Grab your tissues folks; there’s no way to get through this one with a tear or two. M*A*S*H, one of the greatest shows to ever grace the screen of televisions across the globe aired its final episode on February 28, 1983, and ran 2½ hours long.
This heart-wrenching video serves as a tribute not only to the show’s finale but to the phenomenal actor Harry Morgan, who captured the hearts of America as the no-nonsense Colonel of the 4077th, with his fatherly wisdom and endless patience.
“Goodbye, Farewell and Amen” broke the record for the highest percentage of homes with television sets to watch a television series. Serving as the 251st and final episode of the American television series M*A*S*H, it was written by a large number of collaborators, including series star Alan Alda, who also directed.
The episode’s plot chronicles the final days of the Korean War at the 4077th MASH and features several storylines intended to show the war’s effects on the individuals of the unit and to bring closure to the series.
After the ceasefire goes into effect, the members of the 4077th throw a closing party before taking down the camp for the last time. After tear-filled goodbyes, the main characters go their separate ways, leading to the final scene of the series.
As we said, this video serves as a tribute not only to the show’s finale but also to the beloved Harry Morgan. His deep affection for those under his command is made evident in these tearful goodbyes, artfully put together in a compilation just for fans like us to enjoy.
In this montage, we get to see Colonel Sherman T. Potter say goodbye to each of the main characters that had made their way into living rooms and hearts across America. Beginning with Father Mulcahy, who states, “When they tell us we have to do time in purgatory, we can say, no thanks, I’ve done mine.”
Potter embraces Margaret “Hot Lips” Houlihan and wishes her a happy life. He commends Major Charles Winchester on the excellent job he has done in his time under Potter’s command. Charles responds by sharing his admiration and his hopes to lead his future team of surgeons as well as Potter had them.
Next, we see Sherman say goodbye to Radar, and this one will get you. Hearing the quiver in the Colonel’s voice was enough to send me for the Kleenex. Same goes for his goodbye to Klinger.
Then the time comes for the Colonel to say goodbye to M*A*S*H’s loveable prankster duo, B.J. Hunnicut and Hawkeye Pierce. Before he goes, he tells them how he appreciated their humor to make it through the darker times and that he was glad that they always managed to give him a little joy when he needed it the most.
After Potter climbs onto his beloved horse Sophie, Hawkeye, and B.J. offer Potter a final salute in appreciation of him. The colonel rides off into the distance, leaving the two Swamp makes as the last people at the camp.
In the final clip, we see that iconic television moment where Hawkeye is lifting off in the helicopter only to look down and see that his friend had arranged a large number of stones to read “Goodbye” and the chopper flies away from what is left of the 4077th for the last time. The original theme song “Suicide is Painless” is then played in its entirety.
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