A new year is upon us, which means it’s time for the 19th annual Year in Review post. 2021 may not have been a milestone year for M*A*S*H but this year will be. 2022 will mark the 50th anniversary of the premiere of M*A*S*H. Can you believe that?
A quick site update: Name That Episode V came to an end a few weeks ago. Rather than start a new round, I’m going to try something new this year. Every Wednesday, I’ll post an image from an episode of M*A*S*H and ask readers to contribute their own captions. Look for the first image next week on Wednesday, January 5th.
Keep reading for a brief look back at the year 2021 in the world of M*A*S*H.
Rest in Peace: Val Bisoglio, Richard Lee Sung, Others
The M*A*S*H fan community mourned the loss of a number of people connected to M*A*S*H in 2021. Actor Bruce Kirby and actor Mike Henry died in January; casting director Lynn Stalmaster, who worked on AfterMASH, died in February; actress Arlene Golonka and actor Robert Hogan died in May; actor Richard Lee Sung died in August (although the news was not reported until December); actor Basil Hoffman died in September; actor Val Bisoglio died in October; and actor William Lucking died in November.
Happy New Year
Once again, the following quote from Season 9’s “A War For All Seasons” seems somewhat fitting given the ongoing pandemic:
Colonel Potter: “Here’s to the new year. May she be a damn sight better than the old one, and may we all be home before she’s over.”
There was another mention of New Year’s Eve in “Hot Lips and Empty Arms” during Season 2, plus jokes about New Year’s Eve or Day in “Yankee Doodle Doctor” (Season 1), “The Army-Navy Game” (Season 1), “Out of Sight, Out of Mind” (Season 5), “Your Hit Parade” (Season 6), and “Communications Breakdown” (Season 10).
Happy New Year, fellow M*A*S*H fans. Stay healthy, stay happy, and keep watching M*A*S*H!