History Fridge / MASH

6th Jan '16 10:47:57 PM lorgskyegon
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****** The best explanation (if in the MASH universe the Army hadn't previously allowed it) is that while the Army didn't necessarily approve it's use, they did tend to look the other way. Then in this episode, the refused to do that any more.
6th Jan '16 5:35:41 PM lorgskyegon
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*** These two also apply to the above - Frank and Charles are doctors who are in the military, rather than military men who are doctors, like Col. Potter.
14th Dec '15 9:32:12 PM Lightning4119
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** Where exactly does this become FridgeLogic?
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** Where exactly does this become FridgeLogic?FridgeLogic or Fridge ''anything'' for that matter? Anyone with any brains (i.e. not Frank or Margaret) would realize that the Chinese would not go back on a deal like that to knock off or capture a couple of surgeons and corpsmen, what with the damage a betrayal like that would do to their ability to make future exchanges. If they proved by killing or capturing the 4077 crew that was sent, no future exchanges would be allowed. The doctor complaining about being bombed has nothing to do with the issue, and the Chinese troops having guns is reasonable since ''its fifty miles behind their lines and they are making a gesture by handing over the prisoners without demanding anything in exchange.'' Of course its a double standard, neither side has any reason to trust the other. For all the Chinese know the 4077 crew could have a bunch of soldiers with them to "rescue" their wounded and take a bunch of prisoners.
3rd Nov '15 2:39:33 PM Lightning4119
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* Not sure whether this is Fridge Brilliance or Horror, but Radar's BigEater tendencies and his ability to stomach the mess tent's food is probably a result of growing up poor on a farm in Iowa. It's mentioned that it was just him, his mom, and his uncle working the farm, so there may not have been much food to go around.
8th Sep '15 3:12:13 PM Lightning4119
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** Where exactly does this become FridgeLogic?
29th Aug '15 4:27:16 PM maxwellsilver
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* The episode "Rainbow Bridge". The plot is that the 4077th is treating a number of Chinese prisoners, and is somehow contacted by a Chinese field hospital who has in its care some UN troops. The Chinese, not capable of treating the UN troops up to their level of care, want to arrange a prisoner swap at the titular bridge, on the condition that Hawkeye, Trapper, Radar and Frank come unarmed to the swap. When they arrive, they are confronted by numerous Chinese guards carrying submachine guns. When it's revealed that Frank snuck a handgun (a tiny derringer that looks like it could have come out of a box of Cracker Jack, really) the commanding Chinese doctor launches into an anvilicious tirade about US actions ("Is it not enough that your planes harass us day and night? It makes it impossible for me to treat my own people. We make a civilized gesture, and you respond by coming here with a gun ready to shoot us down.") and is about ready to call off the exchange. At which point, Hawkeye browbeats Frank into surrendering the gun and makes an impassioned plea for the exchange to go on as planned. The intended Aesop seems to be "take any proffered olive branch during a war, especially if it saves lives", but it falls apart when you consider ''the Chinese were flagrantly violating the very conditions they demanded of Hawkeye'' et. al. ''by bringing armed men to the rendezvous point.'' Granted, there was no explicit condition prohibiting this, but it's at least a DoubleStandard. Not to mention, the Chinese doctor complaining about trying to treat people while being bombed? If you watch the show, you'll see the 4077th in this exact situation frequently. As the Chinese ''could'' have been laying a trap and taken Hawkeye and the others prisoner or gunned them down with impunity, it seems more likely that the AccidentalAesop was "You know what? [[JerkassHasAPoint This once, in retrospect, Frank was probably right.]]"
20th Aug '15 9:54:48 AM Lightning4119
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* In "The Joker is Wild," a big deal is made at the end of how Hawkeye was the only one who got pranked, as the whole staff was in on it. Except the bet was that BJ could prank everyone on the staff, not just Hawkeye. BJ didn't actually prank any of them because they were in on it and faked the entire thing. By their own admission, no actual pranks took place, not even the others allowing themselves to be pranked. So ''why'' does everyone say Hawkeye lost the bet?
12th Aug '15 12:51:24 PM Lightning4119
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** A later episode has Hawkeye point out that Henry is getting arthritis due to his age - a medical discharge for Henry, his ticket out - but Henry objects, saying he could do more good at the 4077th. It's questionable whether he would have been discharged at his post in Tokyo, but had he taken Hawkeye's advice there, he would have been home long before then.
29th Jun '15 6:32:10 AM GunarmDyne
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* In his second appearance, Klinger goes to kill Frank with a grenade until Father Mulcahy talks him out of it. In a later episode, after Klinger steals the coveted long johns that were really Hawkeye's but were in Margaret's possession, he confesses the theft to Mulcahy and hands them over without taking time to wear them. No doubt Mulcahy had earned Klinger's trust from the previous grenade situation.
11th Jun '15 5:14:23 PM justanotherrandomlurker
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** [[WordOfGod William Christopher]] even pointed this out in a recent interview on how he knew it was time for the series to end: "My hair was turning gray." * As far as the series' timeline goes, the first season has to take place in less than nine months, because in the season finale, Henry receives word from home that his wife is about to give birth to another child, to which even Radar remarks, "At least you were home for the important part."
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