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“I Don’t Think That Was Correct”: MASH Finale Got 1 Character’s Fate Wrong, Star Says
2024/03/07

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MASH actor Loretta Swit reveals she disagrees with Margaret Houlihan's finale fate. In 1983, CBS' groundbreaking medical war comedy/drama wrapped up its 11 seasons with a feature-length send-off to 4077. With the Korean War ending, the doctors, nurses, and other personnel from the unit were excited to get back to their old lives in the United States. Wrapping up their stint in Korea forced her to contemplate what was next for her. In the end, Margaret decided to also come back to America to work at a local hospital

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Four decades after the record-breaking MASH finale aired, Swit told Yahoo! Entertainment that she opposed Margaret's post-Korean war fate. She believed the 4077's head nurse was more likely to choose the next war to serve instead of coming back home, although she theorized that the decision was motivated by plans of a spinoff for her character. Read her full quote below:

"I didn't think that was correct for my Margaret. For me, she was off to the next war. Margaret is military, just like Potter.

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I think her next move was Vietnam. So I didn't agree with that, but that's what they wanted her to do."

"Maybe they had some visions of another show with her in a hospital in America. I don't know, but I really felt that was not quite right for Margaret in my heart."

"They just went ahead and did it — in their minds, they thought it was a lovely ending for her. I was consumed with writing that. And I still get letters from women all over the world who became nurses because of Margaret Houlihan.

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