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M*A*S*H*: Season 5

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M*A*S*H's fifth tour of duty finds the 4077th operating at peak efficiency. Harry Morgan, as Colonel Sherman Potter, and Mike Farrell as BJ Hunnicutt, pumped new blood into series, and in this, their sophomore year, became integral parts of the ensemble. Gary Burghoff joined the Emmy elite for his role as company clerk Radar O'Reilly. William Christopher was also promoted, finally earning his opening-credit stripes for his role as Father Mulcahy. This season was also pivotal for Loretta Switt's Major Margaret Houlihan. "The Nurses," one of Switt's finest half-hours, humanized her rigid, by-the-book character. Margaret's engagement provided the season with its dramatic arc, and set the stage for the departure of Larry Linville's Major Burns, who by this time had wrung all the music he could from his one-note character. In addition to "The Nurses," another episode that looms large in the show's legend is the Emmy-winning "Dear Sigmund," in which weary and depressed psychiatrist Sidney Friedman sought refuge at the 4077th. This episode further fleshed out BJ, and established him as the camp's practical joker. The episode "Hanky Panky," in which a compassionate BJ consoles a nurse whose marriage has fallen apart, ranks as one of his best.

Alan Alda's Hawkeye suffers physical and psychological crises in two of his most effective episodes, "Out of Sight, Out of Mind," in which he is temporarily blinded, and "Hawk's Nightmare," in which the war haunts his dreams. We also see the first warning signs of sanctimony that would infect the show in later seasons. Tell us, Hawkeye--and he does, in "The General's Practitioner"--why war is worse than hell. Whereas Hawkeye and Trapper in earlier seasons were partners in crime, Hawkeye and BJ become tireless (and sometimes tiresome) crusaders to right all wrongs in their "little corner" of the world, as witness their shutdown of a heartless junk dealer in "Souvenirs." One cure is "Movie Tonight," an ensemble episode in which camp members bond during a much-interrupted screening of My Darling Clementine. --Donald Liebenson

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As the fifth season opens, the Chinese are getting too close for comfort and the 4077 has been ordered to bug-out. Unfortunately, Hawkeye, B.J. and Margaret are in the middle of critical surgery and have to keep going even as the bombing starts. The rest of the 4077 find themselves in an equally dangerous situation upon discovering that the new location that HQ has chosen for them is actually in occupied territory. Luckily the Chinese are driven back and the 4077 get to bug back to their old location. But the real bomb, as far as Frank Burns is concerned, is when Margaret returns from a medical conference in Tokyo engaged to Lieutenant Colonel Donald Penobscott. "How'd Burns take it?" a concerned Colonel Potter asked. "Hard," Hawkeye replied. "He was clucking like a chicken last night. For nine straight hours." Potter shook his head. "He's heading for a Section Eight." As expected, Klinger was green with envy. Language: English (Mono), French (Mono), Spanish (Mono) Subtitles: English, Spanish Dubbed: English, French, Spanish Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only) Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 Number of discs: 3 Rated: NR (Not Rated) Studio: 20th Century Fox DVD Release Date: November 11, 2008 Run Time: 637 minutes

