War of Nerves (M*A*S*H)

War of Nerves (M*A*S*H)

Infobox Television episode
Title = War of Nerves
Series = M*A*S*H

Caption =
Season = 6
Episode = 5
Airdate = October 11, 1977
Production = 604
Writer = Alan Alda
Director = Alan Alda
Guests = Allan Arbus (Maj. Sidney Freedman)

Johnny Haymer (SSgt. Zelmo Zale)

Peter Riegert (Pvt. Igor Straminsky)

Michael O'Keefe (Tom)
Episode list = List of "M*A*S*H" episodes
Prev = {Prev}
Next = {Next

"War of Nerves" is an episode from the TV series "M*A*S*H", the fourth episode of its sixth season. Originally airing on October 11, 1977 with a rebroadcast on June 5, 1978 (which saw CBS move the show to Mondays at 9:00), it was written and directed by Alan Alda.

Guest cast is Allan Arbus as Major Sidney Freedman, Johnny Haymer as Staff Sergeant Zelmo Zale, Peter Riegert as Private Igor Straminsky, and Michael O'Keefe as Tom.


Tensions are building at the 4077th, and morale is at an all-time low. Dr. Sidney Freedman is visiting to follow up on a soldier he sent back into battle, and helps Colonel Potter realize that a big bonfire may be what it takes to let people vent their frustrations and get back to work.


* One of two episodes where Private Igor Straminsky was played by Peter Riegert, instead of Jeff Maxwell, who portrayed Igor in 59 episodes over the run of the show.

* Freedman predicts that Radar will leave the teddy bear behind when he leaves Korea. In "Good-Bye Radar," he does exactly that.

* In "Mad Dogs and Servicemen," Michael O'Keefe played a soldier who suffered from hysterical paralysis. While the name of the soldier was Corporal Richard Travers, his middle name/nickname might have been "Tom."

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