M*A*S*H (season 9)

The ninth season of M*A*S*H aired Mondays at 9:00-9:30 pm on CBS.

Season 9
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes20
Original networkCBS
Original releaseNovember 17, 1980 (1980-11-17) –
May 4, 1981 (1981-05-04)
Season chronology
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Actor Role
Alan Alda Capt. Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce
Mike Farrell Capt. B.J. Hunnicut
Harry Morgan Col. Sherman T. Potter
Loretta Swit Maj. Margaret Houlihan
David Ogden Stiers Maj. Charles Emerson Winchester III
Jamie Farr Cpl. Maxwell Q. Klinger
William Christopher Father Francis Mulcahy


No. in
Title [n 1]Directed by [n 2]Written by [n 2]Original air dateProd.
code [n 3]
1991"The Best of Enemies"Charles S. DubinSheldon BullNovember 17, 1980 (1980-11-17)Z-404
On his way to Seoul, Hawkeye is captured by a North Korean (Mako) who forces him to save his comrade. Meanwhile, Potter and Charles compete to find out who is better at bridge.
2002"Letters"Charles S. DubinDennis KoenigNovember 24, 1980 (1980-11-24)Z-403
The camp answers letters from fourth-graders in Hawkeye's hometown, and Hawkeye struggles to respond to a boy who holds doctors accountable for the death of his soldier brother.
2013"Cementing Relationships"Charles S. DubinDavid Pollock and Elias DavisDecember 1, 1980 (1980-12-01)Z-401
Klinger supervises the creation of a cement floor in the OR, while Margaret is wooed by an amorous patient (Joel Brooks) from Italy.
2024"Father's Day"Alan AldaKaren HallDecember 8, 1980 (1980-12-08)Z-405
Margaret tries to whip the camp into shape before her father (Andrew Duggan) comes for a visit.
Note: This episode contradicts the events of "Hot Lips and Empty Arms" (season 2), in which Margaret drunkenly comments that her father is dead.
2035"Death Takes a Holiday"Mike FarrellStory by : Thad Mumford & Dan Wilcox and Burt Metcalfe
Teleplay by : Mike Farrell, John Rappaport and Dennis Koenig
December 15, 1980 (1980-12-15)Z-408
The spirit of Christmas is felt at the 4077th during a truce as they throw a potluck party for the orphans, which reveals a surprising side of Charles. But when Hawkeye, B.J. and Margaret receive a mortally wounded soldier, they attempt to keep him alive until the day after Christmas for the sake of his wife and kids.
2046"A War for All Seasons"Burt MetcalfeDan Wilcox & Thad MumfordDecember 29, 1980 (1980-12-29)Z-409

A survey of life at the 4077th during the year 1951, including the doctors' efforts to build an artificial kidney and camp-wide bets on whether the Brooklyn Dodgers will win the year's National League championship.
Dan Wilcox and Thad Mumford received a Writers Guild Award nomination for this episode.

Note: Timeline is from December 1950 to December 1951. This episode contradicts Colonel Potter's arrival at M*A*S*H which occurred September 19 1952.
2057"Your Retention, Please"Charles S. DubinErik TarloffJanuary 5, 1981 (1981-01-05)Z-406
A retention officer (Barry Corbin) persuades a depressed Klinger to reenlist; a male nurse chafes over his low rank.
2068"Tell It to the Marines"Harry MorganHank BradfordJanuary 12, 1981 (1981-01-12)Z-410
With Charles temporarily in command, Hawkeye fights for the cause of a soon-to-be-discharged Dutch immigrant marine whose mother is about to be deported.
2079"Taking the Fifth"Charles S. DubinElias Davis & David PollockJanuary 19, 1981 (1981-01-19)Z-407
Hawkeye uses a bottle of wine as bait for a date with a nurse, while Potter is mad at the Army for banning the use of curare as a surgical anesthetic.
20810"Operation Friendship"Rena DownDennis KoenigJanuary 26, 1981 (1981-01-26)Z-412
Charles looks after Klinger in gratitude for saving his life during an autoclave explosion, while a specialist (Tim O'Connor) is brought in to treat B.J. for a compartment hemorrhage injury to his right wrist.
20911"No Sweat"Burt MetcalfeJohn RappaportFebruary 2, 1981 (1981-02-02)Z-402
The 4077th deals with a sudden heat wave in their own personal ways: Klinger disassembles the P.A. system, Charles goes through all of his tax returns and bonds, B.J. stresses over a letter from Peg, Margaret develops a severe case of prickly heat, and Colonel Potter can't get a good night's sleep.
John Rappaport received a Writers Guild Award nomination for this episode.
21012"Depressing News"Alan AldaDan Wilcox & Thad MumfordFebruary 9, 1981 (1981-02-09)Z-411
Klinger finds the perfect story to start his unit newspaper: Hawkeye's new craft project, inspired by a mistaken delivery of 500,000 tongue depressors. In one scene, Alan Alda can be seen still wearing his blue, 1980's-style sneakers.
21113"No Laughing Matter"Burt MetcalfeElias Davis & David PollockFebruary 16, 1981 (1981-02-16)Z-413
B.J. challenges Hawkeye to go through one day without making any jokes, while Charles confronts the colonel who sent him to Korea. Robert Symonds reprises his role as the colonel after playing it in the season 6 episode "Fade Out, Fade In".
21214"Oh, How We Danced"Burt MetcalfeJohn RappaportFebruary 23, 1981 (1981-02-23)Z-414
Hawkeye plans a surprise for B.J.'s wedding anniversary, while Charles offends a hot-tempered frontline officer. Catherine Bergstrom plays B.J.'s wife Peg.
21315"Bottoms Up"Alan AldaDennis KoenigMarch 2, 1981 (1981-03-02)Z-415
Margaret is worried that her friend and colleague (Gail Strickland) has been drinking, while Hawkeye is a social pariah for embarrassing Charles too much during surgery.
21416"The Red/White Blues"Gabrielle BeaumontElias Davis & David PollockMarch 9, 1981 (1981-03-09)Z-416
Potter is given too much kindness when word gets around about his blood pressure, while Klinger has an adverse reaction to medicine.
21517"Bless You, Hawkeye"Nell CoxDan Wilcox & Thad MumfordMarch 16, 1981 (1981-03-16)Z-417
Potter calls Sidney for help when Hawkeye keeps sneezing nonstop.
Dan Wilcox and Thad Mumford received a Writers Guild Award nomination for this episode.
21618"Blood Brothers"Harry MorganDavid Pollock & Elias DavisApril 6, 1981 (1981-04-06)Z-421
Hawkeye discovers troubling news regarding a patient's (Patrick Swayze) blood test, while Father Mulcahy works his heart out to prepare the camp for a visiting Cardinal.
Harry Morgan received a Directors Guild Award for this episode.
21719"The Foresight Saga"Charles S. DubinDennis KoenigApril 13, 1981 (1981-04-13)Z-422
Potter's feeling down when his eyeglasses break, while a letter from Radar and fresh vegetables make everyone else happy.
21820"The Life You Save"Alan AldaJohn Rappaport & Alan AldaMay 4, 1981 (1981-05-04)Z-418
Charles becomes obsessed with death after surviving a near-fatal sniper attack.


  1. ^ Titles taken from DVD
  2. ^ a b Credits from episode title cards
  3. ^ Production Code from end credits


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