Season 6 (1977-78)

Regular Cast: Alan Alda, Gary Burghoff, David Ogden Stiers, Mike Farrell, Harry Morgan, Loretta Swit, Jamie Farr, William Christopher

Fade Out, Fade In (Y-101-102)
1-Hour Episode, Split for Syndication
Episode 121 (06×01)
Aired September 20, 1977
Written by Jim Fritzell and Everett Greenbaum
Directed by Hy Averback
Guest Stars: James Lough, Raymond Singer, Tom Stovall, Rick Hurst, Robert Symonds, William Flatley, Joseph Burns, Barbara James

After going on R&R, Frank does not return. Margaret returns from her honeymoon early. Col. Potter keeps getting phone calls regarding Frank’s actions in Seoul. Col. Potter realizes he may never get Frank back, so he orders Radar to find a replacement. Major Charles Emerson Winchester arrives on temporary duty. Charles is a brilliant surgeon who saves a soldier’s life who would have mostly likely died. Meanwhile, Klinger thinks he will get his discharge when a wounded soldier tells Klinger he is a lawyer. The camp learns that Frank has been promoted and transferred. Col. Potter struggles to find a permanent surgeon and works out a deal to keep Charles, much to his disgust.

Fallen Idol (Y-104)
Episode 122 (06×02)
Aired September 27, 1977
Written by Alan Alda
Directed by Alan Alda
Guest Stars:  Frances Fong, Robin Riker, Larry Gilman, Roy Goldman

Hawkeye suggests that Radar, lonely and depressed, should go into Seoul. When Radar is wounded Hawkeye feels guilty and gets drunk which enables him to complete an operation. When Radar hears of Hawkeye’s foul up, he is upset. Hawkeye feels as though Radar is putting too much on his shoulders and yells at him. Everyone in camp hears what Hawkeye has done, and they are upset by his actions. Hawkeye apologizes and later presents Radar with his Purple Heart.

Last Laugh (Y-103)
Episode 123 (06×03)
Aired October 4, 1977
Written by Everett Greenbaum and Jim Fritzell
Directed by Don Weis
Guest Stars: James Cromwell, Robert Karnes, John Ashton

BJ’s friend comes to visit the 4077th and causes BJ and Hawkeye some trouble in the process. When he arrives, BJ pays him back by taking his discharge orders. BJ is arrested after his friend uses his name. They have to defend BJ in front of a general who was in the hotel at the time. Meanwhile, Klinger pretends he has a camel and Margaret wants to go to Tokyo to visit her husband.

War of Nerves (Y-106)
Episode 124 (06×04)
Aired October 11, 1977
Written by Alan Alda
Directed by Alan Alda
Guest Stars: Allan Arbus, Michael O’Keefe, Peter Reigert

When everyone in camp is grumpy, Col. Potter requests an injured Dr. Freedman to stay for a while. Dr. Freedman is there with a soldier he had previously treated, and Margaret accuses Charles of touching his nose in the OR. Everyone stops to visit Dr. Freedman with their problems, meanwhile, the camp organizes a bonfire to help ease their tensions.

The Winchester Tapes (Y-107)
Episode 125 (06×05)
Aired October 18, 1977
Written by Everett Greenbaum and Jim Fritzell
Directed by Burt Metcalfe
Guest Stars: Thomas Carter, Kimiko Hiroshige

Charles tells his family about the 4077th in a tape home. He tells them about Klinger’s new ploy to escape the army, Col. Potter’s paintings, Radar as Charles’ only link to the outside world, Hawkeye going to Seoul, Margaret’s flattery, and BJ making Charles think he has lost weight by switching his cloths with another soldier.

The Light That Failed (Y-108)
Episode 126 (06×06)
Aired October 25, 1977
Written by Burt Prelutsky
Directed by Chrales S. Dubin
Guest Stars: Enid Kent, Gary Erwin, Philip Baker Hall

When supplies are running short, light bulbs are constantly going out. When a supply truck arrives with summer items in the middle of winter, the mail delivers a book to BJ. Everyone is excited about having a book to read. BJ tears the book apart chapter by chapter so everyone can read at once. BJ discovers the last page is missing and none knows who the murderer is. BJ calls the author for the answer. Meanwhile, Charles almost kills a patient after giving him the wrong medicine.

In Love and War (Y-112)
Episode 127 (06×07)
Aired November 1, 1977
Written by Alan Alda
Directed by Alan Alda
Guest Stars: Kieu Chinh, Susan Krebs, Soorah Ahn, Enid Kent

Col. Potter orders Hawkeye to help a woman who he sees as being rich and pushy. Hawkeye discovers he has misjudged the woman and falls in love. Just when things begin to get serious, she moves away. Meanwhile, a new nurse arrives and mentions she had an affair with a man named Donald in Tokyo and Margaret tries to figure out if it could have been her Donald.

