Wednesday, October 25, 2023

Sadly, Still True

This dialogue from Season 5, Episode 20 of  M*A*S*H (“The General’s Practitioner”) first aired in 1977. However, the exchange between Hawkeye (Alan Alda), and Father Mulcahy (William Christopher) could have been ripped from last week's news cycle.

Hawkeye: War isn’t Hell. War is war, and Hell is Hell. And of the two, war is a lot worse.

Father Mulcahy: How do you figure that, Hawkeye?
Hawkeye: Easy, Father. Tell me, who goes to Hell?
Father Mulcahy: Um, sinners, I believe.
Hawkeye: Exactly. There are no innocent bystanders in Hell, but war is chock full of them – little kids, cripples, old ladies. In fact, except for a few of the brass, almost everybody involved is an innocent bystander.

Five years ago: A Real Pain In The Heel


  1. Good find from 1977 -Christine

  2. True, so true! History repeats itself ..... over and over again.

  3. We're innocent bystanders here too. But I hope we stay bystanders and not participants.

  4. So sad, that people say similar things, and wars keep happening. Linda in Kansas

  5. so sad but true.. and scary...

  6. Oh gosh.... This dialogue is so true and so perfect.

  7. M*A*S*H sure had good Writers didn't they?

    1. I think the show's really held up over the years.