 (04×18)
Aired January 13, 1976
Written by Larry Gelbart and Simon Muntner
Directed by Larry Gelbart
Guest Stars: Philipe Ahn, Shizuko Hoshi, Susan Sakimoto

When Hawkeye’s jeep crashes, he is taken in by a Korean family until someone from the 4077th comes to pick him up. Hawkeye must continue to talk to keep from losing consciousness because he has a head injury.

Some 38th Parallels (G-521)
Episode 91 (04×19)
Aired January 20, 1976
Written by John Regier and Gary Markowitz
Directed by Burt Metcalfe
Guest Stars: George O’Hanlon, Lynette Mettey, Richard Lee Sung, Ray Poss

After saving a patient’s life Radar becomes friends with a wounded soldier who later dies. Hawkeye has a date with a nurse and discovers he is temporarily impotent. Frank decides the 4077th should hold monthly garbage auctions. Hawkeye buys the garbage and drops it on a colonel.

The Novocaine Mutiny (G-523)
Episode 92 (04×20)
Aired January 27, 1976
Written by Burt Prelutsky
Directed by Harry Morgan
Guest Stars: Ned Wilson, Johnny Haymer, Patricia Stevens

Hawkeye is being charged with mutiny by Frank for events that occurred while Col. Potter was on R&R. Frank and Hawkeye each tell their versions of the events in OR that are the alleged mutiny. Frank tried to outlaw gambling while Potter was gone, and no one obeys. The charges against Hawkeye are ultimately dropped.

Smilin’ Jack (G-508)
Episode 93 (04×21)
Aired February 3, 1976
Written by Larry Gelbart and Simon Muntner
Directed by Charles S. Dubin
Guest Stars: Robert Hogan, Dennis Kort, Michael A. Salcido, Alba Francesca

A chopper pilot who is trying for pilot of the year has to be grounded after BJ and Hawkeye discover he is diabetic. The pilot ignores orders and flies anyway to break the record for most patients carried in a year. A soldier who receives his Purple Heart does not want to return to the fighting.

The More I See You (G-524)
Episode 94 (04×22)
Aired February 10, 1976
Written by Larry Gelbart and Gene Reynolds
Directed by Gene Reynolds
Guest Stars: Blythe Danner, Mary Jo Catlett

When the 4077th receives new nurses, Hawkeye recognizes one of the nurses as a former flame. Hawkeye and the nurse, who is now married, become intimate again and she requests a transfer. Meanwhile Col. Potter paints a portrait of Radar and Radar practices some of his interpretations. BJ is able to talk to his wife on the phone.

Deluge (G-516)
Episode 95 (04×23)
Aired February 17, 1976
Written by Larry Gelbart and Simon Muntner
Directed by William Jurgensen
Guest Stars: None

The 4077th is flooded with wounded. A soldier makes promises to God he does -not want to keep, Radar passes out beer in Post-Op, Klinger has to scrub the sink, Hawkeye misses a sponge in a patient, the minefield begins to explode due to the weather, the Chinese have entered the war and Margaret is afraid the nurses may be evacuated, and the laundry catches fire.

The Interview (G-525)
Episode 96 (04×24)
February 24, 1976
Written by Larry Gelbart
Directed by Larry Gelbart
Guest Stars: Clete Roberts

Reporter Clete Roberts interviews the members of the 4077th about their experience in the war. The episode is in black and white.