History Tearjerker / MASH

12th Apr '18 5:08:00 PM ShorinBJ
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* In "Welcome to Korea", BJ gets his first experience with combat medicine, as he, Hawkeye, and Radar meet a platoon just before it takes heavy shelling. Hawkeye turns a soldier over to examine him:
-->'''BJ''': He's twelve years old!\\
'''Hawkeye''': ''[turns soldier back over]'' He'll never make thirteen.



-->'''Frank''': Goodbye, Margaret...

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-->'''Frank''': --->'''Frank''': Goodbye, Margaret...



** From "War of Nerves," Sidney shows up wounded, having been doing a follow-up on the front lines with a hysterical paralysis case who he had sent back to the front (and was also wounded). The wounded man seems calm around the other doctors, but is utterly ''furious'' with Sidney, holding him responsible for sending him back to the front and getting him seriously wounded. As the man's loaded into an ambulance and evacuated, Sidney admits that the man hating him might actually help him move past the trauma, but he can't be sure. He talks about it later with Father Mulcahy, who winds up playing therapist to Sidney.

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** From "War of Nerves," Sidney shows up wounded, having been doing a follow-up on the front lines with a hysterical paralysis case who he had sent back to the front (and was also wounded). The wounded man seems calm around the other doctors, but is utterly ''furious'' with Sidney, holding him responsible for sending him back to the front and getting him seriously wounded.wounded (sending such cases back is essential to their treatment, so they don't spend the rest of their lives paralyzed for real). As the man's loaded into an ambulance and evacuated, Sidney admits that the man hating him might actually help him move past the trauma, but he can't be sure. He talks about it later with Father Mulcahy, who winds up playing therapist to Sidney.



-->'''Chandler:''' Yes. ''[through tears]'' But sometimes the answer is "No."
** Some of what Sidney says to the surgical staff later on about him is almost as bad. We find out that Chandler flew ''fifty-seven'' bombing missions, and he finally couldn't take the knowledge of how much death he was causing anymore.

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-->'''Chandler:''' Yes. ''[through tears]'' But sometimes Sometimes the answer is "No."
** *** Some of what Sidney says to the surgical staff later on about him is almost as bad. We find out that Chandler flew ''fifty-seven'' bombing missions, and he finally couldn't take the knowledge of how much death he was causing anymore.



*** It's subtle, but think about Signey's conclusion: "I think with a lot of the right kind of help we'll be able to turn him back into Arnold Chandler. We'll ''never'' be able to turn him back into a fighting tool, and it's my professional advice that we don't try." This implies that while they can get him somewhat back to normal, they won't be able to restore him to his original state -- a man who could fly fifty-seven bombing missions before his mind broke under the guilt.



* There was the episode where a soldier came to the 4077th with absolutely no memory of who he was or where he was at all, not even his name. Under hypnosis, it was revealed that he lost it because [[spoiler: his younger brother had been killed in action and he felt responsible because he promised his parents he'd look out for him.]] The hypnosis scene is an all-time weeper. "Oh, Stevie...no, Stevie..."

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* There was the episode where a soldier came to the 4077th with absolutely no memory of who he was or where he was at all, not even his name. Under hypnosis, it was revealed that he lost it because [[spoiler: his younger brother had been killed in action and he felt responsible because he promised his parents mother he'd look out for him.]] The hypnosis scene is an all-time weeper. "Oh, Stevie...no, Stevie..."



* "Dear Sis", the season 7 ChristmasEpisode (and Father Mulcahy's "Letter Episode"). From the CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming ending (and then the truck with the wounded comes in...) from when Winchester saw his childhood winter hat to when everyone is singing "Dona Nobis Pacem", along with moments earlier in the episode of Margaret barely keeping it together in the scene at the Colonel's office and Mulcahy crying because he feels so guilty at punching the jackass soldier... one of the show's most emotional episodes.

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* "Dear Sis", the season 7 ChristmasEpisode (and Father Mulcahy's "Letter Episode"). From the CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming ending (and then the truck with the wounded comes in...) from when Winchester saw his childhood winter hat to when everyone is singing "Dona Nobis Pacem", along with moments earlier in the episode of Margaret barely keeping it together in the scene at the Colonel's colonel's office and Mulcahy crying because he feels so guilty at punching the jackass soldier... one of the show's most emotional episodes.



** Then when Hawkeye tries to comfort her:
-->'''Margaret''': It's my fault. Look at the place I picked to have a marriage.



