M*A*S*H (1972–1983)
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Dear Sigmund 

Psychiatrist Sidney Freedman composes a letter to Sigmund Freud during a visit to the 4077, while the rest of the camp endures the hijinks of a mystery prankster.


Alan Alda


Alan Alda, Larry Gelbart (developed for television by)

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Episode complete credited cast:
Alan Alda ... Capt. Benjamin Franklin 'Hawkeye' Pierce
Mike Farrell ... Capt. B.J. Hunnicutt
Harry Morgan ... Col. Sherman T. Potter
Loretta Swit ... Maj. Margaret 'Hot Lips' Houlihan
Larry Linville ... Maj. Frank Burns
Gary Burghoff ... Cpl. Walter 'Radar' O'Reilly
Jamie Farr ... Cpl. Maxwell Q. Klinger
William Christopher ... Father Francis Mulcahy
Allan Arbus ... Maj. Sidney Freedman
Charles Frank ... Captain Hathaway
Bart Braverman ... Private Habib
Sal Viscuso ... Patient John
J. Andrew Kenny J. Andrew Kenny ... Patient
Jennifer Davis Westmore Jennifer Davis Westmore ... Nurse (as Jennifer Davis)


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 LA-Lawyer

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Comedy | Drama | War







English | Arabic

Release Date:

9 November 1976 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone Sound Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


Col. Potter states that he has an 8 year old granddaughter. In "Mail Call....Again", less than a year earlier, his first and only grandchild was born. See more »


Captain Hathaway: [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?
Hawkeye: Yep.
Captain Hathaway: You're a real S.O.B., you know that?
Hawkeye: Look, you seem like a decent guy, too decent to think this can be anything like a clean war.
Captain Hathaway: From up there, it is... was. She's just a little baby.
Captain Hathaway: [Chokes up] Sorry.
Hawkeye: It's okay. 20,000 feet is a long way to come down.
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Another Great Character
17 March 2015 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

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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