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Recap / M*A*S*H S6 E4: War of Nerves

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During a period of high tension between the members of the camp, Dr. Sidney Freedman arrives with a load of wounded. One by one he visits with some of the personnel and lets them vent their frustrations, all the while dealing with the patient he was treating at the front.

Attention all personnel! Dr. Freedman will now see the following tropes:

  • Becoming the Mask: Klinger worries that he's been trying to get a Section 8 by crossdressing for so long that he's actually starting to go crazy.
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  • A Day in the Limelight: Sidney is arguably the focus of the episode, much like Dear Sigmund.
  • Companion Cube: Radar's teddy bear having this status makes Radar concerned about his own sanity.
  • I Have This Friend...: Father Mulcahy visits Sidney with this story, claiming his friend is feeling low about his struggles with his work. Then he reveals that the friend is Sidney himself.
  • It's All About Me: Any time Sidney makes a remark during their session, Margaret assumes he's suggesting that either she's crazy about Charles or vice-versa.
  • Kill It with Fire: What began as a small fire to burn the lice-infested uniforms from Chinese POWs quickly turns into a massive camp-wide bonfire to release frustrations with Army life and the war.
  • Mood Whiplash: Dr. Freedman's patient is all goodness and light with the other doctors. When Freedman shows up, however...
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  • Not So Different: During Father Mulcahy's visit to Sidney, it becomes clear that their roles in the war are very similar.
    Sindey: See, when Pierce or Hunnicutt lose one he's out of his misery. But when I lose one, I've lost a mind.
    Mulcahy: When I lose one, I've lost a soul.

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