History Tearjerker / MASH

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...]]
3rd Aug '17 5:40:37 PM Maddoxsort
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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.

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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.
3rd Aug '17 5:38:05 PM Maddoxsort
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** Frank's off-screen mental breakdown during "Fade In, Fade Out". [[DrowningMySorrows He's gotten himself plastered beyond the limit of his senses]] and accosts a brigadier general's wife because she looks like Margaret. Frank is then taken to a hospital to sober up, where he continues to fall apart and do outlandish things until the army is finally convinced he ''needs'' to go home and slaps a Section 8 on him- '''genuinely''' obtaining which Klinger has desperately been trying to nail through faking insanity. Fortunately, the last we hear of Frank is a very nice [[ThrowTheDogABone silver lining.]] Someone felt sorry for him and he managed to land a ''promotion'' into Lieutenant Colonel, meaning he now bears the actual rank of a commanding officer and is on par with Henry, something he wanted all along. And after his unit whooped and hollered about his departure, he called them up one last time to rub it into their faces!

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** Frank's off-screen mental breakdown during "Fade In, Fade Out". He continued to get worse after Margaret got married and Potter sent him away for some R&R in the city. [[DrowningMySorrows He's gotten himself plastered beyond the limit of his senses]] and accosts a brigadier general's wife because she looks like Margaret. Frank is then taken to a hospital to sober up, where he continues to fall apart and do outlandish things until the army is finally convinced he ''needs'' to go home and slaps a Section 8 on him- '''genuinely''' obtaining which Klinger has desperately been trying to nail through faking insanity. Fortunately, the last we hear of Frank is a very nice [[ThrowTheDogABone silver lining.]] Someone felt sorry for him and he managed to land a ''promotion'' into Lieutenant Colonel, meaning he now bears the actual rank of a commanding officer and is on par with Henry, something he wanted all along. And after his unit whooped and hollered about his departure, he called them up one last time to rub it into their faces!
3rd Aug '17 5:36:07 PM Maddoxsort
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* ''Every other time a character is on the phone with a loved one back home.'' For example, "The Late Captain Pierce", when Hawkeye finally gets to tell his dad that yes, he is still alive. Most of the conversation comes across as a very real chat about nothing in particular, and it's still one of the most amazing bits of television ever.

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* ''Every other time a character is on the phone with a loved one back home.'' For example, "The Late Captain Pierce", when Hawkeye finally gets to tell his dad that yes, he is still alive.alive, and his dad breaks down in tears of joy. Most of the conversation comes across as a very real chat about nothing in particular, and it's still one of the most amazing bits of television ever.
3rd Aug '17 5:34:53 PM Maddoxsort
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*** Frank's off-screen mental breakdown during "Fade In, Fade Out". [[DrowningMySorrows He's gotten himself plastered beyond the limit of his senses]] and accosts a brigadier general's wife because she looks like Margaret. Frank is then taken to a hospital to sober up, where he continues to fall apart and do outlandish things until the army is finally convinced he ''needs'' to go home and slaps a Section 8 on him- '''genuinely''' obtaining which Klinger has desperately been trying to nail through faking insanity. Fortunately, the last we hear of Frank is a very nice [[ThrowTheDogABone silver lining.]] Someone felt sorry for him and he managed to land a ''promotion'' into Lieutenant Colonel, meaning he now bears the actual rank of a commanding officer and is on par with Henry, something he wanted all along. And after his unit whooped and hollered about his departure, he called them up one last time to rub it into their faces!

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*** ** Frank's off-screen mental breakdown during "Fade In, Fade Out". [[DrowningMySorrows He's gotten himself plastered beyond the limit of his senses]] and accosts a brigadier general's wife because she looks like Margaret. Frank is then taken to a hospital to sober up, where he continues to fall apart and do outlandish things until the army is finally convinced he ''needs'' to go home and slaps a Section 8 on him- '''genuinely''' obtaining which Klinger has desperately been trying to nail through faking insanity. Fortunately, the last we hear of Frank is a very nice [[ThrowTheDogABone silver lining.]] Someone felt sorry for him and he managed to land a ''promotion'' into Lieutenant Colonel, meaning he now bears the actual rank of a commanding officer and is on par with Henry, something he wanted all along. And after his unit whooped and hollered about his departure, he called them up one last time to rub it into their faces!
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