M*A*S*H episode
“Oh, How We Danced”
Oh how we danced
Margaret offers to dance with B.J. to take his mind off having to spend his anniversary away from his wife Peg.
Season 9, Episode # 14
Number (#212) in series (256 episodes)
Guest star(s) Arlen Dean Snyder
Yuki Shimoda
Catherine Bergstrom
Michael Choe
Shari Saba
Jennifer Davis Westmore
Network: CBS-TV
Production code: Z-414
Writer(s) Dennis Koenig
Director Alan Alda
Original airdate February 23, 1981
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Oh, How We Danced was the 14th episode of Season 9 of the CBS-TV series M*A*S*H, also the 212th overall series episode. Written by Dennis Koenig and directed by Alan Alda, it originally aired on February 23, 1981.


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.

Full episode summaryEdit

B.J. is especially depressed, since his wedding anniversary is approaching--his first one away from his wife, Peg. What he doesn't know is the others are trying to come up with some special way of celebrating it to help lift his spirits.

When Winchester gets assigned to inspect a frontline unit and make sure their following Army regulations regarding sanitary conditions, he turns it into a big deal, acting as though he's risking his life just making the trip.

He records a pseudo will on his tape recorder, bidding farewell to Cape Cod, Harvard Yard, and baked scrod. Hawkeye and B.J., overhearing this, mock his dramatics, causing Winchester to storm off. Hawkeye, holding Winchester's microphone, gets an idea. He starts secretly recording his conversations with B.J., peppering him with questions about his life with Peg in San Francisco.

Meanwhile, Winchester has a run-in with the commander of the frontline unit he visited. Giving the unit a bad review, Finch (Arlen Dean Snyder) shows up drunk and tries to get Winchester to reconsider. When he won't, he gets angry and punches Winchester in the mouth, knocking one of his teeth out.

Winchester, ashamed of not being able to defend himself, decides to take up karate under the instructions of an older Korean man, there to visit his wounded grandson.

He later has the chance to show off his newfound skills when Finch returns to deliver a harmonica as a bribe arranged by Hawkeye, B.J,. and Klinger for the wounded Korean boy. Winchester, not knowing anything about the plan, freaks Finch out by being aggressive and looking for a second round.

Weeks later, on the day of his anniversary, they all trick B.J. into Col. Potter's office, where they have a surprise party waiting. B.J. at first isn't in the mood, but they all have a special gift waiting for him: a home movie, made by and starring Peg (Catherine Bergstrom), partly narrated by her and the audio recordings Hawkeye made.

They watch shots of Peg doing the things B.J. mentions, like giving their daughter Erin a bath. B.J. is moved to tears, and Margaret offers to dance with him, as the young Korean boy, now out of Post Op, plays "The Anniversary Song" (the first line of which is, "Oh, how we danced on the night we were wed") on his new harmonica.

Guests stars/Recurring castEdit

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