Change Day (Y-113)
Episode 128 (06×08)
Aired November 8, 1977
Written by Laurence Marks
Directed by Don Weis
Guest Stars: Phillip Ahn, Noel Toy, Glenn Ash, Richard Lee Sung

The members of the 4077th prepare for a change in Army Script. Hawkeye agrees to have the money of a wounded MP changed for him only to have it stolen in the Mess Tent. Charles decides he can make money by buying Army Script from villagers for US Dollars. Meanwhile, Klinger takes the exam to get into West Point.

Images (Y-105)
Episode 129 (06×09)
Aired November 15, 1977
Written by Burt Prelutsky
Directed by Burt Metcalfe
Guest Stars: Susan Blanchard, Larry Block, John Durren

After operating on a soldier with many tattoos, Radar decides he would like a tattoo of his own. Hawkeye and Trapper try to talk him out of it. Meanwhile, a new nurse is having trouble adjusting to the 4077th and Margaret gives her a hard time and tries to have a transferred. Col. Potter denies the transfer of the nurse. Margaret is upset when a dog that she has been secretly feeding is killed.

The M*A*S*H Olympics (Y-111)
Episode 130 (06×10)
Aired November 22, 1977
Written by Ken Levine and David Isaacs
Directed by Don Weis
Guest Stars: Mike Henry, Michael McManus

When Col. Potter realizes the camp is out of shape, he organizes a mock Olympics to be held, after which Margaret and Donald leave on R&R. Hawkeye and BJ each head up team. Meanwhile, BJ and Hawkeye are helping a soldier lose weight so he will not be discharged. Upon learning that being overweight will get a soldier discharged, Klinger begins to eat.

The Grim Reaper (Y-110)
Episode 131 (06×11)
Aired November 29, 1977
Written by Burt Prelutsky
Directed by George Tyne
Guest Stars: Charles Aidman, Jerry Hauser, Kellye Nakahara

Hawkeye’s dislike for a Colonel whose job is to estimate the number of causalities heats up in the Officer’s Club. Hawkeye gets charged with pushing a superior officer. The Colonel drops the charges after he is wounded. Charles treats Margaret to a dinner that includes spoiled food. Klinger meets a wounded soldier from Toledo from whom Klinger receives a shipment of hot dogs.

Comrades in Arms (Part 1) (Y-116)
Episode 132 (06×12)
Aired December 6, 1977
Written by Alan Alda
Directed by: Burt Metcalfe
Guest Stars: Jon Yune, James Saito

Hawkeye and Margaret go to the 8063rd M*A*S*H, but they bugged out and they get stranded when their jeep is taken by a group of enemy soldiers. The members of the camp are frantic looking for Margaret and Hawkeye. Meanwhile, Margaret and Hawkeye find shelter and Hawkeye is wounded in the leg. Margaret is upset by a letter she received from Donald that was intended for another woman. They are shelled and Hawkeye and Margaret wind up in each other’s arms.

Comrades in Arms (Part 2) (Y-117)
Episode 133 (06×13)
Aired December 13, 1977
Written by Alan Alda
Directed by Alan Alda
Guest Stars: Jon Yune, James Saito, Doug Rowe

Margaret and Hawkeye are an item temporarily. Hawkeye discovers that Margaret is too demanding. BJ ignores orders and goes up in a chopper to look for Margaret and Hawkeye. When Hawkeye and Margaret are finally found they go to the 8063rd M*A*S*H and perform their surgery. They return to the 4077th to a party and Margaret makes Donald jealous by writing him a letter that is supposedly intended for another man.

The Merchant of Korea (Y-118)
Episode 134 (06×14)
Aired December 20, 1977
Written by Ken Levine and David Isaacs
Directed by William Jurgensen
Guest Stars: Johnny Haymer

When BJ finds out he can get the property he wants in San Francisco, he has to borrow the down payment from Charles. Charles begins to take advantage of the favor. Margaret is having trouble with Donald keeping her money. On payday there was not enough to pay everyone in the camp. Charles than buys Hawkeye a beer and plays the same game with him as BJ. Hawkeye and BJ decide to get back and Charles by draining him at a poker game.

The Smell of Music (Y-115)
Episode 135 (06×15)
Aired January 3, 1978
Written by Jim Fritzell and Everett Greenbaum
Directed by Stuart Miller
Guest Stars: Jordan Clarke, Nancy Steen, Lois Foraker, Richard Lee Sung

Hawkeye and BJ are tired of hearing Charles play his French Horn. To get back at him they decide to not bathe. The members of the camp take care of the problem by giving Hawkeye and BJ a bath and smashing Charles’ horn. Meanwhile, Col. Potter has a patient who wants to kill himself.

