History Tearjerker / MASH

30th Jan '16 9:37:52 AM AnotherGuy
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* Nurse Kelleye, sitting up with a patient who is terminal, comforts him by indulging his belief that she is his girlfriend back home, and in his dying moments they plan a picnic date and talk about the plans they had for a life together.
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* In "Hey Look Me Over", Nurse Kelleye, sitting up with a patient who is terminal, comforts him by indulging his belief that she is his girlfriend back home, and in his dying moments they plan a picnic date and talk about the plans they had for a life together.together. ** In "Letters", Houlihan does the same with another patient whose liver is completely gone. He doesn't know he's going to die in a few hours, so she just keeps talking to him about what he plans to do when he gets home.
24th Dec '15 7:16:28 PM AnotherGuy
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** Winchester's reaction to the musicians being killed in the series finale. "Those men weren't soldiers...they were ''musicians!''" The heartbreak in that line, and his subsequent smashing of the record of Mozart's Clarinet Quintet...wow.
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** Winchester's reaction to the musicians being killed in the series finale. "Those men weren't soldiers...they were ''musicians!''" The heartbreak in that line, and his subsequent smashing of the record of Mozart's Clarinet Quintet...wow.[[note]]For added significance, it was a ''red'' LP, which were even then a prestige vinyl format.[[/note]]
24th Dec '15 7:14:51 PM AnotherGuy
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** Subtly sad is that of all the 4077, Father Mulcahy is unmoved by her plight, because he's already seen it dozens of times - and also what ''happens'' to mixed race children if they don't find refuge.[[note]]They're often euthanized, and ostracized regardless.[[/note]]
13th Dec '15 7:23:48 AM Hyrin
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** It gets worse when BJ mentions that Newcombe (the surgeon in question) was "as strong as any of us." Then Pierce points out that the guy was stronger than them
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** It gets worse when BJ mentions that Newcombe (the surgeon in question) was "as strong as any of us." Then Pierce points out that that's what scares him: the guy was stronger than themfact that any of them could easily end up in that same spot once they hit their breaking point...
6th Dec '15 6:46:00 AM Mdumas43073
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--->'''Sidney''': Finally some part of him said "you're Christ! You're not a killer! The next bomb you drop, you drop on yourself!"
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--->'''Sidney''': Finally some part of him said "you're said, "You're Christ! You're not a killer! The next bomb you drop, you drop on yourself!"
6th Dec '15 6:45:23 AM Mdumas43073
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-->'''Sidney''': Finally some part of him said "you're Christ! You're not a killer! The next bomb you drop, you drop on yourself!" * In "Period of Adjustment", watching B.J. completely come apart knowing that the first man his little girl called "Daddy" wasn't him.
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-->'''Sidney''': --->'''Sidney''': Finally some part of him said "you're Christ! You're not a killer! The next bomb you drop, you drop on yourself!" * In "Period of Adjustment", watching B.J. BJ completely come apart knowing that the first man his little girl called "Daddy" wasn't him.

