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GOODBYE - This word was never spoken but only shown during the final moments of the sitcom M*A*S*H/CBS/1972-83.

M*A*s*H Final scene - view from departing helicopter

When the war in Korea ended, the medical staff of the M*A*S*H 4077 Unit left for the United States to family and friends.

As Dr. B.J. Hunnicutt (Mike Farrell) drove away on a motorcycle, a helicopter with Captain Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce (Alan Alda) slowly lifted off the ground.

Directly below, Hawkeye began to see a message left by his close friend B. J. Spelled out on the ground in a simple pile of stones was the departing message "Goodbye" (episode "Goodbye, Farewell, Amen" aired 2/28/83).

The final episode had a non-sports viewing audience of 125 million people or 50.2 million households.

Hawkeye: Look, I know how tough it is for you to say goodbye, 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 big pair of feet or a cheesy mustache, I'll think of you.
BJ: Whenever I smell month-old socks, I'll think of you.
Hawkeye: Or the next time somebody nails my shoe to the floor.
BJ: Or when somebody gives me a martini that tastes like lighter fluid.
Hawkeye: I'll miss you.
BJ:  I'll miss you. A lot. I can't imagine what this place would've been like if I hadn't found you here!

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