Season 9 (1980-81)

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

The Best of Enemies (Z-404)
Episode 195 (09×01)
Aired November 17, 1980
Written by Sheldon Bull
Directed by Charles S. Dubin
Guest Stars: Mako, Steven Lum

Hawkeye heads to Seoul for R&R but is captured by an enemy soldier when his Jeep dies. The enemy soldier wants Hawkeye to save the life of his friend. When Hawkeye is unable to save him, Hawkeye believes his life will also come to an end. Meanwhile, back at the camp Charles and Col. Potter set up a bridge tournament.

Letters (Z-403)
Episode 196 (09×02)
Aired November 24, 1980
Written by Dennis Koenig
Directed by Charles S. Dubin
Guest Stars: Richard Paul, Eileen Saki, Larry Cedar, Michael Currie, Shari Saba

When the camp is bombarded by rain, Hawkeye receives a package of letters from a group of fourth graders in Crabapple Cove. Everyone grabs a stack of letters to answer. Hawkeye receives a letter from a young boy whose brother was killed in Korea after being operated on by a MASH surgeon. Each member of the group recounts a story for their young friends. Col. Potter recalls his basketball skills, Father Mulcahy saves a dog, Margaret remembers a wounded soldier, and Klinger writes about his money-making ploys.

Cementing Relationships (Z-401)
Episode 197 (09×03)
Aired December 1, 1980
Written by David Pollock and Elias Davis
Directed by Charles S. Dubin
Guest Stars: Joel Brooks, Alan Toy, Mel Harris

When yet another patient develops a staph infection, Hawkeye, Charles, BJ, and Klinger work out a plan to get a cement floor for OR. After the floor has been laid, it must be laid again because Klinger’s cement recipe is wrong. Meanwhile, Margaret has to fight of a wounded Italian soldier who falls in love with her.

Father’s Day (Z-405)
Episode 198 (09×04)
Aired December 8, 1980
Written by Karen L. Hall
Directed by Alan Alda
Guest Stars: Andrew Duggan, Jeffrey Kramer, Art LeFleur, Roy Evans

Hawkeye and BJ receive a whole side of beef from a wounded soldier as a “thank you” and must eat all of it before the general it was stolen from discovers it is missing. Meanwhile, Margaret is excited when her father is arriving for a visit. Her father has a difficult time looking at blood in the OR and he blows up at Hawkeye and BJ in the Officer’s Club.

Death Takes a Holiday (Z-408)
Episode 199 (09×05)
Aired December 15, 1980
Written by Mike Farrell
Directed by Mike Farrell
Guest Stars: G.W. Bailey, Keye Luke, Yoshiko Hoover

Everyone is gearing up for the holidays and the party with the Korean orphans. The party is interrupted for Margaret, Margaret, and BJ when a wounded solider comes to the 4077th despite a truce. They try to keep the soldier alive until the 26th so his family does not have to think of Christmas as the day he died. Meanwhile, Charles delivers care packages to the local orphanage.

A War for all Seasons (Z-409)
Episode 200 (09×06)
Aired December 29, 1980
Written by Dan Wilcox and Thad Mumford
Directed by Burt Metcalfe
Guest Stars: Carl Freed, Laurie Bate, Jeff Maxwell

The episode follows the 4077th through a full year. Throughout the year Margaret knits a blanket, everyone browses threw the Sears Catalog, everyone bets on the outcome of the baseball season, Hawkeye and BJ build a Kidney Machine, and Father Mulcahy grows a garden.

Your Retention Please (Z-406)
Episode 201 (09×07)
Aired January 5, 1981
Written by Erik Tarloff
Directed by Charles S. Dubin
Guest Stars: Barry Corbin, Sam Weisman, Jeff Maxwell

When the retention officer shows up at the camp, a male nurse is upset because he is not an officer when every female nurse is. Klinger reenlists after he receives a letter from his ex-wife informing him that she is marrying his best friend. Klinger eventually sees what he did is a mistake. Meanwhile, Potter has to convince the officers to extend their tour of duty.

Tell it to the Marines (Z-410)
Episode 202 (09×08)
Aired January 12, 1981
Written by Hank Bradford
Directed by Harry Morgan
Guest Stars: Stan Wells, Michael McGuirre, Denny Miller, James Gallery

While Col. Potter is away on R&R, Charles is in charge. Klinger is scared to death of Charles until Charles tells Klinger he will pay him to find some items of comfort for him. Meanwhile, Hawkeye is fighting the Marines about a wounded soldier who is about to be discharged, but whose mother is going to be deported. When the Marines refuse to let him go home early, despite have two Purple Hearts and two Bronze Stars, Hawkeye heads to the press.

Taking the Fifth (Z-407)
Episode 203 (09×09)
Aired January 19, 1981
Written by Elias Davis and David Pollock
Directed by Charles S. Dubin
Guest Stars: Charles Hallahan, Judy Farrell, Margie Impert, Susan Berger

Hawkeye gets his hands on a good bottle of wine and uses his advantage to get a date with a nurse. He has a contest to see who the winning nurse will be. The joke is on Hawkeye when the nurses conspire against him. Meanwhile, the camp is forbidden to use the drug Curare to put soldier under. Klinger works out a deal with a Canadian unit to acquire some Curare, and Col. Potter and Klinger go to pick it up. Klinger also tries to make a buck by getting Charles more bottles of fancy wine.   

Operation Friendship (Z-412)
Episode 204 (09×10)
Aired January 26, 1981
Written by Dennis Koenig
Directed by Rena Down
Guest Stars: Tim O’Connor, Gwen Farrell

When the autoclave blows its lid, BJ’s hand is hurt, and Klinger breaks his nose. Charles feels he owes Klinger a favor when Klinger saves his life. Klinger takes advantage of Charles’ kindness. Meanwhile, BJ’s hand is not getting better, and Col. Potter arranges for a specialist, who is worse than Charles in smugness, to look at it.

