History Awesome / Mash

22nd Apr '16 4:42:29 PM JediMasterDraco
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** Gets MAJORLY subverted when you realize what the Colonel is doing is refusing to abandon American dead and injured. Like in a [[BlackHawkDown certain movie]].
27th Feb '16 1:20:57 PM AnotherGuy
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* One episode, "Bottle Fatigue", has Hawkeye quitting drinking for a week, to prove he's not an alcoholic. After a marathon OR session that's under fire, Hawkeye demands a drink, shocking everyone, though even Potter understands. Anyone would need a stiff drink after that horror. Hawkeye then has this winner.
-->'''BJ:''' Gee, Hawk, I thought you were gonna make it.
-->'''Hawkeye:''' Look, I admit it. I need this drink, all right? ''(long pause)'' I'll be back when I ''want'' it, not when I ''need'' it.
-->''(Hot Lips flashes a beaming smile at him as he leaves.)''
24th Dec '15 7:27:12 PM AnotherGuy
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** His best moment ever: during The Finale when he runs outside ''through an artillery barrage'' to rescue a group of [=POWs=] that are locked up in the middle of the compound.

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** His best moment ever: during The Finale when he runs outside ''through an artillery barrage'' to rescue a group of [=POWs=] that are locked up in the middle of the compound. It turns out to be a HeroicSacrifice, as he's rendered permanently hard of hearing and going completely deaf by the barrage.[[note]]That's ignored in ''Series/AfterMASH'', though.[[/note]]
20th Oct '15 11:44:49 AM Lightning4119
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* Charles is listening to a [=USO=] accordion player perform in the Officer's Club. After Charles makes a few snide remarks, the accordion player walks over to the piano...and proceeds to blow Charles away with a flawless rendition of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=888eMi11gG0 Beethoven's Pathetique Sonata in C Minor]]. Immediately afterwards, she pops Winchester's snob balloon by reminding him that the great composers of classical music also wrote dance songs and other ditties, not just grand concertos.

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* Charles is listening to a [=USO=] accordion player perform in the Officer's Club. After Charles makes a few snide remarks, the accordion player walks over to the piano...and proceeds to blow Charles away with a flawless rendition of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=888eMi11gG0 Beethoven's Pathetique Sonata in C Minor]]. Immediately afterwards, she pops Winchester's snob balloon by reminding him that the great composers of classical music also wrote dance songs and other ditties, not just grand concertos. She then jumps into a rendition of "Roll Out The Barrel" and Kelly comes over to ask Winchester to dance. He's so impressed by the pianist's remarks about him isolating himself that he accepts.



-->'''Margaret''': '''War horse?''' '''''ARMY MULE?'''''



** Margaret confronting her fear of thunder to go back to camp with him to perform emergency surgery also counts.

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** Margaret confronting her fear of thunder loud noises to go back to camp with him to perform emergency surgery also counts.



* In the second season episode "Dear Dad...Three" Hawkeye operates on a bigoted soldier who is worried about getting the "wrong color" blood. To teach him a lesson Hawkeye and Trapper darken the man's skin with makeup while he's sedated, then once he's awake he's treated as though he were African-American. When the soldier asks them if he received the wrong color blood Trapper and Hawkeye tell him there's no difference between "white blood" and "black blood". They follow up by telling him about how [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_R._Drew the doctor who pioneered the system for donating blood]] died after a car accident because the hospital wouldn't treat him because he was colored.[[note]]This is not actually true, but Hawkeye might not have known that.[[/note]] At the end of the episode the soldier comes into the Swamp to thank Hawkeye. He then turns and offers [[TokenMinority Nurse Ginger]] [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming a genuine salute]].

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* In the second season episode "Dear Dad...Three" Hawkeye operates on a bigoted soldier who is worried about getting the "wrong color" blood. To teach him a lesson Hawkeye and Trapper darken the man's skin with makeup while he's sedated, then once he's awake he's treated as though he were African-American. When the soldier asks them if he received the wrong color blood Trapper and Hawkeye tell him there's no difference between "white blood" and "black blood". They follow up by telling him about how [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_R._Drew the doctor who pioneered the system for donating blood]] died after a car accident because the hospital wouldn't treat him because he was colored.[[note]]This is not actually true, but Hawkeye might not have known that.[[/note]] At the end of the episode the soldier comes into the Swamp to thank Hawkeye.Hawkeye (who panics at first, because the guy is carrying a rifle). He then turns and offers [[TokenMinority Nurse Ginger]] [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming a genuine salute]].



** Extra awesome since the doctor in question is played by Robert Alda, AlanAlda's real life father.

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** Extra awesome since the doctor in question is played by Robert Alda, AlanAlda's real life father. And the medic at the station? Alan Alda's half-brother.


