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M*A*S*H: Death Takes a Holiday

It is Christmastime and there is a cease-fire in effect. But there will be no Christmas dinner, for the supply lines have been cut. The worst victims will be the children from the orphanage who were to share the meal. Elsewhere, B.J. struggles to keep a sniper's victim alive - at least until midnight, so that his children will not remember Christmas as the day their father died.

Episode Info

Episode number: 9x5
Production Number: Z408
Airdate: Monday December 15th, 1980

Director: Mike Farrell
Writer: Mike Farrell

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Guest Stars
G.W. Bailey
As Sgt. Rizzo
Jeff Maxwell
As Igor
Kellye Nakahara
As Nurse Kelley
Keye Luke
As Choi Sung Ho
Perren Page
As Driver
Sally Imamura
As Korean Girl
Yoshi Hoover
As Korean Boy
Main Cast
Alan Alda
As Captain Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce
Loretta Swit
As Major Margaret J. "Hot Lips" Houlihan
Jamie Farr
As Corporal/Sergeant Maxwell Q. Klinger
William Christopher
As Father John Patrick Francis Mulcahy
Harry Morgan
As Colonel Sherman T. Potter
Mike Farrell
As Captain B.J. Hunnicut
David Ogden Stiers
As Major Charles Emerson Winchester III
Episode Notes
The episode borrows its title from the 1934 film Death Takes a Holiday, which told the story of what happened when Death briefly abandoned his responsibilities to sojourn as a mortal, in part to learn why mortals clung to live so.

Episode Quotes
Upon learning that the expensive candy he'd left for the orphans for Christmas was sold to provide enough food for a month:

Major Winchester: It is sadly inappropriate to give dessert to a child who has had no meal.

Warning: M*A*S*H season 9 episode 5 guide may contain spoilers
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