** The note is even sadder when you realize that the mother had probably hoped that the 4077 staff would be in position to get the child placement in the U.S. so that it wouldn't have to be left at a monastery, and after you've seen all the effort the characters went through to try and spare it that very fate.
** Subtly sad is that of all the 4077 staff, Father Mulcahy is the one 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]]

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** The note is even sadder when you realize that the mother had probably hoped that the 4077 staff would be in position to get the child placement in the U.S. so that it she wouldn't have to be left at a monastery, and after you've seen all the effort the characters went through to try and spare it her that very fate.
** Subtly sad is that of all the 4077 staff, Father Mulcahy is the one 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, murdered or castrated, and ostracized regardless.[[/note]]



** Not to mention that after laughing at seeing the tongue depressors for the first time, BJ 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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** Not to mention that after laughing at seeing the tongue depressors for the first time, BJ jokes that they have enough to last five years. He and Hawkeye then ''immediately'' stop laughing and realize the horror of it.[[note]]Not that the Army would ever send them enough of any supply that it would last years, so they're reading a bit too much into it.[[/note]]



** 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.



* "Follies of the Living - Concerns of the Dead" is one long {{Tearjerker}}, which is from the perspective of a dead GI named Weston only Klinger can see (because he's sick.) The final kicker is during TheStinger, when Klinger asks what happened to Weston. There is also an AllAreEqualInDeath in which Weston, other American [=GIs=], North Korean soldiers and civilians GoIntoTheLight.

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* "Follies of the Living - Concerns of the Dead" is one long {{Tearjerker}}, which is from the perspective of a dead GI named Weston only Klinger can see (because he's sick.) The final kicker is during TheStinger, when Klinger asks what happened to Weston. There is also an AllAreEqualInDeath in which Weston, other American [=GIs=], North Korean soldiers soldiers, and civilians GoIntoTheLight.



** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sYjy7uUn7fc One of the big ones]] is TheReveal of what got Hawkeye [[HeroicBSOD sent to the crazy house]] before the beginning of the final episode: that a Korean woman [[spoiler: killed a chicken she was holding because Hawkeye was hissing at her to keep it quiet so they wouldn't be caught by nearby enemy soldiers. It is then revealed that it wasn't a chicken but a baby. Hawkeye replaced the baby with a chicken because he couldn't deal with the truth.]]

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** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sYjy7uUn7fc One of the big ones]] is TheReveal of what got Hawkeye [[HeroicBSOD sent to the crazy house]] before the beginning of the final episode: that a Korean woman [[spoiler: killed a chicken she was holding because Hawkeye was hissing at her to keep it quiet so they wouldn't be caught by nearby enemy soldiers. It is then revealed that it wasn't a chicken but a baby. Hawkeye replaced the baby with a chicken in his memory because he couldn't deal with the truth.]]



*** A bus shows up for the nurses and corpsmen to leave. Just before everyone gets on the bus, Nurse Kelley gets the idea to 'take her home sign home.' Cue everyone else running on and taking their respective destinations along with them. It's the last moment of the episode that doesn't warrant tears of sadness.

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*** A bus shows up for the nurses and corpsmen to leave. Just before everyone gets on the bus, Nurse Kelley Kelleye gets the idea to 'take her home sign home.' Cue everyone else running on and taking their respective destinations along with them. It's the last moment of the episode that doesn't warrant tears of sadness.



*** Potter saying goodbye to Hawkeye and BJ, as all three of them try not to tear up. On top of that, he can't take Sophie with him on the trip home, who was a gift from his unit, so she will be left to someone deserving in Korea, and chooses to ride her out of camp in lieu of a CO's jeep or an actual vehicle so they also have time to part.

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*** Potter saying goodbye to Hawkeye and BJ, as all three of them try not to tear up. On top of that, he can't take Sophie with him on the trip home, who was a gift from his unit, Radar, so she will be left to someone deserving in Korea, and chooses to ride her out of camp in lieu of a CO's jeep or an actual vehicle so they also have time to part.part.
*** Heartwarming and tearjerking both, Hawkeye and BJ send Potter off with a heartfelt salute, something they've never done before, which speaks to their enduring affection and respect for him.
7th Mar '18 6:13:40 PM jccw227
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\n** A semi-meta example, when David Ogden Stiers passed away, Loretta Swit released a statement recalling when he joined the cast. He was apparently very private, and she would plead with him (albeit in a playful manner) that he couldn't do that. It ended up becoming banter between the two, as she would note "What if I wanted to invite you to a party? I don't even have your phone number." Which he would always counter with a witty remark. Skip ahead to "Goodbye, Farewell and Amen" when their characters are saying goodbye to each other. Charles hands Margaret a book of poems as a farewell gift, when she opens it up, Loretta genuinely tears up. David wrote down his phone number in the book.

