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The Saddest Moment on TV.. Ever
Posted: 28 Apr 2016
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The Saddest Moment on TV.. Ever
  



The series finale of M.A.S.H not only ended one of the longest running TV Sit-Com (at the time).. it also brought us the saddest and heart wrenching moment ever broadcast. I still tear up when I see it.

As the episode aired, we see that “Hawkeye” Pierce has been institutionalized. Army psychologist Dr Sidney Freeman, tries to get Hawkeye to face the moment that landed him in his current position, in the hospital. After many sessions, going over a night while they tried to hide from North Korean forces, on a bus, he finally remembers it clearly..

A woman, at the back at the bus has a chicken, who keeps clucking and making noise. Fearful of alerting the soldiers to their position, Hawkeye orders her to keep the chicken quiet.. as he goes back to the front of the bus, the chicken goes quiet.

But, why does this upset him so?

After retelling the story, over and over throughout the episode, the facts become more and more clear. Until Hawkeye finally has his revelation, and breaks down, wailing in tears.. His subconscious mind substituted the chicken.. for a baby.

The young mother, smothered her own baby to save the bus load of people. Is this something that Hawkeye can live with, now that he’s faced it? We don’t know.