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* Hawkeye accidentally pisses off a colonel who's working a checkpoint, and later (against the man's direct orders) saves his life after he takes shrapnel in the chest from a guerilla. The man wants to court-martial Pierce for being a "goof-off" and having no respect for the military or the war. Potter takes objection, since he knows that Pierce spotted some shrapnel in the man's heart that he (Potter, who the wounded man wanted to operate on him) might have missed.
-->'''Col. Potter''': That "goof-off" ''saved your can''!
12th Aug '15 2:25:31 PM Lightning4119
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** His crowning moment, however, has to be in "The Smell of Music." The A-plot is Hawkeye and [=BJ=] going on a dirtiness strike to protest Charles's [[DreadfulMusician godawful French horn playing]], but the B-plot is Potter looking after a [[DrivenToSuicide suicidal]] casualty named Saunders who's undergone FacialHorror due to his rifle backfiring and the bolt catching him in the cheek. When the on-duty nurse gets distracted by the A-plot coming to its climax, Saunders sneaks into the OR and starts trying to OD on anesthesia. Potter catches him, and while this is ''not'' something you should do to someone who's suicidal, he proceeds to cram the mask over Saunder's face until he starts fighting back.
--->'''Potter''': You want death? We got plenty around here, suck it in, punk!
--->'''Saunders''': ''[fighting the mask away]'' Get away from me, you're crazy! You stay away from me, or so help me, I'll belt you!
--->'''Potter''': [[ArmorPiercingQuestion Now you're fighting to stay alive?]] ''[Saunders breaks down, Potter hugs him]'' The part of you that wants to stick around is stronger than the part that wants to end it all.
12th Aug '15 2:14:24 PM Lightning4119
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** Klinger gets a minor one in that episode - Hawkeye and [=BJ=] have been tapped as the unit's morale officers by Potter, and they come up with a last-minute plan to have a seafood cookout rather than the same awful food. Klinger, being the poor shmuck who they ask to go to Inchon and pick up some seafood, cons them into giving him a ''blank'' three-day pass. He then disappears for an unspecified but long amount of time, to the point that Potter is yelling at the boys for giving him a blank pass, considering that Klinger's footlocker is gone. This is Klinger's perfect chance to desert, and he arrives moments later, triumphant, with crates of crabs in the back of a jeep - ''and a footlocker full of beach sand.''
--->'''Klinger''': ''[opens the footlocker and holds up some sand]'' What's a beach party, without a beach?



** A minor one - an EOD specialist dies on the table next to the young man who's just been brought in as his next patient, who naturally freaks out, starting to fight the nurse who's trying to administer anesthesia. Potter pins the casualty down and hollers in his face, and the young man immediately lets the nurse do her job.
** Potter also spends an entire episode in the middle of a HeroicBSOD after finding out Hawkeye had to operate on one of his patients because he missed a piece of shrapnel. He even calls in Sidney Freedman to help him through it, admitting that he's unsure if he still has what it takes to operate on patients and hit the bullseye every time. At the end of the episode, he re-enters the OR, looking unsure but resolute, and firmly says "Okay, boys and girls, let's go to work." But the payoff comes in the stinger, when he's finally smiling again.
--->'''Potter''': [[HesBack Never fear, Major, I'm steady as a rock. After all, I'm a surgeon.]]



* In the pilot, the team needs to come up with money to send the local teen who has been working for them to school; to do this, they concoct a plan by which they will auction off a trip with the hottest nurse in camp to Tokyo. One problem: she's engaged and faithful. They therefore rig it so that Father Mulcahy gets the trip, so that nothing will happen.

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* In the pilot, the team needs to come up with money to send the local teen who has been working for them to school; to do this, they concoct a plan by which they will auction off a trip with the hottest nurse in camp to Tokyo. One problem: she's engaged and faithful. They therefore rig it so that Father Mulcahy gets the trip, so that nothing will happen. The best part? Mulcahy had no idea, and his look of shock when he hears his name called is ''priceless'.
12th Aug '15 1:56:57 PM Lightning4119
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* When a racist CO is discovered to be sending the black soldiers in his unit out to where the most intense fighting is so that they will either get killed or injured severely enough to earn a trip back home ("I don't want them in my unit"), Potter hatches a plan to force the man's resignation; he feigns agreement with the CO's racist beliefs and earns his trust. Then he invites the CO back to the Swamp for a drink, where a black major from the personnel office at I-CORPS is waiting inside. The major dresses down the CO and, along with Potter, Hawkeye and [=BJ=], coerce the man into resigning his commission.

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* When a racist CO is discovered to be sending the black soldiers in his unit out to where the most intense fighting is so that they will either get killed or injured severely enough to earn a trip back home ("I don't want them in my unit"), Potter hatches a plan to force the man's resignation; he feigns agreement with the CO's racist beliefs and earns his trust. Then he invites the CO back to the Swamp for a drink, where a black major from the personnel office at I-CORPS is waiting inside. The major dresses down the CO and, along with Potter, Hawkeye and Hawkeye, [=BJ=], and Charles coerce the man into resigning his commission.commission. The venom in Charles's voice when he points out that it's not four people who saw and heard him confess why so many black soldiers in his unit were getting hurt, but ''five'' is great.
10th Aug '15 11:39:37 AM GunarmDyne
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* One episode has one of Col. Potter's old friends show up as wounded. While a normal desk clerk, the officer wanted to earn his Infantry badge in order to earn a promotion before retiring. After hearing how completely inept he was as a commander, Col. Potter gives him a complete dressing-down and says he doesn't give a damn about his friend's pension and is sending him home to keep him and his incompetence from getting more men wounded or killed.
6th Aug '15 9:56:12 AM GunarmDyne
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-->'''Margaret:''' [Is left speechless and promptly leaves the mess hall while Hawkeye and BJ try to keep straight faces.]
-->'''Burns:''' I got her pretty good with that one, didn't I?
20th Jul '15 7:52:06 PM GunarmDyne
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** Keep in mind that Radar didn't even need to stay there, and in fact provided only minimal assistance in caring for the patient. Radar stayed to [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments help his friends, even if it meant him getting captured.]]

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** Keep in mind that Radar didn't even need to stay there, and in fact provided only minimal assistance in caring for the patient. Radar stayed to [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments help his friends, even if it meant him getting captured.]]]] Even better, he tells them he's staying by simply saying, "You might need me."
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