No Sweat (Z-402)
Episode 205 (09×11)
Aired February 2, 1981
Written by John Rappaport
Directed by Burt Metcalfe
Guest Stars: W. Perren Page, Jeff Maxwell, Kellye Nakahara

On a very hot night, no one is getting any sleep. Klinger is up toying with the PA System, Charles is going through his tax forms with help form Father Mulcahy, Col. Potter takes a sleeping pill, BJ is upset because his wife has to clean out the gutters, and Margaret has a case of prickly heat.

Depressing News (Z-411)
Episode 206 (09×12)
Aired February 9, 1981
Written by Dan Wilcox and Thad Mumford
Directed by Alan Alda
Guest Stars: William Bogert, David Dozer, Albert Insinnia

After a foul up at supply, the 4077th receives 500,000 tongue depressors. Hawkeye is troubled by this and builds a monument out of them to the wounded which he later blows up. Meanwhile, Klinger decides to start a camp newspaper a camp newsletter to make money.

No Laughing Matter (Z-413)
Episode 207 (09×13)
Aired February 16, 1981
Written by Elias Davis and David Pollock
Directed by Burt Metcalfe
Guest Stars: Robert Symonds, Mae Hi, Nathan Jung

When the colonel who sent Charles to the 4077th arrives on a fact-finding tour, Charles decides to suck-up to him to get a transfer. The colonel asks for a favor that could get both the colonel and Charles in big trouble. Meanwhile, BJ comments that Hawkeye jokes too much, and he bets Hawkeye he cannot go 24 hours without making a joke.

Oh, How We Danced (Z-414)
Episode 208 (09×14)
Aired February 23, 1981
Written by John Rappaport
Directed by Burt Metcalfe
Guest Stars: Yuki Shimoda, Arlen Dean Snyder, Catherine Bergstrom, Michael Choe, Jennifer Davis

BJ’s anniversary is coming up and he is depressed he is not home with his wife. Hawkeye sends BJ’s wife a tape recording and asks her to make a film that the group later watch. Meanwhile, Charles has to inspect a combat unit and when he gives them a low grade, the commander officer punches Charles. Charles learns karate from an elderly Korean man at the 4077th with his grandson.

Bottoms Up (Z-415)
Episode 209 (09×15)
Aired March 2, 1981
Written by Dennis Koenig
Directed by Alan Alda
Guest Stars: Gail Strickland, Shari Saba, Kellye Nakahara

Margaret’s friend, who is also a nurse, has only two weeks left at the camp and turns out to be an alcoholic. She promises Margaret she will stop and has a serious case of DTs. Meanwhile, Hawkeye is unpopular because Charles has lost his pants twice at Hawkeye’s hands. As it turns out, the joke was on Hawkeye all along.

The Red/White Blues (Z-416)
Episode 210 (09×16)
Aired March 9, 1981
Written by David Pollock and Elias Davis
Directed by Gabriel Beaumont
Guest Stars: Roy Goodman, Jeff Maxwell, Kellye Nakahara

Col. Potter fails his physical when his blood pressure is too high. Hawkeye gives him two weeks to lower it. Potter has to lay off the booze, salt, and cigars and is upset when everyone treats him differently. Meanwhile, everyone at the camp begins taking Malaria pills. When supply sends the wrong pills, Klinger has a reaction to the pill causing him to get behind in his work.

Bless You, Hawkeye (Z-417)
Episode 211 (09×17)
Aired March 16, 1981
Written by Dan Wilcox and Thud Mumford
Directed by Nell Cox
Guest Stars: Allan Arbus, Barry Schwartz

When a batch of wounded arrive that are wet, some deep memories in Hawkeye cause him to be severely ill. Everyone believes he has an allergy, but he tests negative for every possible allergy. When the doctors can find no sure, they call Dr. Freedman to find out what is bothering him.

Blood Brothers (Z-421)
Episode 212 (09×18)
Aired April 6, 1981
Written by Elias David and David Pollock
Directed by Harry Morgan
Guest Stars: Patrick Swayze, Ray Middleton, G.W. Bailey

When a soldier and his buddy are both wounded, one wants to give his blood to the other because they are the same type. When Hawkeye completes the tests on his blood, however, he discovers the soldier has Leukemia. Meanwhile, Father Mulcahy prepares for the arrival of a Catholic Cardinal touring Korea.

The Foresight Saga (Z-422)
Episode 213 (09×19)
Aired April 13, 1981
Written by Dennis Koenig
Directed by Charles S. Dubin
Guest Stars: Rummel Mor, Philip Sterling, Jeff Maxwell

When Klinger breaks Col. Potter’s glasses, a traveling eye doctor comes to the camp to fit him for new glasses. While he is there, he fits new glasses for a young Korean and gives and eye exam to Margaret, who is afraid her eyes changing means she is getting old. Meanwhile, the camp has received a letter from Radar and is discouraged to learn he is having trouble on the farm. The camp decides to send the young Korean to help Radar.

The Life You Save (Z-418)
Episode 214 (09×20)
Aired May 4, 1981
Written by John Rappaport and Alan Alda
Directed by Alan Alda
Guest Stars: G.W. Bailey, Val Bisoglio

When Charles realizes he came very close to death, he becomes obsessed with figuring out what it is like to die. He goes to an aid station to bring himself closer to discovering the truth. Meanwhile, everyone in camp changes jobs. BJ works in laundry, Hawkeye works in the kitchen, Mulcahy works with the garbage, Charles is in the motor pool and Margaret oversees morale. Hawkeye discovers the kitchen is short by 50 trays and tries to replace them.