Season 5 Episode Guide


097 – “Bug Out” (5×01)
September 21st, 1976

The 4077th “bugs out”. In other words, they pack everything up and leave the camp, after they’re informed that the Chinese will attack. Unfortunately, Hawkeye, B.J., and Margaret are unable to leave with the rest of the camp because they’re right in the middle of rather important surgery. Eventually everyone reunites back at the camp when the Chinese are repulsed.

NOTE: Originally aired as a one-hour show; split into two parts for syndication.

098 – “Margaret’s Engagement” (5×02)
September 28th, 1976

After a cryptic phone call from Tokyo, the camp finds out that Margaret is engaged to a Lieutenant Colonel named Donald Penobscott. In true Frank style, the news of Margaret’s engagement brings out his paranoid streak, and he places a Korean family under arrest for spying.

099 – “Out of Sight, Out of Mind” (5×03)
October 5th, 1976

After he attempts to repair a stove and it blows up in his face, Hawkeye is forced to go about the camp with his eyes bandaged, with the knowledge that he may never see again. Even without the use of his eyes Hawkeye is able to go up against Frank, who is cheating the camp out of their money by betting on a baseball game, one that he knows the final score to. In the end, Hawkeye’s eyes are unbandaged, he can see, and Frank is mobbed by the camp wanting their money.

100 – “Lt. Radar O’Rielly” (5×04)
October 12th, 1976

After winning a promotion in a poker game, Radar realizes he doesn’t enjoy the life of a lieutenant, so he gladly goes back to his regular rank of Corporal.

101 – “The Nurses” (5×05)
October 19th, 1976

Nurse Baker’s husband comes for a visit, but she has been confined to quarters by Margaret. Hawkeye and B.J. scheme to get the two together in her tent, informing Margaret and the rest of the camp that they’ve placed a sick patient under quarantine in the tent. Margaret eventually finds out, but she becomes overwhelmed by emotions and doesn’t press charges.

102 – “The Abduction of Margaret Houlihan” (5×06)
October 26th, 1976

Colonel Flagg comes to the 4077th to investigate the disappearance of Margaret. Frank thinks she has been captured by the North Koreans. As it turns out, she was only helping a South Korean woman give birth, and everyone is relieved when she returns.

103 – “Dear Sigmund” (5×07)
November 9th, 1976

Sidney Freedman drops by the 4077th to try and find relief for his depression. He observes how the men and women of the 4077th are able to survive the terrible pressures of their jobs. In order to help with his depression and relieve his own pressures, he writes a letter to psychiatrist Sigmund Freud, and helps B.J. pull off a prank against Frank.

104 – “Mulcahy’s War” (5×08)
November 16th, 1976

After he comes to the conclusion that, as a priest, he doesn’t understand fighting, Father Mulcahy goes with Radar to the front, to pick up a wounded soldier from an aid station. On the way back, he is forced to perform a tracheotomy on the soldier, with assistance from Hawkeye back at the 4077th over the radio.

105 – “The Korean Surgeon” (5×09)
November 23rd, 1976

After a North Korean doctor, Syn Paik, comes in on a bus with wounded, Hawkeye and B.J. do there best to make everyone believe he is a South Korean doctor, so he’ll be able to help out. Frank and Margaret, of course, find out he’s North Korean and attempt to get him arrested for spying. In the end, Paik decides that he should leave, before things get out of hand.

106 – “Hawkeye Get Your Gun” (5×10)
November 30th, 1976

After they go to a Korean hospital and helping out, the jeep Hawkeye and Potter took is shelled and Potter tries to get Hawkeye to shoot the pistol he was forced to wear, which goes against every principle Hawkeye believes in.

107 – “The Colonel’s Horse” (5×11)
December 7th, 1976

Yet another full episode, this one involves Sophie getting colic, Klinger getting depressed, and Margaret getting appendicitis. Two of the three are resolved, Sophie and Margaret, while Klinger remains depressed until Potter returns from Tokyo and gives him a discharge for depression, at least until Klinger becomes enthused and loses the discharge.

