One of the favorite semi-regulars, healer, Dr. Sidney Freedman, (Allan Arbus) shows up to play poker and ends up staying two weeks at the 4077. Sidney is feeling blue. He writes a letter to a colleague describing his best therapy: a spa where the inmates have an interesting defense against carnage: insanity in the service of health. Sidney discusses his friends and colleagues and their quirks, seeming serenity, hang-ups, strange habits and/or libidinous behavior. During Sidney's visit, there is a secret practical joker in the 4077's midst: no one is too high or low in rank to be exempt. As psychiatrists, both Sidney and Sigmund treat unhealthy, hurt and angry minds; this is a strain on the healthiest of healers and they need an outlet. The 4077 is anger turned sideways and the place where Sidney can "take down his pants and slide down the ice." Also, Hawkeye takes a pilot 20,000 feet out of the clouds and shows him the up close and personal results of war on the ground as found in the...Written by
There are many shows where a character writes to an off-stage friend or relative, but this is only one of two shows where a character, Maj. Sidney Freedman, writes to a real though deceased person, Doctor Sigmund Freud. See more »
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[Has just come out of the operating room, shaken seeing a young girl who was wounded when her village was bombed]
You put me there on purpose, didn't you?
You're a real S.O.B., you know that?
Look, you seem like a decent guy, too decent to think this can be anything like a clean war.
From up there, it is... was. She's just a little baby.
It's okay. 20,000 feet is a long way to come down.
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The letter was a staple for this series. In this case, psychiatrist Sidney Freedman writes a letter to Sigmund Freud. He tells of the antics of the various characters, trying to analyze them as he goes. There has been a practical joker in the camp and he is trying to figure out who it may be. In the process, he talks to Margaret, Hawkeye, and the rest. While he is there, an ambulance accident takes the life of the driver. A second plot line has to do with a bomber pilot who simply flies out, drops his load, and returns for dinner at the officer's club. Hawkeye makes sure he sees what the results are. Sidney has been feeling sad because a boy with whom he was working killed himself. He is doubting himself as a giver of advice. In the end we get to see who the practical joker is and learn a lesson.
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