I LOVE LUCY
DICK VAN DYKE
MARY TYLER MOORE
ALL IN THE FAMILY
The Classic Sitcoms Guide to...
Season Nine: 1980-81
THE NINTH SEASON
Year-End Rating: 25.7 (4th place)
After nearly 200 episodes, the characters are superbly defined, but
the irony is inescapable: As the years mount, these skillfully drawn
and highly articulate characters are very rapidly running out of things
Dan Wilcox and Thad Mumford are the ninth season's executive script
consultants, and Dennis Koenig is the executive story editor. John Rappaport
returns as producer, and Gene Reynolds, Alan Alda, and Ronny Graham
continue to serve as special creative and story consultants.
A North Korean soldier forces Hawkeye to perform an emergency roadside
operation on his buddy.
Members of the 4077th share their impressions of war in response to
letters from fourth graders in Hawkeye's hometown.
A jilted Italian soldier is smitten by Margaret; and Klinger pours
a cement floor in the operating room to fight the spread of germs.
Margaret has trouble pretending she's a chip off the old block when
her dad, blood-and-guts "Howitzer" Al Houlihan, arrives for a visit.
Christmas at the 4077th finds the surgeons struggling to keep a mortally
wounded soldier alive, even if it's only through the holiday.
On New Year's Eve, the staff looks back on the highlights of 1951:
The doctors invent an artificial kidney machine; Mulcahy plants a garden;
and Margaret takes up knitting.
Klinger is so depressed by news that his ex-wife plans to remarry,
he re-enlists for an additional six-year hitch.
By this time Klinger had already given up on his section-eight discharge,
and with it, his wardrobe of Twentieth Century-Fox originals.
Winchester takes command during Potter's absence; and B.J. and Hawkeye
try to convince the Marines to grant a hardship discharge to an immigrant
Hawkeye uses a bottle of vintage wine to lure unsuspecting nurses into
his den; and Potter tries to secure a different sort of anesthetic when
the Army threatens to ban a painkiller.
Alda and the writers have a bit of fun with Hawkeye's bygone reputation
as a ladies' man. Hawkeye, once the rooster of the henhouse, is reduced
to posting a notice on the nurses' bulletin board practically begging
for a volunteer.
Klinger saves Winchester's life when an explosion rocks the operating
room; and B.J. is reluctant to reveal the extent of his injuries after
Margaret develops a case of prickly heat--just one of the indignities
suffered by the 4077th staff during another unendurably hot night.
Klinger's Army newspaper reports on Hawkeye's monument to military
stupidity: a giant tower made from a half million erroneously shipped
Hawkeye wagers that he can go a full day without a wisecrack; and Winchester
finally confronts the major who exiled him to the 4077th.
Winchester is sent to inspect sanitary conditions on the front lines
while the rest of the camp plans a surprise anniversary party for B.J.
One of Margaret's nurses tries to hide a severe drinking problem; and
Hawkeye is scorned after a practical joke he plays on Winchester backfires.
Colonel Potter nearly blows his stack when his well-intentioned colleagues
begin to mollycoddle him in order an effort to lower his blood pressure
before his upcoming physical.
When Hawkeye can't stop an apparently psychosomatic sneezing fit, psychiatrist
Sidney Freedman digs into the surgeon's past for a clue to the unusual
Hawkeye is overcome by the devotion of a terminally ill GI for his
critically wounded buddy.
The 4077th is given a gift of fresh-grown vegetables by a grateful
Korean; and Potter questions the veracity of an upbeat letter from Radar.
After Charles is nearly felled by a sniper's bullet, he develops a
philosophical obsession with death.