History Tearjerker / MASH

12th Dec '17 1:12:58 AM Drcynic24
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** While Gelbart and Reynolds defended the decision to ultimately kill Blake, the manner in which it was done deeply upset the cast, especially Stevenson, who was just off stage when his character's death was announced without his prior knowledge. It not only ruined the season's wrap party, but permanently fractured Stevenson's relationship with Gelbart and Reynolds. After Stevenson's death in 1996, they said that they regretted how it was done, and that it was nothing personal, saying "We wish we could say that 'We didn't mean it, Mac.'"
29th Oct '17 12:23:35 PM NemoHerring
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** Hawkeye and Hot Lips Houlihan sharing one last cathartic kiss before going their separate ways.
** Charles saying "How I wish I could have thrown the axe" when the Swamp finally comes down. He tries to say his farewells in a civil manner, but you can tell he's utterly sick of the war and just wants to get out of there as fast as possible, and the fact that Rizzo presents him with a garbage truck that has gunk on the running boards as the last vehicle he's got and he sees it as an ironic and fitting sendoff instead of protesting is proof of that.
** 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.
** Seeing the finale take place in the middle of autumn adds to the sad feeling, because the scenery looks so empty, barren and tired in general, and with the camp all packed up the reality of it all hits you- the story's coming to an end here and now, and the sense of finality is immense. It is time for everything to sleep, and winter is nigh.
** As Hawkeye's helicopter takes off, he sees BJ's final message to him, spelled out in white stones: "GOODBYE". Hawkeye looks on with an endearing smile at the fact BJ finally said what needed to be said, leans back in his seat, and enjoys the ride home, as the main theme swells in a very tender and ballad-like final reprise on the last notes of the song, while [[BookEnds the last chopper of the series rides away from camp instead of to it.]] Then, the credits run at extended length, playing out the entirety of the ''[=M*A*S*H*=]'' theme from beginning to end.
** While the finale was a heartbreaker, the moment where peace is declared is a moment of such pure joy. The look of relief on Winchester's face and the happiness afterwards is incredibly uplifting.



** 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 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]].

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** When While the finale was a heartbreaker, the moment where peace is declared is a moment of such pure joy. The look of relief on Winchester's face and the happiness afterwards is incredibly uplifting.
** Pretty much ANYTHING after peace is declared, from
everyone is saying what they will do next to the final scene on the Chopper Pad counts, since it all makes up about the last half hour of the episode and gives you no time to calm down before another wave of tears starts.
*** It starts with everyone
saying where and what they are going to next, and most of the stories are humorous (such as Rizzo planning on selling frog's legs to French restaurants or BJ pretending that he was going to leave Peg on the spur of the moment). Then, But 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]].home]].
*** Next is Klinger's wedding, and the goodbye's that follow that. As the wagon that is carrying Klinger and Soon-Li out of camp leaves, it drags everyone's attention to where the camp, the only home many of these people have know for the past three years, is being taken apart.
*** 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.
*** Everyone saying goodbye to Father Mulcahy, and [[spoiler: he can't hear any of them. Potter even calls him Francis and he can't hear it. Gestures from BJ are the only clues he has as to what is being said and how he should react.]]
*** Hawkeye and Hot Lips Houlihan sharing one last cathartic kiss before going their separate ways.
*** Charles saying "How I wish I could have thrown the axe" when the Swamp finally comes down. He tries to say his farewells in a civil manner, but you can tell he's utterly sick of the war and just wants to get out of there as fast as possible, and the fact that Rizzo presents him with a garbage truck that has gunk on the running boards as the last vehicle he's got and he sees it as an ironic and fitting sendoff instead of protesting is proof of that.
*** 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.
*** As Hawkeye's helicopter takes off, he sees BJ's final message to him, spelled out in white stones: "GOODBYE". Hawkeye looks on with an endearing smile at the fact BJ finally said what needed to be said, leans back in his seat, and enjoys the ride home, as the main theme swells in a very tender and ballad-like final reprise on the last notes of the song, while [[BookEnds the last chopper of the series rides away from camp instead of to it.]] Then, the credits run at extended length, playing out the entirety of the ''[=M*A*S*H*=]'' theme from beginning to end.
** Seeing the finale take place in the middle of autumn adds to the sad feeling, because the scenery looks so empty, barren and tired in general, and with the camp all packed up the reality of it all hits you- the story's coming to an end here and now, and the sense of finality is immense. It is time for everything to sleep, and winter is nigh.
2nd Oct '17 11:09:12 AM GunarmDyne
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* Also from "Dear Sigmund" is the bombardier seeing the end results of his handiwork in the form of a little girl in the OR. He has a MyGodWhatHaveIDone moment and breaks down before asking Hawkeye if he showed that to him on purpose. [[CruelToBeKind He did]].


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10th Sep '17 2:21:27 PM NemoHerring
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** BJ almost getting home. The plan was a plane to Guam, a boat to Hawaii, then another plane home, but while stuck on Guam waiting for something to get him moving, he gets the message that he has to go back to the 4077 instead of home to his family.



** 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.
5th Aug '17 4:30:14 PM StevieWillShowYou
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3rd Aug '17 10:09:59 PM Maddoxsort
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** As Hawkeye's helicopter takes off, he sees BJ's final message to him, spelled out in white stones: "GOODBYE".

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** As Hawkeye's helicopter takes off, he sees BJ's final message to him, spelled out in white stones: "GOODBYE". Hawkeye looks on with an endearing smile at the fact BJ finally said what needed to be said, leans back in his seat, and enjoys the ride home, as the main theme swells in a very tender and ballad-like final reprise on the last notes of the song, while [[BookEnds the last chopper of the series rides away from camp instead of to it.]] Then, the credits run at extended length, playing out the entirety of the ''[=M*A*S*H*=]'' theme from beginning to end.
3rd Aug '17 10:04:57 PM Maddoxsort
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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, 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.

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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, 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.vehicle so they also have time to part.
** Seeing the finale take place in the middle of autumn adds to the sad feeling, because the scenery looks so empty, barren and tired in general, and with the camp all packed up the reality of it all hits you- the story's coming to an end here and now, and the sense of finality is immense. It is time for everything to sleep, and winter is nigh.
3rd Aug '17 10:02:18 PM Maddoxsort
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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, so she will be left to someone deserving in Korea, and chooses to ride her out of camp in lieu of actual transport.

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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, 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 transport.vehicle.
3rd Aug '17 10:01:39 PM Maddoxsort
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** Hawkeye and Hot Lips Houlihan sharing one last cathartic kiss before going their separate ways.
** Charles saying "How I wish I could have thrown the axe" when the Swamp finally comes down. He tries to say his farewells in a civil manner, but you can tell he's utterly sick of the war and just wants to get out of there as fast as possible, and the fact that Rizzo presents him with a garbage truck that has gunk on the running boards as the last vehicle he's got and he sees it as an ironic and fitting sendoff instead of protesting is proof of that.
** 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 actual transport.
3rd Aug '17 5:42:27 PM Maddoxsort
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* Henry's speech to Hawkeye in "Sometimes You Hear the Bullet".

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* Henry's speech to Hawkeye in "Sometimes You Hear the Bullet". [[HarsherInHindsight It becomes infinitely harder to stomach when you learn of Henry's eventual fate...]]
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