History Characters / MASH

10th Aug '17 9:43:15 PM Lightning4119
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* TheBigGuy: Mike Farrell is one seriously tall man (then again, so were Wayne Rogers, [=McLean=] Stevenson and David Ogden Stiers). A RunningGag is his shoe size - never revealed, but apparently massive. Most of the time, though, he falls into GentleGiant territory. He's also the only officer to ever be shown voluntarily exercising in any way.

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* TheBigGuy: Mike Farrell is one seriously tall man (then again, so were Wayne Rogers, [=McLean=] Stevenson and David Ogden Stiers). A RunningGag is his shoe size - never revealed, but apparently massive. according to Sidney in "Dear Sigmund," he wears ''size fifteen.'' Most of the time, though, he falls into GentleGiant territory. He's also the only officer besides Mulcahy to ever be shown voluntarily exercising in any way.
5th Aug '17 5:07:21 PM StevieWillShowYou
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A Catholic priest, Mulcahy is the 4077th's quietly devout company chaplain. And one of the few characters who managed to get a promotion.

* BadassPreacher: Whether it is performing an tracheotomy under enemy fire or disarming a desperate AWOL soldier covering him at point blank range, Father Mulcahy knows no fear when called upon.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: He's easily one of the nicest characters alongside Radar, but when he's angry, he's a force to be reckoned with. He scared the daylights out of a pair of patients (one Turkish, one Greek) who refused to stop fighting in post-op with a "love thy neighbor or ''I'll punch your lights out!''"

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A Catholic priest, Mulcahy is the 4077th's quietly devout company chaplain. And chaplain -- and one of the few characters who managed to get a promotion.

promotion during the course of the show.

* BadassPreacher: Whether it is performing an tracheotomy under enemy fire fire, asking a frustrated and desperate Klinger to give him a grenade, or disarming a desperate AWOL soldier covering him at point blank range, Father Mulcahy knows no fear when called upon.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: He's easily He is one of the show's nicest characters (right alongside Radar, Radar), but when he's he gets angry, he's he is a force to be reckoned with. He scared the daylights out of a pair of patients (one Turkish, one Greek) who refused to stop fighting in post-op with a "love Post-Op by telling them, "Love thy neighbor or ''I'll punch your lights out!''"



-->'''Father Mulcahy''': ''[Trapper, drunk, is sitting at the piano at the O Club]'' Is something bothering you, Trapper?
-->'''Trapper''': I'm not Catholic, Father.
-->'''Father Mulcahy''': Well, all in good time... Which is more that I can say about your piano playing.

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-->'''Father Mulcahy''': ''[Trapper, drunk, is sitting at the piano at the O Club]'' Is something bothering you, Trapper?
-->'''Trapper''':
Trapper?\\
'''Trapper''':
I'm not Catholic, Father.
-->'''Father
Father.\\
'''Father
Mulcahy''': Well, all in good time... Which is more that I can say about your piano playing.



-->'''Klinger''': Stray bomb appears out of nowhere. Blows up a shipment of chipped beef. What do you call that?
-->'''Father Mulcahy''': A gift from heaven.

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-->'''Klinger''': Stray bomb appears out of nowhere. Blows up a shipment of chipped beef. What do you call that?
-->'''Father
that?\\
'''Father
Mulcahy''': A gift from heaven.



* DreadfulMusician: Regarded as this at times. He's pretty good on the piano most of the time, but others:
-->'''Mulcahy''': I've been playing this song for twenty minutes, I can't find the ending!

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* DreadfulMusician: Regarded as this at times. He's He is pretty good on the piano most of the time, but others:
-->'''Mulcahy''':
others...
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I've been playing this song for twenty minutes, I can't find the ending!



--> '''Mulcahy:''' The meek shall inherit the Earth, but the ''grumpy'' get promoted!

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--> '''Mulcahy:''' The meek shall inherit the Earth, but the ''grumpy'' get promoted!