Patient 4077 (Y-114)
Episode 136 (06×16)
Aired January 10, 1978
Written by Ken Levine and David Isaacs
Directed by Harry Morgan
Guest Stars: Keye Luke, Brenda Thomson, Harry Gold, Pat Stevens

When the 4077th needs a different kind of clamp they try many ways to have one created. They have a local peddler build one that is successful. Meanwhile, Margaret is mad at Klinger who accidentally threw away her engagement ring. Hawkeye and BJ buy a ring like hers to replace it, but they get caught.

Tea and Empathy (Y-109)
Episode 137 (06×17)
AiredJanuary 17, 1978
Written by Bill Idelson
Directed by Don Weis
Guest Stars: Bernard Fox, Neil Thompson, Sal Viscuso

Hawkeye is upset when the English give their wounded tea. The camp is out of penicillin and Father Mulcahy can help. BJ helps a soldier break his addiction to morphine. Hawkeye meets a British commander who rubs him the wrong way.

Your Hit Parade (Y-124)
Episode 138 (06×18)
Aired January 24, 1978
Written by Ronny Graham
Directed by George Tyne
Guest Stars: Ronny Graham, William Kux, Ken Michelman

After a long break from wounded, a sudden flow of wounded the camp is overflowing. Radar (who becomes a DJ) gets a new shipment of records and gets permission to play them over the PA system. The music plays the whole time they are operating. Col. Potter keeps requesting the same song and Hawkeye and BJ are waiting for a blood donor to arrive.

What’s Up, Doc? (Y-119)
Episode 139 (06×19)
Aired January 30, 1978
Written by Larry Balmagia
Directed by George Tyne
Guest Stars: Charles Frank, Lois Foraker, Kurt Andon

Margaret is very cranky, and Hawkeye is surprised to learn Margaret may be pregnant. Margaret wants to have a pregnancy test done, but the only bunny in camp is Radars. Radar will only allow his bunny used only if she does not have to be killed. Meanwhile, a patient who wants to go back to Ohio takes Charles hostage.

Mail Call Three (Y-121)
Episode 140 (06×20)
Aired February 6, 1978
Written by Everett Greenbaum and Jim Fritzell
Directed by Charles S. Dubin
Guest Stars: Oliver Clark, Jack Grapes, Carmine Scelza, Terri Paul

The camp receives their mail after waiting for three weeks. The news that arrives includes: Hawkeye receives a letter intended for another Captain Pierce, BJ’s wife has plumbing problems and a neighbor made a pass at her, Radar’s mom is dating, Charles receives pictures of his grandson, Margaret is upset when she is blackballed for the DAR, and Klinger’s wife wants a divorce. BJ calls his wife to ease his mind and Klinger goes AWOL.

Temporary Duty (Y-125)
Episode 141 (06×21)
Aired February 13, 1978
Written by Larry Balmagia
Directed by Burt Metcalfe
Guest Stars: George Lindsey, Marcia Rodd

The 4077th and the 8063rd exchange a surgeon and nurse for a week. Hawkeye and a nurse go to the 8063rd. The replacements for them include a very annoying surgeon and the nurse is a friend of Margaret. Charles adds Boston to the signpost. Charles and BJ are discouraged when the annoying surgeon requests a transfer to the 4077th. They set him up by telling him Sophie is the camp horse, not Col. Potter’s.

Potter’s Retirement (Y-120)
Episode 142 (06×22)
Aired February 20, 1978
Written by Laurence Marks
Directed by William Jurgensen
Guest Stars: George Wyner, Peter Hobbs, Ken White

While the camp gears up for the Kentucky Derby, Col. Potter is summoned to HQ. There the colonel finds out someone in the camp has been sending in bad reports about his command. Col. Potter is upset by this and is hateful to everyone. Col. Potter announces he is going to request a transfer. Klinger pretends to be a MP and Hawkeye, BJ, and Radar discover who the snitch is.

Dr. Winchester and Mr. Hyde (Y-122)
Episode 143 (06×23)
Aired February 27, 1978
Written by Ken Levine, David Isaacs, and Ronny Graham
Directed by Charles S. Dubin
Guest Stars: Chris Murney, Joe Tornatore, Ron Max, Rod Gist

Everyone at the camp is tired and Charles takes amphetamines to keep him pepped. Eventually Charles overdoes it and makes himself very sick. Meanwhile, Radar bets the Marines his mouse can beat theirs. The mouse wins, but Radar finds out Charles gave the mouse amphetamines.

Major Topper (Y-123)
Episode 144 (06×24)
Aired March 27, 1978
Written by Allyn Freeman
Directed by Charles S. Dubin
Guest Stars: Hamilton Camp, Andrew Bloch, Donald Blackwell, Peter Zapp, Paul Linke, John Kirby, Michael Mann, Kellye Nakahara

No matter what story Hawkeye or BJ tells, Charles has a story to tip theirs. The 4077th runs out of morphine and they have to make wounded soldiers believe placebos are real morphine. A new corpsman is crazier that Klinger. He shoots down imaginary enemy gliders using real bullets. Col. Potter prepares the soldier’s Section-8.