Sure, by this point the stalwart show had lasted three times longer than the real Korean War and lost most of its edge. But the Christmas episode "Death Takes a Holiday," written and directed by Mike Farrell (who played B.J. Honeycutt), was an excellent reminder of what the show could be with the right material. Father Mulcahy organizes a party for local orphans, Winchster learns something about the season, but the central story finds Hawkeye, Honeycutt and Houlihan struggling to keep a gravely wounded soldier alive at least pasts midnight so his family won't forever associate the holiday with his loss.
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