* GoodOldFisticuffs: The man is an amazing boxer. It starts as an InformedAttribute but it turns out he's just reluctant to hurt people, cause he's a, y'know, priest.
** Becomes a plot point in "Dear Sis", when he's punched by an unruly triage patient, reflexively responds in kind, and is wracked by guilt afterwards.
* GoodShepherd: Mulcahy is very obviously NOT a parody priest, instead being very devoted to his charges and the care of their souls. He extends this even to the Koreans in the vicinity, raising money to help orphanages in the area and ministering to Korean civilians as much as Army personnel. He's also non-legalistic and ecumenical in his theological outlook (which is slightly ironic for a devout Catholic, and very unusual for the time periods the show was set/shot in), to the point of being fascinated by and even ''supportive'' of the locals' customs and beliefs. It seems that to him, what you have faith in isn't nearly so important as that you ''have'' faith.
-->''Father Mulcahy''': Wondrous is man and mysterious the ways of God. And I would have no one shield my eyes from the glory of His works.

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* GoodOldFisticuffs: The man is an amazing boxer. It starts as an InformedAttribute InformedAttribute, but it turns out he's just reluctant later becomes demonstrated in his reluctance to hurt people, cause he's a, y'know, priest.
people.
** Becomes This also becomes a plot point in "Dear Sis", when he's punched by an unruly triage patient, reflexively responds in kind, and is wracked by guilt afterwards.
Sis"; see below.
* GoodShepherd: Mulcahy is very obviously NOT not a parody priest, instead being very priest; he is devoted to his charges and the care of their souls. He extends this even to the Koreans in the vicinity, raising money to help orphanages in the area and ministering to both Korean civilians as much as and Army personnel. He's personnel alike. He is also non-legalistic and ecumenical in his theological outlook (which is slightly ironic for a devout Catholic, and very unusual for the time periods in which the show was set/shot both set and shot in), to the point of being fascinated by and by--and even ''supportive'' of the locals' supportive of--local customs and spiritual beliefs. It seems that to him, what you have faith in isn't nearly so important as that you ''have'' faith.
-->''Father Mulcahy''': --> Wondrous is man and mysterious the ways of God. And I would have no one shield my eyes from the glory of His works.works.
** Taken to possibly the fullest extreme in the Season 8 episode "Life Time". BJ is watching a wounded soldier who is on the verge of death, as that soldier's aorta could save another wounded soldier in the OR (the one around which the episode is centred). After Mulcahy asks if the first soldier has passed on yet, BJ says they're moving the soldier to Pre-Op so the doctors can take the aorta immediately. Mulcahy starts up a jeep to go check the chopper for more blood (which is needed in the OR), then asks the Lord for the most unusual favor:
---> Dear God, I've never asked You for this before, and I don't know what You're going to think of me for asking now...but if You're going to take him anyway, please, take him quickly so we can save the other boy.



* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: After belting a patient, in "Dear Sis". Then again, said patient did justify the use of force, although medics usually don't go for a punch in the jaw. He actually suffers a minor BSOD over it, when the patient angrily suggests that he went to seminary school at a boxing gym. Turns out Mulcahy ''taught boxing'' at the CYO.
** In "Blood Brothers", he [[JerkassBall starts acting like a jerk]] when he finds out a visiting Cardinal will be there for his weekly sermon and he wants everything to be perfect. When he finds out one of the patients in Post-Op has been diagnosed with leukemia (when offering to be a blood donor for a wounded comrade), he breaks down during his sermon and says he feels ashamed that he behaved so selfishly over trivial matters.

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* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: After belting a patient, in In the episode "Dear Sis". Then again, said Sis", an unruly patient in Post-Op slugs Mulcahy; the good Father reacts by hitting the patient right back. Even though the patient did justify the use of force, although medics usually don't go for a punch in the jaw. He actually suffers a minor BSOD over it, when force by punching first, Mulcahy feels wracked with guilt afterward, especially after the patient angrily suggests that he Mulcahy went to seminary school at a boxing gym. Turns out (Turns out, Mulcahy ''taught boxing'' actually taught boxing at the CYO.
CYO.)
** In "Blood Brothers", he [[JerkassBall Mulcahy starts acting like a jerk]] when he finds out a visiting Cardinal will be there for his weekly sermon and he wants everything to be perfect. When he finds out one of the patients in Post-Op has been diagnosed with leukemia (when (after offering to be a blood donor for a wounded comrade), he breaks down during his sermon and says he feels ashamed that he behaved so selfishly over trivial matters.



