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TODAY WE COVER SEASON 11 EPISODE 16 "Goodbye, Farewell and Amen" This is part 1.
256th Episode Overall
Directed by Alan Alda
Story by : Alan Alda, Burt Metcalfe, John Rappaport, Karen Hall, and writing partners Dan Wilcox & Thad Mumford, Elias Davis & David Pollock
Originally Aired on February 28, 1983
Production Code is 9-B04
SET DURING THE KOREAN WAR IN THE 1950’S
PLOT SUMMARY: Hawkeye recovers from a nervous breakdown after he blames himself for a fatal incident aboard a military bus. As he returns to camp, the Korean War comes to an end as the staff of the 4077th tends to one final deluge of casualties, including Chinese musicians mentored by Winchester. B.J. gets orders to go home early but is forced back to the 4077th after he learns the orders were rescinded by the time he reaches Guam. The rest of the staff sorts out their personal problems before going their separate ways. Father Mulcahy tries to come to terms with the hearing trouble caused when a mortar shell exploded near him. Margaret awaits her stateside assignment and makes peace with Winchester, whose deep love of music has now been compromised forever. Potter leads an emotional farewell dinner where assorted staffers reveal their postwar plans, including Hawkeye, who looks forward to a simple country doctor's life in his native Maine, and Klinger, who after years of trying to get out of the Army, is staying in Korea to help Soon-Lee find her missing family. Klinger and Soon-Lee's wedding leads off the final scene where the staffers say their last emotional goodbyes to each other.