M*A*S*H* Season 8
"M*A*S*H* - Season Eight"
MASH Season 8 DVD cover
DVD Cover for Season 8 of M*A*S*H.
Season: Season 8
Country/Language United States
Original Run:
First episode: September 19, 1979
Final episode: March 12, 1980
Number of episodes 26
Created by: Larry Gelbart
Executive producer(s): Burt Metcalfe (executive producer)
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The first episode of Season 8 of M*A*S*H, "Too Many Cooks", aired November 18, 1978; the final episode, "April Fools", which guest starred veteran film/TV/stage actor Pat Hingle, aired March 24, 1980. 

Major eventsEdit

  • Radar appears for the final time in "Good-Bye Radar: Part 1", and "Good-Bye Radar: Part 2", a two-part episode arc, both which kickoff the new season.
    • Both B.J.who has a hard time stomaching the concept of Radar, who was to meet with his wife Peg and daughter Erin when he landed stateside upon his stop in San Francisco, being called "Daddy" by Erin, and Klinger, who was having an equally hard time meshing into his new job as company clerk, drown out their frustrations in booze before B.J. strikes Hawkeye after an arguement concerning the meeting Radar and Erin, and he missing his family because of the war in "Period of Adjustment
  • Susan Saint James of the McMillan and Wife TV series fame appears as Aggie O'Shea, a visiting photojournalist who takes a shine to B.J. in "War Co-Respondent".
  • Howard Platt, who is best known for his role as Officer "Hoppy" Hopkins on NBC-TV's Sanford and Son appears as Major Ted Spector, who gives Hawkeye and B.J. an Army style red-tape/runaround hard time when the medical staff, that finds an American/Korean baby left at the 4077th, try to figure what to do with the child in "Yessir, That’s Our Baby"
  • Veteran TV/film actor Pat Hingle guest stars as Colonel Daniel Webster Tucker, an old war buddy of Col. Potter, who appears as a hardnosed stickler as a visiting inspector in playing a practical joke on the medical staff with Potter in the season finale episode "April Fools".


Season 8: 1979-1980 Edit

  • 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.S-601, S-602, S-603....)
  • The table below can be sorted to display the episodes in Broadcast or Production Order.
  • There were the following gaps in the dates of the original broadcasts:
    • February 25, 1980 -
    • March 17, 1980 - a repeat of The Yalu Brick Road was broadcast. Reason is unknown but could be to bring the April Fools episode closer to April 1.

Ep.# Date aired Episode title Production No. Summary
1 September 17, 1979 Too Many Cooks S-601 The 4077 receives a patient who is a bumbler at the front but regular gourmet in the mess tent. The surgical staff try and convince Potter to keep him but he flatly refuses, he has enough trouble as it is. His marriage is in danger
2 September 24, 1979 Are You Now, Margaret? S-602 A Congressional aide comes to the camp with accusations of Margaret of being a communist sympathizer that could ruin her career.
3 October 1, 1979 Guerilla My Dreams S-603 Hawkeye refuses to accept a South Korean officer's warning that a wounded civilian he brought in is a dangerous enemy guerrilla soldier.
4 October 8, 1979 Good-Bye Radar: Part 1 S-610  As Radar makes his way back from leave, the camp struggles with a total loss of electricity with a malfunctioning generator and the backup is stolen.
5 October 15, 1979 Good-Bye Radar: Part 2 S-611 Although Radar is granted a hardship discharge, the camp's difficulties make him seriously consider staying.
6 October 22, 1979 Period of Adjustment S-604 B.J. and Klinger get drunk in despair at being envious to the now departed Radar.
7 October 29, 1979 Nurse Doctor S-608 The senior staff's attempt to help a nurse enter medical school to become a doctor is complicated by her unwanted romantic advances towards Father Mulcahy.
8 November 5, 1979 Private Finance S-605 Pierce deals with a dead soldier's ill-gotten gains, while a Korean mama attacks Klinger for dishonoring her daughter.
9 November 12, 1979 Mr. and Mrs. Who? S-606 After a drunken trip to Tokyo, Winchester is visited by his new wife. Meanwhile, the camp is hit with an outbreak of hemorrhagic fever that they don't know how to deal with.
10 November 19, 1979 The Yalu Brick Road S-607 Hawkeye and BJ get lost in enemy territory.
12 November 26, 1979 Life Time S-609 As marked by an on screen clock, the 4077th staff have a specific time limit to operate on a patient before he dies or is left paralyzed.
12 December 3, 1979 Dear Uncle Abdul S-613 Now resigned to staying for his term of service, Klinger writes home about his job, which includes appeasing the eccentricities of the officers.
13 December 10, 1979 Captains Outrageous S-614 While the 4077th staff substitute for Rosie at her bar, Father Mulcahy is at the end of his patience when he is passed over for promotion yet again.
14 December 17, 1979 Stars and Stripes S-615 Friction occurs when Winchester and B.J. are asked to write an article for a prestigious journal on a procedure they'd performed. Margaret discovers more about herself through a visit from Scully.
15 December 31, 1979 Yessir, That’s Our Baby S-617 When the 4077th staff find an abandoned Amerasian baby, their efforts to help her prove a frustrating struggle.
16 January 7, 1980 Bottle Fatigue S-618 Hawkeye goes on the wagon and drives everyone crazy. When Winchester hears that his sister is going to marry an Italian, he goes nuts, doing everything in his power to stop the marriage.
17 January 14, 1980 Heal Thyself S-616 When the mumps bring down Col. Potter and Winchester, a replacement surgeon from Tokyo is brought in.
18 January 21, 1980 Old Soldiers S-620 When Col. Potter is called to Tokyo to visit a sick friend, the 4077th must treat a group of refugee orphans.
19 January 28, 1980 Morale Victory S-621  While Hawkeye and BJ struggle as morale officers of the disgruntled camp, Winchester tries to help a patient whose pianist career seems ruined due to a crippled hand.
20 February 4, 1980 Lend a Hand S-619 Irritated that the 4077th is planning a "surprise" birthday party for him, Hawkeye aids a wounded surgeon at the front and habitually disagrees with wisecracking medical advisor Dr. Anthony Borelli. Constant interruptions prevent Klinger from frosting a cake in Hawkeye's honor.
21 February 11, 1980 Goodbye, Cruel World S-622 When Klinger's attempt to redecorate his office is rejected, he decides to desert while Hawkeye has a homebound war hero patient who attempts suicide.
22 February 18, 1980 Dreams S-612 During a hectic non-stop rush of wounded that is overcrowding the camp, the staff's brief naps have disturbing dreams in which the war is an never-ending intrusion.
23 March 3, 1980 War Co-Respondent S-624 A visiting war correspondent falls for B.J. He is attracted to her as well, and that causes him to feel torn.
24 March 10, 1980 Back Pay S-625 Pierce is upset by the fact that civilian doctors are making a lot of money off the war, and decides to bill the army for all his work. Meanwhile, Winchester is reluctantly showing 3 Korean doctors American medical techniques, putting them down all the while, until he is on the receiving end of their expertise.
25 March 24, 1980 April Fools S-623 A visiting spit and polish officer visits the camp at the worst time during April Fool's Day.

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