By the fifth season of M*A*S*H the beloved characters of Lieutenant Colonel Blake and Captain Trapper had already been gone for a full season, while characters like Captain B.J. Hunnicutt and Colonel Potter were well solidified.
The huge changes from season three to four took everyone by surprise, pulling on the heartstrings while it happened.
There was still a lot that would happen in the series, with a full seven seasons left at the start of season five. In the fifth season we see Margaret get engaged and Frank Burns make his last on-screen appearance.
Before any of those storylines could play out, the two-part first episode titled “Bug Out” had to take place. The season five premier hit the air for the first time on Sept. 21, 1976.
How well do you remember the two-part episode that launched the fifth season of M*A*S*H?
1 Hawkeye and Hunnicutt are watching other members of the unit dig big holes. What are they digging?
- Who initially tells Radar that the 4077th will have to bug out, meaning they’ll have to look for a new base as enemies approach?
- With rumors of a bug out swirling, who does Col. Potter call to see if an attack on the 4077th is imminent?
- Fresh off telling the 4077th is not bugging out, Potter receives a note saying the unit IS bugging out. How long do they have to move?
- Who goes in the helicopter to scout for a new base location?
- What is this woman’s name, who serves Hawkeye and Radar their drinks before they leave for the new 4077th post?
- What does she call Hawkeye when he and Radar enter the bar?
- When Col. Potter and Hunnicutt arrive to a building they hope will be the new operating room, several women are already there. What makes them leave?
- The women reveal that they already know General Irving R. Hamilton by saying his nickname. What is the nickname?
- Frank Burns demands that nothing other than Army equipment will be brought to the new camp. Despite that, Klinger brings dresses while Hawkeye and Hunnicutt bring the alcohol still. What does Radar bring?