* The end of the penultimate episode. Margaret is putting together a time capsule to commemorate the 4077's presence in Korea. After expressing resistance for the whole episode B.J. and Hawkeye come through at the end.
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* The end of the penultimate episode. Margaret is putting together a time capsule to commemorate the 4077's presence in Korea. After expressing resistance for the whole episode B.J. BJ and Hawkeye come through at the end.
29th Nov '15 2:24:08 AM Mdumas43073
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** This conversation in the Swamp sums up the entire situation: ---> '''Radar:''' (After taking a drink from the distillery to try and calm down over the situation) This stuff is nasty. ---> '''Hawkeye:''' What else did you expect? ---> '''Radar:''' I thought you guys drank this stuff to make you feel better. ---> '''BJ:''' No, Radar, [[DrowningMySorrows we drink it to make us feel nothing]].
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** This conversation in outside the Swamp O.R. sums up whole the entire situation: ---> '''Radar:''' (After taking a drink from --->'''Radar:''' Gee, I hope I don't cry. --->'''BJ:''' It's no sin, Radar. --->'''Radar:''' When was the distillery to try and calm down over the situation) This stuff is nasty. ---> '''Hawkeye:''' last time you felt like crying, sir? --->'''BJ:''' What else did you expect? ---> '''Radar:''' I thought you guys drank this stuff to make you feel better. ---> '''BJ:''' No, Radar, [[DrowningMySorrows we drink it to make us feel nothing]].time is it?
29th Nov '15 2:16:55 AM Mdumas43073
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* Another for Radar, in "Some 38th Parallels": After he alerts BJ that one patients IV has fallen out, BJ credits Radar for saving the guy's life. Radar begins to feel the satisfaction of saving someone's life and even begins to befriend and bond with the man, but he ends up dying of his injuries anyway. Radar's still in complete and utter shock up through the end of TheTag.
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* Another for Radar, in "Some 38th Parallels": After he alerts BJ that one patients patient's IV drip has fallen out, BJ credits Radar for saving the guy's life. Radar begins to feel the satisfaction of saving someone's life and even begins to befriend and bond with the man, but he ends up dying of his injuries anyway. Radar's still in complete and utter shock up through the end of TheTag.
29th Nov '15 2:15:25 AM Mdumas43073
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** A near-tearjerker is the look on Hawkeye's face when he gets back to the camp and finds out that B.J. left in the same way Trapper did - no note, no goodbye, and while he was gone. Thankfully B.J. comes back, but the look of devastation on Hawkeye's face... ** And speaking of Hawkeye and B.J., their conversation in the tent where Hawkeye acknowledges that they will probably never see each other again after the war. B.J. tries to mutter something about staying in touch or getting together, but he can't even look at his friend. Even if they do see each other again after the war, the relationship that they have with each other now will effectively be gone. ** As Hawkeye's helicopter takes off, he sees B.J.'s final message to him, spelled out in white stones: "GOODBYE".
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** A near-tearjerker is the look on Hawkeye's face when he gets back to the camp and finds out that B.J. left in the same way Trapper did - no note, no goodbye, and while he was gone. Thankfully B.J. BJ comes back, but the look of devastation on Hawkeye's face... ** And speaking of Hawkeye and B.J., BJ, their conversation in the tent where Hawkeye acknowledges that they will probably never see each other again after the war. B.J. BJ tries to mutter something about staying in touch or getting together, but he can't even look at his friend. Even if they do see each other again after the war, the relationship that they have with each other now will effectively be gone. ** As Hawkeye's helicopter takes off, he sees B.J.'s BJ's final message to him, spelled out in white stones: "GOODBYE".

** When everyone is saying where and what they are going to next, most of the stories are humorous (such as Rizzo planning on selling frog's legs to French restaurants or B.J. pretending that he was going to leave Peg on the spur of the moment). Then, Bigelow stands up and says that, between World War II and Korea, [[ShellShockedVeteran she's had enough of the army and just wants to go home]]. ** B.J. almost getting home. He had made several legs of the journey and, while on a layover waiting for his next trip, gets the message that he has to go back to the 4077 instead of home to his family.
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** When everyone is saying where and what they are going to next, most of the stories are humorous (such as Rizzo planning on selling frog's legs to French restaurants or B.J. BJ pretending that he was going to leave Peg on the spur of the moment). Then, Bigelow stands up and says that, between World War II and Korea, [[ShellShockedVeteran she's had enough of the army and just wants to go home]]. ** B.J. BJ almost getting home. He had made several legs of the journey and, while on a layover waiting for his next trip, gets the message that he has to go back to the 4077 instead of home to his family.

