To relieve Klinger's fears that his mother is worried that he is experiencing the fighting action in Korea, the staff, who plans a party for all of their relatives to meet stateside at a designated place on the West Coast, also tries to make her believe that he is stationed in Fort Dix by posing for a camp photo with a sign saying so in "The Party" in Season 7.
| Season 7, Episode # 25 |
Number (#172) in series (256 episodes)
|Guest star(s)||Kellye Nakahara|
|Writer(s)||Alan Alda & Burt Metcalfe|
|Original airdate||March 5, 1979|
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The Party was the 26th episode of and finale episode of Season 7 of the M*A*S*H TV series, also the 173rd overall series episode. The episode was written by Alan Alda and Burt Metcalfe, who also directed, and also made an uncredited cameo appearance as an ambulance driver. The episode originally aired on CBS-TV on March 12, 1979.
Talk of a post-war reunion gives BJ an idea- planning a present-day stateside gathering of 4077th families. He continues to obsess with the idea even under the duress of bug-out instigated by a Chinese breakthrough.
Detailed episode summaryEdit
After a long session in OR, B.J. reads a letter from Peg where she mentions her difficulties making jam.
Radar mentions that his mother has a good recipe for them, as does Mildred Potter. B.J. offers to round up the advice of Mrs. Potter and Mother O'Reilly, but Potter has a better idea: why not have Mildred write Peg directly?
Back at the Swamp, B.J. gets the idea to have a party back in the states, featuring the family members of the everyone at the 4077th. This energizes him, and its all he can talk about, even during a bug out after I-Corps tells them that the Chinese army is headed their way.
He tries to get Hawkeye, Margaret, Winchester, and Klinger to participate too, but they all seem skeptical, for various reasons.
By the time they arrive at the new location for the 4077th, B.J. is demoralized--the party seems like its not going to happen, and a patient of his might be permanently paralyzed due to the unexpected trip.
The next morning, Hawkeye sits down with everyone and tells them how much this party means to B.J., and insists they all write their relatives and ask them about the party.
A couple of weeks pass, and just as the mail starts arriving again, Gen. Embry calls and says the 4077th is bugging out again, and they have to move back to their original location.
On the ride back, everyone opens up mail from their relatives about the party. To everyone's shock and/or delight, they all plan on attending--the Klingers, the Winchesters, the Houlihans, and Dr. Pierce--everyone!
B.J. is over the moon excited about the party, the only problem is finding a date that will work for everyone. With date after date getting rejected for one reason after another, they finally settle on March 28th.
They pose for a picture out on the compound in front of the signpost, but Klinger has a problem: his mother doesn't know he's in Korea! He reveals that since his mother doesn't speak English, everyone else has kept Klinger's secret for fear that she would worry every day he was going to die. B.J. finds a way around it--see above picture.
A week or so after the party, during a session in OR, Radar reads a letter from Peg about the party. Everyone got along amazingly well: Margaret's parents (who are going through a separation) spent the whole evening dancing together, Mrs. Potter and Mr. Pierce took a real shine to one another, Klinger's mother revealed she always knew her son was in Korea, but didn't let on because she didn't want him to worry about her.
The biggest news is that the Winchesters took to the O'Reillys, so much so that they invited them to their home in Cape Cod during Radar's first summer back after the war!
After OR, B.J. is all smiles after hearing how well the party went. Radar comes in, eager to discuss his potential visit with the Winchesters. Winchester himself says Radar can bring anyone or anything he would like--even his goat--because he plans to turn himself over to the Chinese.
All the relatives of the main characters meet each other back in the states.
We learn in this episode that Klinger's mother apparently didn't know that her son was in Korea this whole time. His mother, who doesn't speak english, only knows what the family tells her. However, in the end we find out that she knew all along that he was in Korea but didn't let it on because she was worried about Klinger worrying about her.