The season's primary dramatic arc is Margaret's (Loretta Switt) marital woes, culminating in the Emmy-nominated two-parter, "Comrades in Arms," in which Hawkeye and Margaret, trapped by enemy fire, engage in a little close-order drill. The humanization of Margaret continues in "Temporary Duty," which also features one of the most memorable visitors to the 4077th, George "Goober" Lindsey, as the wild and wooly Roy Dupree, a temporary transfer who drives BJ and Charles crazy. Alan Arbus's psychiatrist Dr. Sidney Freedman, one of the series' most welcome recurring characters, makes a memorable return in "War of Nerves," one of his most dramatic episodes, in which a soldier Freedman sent back into combat, is unforgiving in blaming Sidney for his injuries. Two excellent ensemble episodes are "The Light That Failed, "in which the reading-starved camp shares a mystery novel, but doesn't have a clue what happens after the last page is missing, and "Mail Call Three," in which the camp reacts to news from home. Demerits again for no cast commentary, but this set once again offers viewers of the option of watching the episodes with or without a laugh track. --Donald Liebenson
But as Winchester slowly finds his place within the OR, things get back to normal or as normal as they ever get. Radar goes off in search of the perfect tattoo. Black marketeers steal all the units penicillin. Hawkeye and B.J. refuse to shower unless Charles stops blowing his horn. And Hawkeye and Margaret find comfort in each others arms...if only for one night.
Good season, but not as good as season three or four.
Overall there are mostly very good episodes in this season and also lots of new footage (although, as with previous seasons, the majority of the new footage really was best left cut but it makes for the only 'extras' these DVDs have provided so far). The collecton also has the 'Play All' feature that most of the others lack (I think they finally added it in Season 5).
I think the best episodes of this season center around him, including "The Smell of Music" in which Charles noisily takes up the French horn to the dismay of everyone else. Hawkeye and BJ counter by not bathing. Potter gets the funny punchline, though. In another episode, Charles is dictating an audio tape to his family, and as he pulls a hidden rubber chicken from his teapot, implores them to get him "the hell out of here." Other events for Charles include his uniform secretly being switched causing him to believe he is gaining and losing weight, and popping pep pills.
Only a few clunkers in a pretty good season.
The DVD picture quality is only fair as the colors have faded and shifted to a slightly sepia tone. Sound is a bit harsh. No DVD extras, but each episode has its own individually-styled menu, and you can turn off the laugh track. Includes a booklet with brief episode details.
I second the comments on the editing. At least they include a "play all" feature for each disc. Many series don't include this simple potion.
Again, zero extras. None. Sad, considering the importance of this series.