** Hell, Sidney gets one himself in "Dear Sigmund". Every other time that Sidney is onscreen, he's either working hard and helping someone piece their psyche back together or taking some time off to play poker with the staff of the [=4077th=], and constantly maintains dry, sardonic composure. But when he tells Hawkeye and B.J. [[spoiler: about how amongst a torrent of [=GIs=] who had cracked under the pressure, one particular soldier that he thought he'd saved who was hearing voices pushing him towards suicide "listened to the voices,"]] it feels like a punch in the gut to find out that this man was just as vulnerable as the staff of the 4077th.
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** Hell, Sidney gets one himself in "Dear Sigmund". Every other time that Sidney is onscreen, he's either working hard and helping someone piece their psyche back together or taking some time off to play poker with the staff of the [=4077th=], and constantly maintains dry, sardonic composure. But when he tells Hawkeye and B.J. BJ [[spoiler: about how amongst a torrent of [=GIs=] who had cracked under the pressure, one particular soldier that he thought he'd saved who was hearing voices pushing him towards suicide "listened to the voices,"]] it feels like a punch in the gut to find out that this man was just as vulnerable as the staff of the 4077th.

** Looking at Hawkeye, B.J., and Sidney at that moment when they find out what happened to the medic, you see a moment where they all look at each other in horror. You can tell that they briefly wonder whether making this poor kid remember was the right thing to do.
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** Looking at Hawkeye, B.J., BJ, and Sidney at that moment when they find out what happened to the medic, you see a moment where they all look at each other in horror. You can tell that they briefly wonder whether making this poor kid remember was the right thing to do.

** Not to mention the scene in TheTag of that episode, where Hawkeye, B.J. and Potter return to the Swamp and find Radar's beloved teddy bear lying on Hawkeye's cot -- indicating that Radar has left not only the 4077th, but his childhood behind forever.
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** Not to mention the scene in TheTag of that episode, where Hawkeye, B.J. BJ and Potter return to the Swamp and find Radar's beloved teddy bear lying on Hawkeye's cot -- indicating that Radar has left not only the 4077th, but his childhood behind forever.

--> '''B.J.''': [hands over a fishing lure] Here, I fished with this a few times. Hawkeye told me it belonged to Colonel Blake. Let it stand for all the men who never came home.
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--> '''B.J.''': '''BJ''': [hands over a fishing lure] Here, I fished with this a few times. Hawkeye told me it belonged to Colonel Blake. Let it stand for all the men who never came home.

* The Christmas episode where Hawkeye, B.J., and Margaret are desperately trying to save a mortally wounded soldier all day Christmas day, then just trying to keep him alive long enough so that he won't die on Christmas, and not break down. The man finally dies about an hour before midnight, but the doctors turn the clock forward so the time of death will be 12:01, December 26, so that for the man's children, Christmas won't have to be the day their daddy died. It's beyond heartbreaking, especially when one thinks of all the men and women who ''did'' die on Christmas, whether in Vietnam, Korea, or any other war, and how painful that loss would be for their families. The scene with the doctors and Margaret silently looking at the pictures of the soldier's children and the letter from his wife just rips your heart out and stomps on it.
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* The Christmas episode where Hawkeye, B.J., BJ, and Margaret are desperately trying to save a mortally wounded soldier all day Christmas day, then just trying to keep him alive long enough so that he won't die on Christmas, and not break down. The man finally dies about an hour before midnight, but the doctors turn the clock forward so the time of death will be 12:01, December 26, so that for the man's children, Christmas won't have to be the day their daddy died. It's beyond heartbreaking, especially when one thinks of all the men and women who ''did'' die on Christmas, whether in Vietnam, Korea, or any other war, and how painful that loss would be for their families. The scene with the doctors and Margaret silently looking at the pictures of the soldier's children and the letter from his wife just rips your heart out and stomps on it.

