M*A*S*H (1972–1983)
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Death Takes a Holiday 

While local orphans attend a Christmas party in the mess tent, Hawkeye, B.J., and Margaret try to save the life of a critically injured solider so that his family won't think of Christmas as the day that their father died.

Director:

Mike Farrell

Writers:

Mike Farrell (teleplay by), John Rappaport (teleplay by) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
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
David Ogden Stiers ... Maj. Charles Winchester
Jamie Farr ... Cpl. Maxwell Q. Klinger
William Christopher ... Father Francis Mulcahy
G.W. Bailey ... Sergeant Luther Rizzo
Keye Luke ... Choi Sung Ho
Kellye Nakahara ... Lt. Kellye Yamato, RN
Jeff Maxwell ... Pvt. Igor Straminsky
Sally Imamura Sally Imamura ... Korean Girl
Yoshi Hoover Yoshi Hoover ... Korean Boy (as Yoshiki Hoover)
Perren Page ... Jeep Driver / Staff Sargent
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Storyline

It's Christmas time again. The surgeons and staff are throwing a Christmas party in the mess tent, and the children from the local orphanage are coming to join in the fun. B.J. donates a box of fudge from Peg and Charles donates some smoked oysters. Everybody in camp thinks Charles is a Scrooge, but, under the cover of darkness that night, Charles generously and anonymously donates packages of chocolate bars from home to the orphanage. The Christmas party takes off without a hitch. Colonel Potter dresses as Santa Claus and the children are having fun, but Hawkeye, B.J., and Margaret miss out on the festivities when a mortally wounded man lands in pre-op. When learning the man is a husband and loving father, B.J. tries with all his might and skill to delay the man's death so his family won't remember this Christmas as they day their daddy died. Will they succeed? Or will they somehow be able to move the hands of time so the man makes it until after Christmas? Written by <Explorerds6789>

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | War

Certificate:

TV-PG
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Korean

Release Date:

15 December 1980 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone Sound Recording)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Although the title is the same as the 1934 film mentioned here, its true original title source is the Italian play 'La Morte in vacanza' by Alberto Casella which translate to English as, of course, 'Death Takes a Holiday' . See more »

Goofs

Trees with green summer leaves are visible in the outdoor scene where the truck from the orphanage arrives. See more »

Quotes

Capt. B.J. Hunnicut: Come on, Hawk, let's go before they run out of powdered egg nog.
Hawkeye: [exits The Swamp wearing glasses and a fake nose] All right, all right. Don't rush me. I barely had time to put on my face.
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Connections

References Death Takes a Holiday (1934) See more »

Soundtracks

Deck the Halls
(uncredited)
Traditional tune, lyrics by Thomas Oliphant
Performed by Alan Alda and Mike Farrell
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This One Makes Me Cry
23 April 2015 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

It is Christmas and the supply truck containing dinner has been hit by the enemy. So everyone ponies up with their treats from home to help the orphans celebrate. All except Charles, who gives up a can of smoked oysters. This seems chintzy, but it turns out he follows a tradition. He has large packages of candy that he delivers to the poor on Christmas every year. This is no exception. He drives to the place the kids live to carry this on. Of course, everyone calls him Charles Ebeneezer Winchester because they don't understand what he is doing (anonymously). The other plot is an attempt to keep a sniper victim alive long enough so he doesn't die on Christmas Day. An incredibly touching episode.


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