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The end of the script for the final episode of M*A*S*H (excerpt)

134 Cont.

HAWKEYE: It's not much, but it comes from the heart.

Hawkeye and B.J. salute Potter. Potter returns the salute, looks away and rides off. They stand in silence for a moment. We HEAR the CHOPPER on the pad STARTING UP. Hawkeye glances up toward the pad and then back to B.J.

HAWKEY: Sounds like my cab is here.

B.J.: Yeah.

HAWKEYE: (after a beat, not knowing how to say good-bye) So...

B.J.: (not wanting to say good-bye) Come on, I'll give you a ride up there.

He goes to his motorcycle and starts it up as Hawkeye hops on the back. They take off.

EXT. CHOPPER PAD - DAY

The Corpsmen are strapping a patient onto a pod. B.J. and Hawkeye come up the hill on the motorcycle, stop by the chopper and get off.

HAWKEYE: Look, I know it's tough for you to say good-bye, so I'll say it. Maybe you're right. Maybe we will see each other again, but just in case we don't, I want you to know how much you've meant to me. I'll never be able to shake you. Whenever I see a pair of big feet or a cheesy moustache, I'll think of you.

B.J.: Whenever I smell month-old socks, I'll think of you.

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HAWKEYE: Or the next time somebody nails my shoe to the floor

B.J.: Or when somebody give me a martini that tastes like lighter fluid.

HAWKEYE: I'll miss you.

B.J.: I'll miss you a lot. I can't imagine what this place would have been like if I hadn't found you here.

They give each other a big hug. Hawkeye gets into the chopper and straps himself in while B.J. gets on his motorcycle and starts it up. He holds up the San Francisco arrow and shouts across the pad:

B.J.: See you in the States. I promise. But just in case, I left you a note.

Hawkeye can't hear B.J. over the sound of the chopper.

HAWKEYE: What?

B.J. waves one last time and makes a daredevil exit off the side of the hill down to the road and out of the camp. Hawkeye gives a thumbs-up sign to the pilot and they lift off. As they pull away from the pad, Hawkeye looks down and sees:

HAWKEYE'S P.O.V. - CHOPPER PAD

B.J. has left a message on the pad, spelled out in stones. It is the word "GOODBYE." Hawkeye smiles and looks at the Compound as it recedes in the distance. The only SOUND HEARD is that of the CHOPPER.

FINAL FADE OUT

THE END

 

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