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M*A*S*H episode
“Good-Bye Radar: Part 2”
Goodbye Radar Pt2
With no time for proper goodbyes because of the arrival of wounded, Radar and Hawkeye exchange salutes.
Season 8, Episode # 5
Number (#178) in series (256 episodes)
Guest star(s) Lee de Broux
Whitney Rydbeck
David Dozer
Network: CBS-TV
Production code: S-611
Writer(s) Ken Levine & David Isaacs
Director Charles S. Dubin
Original airdate October 15, 1979
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"Good-Bye Radar: Part 1" (S‑610) "Period of Adjustment" (S‑604)

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"Good-Bye Radar: Part 1" (S‑610) "Dreams" (S‑612)

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 Good-Bye Radar: Part 2 is the fifth episode of the eighth season of the CBS-TV series M*A*S*H, also the 178th overall series episode. Directed by Charles S. Dubin, the episode, the second part of a two episode story arc, was written by Ken Levine & David Isaacs, and it originally aired on network TV on October 15, 1979.

SynopsisEdit

Due to Klinger’s poor performance as company clerk. Radar tries to fight his discharge, believing his place is in Korea, but eventually realizes he must go home to help his family and that the camp will survive without him.

Full episode summaryEdit

Radar begins packing to leave for the 4077th for home. Everyone is reacting differently (Winchester, for instance, barely cares), and Klinger is in a panic over becoming company clerk. Radar insists that he can't help Klinger--he has to learn it on his own, like he did.

But when the lack of electricity really starts wearing everyone down, Radar changes his mind and steps in, helping Klinger find a generator. It still doesn't go well, and things get even worse when they hear the sound of incoming choppers.

With no time to get a new generator, Radar gets a brainstorm: he lines up the compound with jeeps and ambulances, using their headlights to give the doctors enough light to work by. Potter, impressed, calls Radar a genuine hero.

Later that night, after ten hours of surgery, Potter and Radar talk in Potter's office. Potter once again commends Radar for his ingenuity, and Radar drops a bombshell: he's decided to stay at the 4077th.

Potter is stunned, and demands Radar reconsider. Radar gently remarks that Potter can't order him to stay, and as long as the 4077th is in such trouble, he's needed more in Korea. The next morning, Hawkeye, having heard the news, angrily confronts Radar, demanding that he go home. Radar refuses, telling Hawkeye that no one can tell him how to run his life.

Klinger, depressed at the news, is in the office when a call comes in about a generator, meant for Radar. He takes the call, and hops in a jeep to I-Corps to trade for a generator. The deal almost collapses when a blustery major arrives for the same generator, but Klinger bamboozles his way into getting it for himself.

He drives back to the 4077th with it, and everyone is thrilled. Radar in particular is impressed, and that gets him to change his mind about going home.

The next day, everyone is about to kick off Radar's going away party, but it is interrupted by incoming wounded. This leaves everyone just a few moments to say goodbye--Potter is teary-eyed, Winchester condescending, Margaret cheery but impersonal.

Klinger insists he'll make Radar proud, Father Mulcahy blesses him, and B.J. seems more concerned with what Radar will say about him to Peg and Erin Hunnicutt, who will meet Radar when he arrives in San Francisco. Everyone then runs inside, leaving Radar without the chance to say goodbye to Hawkeye.

Radar takes one last lap around the camp, to the Mess Tent, visiting his animals (promising that everyone in camp will be looking after them). He wanders into the hospital, where, through the door, he makes eye contact with Hawkeye. Hawkeye pauses for a moment, then gives him a classic Army salute. Radar returns it, when he hears his jeep arrive. He gives Hawkeye one last look, and then walks out.

He loads his stuff into the jeep, and says, only partly to his driver, "I'm ready...let's go." The jeep drives off.

Later that night, Hawkeye, B.J., and Potter go to the Swamp for drinks, wondering just where Radar is at the moment. Inside, on Hawkeye's bunk, is Radar's teddy bear.

Hawkeye picks it up, looks at it, and says, "Good-bye, Radar."

Fun FactsEdit

When Margaret kisses Radar in post-op, he says "Wow, hot lips!" This is the last ever reference of Margaret's old nickname in the series.

Guest starringEdit

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