* RunningGag: If there's some sort of betting pool among the personnel, Mulcahy will usually win (and then donate the money to the orphanage).
* SeenItAll: Says as much by the end of the series.
-->'''Father Mulcahy''': I'll miss hearing confession, but after listening to you people for so long, I think I've just about heard it all.
** This also works as a stealth TearJerker since by this time the audience knows what the other characters don't: that Mulcahy has [[spoiler:lost his hearing]].
* SoldiersAtTheRear: As an Army Chaplain, he is not allowed to fight and most people understand that. One episode, "Mulcahy's War", is all about him making an unauthorized trip to the front precisely so he can better relate to what the patients he ministers to are going through.
* ThereAreNoTherapists: Averted thanks to him. Both he and Sidney Freedman (an actual therapist) admit that he's more the camp's sounding board and confidant than he is their actual spiritual leader. He's even able to notice when Sidney himself needs some counseling. And when ''he'' needs one, he usually turns to Hawkeye, of all people. Multiple times throughout the series, he questions his own usefulness amongst the destruction, and notes that the stakes are higher with his line of work.
-->'''Mulcahy''': ''[to Hawkeye]'' When you lose a patient, he's out of his misery. When I lose a patient, he's lost his soul.

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* RunningGag: If there's there is some sort of betting pool among the personnel, Mulcahy will usually win (and then donate the money to the orphanage).
* SeenItAll: Says as much by the end of the series.
-->'''Father Mulcahy''':
series:
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I'll miss hearing confession, but after listening to you people for so long, I think I've just about heard it all.
** This also works as a stealth TearJerker since since, by this time time, the audience knows what the other characters don't: that Mulcahy has [[spoiler:lost his hearing]].
* SoldiersAtTheRear: As an Army Chaplain, he is not allowed to fight fight, and most people understand that. One episode, "Mulcahy's War", is all about him making an unauthorized trip to the front precisely so he can better relate to what the hospital's patients he ministers to are going through.
* ThereAreNoTherapists: Averted This is averted, thanks to him. Both he and Sidney Freedman (an actual therapist) admit that he's he is more the camp's sounding board and confidant than he is their actual spiritual leader. He's Mulcahy even able to notice notices when Sidney himself needs some counseling. And when ''he'' needs one, he usually turns to Hawkeye, of all people. Multiple times throughout the series, he questions his own usefulness amongst the destruction, and notes that the stakes are higher with his line of work.
-->'''Mulcahy''': ''[to -->''[to Hawkeye]'' When you lose a patient, he's out of his misery. When I lose a patient, he's lost his soul.
3rd Aug '17 11:52:53 PM Maddoxsort
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* PrecisionFStrike: From the last person you'd expect. But in the episode where Potter's horse takes sick while he's away, the doctors have trouble taking the animal's ailment seriously until Radar lets loose with the dreaded H-bomb (followed by "[[GoshDangItToHeck H-E-double-toothpicks!]]") It later happens again with no humorous sentiment attached when he's on the receiving end of one from one high-strung Pierce, who accidentally sent him into the line of fire, feels bad about the fact Radar got wounded on his watch, and then tells him "To hell with your Iowa naivete;, and while we're at it, '''to hell with YOU!'''" and stop idolizing him. Radar fires back '''[[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech spectacularly]]''' by echoing his statement; "To hell with ''me?!'' To hell with ''YOU!!''" Followed by a truly ''epic'' [[WhatTheHellHero comeback where Radar defends his small town upbringing and blasts Pierce for all the rotten things he's spouted.]]