* In "The Late Captain Pierce", after Hawkeye realizes that his dad has been informed of his "death" and there's a communications blackout so he can't contact him to say it was a paperwork error, he has a breakdown and gives up on everything, going so far as to find a morgue bus and try to desert as a corpse. B.J. tracks him down to convince him to come back, and as they talk the sound of approaching choppers suddenly comes up.
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* In "The Late Captain Pierce", after Hawkeye realizes that his dad has been informed of his "death" and there's a communications blackout so he can't contact him to say it was a paperwork error, he has a breakdown and gives up on everything, going so far as to find a morgue bus and try to desert as a corpse. B.J. BJ tracks him down to convince him to come back, and as they talk the sound of approaching choppers suddenly comes up.

-->'''B.J.:''' Klinger says a lot.
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-->'''B.J.:''' -->'''BJ:''' Klinger says a lot.

* In "Depressing News," the unit gets a massive shipment of tongue depressors. When B.J. laughs it off as a simple snafu, Hawkeye's awareness of the larger implications behind it (and his disgust and weariness with the same) come bubbling out: -->'''Hawkeye:''' Snafu, phooey. We wouldn't have this supply if they didn't think there would be a demand. Tongue depressors, doctors, soldiers... we're all the same. [grabs a depressor] Trapper John goes. No problem, there's plenty more where he came from. [tosses it and grabs another] B.J. Hunnicutt. Same size, same shape. [grabs two more] Frank Burns out, Winchester in. Only a hair's difference. [grabs another] Henry Blake... [snaps it in two] Rest in peace, Henry. Incoming, Sherman Potter. My God. Hasn't this elimination tournament gone on long enough? Do they have to stock up so that it can last another five years? ** Not to mention that after laughing at seeing the tongue depressors for the first time, B.J. jokes that they have enough to last five years. He and Hawkeye then ''immediately'' stop laughing and realize the horror of it.
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* In "Depressing News," the unit gets a massive shipment of tongue depressors. When B.J. BJ laughs it off as a simple snafu, Hawkeye's awareness of the larger implications behind it (and his disgust and weariness with the same) come bubbling out: -->'''Hawkeye:''' Snafu, phooey. We wouldn't have this supply if they didn't think there would be a demand. Tongue depressors, doctors, soldiers... we're all the same. [grabs a depressor] Trapper John goes. No problem, there's plenty more where he came from. [tosses it and grabs another] B.J. BJ Hunnicutt. Same size, same shape. [grabs two more] Frank Burns out, Winchester in. Only a hair's difference. [grabs another] Henry Blake... [snaps it in two] Rest in peace, Henry. Incoming, Sherman Potter. My God. Hasn't this elimination tournament gone on long enough? Do they have to stock up so that it can last another five years? ** Not to mention that after laughing at seeing the tongue depressors for the first time, B.J. BJ jokes that they have enough to last five years. He and Hawkeye then ''immediately'' stop laughing and realize the horror of it.

* Another for Radar. After he alerts BJ that one patients IV has fallen out, BJ credits Radar for saving the guy's life. Radar begins to feel the satisfaction of saving someone's life and even begins to befriend and bond with the man, but he ends up dying of his injuries anyway. Radar's still in complete and utter shock up through the end of TheTag.
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* Another for Radar. Radar, in "Some 38th Parallels": After he alerts BJ that one patients IV has fallen out, BJ credits Radar for saving the guy's life. Radar begins to feel the satisfaction of saving someone's life and even begins to befriend and bond with the man, but he ends up dying of his injuries anyway. Radar's still in complete and utter shock up through the end of TheTag.

---> '''BJ:''' No, Radar, we drink it to make us feel nothing.
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---> '''BJ:''' No, Radar, [[DrowningMySorrows we drink it to make us feel nothing.nothing]].
27th Oct '15 10:58:43 AM Dustbunny3
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** The note is even sadder after the ending and the effort the characters went through to try to avoid it. The mother probably hoped that the 4077 staff would be in position to get the child placement in the US so that she wouldn't have to be left at a monastery.
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