M*A*S*H* Season 5
"M*A*S*H* - Season Five"
MASH Season 5
DVD cover for M*A*S*H Season 5.
Season: Season 5
Country/Language United States
Original Run:
First episode: September 21, 1976
Final episode: March 15, 1977
Number of episodes 25
Created by: Larry Gelbart
Executive producer(s): Gene Reynolds (executive producer)
Burt Metcalfe (associate producer)
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The first two episodes of Season 5 of M*A*S*H, part of a 2-part arc, "Bug Out", aired on CBS-TV on September 21, 1976. The final episode, "Margaret's Marriage", aired March 18, 1976. Larry Gelbart, who developed the series, left the show to develop the original pilot for what eventually became the popular ABC-TV series Three's Company, making co-executive producer Gene Reynolds the lone executive producer; Burt Metcalfe, who had been with the series since season 1 as a line producer, was promoted to associate producer under Reynolds. Metcalfe would become the series' new executive producer the very next season when Reynolds left the series to produce another popular CBS-TV series, the Emmy Award winning hour-long drama/news series Lou Grant.

Major eventsEdit

  • Margaret gets married to Donald Penobscott.
  • Frank Burns has a breakdown while on leave in Tokyo and gets reassigned to a Veterans Hospital stateside in his home state of Indiana.
  • He's promoted to Lt. Colonel, as Larry Linville leaves the cast after the season.

Season 5: 1976-1977Edit

List of Episodes (in broadcast order)Edit

  • Note: The episodes were not all broadcast in the same order as they were produced. The broadcast order is also the order of episodes in the DVD set. However, syndicated reruns and paid streaming services such as Netflix sometimes follow the production order (e.g.U-801, U-802, U-803....)
  • In Season 5 there is a great disparity between the Broadcast and the Production Order. As a hypothesis, note that the last few episodes in Production Order tended to be those which were set mainly indoors so that the Fox ranch need not be used for location shooting.
  • There is a major continuity issue with trying to watch the episodes in Production Order. Margaret's Marriage (U820) was clearly intended to be the finale for Season 5 but was produced ahead of 5 other episodes.
  • The table below can be sorted to display the episodes in either the Broadcast Order (sort column 1) or Production Order (sort column 4).
Ep.# Date aired Episode title Production No. Summary
1 September 21, 1976 Bug Out U-801/U-802 When a rumor for a camp relocation turns out to be real, Hawkeye, Margaret and Radar volunteer to stay behind for a patient who cannot be moved.
2 September 28, 1976 "Margaret's Engagement" U-803 Margaret's sudden engagement comes as a surprise to everyone, but Frank predictably takes it the hardest.
3 October 5, 1976 Out of Sight, Out of Mind U-806 Hawkeye is temporarily blinded while trying to fix the nurses' furnace, and Frank finds a sure-fire way to win bets on baseball games.
4 October 12, 1976 Lt. Radar O’Reilly U-805 To settle a poker debt, an officer forges promotion papers for Radar to become a Lieutenant
5 October 19, 1976 The Nurses U-809 The nurses go behind Margaret's back so that a fellow nurse confined to her tent can spend the night with her soldier husband who is paying her a surprise visit.
6 October 26, 1976 The Abduction of Margaret Houlihan U-808  Margaret takes off in the middle of the night to help deliver a Korean baby. Nobody knows of her whereabouts, and Colonel Flagg is brought in to help investigate her disappearance.
7 November 9, 1976 Dear Sigmund U-810  Psychiatrist Sidney Freedman composes a letter to Sigmund Freud during a visit to the 4077, while the rest of the camp endures the hijinks of a mystery prankster.
8 November 16, 1976 Mulcahy’s War U-812 Father Mulcahy, troubled by his lack of experience at the front, insists on accompanying Radar for an errand there.
9 November 23, 1976 The Korean Surgeon U-814 Instead of turning him in as a prisoner of war, Hawkeye and B.J. pull some strings to get a wounded North Korean surgeon a spot on the staff.
10 November 30, 1976 Hawkeye Get Your Gun U-813 Hawkeye and Potter provide assistance at a Korean clinic, and run into an enemy attack on the way home. Meanwhile, Klinger begins posing as a Gypsy to help get his discharge papers.
11 December 7, 1976 The Colonel’s Horse U-811 Everybody pitches in to save Colonel Potter's horse, who becomes sick while Potter is away in Tokyo. And Margaret asks Hawkeye, not Frank, to operate on her appendix.
12 December 14, 1976 Exorcism U-815 Against Frank's objections, Colonel Potter allows an Korean exorcism ceremony to be performed for a local civilian who rejects an operation because of the bad spirits that surround the 4077th.
13 December 21, 1976 Hawk’s Nightmare U-804 Hawkeye starts sleepwalking and having horrific nightmares. He begins to think that he may be starting to lose his "war against the war."
14 January 4, 1977 The Most Unforgettable Characters U-818 Radar becomes an aspiring writer after ordering a flier from a comic book, and Hawkeye and B.J. give Frank a surprise birthday present that only he will appreciate.
15 January 11, 1977 38 Across U-821 A fouled radio call for help on a crossword puzzle leads to a senior officer coming to the 4077th to help with a supposed serious medical problem.
16 January 18, 1977 Ping Pong U-817 The 4077th hosts a traditional Korean wedding, much to Frank's objections. And Colonel Potter runs into an old friend who has put his troops in jeopardy so that he could receive a promotion.
17 January 25, 1977 End Run U-816 A former star college football player suffers a severe leg injury in combat and must deal with the consequences, and Major Burns goes behind Colonel Potter's back to set up a boxing match between Klinger and Zale.
18 February 1, 1977 Hanky Panky U-822 B.J. falls off the fidelity wagon while trying to provide consolation to a nurse whose marriage has just ended. But will he confess his infidelity to his wife?
19 February 8, 1977 Hepatitis U-823 The 4077th has an outbreak of hepatitis and Hawkeye needs to inoculate the reluctant staff while dealing with back pain.
20 February 15, 1977 The General’s Practitioner U-807 General Korshak wants Hawkeye to be his personal practitioner, despite his constant snottiness. And Radar helps take care of a soldier's half-Korean baby after he is shipped back home.
21 February 22, 1977 Movie Tonight U-824 Colonel Potter hopes a Western will be the cure for the 4077th's morale problem. But during the show, the staff of the camp is forced to make its own entertainment during the frequent film breakages.
22 March 1, 1977 Souvenirs U-819 Hawkeye and BJ try to stop a chopper pilot from selling souvenirs derived from war materials derived from locals facing danger getting them, and Klinger becomes a pole-sitter in his latest attempt to get a Section Eight.
23 March 8, 1977 Post Op U-825 The 4077th is deluged with patients and their individual medical histories. Then they run out of blood and everyone is donating at 48-hour intervals.
24 March 15, 1977 Margaret’s Marriage U-820 Pressured by Frank, Margaret decides to marry Colonel Donald Penobscott at the 4077th. When Donald arrives in camp, he is treated to a bachelor party and a practical joke while the nurses give Margaret a bridal shower.

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