M*A*S*H: The Interview (1976)

Genres - Comedy, Comedy Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Military Comedy, Satire, Sitcom [TV]  |   Run Time - 30 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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M*A*S*H digresses from its standard format in this episode, which originally closed out the series' fourth season. Filmed in black and white, the episode is staged in the form of an interview conducted for American television by visiting war correspondent Clete Roberts (playing himself). In a progression of largely improvised segments, the series' entire cast (with the exception of Loretta Swit) offer their views on the war, their work, and their hopes for the future. The most compelling moment occurs when Father Mulcahy (William Christopher), describing a macabre encounter with the wounded, burst into tears. The first of two such "documentary" episodes, The Interview was the final M*A*S*H effort overseen by writer-producer-director Larry Gelbart, who would soon leave the series.