As the ninth season begins, Hawkeye's well-earned R&R goes awry after he's taken prisoner in order to save the life of an enemy soldier. Margaret also becomes a prisoner of sorts after a wounded Italian soldier proclaims his love for her and refuses to be shipped back to his unit. If only Margaret's visiting father, Colonel "Howitzer Al" Houlihan, would express his love so freely! Love, or the lack of it, continues to plague the rest of the 4077 as well. Klinger is devastated when he learns his ex-wife is remarrying, Hawkeye is equally despondent that he can"t get a date, and B.J. prepares to spend another wedding anniversary without his wife. For Colonel Potter, the biggest problem is that his high blood pressure will cause him to be reassigned from active duty to a "weenie job" sitting at a desk somewhere, while Charles becomes obsessed with death after he's nearly killed by an enemy sniper. Sometimes it's hard to save the lives of others when it feels like your own life is falling apart!