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    Season 9, episode 11: "No Sweat".

    The camp goes through a crazy night, in a heat wave... in Korea, they're always freezing or suffering from the heat. The number of times really hurts the suspension of disbelief that more than three years pass over the course of the season.

    On the BJ front, BJ is suffering from insecurities... relating to his wife either becoming more independent, or seeking help from an attractive man (whom he fears she'll leave him for). It's one of those times that BJ's drama really annoys me. Oh, no, his wife might become self-sufficiant. Oh, no, his wife has gotten the job. Someone help protect his manhood (it's fragile goods).

    Season 9, episode 14: "Oh, How We Danced".

    A better BJ episode. Here he's at least sad that his first wedding anniversary, since shipping out, is coming up. That makes one feel for him.

    Peg and Erin appears onscreen. Peg's played by the same actress as in "Dreams" (nice bit of continuity). Erin is depicted as less than a year old. This being the same Erin who supposedly ran up to Radar and called him "daddy", when Peg and her met him at the airport?

    The date for BJ's anniversary is given as May 23... So, is this May 23, 1953? (per the end of S3 and start of S4, he arrived at the 4077th in 1952). Or is this one of the times, when they're suddenly in 1951?

    Season 9, episode 15: "Bottoms Up".

    The bit with BJ being seen naked by the camp was probably inspired by the scene in the film, where Margaret experienced a similar thing.

    Interesting main story about Margaret's friend.

    Season 9, episode 18: "Blood Brothers".

    Seeing Patrick Swayze playing a character with cancer is sad. His character's story and Mulcahy's story (and the latter's bit at the service) really makes you think.

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    Season 10, episode 14: "A Holy Mess".

    BJ and Hawkeye attempts to help an AWOL soldier to get back home. The man is upset, upon finding out that his wife has had a child with another man.

    David Graf guest stars as his Lt., who is played up as a massive jerk. Of course, if they hadn't, more people might stop and realize... that the AWOL soldier is liable to kill his wife. Seriously, that's all that I can ever think about whenever I've rewatched this episode. There is a high risk that this man will beat and/or kill his wife. For some reason, Hawkeye, BJ and Mulcahy never seems to consider that likelyhood. The episode wants me to be on the soldier's side, but I'm not. What his wife did could be seen as wrong, but that doesn't change the fact that the soldier is liable to harm her. We've also never met her. Maybe this soldier was an abusive a-hole. While he is away in Korea, the wife has the courage to leave (no longer being in his control) and found a nicer man. All we have is the soldier's side of the story. My gut tells me that this guy shouldn't be allowed to make it home.

    Season 10, episode 18: "Promotion Commotion".

    Goodbye, Corporal Klinger. Hello, Sgt. Klinger. Important development for Klinger. Really highlights his growth as a character. He's gone from doing everything to get out of there, to being the only enlisted man, up for promotion, who knows the correct answers to the questions at the interview.

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    Season 11, episode 1: "Hey, Look Me Over".

    Kellye Nakahara had been on the show since season 1. Starting out as an extra, then starting to get lines. Having stayed with the show throughout, she appeared in 169 episodes... more episodes than several of the main cast. With this being the last season, I think it was a good idea to have such a long-running character take center-stage for an episode.

    Thought the opening also showcased the importance of the nursing staff. Medical shows have a tendency to overlook nurses. Read a book about it, years ago. Apparently, a lot of the stuff, that you see doctors do with patients on these kinds of shows, are really done by nurses.

    The episode was directed by Susan Oliver, who was one of the original 19 women to be admitted into the AFI Directing Workshop for Women. She was also a pilot and became the fourth woman to fly a single-engine aircraft solo across the Atlantic Ocean in 1967. Sigh, and you probably only know her from when she danced around in green body paint.

    Season 11, episode 5: "Who Knew?".

    Interesting exploration of an unseen character.

    Season 11, episode 6: "Bombshells".

    Bunch of antics after Charles and Hawkeye start a rumor. Funniest scene was when Klinger was on the phone with Sparky, then Potter coming in with a Kaiser Wilhelm story.

    Season 11, episode 8: "The Moon Is Not Blue".

    The Moon is Blue was released July 8, 1953 in the United States. The Korean War ended July 27, 1953 (19 days later). No idea how long a copy of the film would take to make its way to Korea, but the U.S. release places this episode within the last two weeks of the war. If movie night at the 4077th is once a week, then this episode (from start to finish) could take place over a minimum of three weeks. The characters would probably already be home, by the time of the final scene.

    The film was directed by the brother of the producer of the original M*A*S*H film. Fun little detail.

    Season 11, episode 15: "As Time Goes By".

    Enter Rosalind Chao as Soon Lee. Thought about Klinger's first encounter with his soon-to-be wife. Should make for an interesting conversation, with anyone who'd ask about their first meeting.
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    What do you know, only had the series finale left, and they put the whole series up on Disney+. I'm keeping the DVD:s, but I appreciate the easy episode access (not to mention, the DVD:s only give episode names, not synopsises).

    Season 11, episode 16: "Goodbye, Farewell and Amen".

    For the bug out, they heavily re-used footage from the series 5 two-parter (with some inserts of Harry Morgan). Because of this, a brief shot of the already Radar appears in this episode.

    Erin Hunnicut has her second birthday, with BJ not having seen her since she was a little baby. Though, seeing as the series 3 finale, and season 4 premiere (where Erin is said to be a newborn), established BJ being assigned to the 4077th in 1952, Erin should barely be up to her first birthday. Margaret claims to have worked with Charles (who arrived after Potter assumed command on September 19, 1952... which was before Margaret was engaged for eight months) for nearly two years. Of course, the timeline on this show was all over the place. The season 9 episode "A War for All Seasons" depict Potter, BJ and Charles all having joined the 4077th prior to December 31st, 1950 (and Klinger having knocked off with the cross-dressing, and become company clerk by that point).

    This finale is a classic in television history. Though, it might've been fun to see something of the characters return home. Realize... for all we know, Hawkeye's helicopter suffered engine failiure. Causing it to crash, and killing Hawkeye (meaning that he, in the end, never made it out of Korea alive). Of course, a few months after this, AfterMASH (and attempt by the network to keep this successful franchise alive) started airing. Exploring the lives of three of the characters post-war (with, not counting Klinger's wife (who became a regular on the new show), Radar and Colonel Flagg being the only two character to make a guest spot, according to IMDB). Too bad that show is considered one of the 100 worst ideas of the century (and the seventh worst TV series in history). It's so hated and disliked, that it appear to not even be available on DVD or, now, Disney+. Never seen it be mentioned, in any type of M*A*S*H retrospectives. Seen W*A*L*T*E*R (a failed TV pilot, centered on Radar) be mentioned in one documentary, but not the spin-off that aired for two seasons.

    Next year will be the 50th anniversary of the show's start. No idea if they've got anything planned. There are a lot of revivals and reboots of old TV shows these days. If they were to do anything, I think that it should be a one-off special... focused on Erin Hunnicut (now and adult). Her exploring her father's time in Korea, and the people that he was with there. The problem with that being that the most obvious catalyst for her to do just that... would be the death of BJ. Meaning that they'd have to kill off BJ, for the sake of the plot. Would probably not be the most popular move.

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