M*A*S*H (1972–1983)
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Abyssinia, Henry 

Henry finds out he's been discharged from the army, and everyone at the 4077th prepares to say goodbye to him as he heads for home.

Director:

Larry Gelbart

Writers:

Everett Greenbaum, James Fritzell (as Jim Fritzell) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Alan Alda ... Capt. Benjamin Franklin 'Hawkeye' Pierce
Wayne Rogers ... Capt. 'Trapper John' McIntyre
McLean Stevenson ... Lt. Col. Henry Blake
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
William Christopher ... Father Francis Mulcahy
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Storyline

In one of the best remembered and most emotional episodes of the entire 11 year series, Radar has an announcement for Henry in O.R. Henry Blake has received his discharge: he is finally going home to Bloomington, Illinois, to his wife, Lorraine, and their children, the country club and his medical practice. The entire 4077 gang is thrilled for Henry and they wish him well; gifts are gotten, parties are thrown and all sorts of final memories are made. But, the entire gang is sad to be losing such an integral part of the 4077 gang. Radar, in particular, is losing the man who was a father to him. The final farewell formation is memorable; even Hawkeye and Trapper show up to tell their friend and leader a fond farewell. Some farewells are fonder than others. Klinger dresses to kill. As Henry starts to leave, Radar steadfastly holds his salute to his departing C.O. until Henry finally acknowledges him. Since the episode, "Ceasefire," Radar has grown into a young man; scrapbooks and jokes ... Written by LA-Lawyer

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | War

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 March 1975 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone Sound Recording)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

According to producer Larry Gelbart, when Larry Linville read the (previously concealed) final page of the script, he said, "Fucking brilliant!" When Gary Burghoff read it, he looked at McLean Stevenson and said, "You'll probably win the Emmy for this, you son of a bitch!" See more »

Goofs

When Col. Blake is saying goodbye to the staff, he goes over to kiss Margaret. In the initial shot, Margaret has her right arm bent up so she can hold her hat on. The next angle, shot from behind the pair, shows Margaret's right arm over Henry's shoulder and her hand on his back. Then the view switches back to the original angle and her hand is back on her head. See more »

Quotes

Radar: Colonel, do you know what I found in the morning's mail?
Henry Blake: Now, that's a toughie. Hum a few bars, won't you, Radar?
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Connections

Features M*A*S*H: A Full Rich Day (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

On, Wisconsin!
(uncredited)
Music by William T. Purdy
Lyrics by Carl Beck
Performed by Alan Alda and Wayne Rogers
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