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* PrecisionFStrike: From the last person you'd expect. But in the episode where Potter's horse takes sick while he's away, the doctors have trouble taking the animal's ailment seriously until Radar lets loose with the dreaded H-bomb (followed by "[[GoshDangItToHeck H-E-double-toothpicks!]]") It later happens again with no humorous sentiment attached when he's on the receiving end of one from one high-strung Pierce, who accidentally sent him into the line of fire, feels bad about the fact Radar got wounded on his watch, and then tells him "To hell with all your Iowa naivete;, naivete, and while we're at it, '''to hell with YOU!'''" and stop idolizing him. Radar fires back '''[[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech spectacularly]]''' by echoing his statement; "To hell with ''me?!'' To hell with ''YOU!!''" Followed by a truly ''epic'' [[WhatTheHellHero comeback where Radar defends his small town upbringing and blasts Pierce for all the rotten things he's spouted.]]
3rd Aug '17 11:51:35 PM Maddoxsort
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* PrecisionFStrike: From the last person you'd expect. But in the episode where Potter's horse takes sick while he's away, the doctors have trouble taking the animal's ailment seriously until Radar lets loose with the dreaded H-bomb (followed by "[[GoshDangItToHeck H-E-double-toothpicks!]]") It later happens again with no humorous sentiment attached when he's on the receiving end of one from one high-strung Pierce, who accidentally sent him into the line of fire, feels bad about the fact Radar got wounded on his watch, and then tells him "To hell with your Iowa naiveté, and while we're at it, '''to hell with YOU!'''" and stop idolizing him. Radar fires back '''[[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech spectacularly]]''' by echoing his statement; "To hell with ''me?!'' To hell with ''YOU!!''" Followed by a truly ''epic'' [[WhatTheHellHero comeback where Radar defends his small town upbringing and blasts Pierce for all the rotten things he's spouted.]]

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* PrecisionFStrike: From the last person you'd expect. But in the episode where Potter's horse takes sick while he's away, the doctors have trouble taking the animal's ailment seriously until Radar lets loose with the dreaded H-bomb (followed by "[[GoshDangItToHeck H-E-double-toothpicks!]]") It later happens again with no humorous sentiment attached when he's on the receiving end of one from one high-strung Pierce, who accidentally sent him into the line of fire, feels bad about the fact Radar got wounded on his watch, and then tells him "To hell with your Iowa naiveté, naivete;, and while we're at it, '''to hell with YOU!'''" and stop idolizing him. Radar fires back '''[[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech spectacularly]]''' by echoing his statement; "To hell with ''me?!'' To hell with ''YOU!!''" Followed by a truly ''epic'' [[WhatTheHellHero comeback where Radar defends his small town upbringing and blasts Pierce for all the rotten things he's spouted.]]



* RealityEnsues: When the 4077th receives a letter from him in Season 10, he makes them think all is going well back at home. It is ''not.'' Nobody was prepared for uncle Ed's sudden death, who was helping the family barely scrape by at the time he died, and the farm is on the verge of collapse. This prompts the 4077th to band together and send Radar a large sum of money to help pull him and his family out of the hole.

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* RealityEnsues: When the 4077th receives a letter from him in Season 10, he makes them think all is going well back at home. It is ''not.'' Nobody was prepared for uncle Uncle Ed's sudden death, who was helping the family barely scrape by at the time he died, and the farm is on the verge of collapse. This prompts the 4077th to band together and send Radar a large sum of money to help pull him and his family out of the hole.
3rd Aug '17 11:50:27 PM Maddoxsort
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* PrecisionFStrike: From the last person you'd expect. But in the episode where Potter's horse takes sick while he's away, the doctors have trouble taking the animal's ailment seriously until Radar lets loose with the dreaded H-bomb (followed by "[[GoshDangItToHeck H-E-double-toothpicks!]]") It later happens again with no humorous sentiment attached when he's on the receiving end of one from one high-strung Pierce, who accidentally sent him into the line of fire, feels bad about the fact Radar got wounded on his watch, and then tells him "To hell with your Iowa naivet&eacute, and while we're at it, '''to hell with YOU!'''" and stop idolizing him. Radar fires back '''[[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech spectacularly]]''' by echoing his statement; "To hell with ''me?!'' To hell with ''YOU!!''" Followed by a truly ''epic'' [[WhatTheHellHero comeback where Radar defends his small town upbringing and blasts Pierce for all the rotten things he's spouted.]]