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4.0 out of 5 stars Another season Aug. 13 2003
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This was the final season for one of the actors, Larry Linville, who played Major Frank Burns. Linville claimed that he went as far as he could in making this character look like an azz. Unlike the first four seasons (and the movie, too), Frank doesn't get to sleep around with Major Margaret 'Hot Lips' Houlihan in this season. Two episodes into this season, Margaret gets engaged, and in the final episode of the season: Margaret gets married, with Frank acting as best man for the groom.
This was the second season for two of the actors: Mike Farrell (who played BJ Hunnicut) and Harry Morgan (who played Col. Potter). It being their second season on the show, it was easier for them to find their characters' humor and their seriousness, when needed. It really added some more to the show. In season four, they were just starting out.
This season featured some rather interesting episodes. One where Radar gets some phony promotion orders, promoting him to Lietenient. The phony papers were made by Hawkeye and BJ to give Radar a taste of "what it feels like to be an officer". The psychiatrist, Dr. Freedman, makes two appearances in this season. In the first, he comes to the 4077th to relieve some of his own stress, as opposed to some patients'. He joins in on a practical joke with BJ. In the other episode, he comes to aid Hawkeye, when he experiences some sleepwalking and nightmares. Also the CIA fruitcake, named Col. Flagg, returns to the 4077th when Major Houlihan turns up missing; at a time, where North Koreans are spotted sneaking around. A crossword puzzle becomes a great pass-time, in one episode. Also, the priest, Father Mulchay, has some good moments in this season.
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3.0 out of 5 stars OVERRATED June 6 2004
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At the same time, Robert Altman's "M*A"S*H" came out. It, too found an audience, and truth be told many who enjoyed "Patton" enjoyed "M*A*S*H". It was just plain funny, and the anti-military theme was subtle. Altman walked a brilliant tightrope between a pro-American and unpatriotic premise. There is no doubt that Altman intended it as an anti-Vietnam movie. It was written by former Communist Ring Lardner, Jr. Lardner had been Blacklisted, and this fact featured prominently in the politics of the film's aura. It was based on a sexy paperback novel about surgeons in Korea. The film was set in Korea, yet made every possible attempt to convey the image that it was actually Vietnam. Many of the movie's set pieces were deliberately Vietnamese in nature and costume, for that very purpose. To the extent that it was unpatriotic, it subtly described "regular Army" officers as unyielding, intolerant Christians, utterly blinded by stupid jingoism. The draftees, however, are funny and attractive as they drink and love their way through a bevy of good-looking nurses, all while saving lives in the style of comic Galahads. Altman showed genius as a filmmaker. The movie avoided real controversy because it was just so darn good.
"M*A*S*H" spurred a television show that ran for years. In the 1970s it played for its time and audience. Re-runs, however, strain its credibility beyond Altman's original themes. Two doctors played the "bad guy." The first was a complete buffoon. Frank Burns was prominently identified as a Republican. He is given zero good qualities. He is ugly, a bad doctor, a coward, a racist and all-around mean SOB who cheats on his wife with Major Margaret Hoolihan, who at least is given some character.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Year May 4 2004
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By the autumn of 1976, MASH was beginning it's fifth season, the one where Margaret gets engaged, the last one with Frank. It was also that autumn that I celebrated my 10th birthday, and my parents decided I was finally old enough to watch MASH and other adult tv shows. (How things have changed since those days). I had seen some of the last reruns of the fourth season during the summer of '76, but season 5 was the first season I actually watched regularly. In 1976, the war in Korea had only been over for 23 years, and 1976 was much closer in time to the actual events in Korea than we are today to this particular season of the tv show MASH. That's an odd thought.
Perhaps because it was the first season I got to watch in full, I remember season 5 as THE season. It remains my favorite season, and that year's season premiere, The Bug-out, is still my favorite episode of the entire series.
There are other reasons than my own nostalgia for this to be one of the best seasons -- some really classic episodes like "Movie Tonight" just to name one, some poignant moments, a lack of the "preachiness" that plagues the final 3 or 4 seasons. BJ was still a likable punster and practical joker instead of the grouch he later became, whereas Margaret stopped being so uptight as before. Seasons 5 and 6, in my opion were the peak years, in terms of humor balanced by pathos.
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5.0 out of 5 stars PLAYALL feature has arrived! April 24 2004
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This review is for the production of Season 5 of the DVD Collector's Edition and not the series.
This DVD set contains a wonderful PLAYALL feature listed at the main menu. Clicking this will play all episodes in order, first to last, then return to the main menu.
The following DVD player behavior applies to mine and most that I've seen.
In PLAYALL, you can FF or NextChapter past the credits of one episode straight into the next episode without loosing your PLAYALL settings. However, my player will not go into the previous episode. Meaning, it will only go as far as the beginning of this episode's Chapter1, which plays the MASH theme.
Both the language audio and subtitle chosen remains active from episode to episode during PLAYALL. I have not tested what happens with a langauage that may exist in one episode but not another. Two ways to change the language with PLAYALL. The easy way is to press the language button on your player/remote to cycle to, say, no-laugh track, or to one of the other languages available. The hard way is to choose an episode, change the language from the episode menu, return to the main menu, and then PLAYALL. Same thing applies to subtitles. Remember, the laugh track is on by default.
If you've collected the previous seasons, you may have noticed that normally you can NextChapter at the beginning of every episode to bypass the intro/theme.
The rest of Season 5 is the same as for all previous. Please see my original review under "M*A*S*H - Season Two (Collector's Edition) (1973)".
Thank you, Fox, for including this wonderful PLAYALL feature in this DVD set. I hope you include this feature on other DVD series collection sets, and especially also include an audio track with NO LAUGH TRACK, like you've done with all MASH series season sets so far.
Remember, always release the DVD by pushing on the center post to keep from bending or cracking the disc.
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