6th Mar '18 5:10:17 PM Darkfeather
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** It gets worse when you remember that for many of the others of the 4077, this is the first time they've seen the horrors of war. For Potter, it's his third. And it just. Keeps. Getting. Worse.

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** It gets worse when you remember that for many of the others of the 4077, 4077th, this is the first time they've seen the horrors of war. For Potter, it's his third. And it just. Keeps. Getting. Worse.
6th Mar '18 5:09:18 PM Darkfeather
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** It gets worse when you remember that for many of the others of the 4077, this is the first time they've seen the horrors of war. For Potter, it's his third. And it just. Keeps. Getting. Worse.
2nd Mar '18 11:10:31 AM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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** The ''absolutely poleaxed'' look on Radar's face when he comes into the room, by itself, is enough to have the GenreSavvy cringing, mentally pleading for him ''not'' to recite the halting line above.

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** The ''absolutely poleaxed'' look on Radar's face when he comes into the room, by itself, is enough to have the GenreSavvy audiences cringing, mentally pleading for him ''not'' to recite the halting line above.
27th Jan '18 7:11:44 PM danlansdowne
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** It only gets worse when he writes to the camp after arriving home to talk about how successful he is at the farm - only for a phone call to Iowa to reveal that the crops are failing and he has to take a second job in the general store. The camp arranges for a young Korean farmer to join him as hired help, but it's of little use. By the time of the pilot for the unsuccessful AfterShow W*A*L*T*E*R, [[FromBadToWorse the farm has been sold off, Radar's mom is living with his aunt, his wife left him on their honeymoon, and he's contemplating suicide]] before his cousin gets him a job at the St. Louis Police Department.

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** It only gets worse when he writes to the camp after arriving home to talk about how successful he is at the farm - only for a phone call to Iowa to reveal that the crops are failing and he has to take a second job in the general store. The camp arranges for a young Korean farmer to join him as hired help, but it's of little use. By the time of the pilot for the unsuccessful AfterShow W*A*L*T*E*R, ''W*A*L*T*E*R'', [[FromBadToWorse the farm has been sold off, Radar's mom is living with his aunt, his wife left him on their honeymoon, and he's contemplating suicide]] before his cousin gets him a job at the St. Louis Police Department.
27th Jan '18 7:11:21 PM danlansdowne
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** It only gets worse when he writes to the camp after arriving home to talk about how successful he is at the farm - only for a phone call to Iowa to reveal that the crops are failing and he has to take a second job in the general store. The camp arranges for a young Korean farmer to join him as hired help, but it's of little use. By the time of the pilot for the unsuccessful AfterShow W*A*L*T*E*R, [[FromBadToWorse the farm has been sold off, Radar's mom is living with his aunt, his wife left him on their honeymoon, and he's contemplating suicide]] before his cousin gets him a job at the St. Louis Police Department.
27th Jan '18 6:57:53 PM danlansdowne
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** Other varations on the story suggest that Stevenson did know, and told Burghoff "You'll win an Emmy for that".
6th Jan '18 6:52:08 PM Mdumas43073
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** Not to mention the scene in TheTag of that episode, where Hawkeye, 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. And to reflect the mood, the snippet of the theme that accompanies the freeze-frame ending is not cheery and upbeat, but very sad and forlorn.
--->'''Hawkeye:''' ......Goodbye, Radar.

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** Not to mention the scene in TheTag of that episode, where Hawkeye, 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. And to reflect the mood, the snippet of the theme that accompanies the usual freeze-frame ending is not cheery and upbeat, but very sad and forlorn.
--->'''Hawkeye:''' ......--->'''Hawkeye:''' ... Goodbye, Radar.
6th Jan '18 6:51:11 PM Mdumas43073
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** Not to mention the scene in TheTag of that episode, where Hawkeye, 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. And to reflect the mood, the musical fade-in is not cheery and upbeat, but very sad and forlorn.
-->'''Hawkeye:''' ......Goodbye, Radar.

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** Not to mention the scene in TheTag of that episode, where Hawkeye, 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. And to reflect the mood, the musical fade-in snippet of the theme that accompanies the freeze-frame ending is not cheery and upbeat, but very sad and forlorn.
-->'''Hawkeye:''' ......--->'''Hawkeye:''' ......Goodbye, Radar.
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