M*A*S*H* Season 9
"M*A*S*H* - Season Nine"
MASH Season 9 DVD cover
DVD Cover for Season 9 of M*A*S*H.
Season: Season 9
Country/Language United States
Original Run:
First episode: November 17, 1980
Final episode: May 4, 1981
Number of episodes 20
Created by: Larry Gelbart
Executive producer(s): Burt Metcalfe (executive producer)
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The first episode of Season 9 of M*A*S*H, "The Best of Enemies", aired on CBS-TV on November 17, 1980; the final episode, "The Life You Save", aired May 4, 1981.

Major eventsEdit

  • Max Klinger's ex-wife marries Klinger's best friend.

Season 9: 1980-1981 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.Z-401, Z-402, Z-403....)
  • There is a gap on December 22, 1980. A rerun of Season 8 "Captains Outrageous" was broadcast in that slot. This was probably done to bring A War for All Seasons closer to the New Year.
  • Other gaps in broadcast:
  • Episodes Z-419, Z-420, Z-423 and Z-424 were produced during Season 9 and held over for broadcast as part of Season 10.
  • The table below can be sorted to display the episodes in Broadcast or Production Order.
Ep.# Date aired Episode title Production No. Summary
1 November 17, 1980 The Best of Enemies Z-404 En route to R&R, Hawkeye is flagged down by a North Korean soldier who holds him at gun point, forcing him to treat his wounded comrade.
2 November 24, 1980 Letters Z-403 The staff of the 4077th answer letters from school children from Hawkeye's home town of Crabapple Cove.
3 December 1, 1980 Cementing Relationships Z-401 To fight an ongoing infection in the O.R., the staff decides to remove the old wood floor and make a concrete one. The surgeons do the menial labor while Klinger acts as foreman (he knows cement and it's not that hard); while an Italian soldier falls head-over-heels for Margaret.
4 December 8, 1980 Father’s Day Z-405 Margaret's cold-hearted father comes to visit while the gang tries to dispose of a stolen side of beef.
5 December 15, 1980 Death Takes a Holiday Z-408 While local orphans attend a Christmas party in the mess tent, Hawkeye, B.J., and Margaret try to save the life of a critically injured solider so that his family won't think of Christmas as the day that their father died.  
6 December 29, 1980 A War for All Seasons Z-409 As the year 1950 comes to a close, the 4077th staff and surgeons hope 1951 is "a damn sight better" and hopefully they'll be going home. We see a series of related events that took place over the course of 1951.
7 January 5, 1981 Your Retention, Please Z-406 When an pushy retention officer comes to the camp to persuade staff to extend their terms of service, Klinger, distraught at his domestic situation, is persuaded to do so.
8 January 12, 1981 Tell It to the Marines Z-410 B.J. and Hawkeye try to get a hardship discharge for an immigrant Marine whose Mom is being deported before he can get home. Winchester becomes C.O. for a few days, using his new position to get himself silk sheets and other "basic necessities of life".
9 January 19, 1981 Taking the Fifth Z-407 Klinger happens upon a bottle of vintage French wine and Hawkeye uses it to lure a nurse into his clutches. Winchester deals with Klinger to get more bottles of the wine. Col. Potter trades with the Canadians for a special anesthetic forbidden by the U.S. army.
10 January 26, 1981 Operation Friendship Z-412 When the steam generator explodes in O.R., Klinger pushes Charles out of the line of fire just in time, but B.J. catches part of the blast and has a serious arm injury. For saving his life, Charles declares he is fully indebted to Maxwell Klinger and becomes his personal assistant. But after several days of bowing to Klinger's ever command, Charles begins to wish he HAD been killed. Meanwhile, Hawkeye doesn't like the doctor called in to help treat B.J., who refuses to admit there is anything wrong with him.
11 February 2, 1981 No Sweat Z-402 We're having a heat wave! The 4077th deals with a sudden heat wave in their own personal ways: Klinger disassembles the P.A. system, Charles goes through all of his tax returns and bonds, B.J. stresses over a letter from Peg, Margaret develops a severe case of prickly heat, and Colonel Potter can't get a good night's sleep.
12 February 9, 1981 Depressing News Z-411 After placing an order for 5,000 tongue depressors, the 4077th receives 500,000. Hawkeye decides to use every single one of them to erect a monument to Army inefficiency, and dedicate it to all the brave men and women who have passed through, while Klinger presses his luck when he starts a printing press.
13 February 16, 1981 No Laughing Matter Z-413 Hawkeye's challenge to go through a day without telling a joke is complicated by Winchester's amusingly desperate attempt to curry the favor of a hated visiting officer.
14 February 23, 1981 Oh, How We Danced Z-414 When Winchester goes to inspect the sanitary conditions at another camp, the failing mark he gives the commander is met with physical violence. Meanwhile, the gang comes up with a surprise for B.J. on his anniversary.
15 March 2, 1981 Bottoms Up Z-415 Margaret's good friend Captain Helen Whitfield visits the 4077th and it seems like old times again, but what the Major doesn't know is that Whitfield is still a raging closet-alcoholic; Meanwhile, Hawkeye pulls one prank that goes too far when he drops Charles' pants in O.R.
16 March 9, 1981 The Red/White Blues Z-416 Col. Potter's blood pressure is too high and he has two weeks to get it back down, causing everyone to mollycoddle him, much to his dismay. Meanwhile, the malaria medicine they are sent makes Klinger sick.
17 March 16, 1981 Bless You, Hawkeye Z-417 Hawkeye starts inexplicably sneezing uncontrollably until Col. Potter suspects it's psychological in nature and calls in Dr. Freedman.
18 April 6, 1981 Blood Brothers Z-421 Father Mulcahy tries to prepare himself and the camp for a visit from Cardinal Reardon, a VIP to both the Army and the church. Hawkeye, meanwhile, prepares to tell a young soldier why he can't donate blood to his wounded buddy; Hawkeye and B.J. have discovered the soldier has leukemia.
19 April 13, 1981 The Foresight Saga Z-422 Klinger accidentally breaks Potter's eyeglasses, requiring a visit from traveling optometrist Dr. Bud Herzog. The 4077th receives fresh vegetables from a grateful Korean. Potter questions the authenticity of an upbeat letter from Radar.
20 May 4, 1981 The Life You Save Z-418 Winchester goes on a spiritual journey when he undergoes a near-death experience. Pierce experiences the problems of being the officer in charge of food services.

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