108 – “Exorcism” (5×12)
December 14th, 1976

The camp believes they’ve got spirits around after Radar moves a mysterious Korean spirit post, at least until Hawkeye calls in a Korean priestess to perform an exorcism so he can perform surgery on an elderly Korean man.

109 – “Hawk’s Nightmare” (5×13)
December 21st, 1976

Sidney Freedman is called in when Hawkeye starts having nightmares and beings walking in his sleep. Sidney believes that Hawkeye, upset over how young the soldiers he operates on are, has regressed into his mind to a time in his life without as much pressure, but the pressure in war breaks into that part of his life as well. Eventually, given a clean bill of mental health by Sidney, Hawkeye returns to normal.

110 – “The Most Unforgettable Characters” (5×14)
January 4th, 1977

It’s Frank’s birthday, and Hawkeye and B.J. decide to give him the best birthday present they can think of; a fight between themselves. Meanwhile, Radar, after getting into the Famous Las Vegas Writers School, decides to write about the 4077th.

111 – “38 Across” (5×15)
January 11th, 1977

After being stumped yet again by a crossword puzzle, Hawkeye calls in his friend Tippy Brooks, who is adept at crosswords, to provide the needed answer. However, Tippy misinterprets the call and brings along his CO, thinking it is an emergency. Hawkeye and B.J. are able to get Tippy out of trouble, and he gives them the answer to the puzzle.

112 – “Ping Pong” (5×16)
January 18th, 1977

Cho Lin, a Ping Pong champion, goes off to get a ring for his fiancée, but gets conscripted into the South Korean army on the way. He ends up on the operating table as a wounded soldier, and after he’s fixed up, he and his fiancée are married.

113 – “End Run” (5×17)
January 25th, 1977

After his leg is amputated, Billy Tyler, a black sergeant who back home was a star football player, believes he has nothing left to life for and decides he wants to die. Radar is able to get him to see he still has lots he can do, and Billy leaves the 4077th lacking a leg, but still standing tall.

114 – “Hanky Panky” (5×18)
February 1st, 1977

After spending the night with Nurse Carrie Donovan, whose husband sent her a Dear Jane letter, B.J. is distraught, at least until he and Donovan have a chat and get things settled between them.

115 – “Hepatitis” (5×19)
February 8th, 1977

Hawkeye must give the entire camp antiboiotics after Father Mulcahy contracts hepatitis, but it isn’t as easy as it seems, as Hawkeye is suffering from back pain, and B.J. must perform a intricate operation.

116 – “The General’s Practitioneer” (5×20)
February 15th, 1977

Radar plays surrogate father to a Korean mother and baby, while waiting for the father to return. Meanwhile, Hawkeye is disgusted to hear he is in the running to become a personal physician to a general.

117 – “Movie Tonight” (5×21)
February 22nd, 1977

Potter is able to get a copy of the film “My Darling Clementine” to watch at the 4077th, but the film keeps breaking. Eventually, Father Mulcahy decides to provide some musical entertainment, and the entire camp takes turns making up verses to the song “Army Life”, Radar does a few impersonations, as does some other members of the camp (of Father Mulcahy), and finally everyone acts out a gunfight in the movie.

118 – “Souvenirs” (5×22)
March 1st, 1977

Hawkeye and B.J. are upset that junk dealers are taking advantage of Korean children by having them go into booby-trapped areas looking for souvenirs. After Potter asks for a stop to the souvenir hunting, Hawkeye and B.J. conspire to put a stop to a local dealer’s souvenir hunting.

119 – “Post Op” (5×23)
March 8th, 1977

There is a lack of blood at the 4077th, and every able-bodied man and woman in the camp is donating blood every 48 hours. Things look bad, at least until a group of Turkish soldiers show up and their blood is drawn.

120 – “Margaret’s Marriage” (5×24)
March 15th, 1977

Margaret is married to Donald Penobscott at the 4077th by Father Mulcahy, but in a full body cast tat Hawkeye and B.J. put him in after they threw him a bachelor party. The wedding is rushed when wounded arrive, but after surgery is over, Margaret and Donald go off on their honeymoon, leaving a heart-broken Frank behind.

Last updated November 3rd, 2013

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