I’m reviewing every episode of AfterMASH, in original broadcast order, and asking fans to add their memories and opinions.
“Saturday’s Heroes” (#30, 2×08)
Originally Broadcast: Friday, May 31st, 1985 from 8-8:30PM ET
Written by Ken Levine & David Isaacs
Directed by Burt Metcalfe
TV Guide Summary
Wally yanks all passes for psychiatric patients just as Klinger is preparing to spend the weekend with his wife and baby.
The Hartford Courant Summary
The penultimate episode of AfterMASH, “Saturday’s Heroes” is dull, dull, dull. After his weekend pass is revoked by Wally Wainright, Klinger escapes from General General to spend time with Soon-Lee and their baby. The escape isn’t shown on screen and no one except Dr. Dudziak seems to know he’s missing. Maybe escape is the wrong word. Klinger probably walked out the front door with a smile and a wave.
For some reason, Wally and Dr. Boyer get drunk together at the Recovery Room. Dr. Boyer’s date with a nurse fell through, so I guess he was just plain bored. The Potters are supposed to be away on an overnight trip, after dropping Alma Cox off in Columbus. With the house empty, all Klinger can think about is spending some quality time alone with Soon-Lee. Rather than enjoy his new baby, who he hasn’t seen much of, he wants to start working on another baby.
Father Mulcahy doesn’t make an appearance until the final five minutes of the episode when he shows up to baptize Baby Klinger, who finally gets a name: Cy Young. The Potters, Alma Cox, Dr. Dudziak, Wally Wainright, and Dr. Boyer all wind up back at the house for the occasion.
There’s a bizarre minor plotline involving a weird fortune teller Soon-Lee hires. She’s at the house for the christening as well.
The episode ends with Klinger (and Soon-Lee) in isolation after Wally, who isn’t as drunk as he appears, calls the hospital to report him.
CBS originally planned to air “Saturday’s Heroes” on Tuesday, December 11th, 1984 but pre-empted the episode for a Christmas special. It eventually aired over five months later.
References to the 4077th
Although Dr. Boyer drunkenly tells Wally Wainright a fake story about how he lost his leg in Korea, there are no references to the 4077th in this episode.
This is the 13th and final episode directed by Burt Metcalfe.
This is the 13th and final episode written or co-written by Ken Levine and David Isaacs.