[Hawkeye was telling Dr. Sidney Freedman about what he initially thought was a chicken clucking inside the bus]
Dr. Sidney Freedman: Then what happened?
Hawkeye: Then I went back toward the front of the bus.
Dr. Sidney Freedman: And what happened next?
Hawkeye: There’s something wrong with it. It stopped making noise. It just–just stopped.
Hawkeye: She-she killed it! She killed it!
Dr. Sidney Freedman: She killed the chicken?
Hawkeye: Oh, my God! Oh, my God! I didn’t mean for her to kill it.
Hawkeye: I did not–I–I just wanted it to be quiet. It was–it was a baby! She, she smothered her own baby.
Hawkeye: You son of a bitch, why did you make me remember that?
Dr. Sidney Freedman: You had to get it out in the open. Now we’re halfway home.
The series finale of M*A*S*H aired on this day, 36 years ago (February 28, 1983). Over 125 million tuned in to watch! To this day, it is the largest audience for any television series (excluding sports and news events) ever. It is still the standard of which every television series finale is compared.
You can get the complete series from Amazon by clicking on the box set below:
On this episode of Return to the ’80s, Robert and Paul welcome Ty Ray, from the Beats and Eats podcast, to the show. The guys Return to 1981, and count down the year’s top songs, movies, and television shows. Also, find out what the biggest selling toys were in 1981, and reminisce on the big news stories of the year.
As this current decade comes to a close, come join us to Return to the greatest decade ever, and check out the awesome year of 1981!
Oakland Raiders beat the Philadelphia Eagles 27-10 – January 25, 1981 at the Louisiana Superdome
Boston Celtics beat the Houston Rockets 4-2
New York Islanders defeat the Minnesota North Stars 4-1
LA Dodgers beat the New York Yankees 4-1
January 20 52 Americans held hostage in Iran for 444 days freed
March 6 Walter Cronkite signs off of CBS Evening News
March 30 Reagan Assassination attempt
April 18 The Longest Game – Pawtucket Red Sox tie Rochester Red Wings 2-2 in 32 innings (game resumed 23rd June)
May 11 Cats premieres in London
May 13 Assassination attempt on Pope John Paul II
Jun 2 Barbara Walters asks Katharine Hepburn what kind of tree she would be
Jun 5 AIDS Epidemic officially begins when US Centers for Disease Control reports on pneumonia affecting five homosexual men in Los Angeles
Jun 12 Baseball players begin a 50 day strike, their 3rd strike
July 29 Royal Wedding
Aug 1 MTV premieres at 12:01 AM
Aug 3 13,000 Air Traffic Controllers (PATCO) begin their strike; US President Ronald Reagan offers an ultimatum to workers: ‘if they do not report for work within 48 hours, they have forfeited their jobs and will be terminated’
Sep 12 “The Smurfs” animated cartoon series by Hanna-Barbera first broadcasts in North America
Sep 25 Sandra Day O’Connor sworn in as 1st female supreme court justice
Dec 11 Muhammad Ali’s 61st & last fight, losing to Trevor Berbick
Dec 28 1st American test-tube baby, Elizabeth Jordan Carr is born in Norfolk, Virginia
Hawkeye: Look, I know how tough it is for you to say goodbye, so I’LL say it. Maybe you’re right, maybe we WILL see each other again, but just in case we don’t, I want you to know how much you’ve meant to me. I’ll never be able to shake you; whenever I see a pair of big feet or a cheesy mustache, I’ll think of you.
B.J.: Whenever I smell month-old socks, I’ll think of YOU.
Hawkeye: Or the next time somebody nails my shoe to the floor…
B.J.: …or when somebody gives me a martini that tastes like lighter fluid.
Hawkeye: I’ll miss you.
B.J.: I’ll miss YOU. A lot. I can’t imagine what this place would’ve been like if I hadn’t found you here.
Happy Birthday to Alan Alda who turns 79 (!) today.
Harry Morgan starred in many movies throughout the ’40s ’50s,and ’60s. Then he became well known on the small screen playing Joe Friday’s partner, Bill Gannon on Dragnet. Younger people of our generation may remember Morgan as Homer McCoy in the Don Knotts/Tim Conway Disney comedy, The Apple Dumpling Gang (and the 1979 sequel The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again).
But of course, we remember Harry Morgan as the iconic Colonel Sherman T. Potter on M*A*S*H from 1975-1983. He had previously played the loony Major General Bartford Hamilton Steele on the show for an episode in 1974 (after a brief pre-view appearance, near the end of the previous episode). He was so good in that episode that the producers decided to cast him as Col. Potter after McLean Stevenson left the show. The producers made sure that Stevenson’s Henry Blake would never return by killing him off – which was unheard of and very contrversial at the time (especially for a sitcom). Where Blake was an easy-going, and sometimes ditzy leader, Morgan’s Potter was more of a father figure. He could be easy going, but he had no problem putting his boot in somebody’s ass if they got out of hand.
Here is a good scene:
After M*A*S*H’s historic run, Morgan along with William Christopher (Father Mulcahy), and Jamie Farr (Klinger), starred in the ill-fated spinoff AfterMASH. em>AfterMASH had a good first season. However, in the second season, the show was moved opposite the A-Team, and was destroyed, being cancelled after 9 episodes.
In 1986, Morgan costarred with Hal Linden in Blacke’s Magic, a show about a magician who doubled as a detective solving unusual crimes. The series lasted only one season.
After that, Morgan took several minor roles in TV shows and TV movies.
Morgan was married twice — first to Eileen Detchon, from 1940 until her death in 1985. During Morgan’s tenure on M*A*S*H, a photograph of Detchon regularly appeared on the desk of his character, Sherman T. Potter, to represent Potter’s wife, Mildred. He then married Barbara Bushman Quine (granddaughter of silent film star Francis X. Bushman) from December 17, 1986 until his death. In July 1997, Morgan was charged with abusing his wife a year earlier, after a beating left her with injuries to her eye, foot, and arm. Prosecutors dropped the charges after the 82-year-old actor completed a six-month domestic violence counseling program.
The 96 year old Morgan died today (Wednesday) at his Brentwood home after having pneumonia. He is survived by three sons, Charles, Paul and Christopher; eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. And millions of fans.