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* PrecisionFStrike: From the last person you'd expect. But in the episode where Potter's horse takes sick while he's away, the doctors have trouble taking the animal's ailment seriously until Radar lets loose with the dreaded H-bomb (followed by "[[GoshDangItToHeck H-E-double-toothpicks!]]") It later happens again with no humorous sentiment attached when he's on the receiving end of one from one high-strung Pierce, who accidentally sent him into the line of fire, feels bad about the fact Radar got wounded on his watch, and then tells him "To hell with your Iowa naivet&eacute, naiveté, and while we're at it, '''to hell with YOU!'''" and stop idolizing him. Radar fires back '''[[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech spectacularly]]''' by echoing his statement; "To hell with ''me?!'' To hell with ''YOU!!''" Followed by a truly ''epic'' [[WhatTheHellHero comeback where Radar defends his small town upbringing and blasts Pierce for all the rotten things he's spouted.]]
3rd Aug '17 11:48:34 PM Maddoxsort
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Some people will note that the name "Radar" is a familiar holdover from their childhoods. That's because on ''Series/SesameStreet'', Baby Bear named his teddy bear "Radar", the show's obvious send-up to Radar and his own teddy.


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* ShoutOut: Some people will note that the name "Radar" is a familiar holdover from their childhoods. That's because on ''Series/SesameStreet'', Baby Bear named his teddy bear "Radar", the show's obvious send-up to Radar and his own teddy.
3rd Aug '17 11:47:02 PM Maddoxsort
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Some people will note that the name "Radar" is a familiar holdover from their childhoods. That's because on ''Series/SesameStreet'', Baby Bear named his teddy bear "Radar", the show's obvious send-up to Radar and his own teddy.
3rd Aug '17 11:44:27 PM Maddoxsort
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* {{Flanderization}}: Grew increasingly more childlike and naive as the show went along.

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* {{Flanderization}}: Grew increasingly more childlike and naive as the show went along. Until Pierce got mad at him for his foolishness, which is where Radar began to snap back and mature in indignant response, before finally outgrowing all this in his departure episode.
3rd Aug '17 11:42:41 PM Maddoxsort
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* CantHoldHisLiquor: Seeing that he doesn't drink often, he doesn't really have much of a tolerance. He once ended up getting hammered on barely two drinks. He instead drinks a grape ''nehi''- his tactful way of ordering a grape ''soda'' and making it sound more grown-up and foreign like an actual alcoholic beverage by disguising the word "soda" with its Korean approximation, thus ensuring nobody would make fun of him.

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* CantHoldHisLiquor: Seeing that he doesn't drink often, he doesn't really have much of a tolerance. He once ended up getting hammered on barely two drinks. He instead drinks a grape ''nehi''- his tactful way of ordering a grape ''soda'' and making it sound more grown-up and foreign like an actual alcoholic beverage by disguising the word "soda" with its Korean approximation, thus ensuring nobody would make fun of him.
3rd Aug '17 11:41:16 PM Maddoxsort
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* NotHimself: In his final episode, the "Good-Bye Radar" two-parter in Season 8, he acts noticeably older -- and angrier -- than what we're used to. [[http://kenlevine.blogspot.com/2006/10/goodbye-radar.html According to co-scripter Ken Levine]], the shift in characterization was Gary Burghoff's idea, as was having him appear in most of the episode without a hat, revealing Burghoff's rapidly-receding hairline. (Burghoff had also lost a considerable amount of weight since the previous season, giving Radar much less of a youthful baby-faced look.) The idea was apparently to show that the character had finally left his childhood behind and was ready to leave the bosom of his 4077th "family".

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* NotHimself: In his final episode, the "Good-Bye Radar" two-parter in Season 8, he acts noticeably older -- and angrier -- than what we're used to. [[http://kenlevine.blogspot.com/2006/10/goodbye-radar.html According to co-scripter Ken Levine]], the shift in characterization was Gary Burghoff's idea, as was having him appear in most of the episode without a hat, revealing Burghoff's rapidly-receding hairline. (Burghoff had also lost a considerable amount of weight since the previous season, giving Radar much less of a youthful baby-faced look.) The idea was apparently to show that the character had finally left his childhood behind and was ready to leave the bosom of his 4077th "family". On top of that, his Uncle Ed just died, and the news hit him very, ''very'' hard. It's understandable that Radar would change so dramatically upon learning that one of the people he was closest to and grew up with would not be there when he went back home, a reverse of Henry's unfortunate fate.
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