History Headscratchers / MASH

31st Oct '16 4:53:54 AM CrypticMirror
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** Because when you've got your hand inside someone it probably feels longer than it is. Hawkeye is just speaking off the cuff.
30th Oct '16 8:55:21 PM SenseiLeRoof
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* One about "Real Time", which has an accurately-running clock in the lower corner: Why is it that Hawkeye claims he's "had [his] unsterilized hand in this man's body for ten minutes", when the clock shows proof it's only been five?
10th Oct '16 4:33:28 PM AgProv
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* Trivial point, but there's an episode where BJ is play-acting the role of what he imagines to be a stereotypical British officer and is taking the mannerisms UpToEleven. Couldn't help noticing he's wearing a beret with a Royal Tank Regiment cap-badge (probably something randomly selected from the costume department.) You wonder InUniverse in what circumstances he got hold of that: maybe a wounded tankie got sent to the MASH and oddments of kit ended up in the camp's lost Property box? A back-story begs to be written...
8th Oct '16 12:50:51 AM ShorinBJ
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* In "No Sweat", Charles, charged with doing his family's taxes, puts a polo mallet repair under medical expenses. Considering that he is in this situation because the IRS has decided to carefully scrutinize his family's tax returns, why would he be so laissez-faire about it?
22nd Sep '16 11:56:33 AM ShorinBJ
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* In "The Billfold Syndrome", Charles decides to stop talking to people entirely. He seems to manage okay without his words, gesturing to the food he wants in the chow line and such. But one thing that never came up before Hawkeye and BJ cracked him: What would he have done in surgery? I can't see him being allowed to continue his silence, not when he'd need to communicate what instruments he needs quickly and efficiently.
14th Sep '16 12:26:50 AM ShorinBJ
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* Why does anyone stick up for Frank Burns, ''ever''? Right from the novel, he was an incompetent surgeon, a moron, and a jerkass. This continues through the movie and the TV series. Any hint of him being competent, any PetTheDog moment, was just a hiccup in his overall characterization, in which he was shown again and again and again to be a bungler, a mental gnat, and an asshole with absolutely NO redeeming qualities.
13th Sep '16 12:03:27 PM ShorinBJ
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*** Putting Frank in danger by replacing his gun with gag items? Give me a break. That idiot didn't need a gun and really ought not to have one, especially considering he shot BJ once by accident. He also shot himself with a stolen gun.

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*** Putting Frank in danger by replacing his gun with gag items? Give me a break. That idiot didn't need a gun and really ought not to have one, especially considering he shot BJ once by accident. He also shot himself with a stolen gun. And shot out a light accidentally. And brought a gun along to meet the Chinese when the entire deal rested on the agreement that they would not have guns. Not to mention, in that very episode, how did Frank discover his gun had been replaced by various items? Every time, he noticed when he pulled whatever was in his holster out ''and started waving it around like the moron he was.'' The first time, he apparently realized he was holding a water gun only when he pulled the trigger. Does anyone want to argue that Frank should at any time have been trusted with a firearm?
7th Sep '16 6:55:18 PM ShorinBJ
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* Why did the army assign a Catholic chaplain to the 4077th? there's almost no Catholics there, at least among the main cast. Hawkeye is referred to as an agnostic (by Mulcahy, who presumably should know) on at least once occasion. Trapper specified that he wasn't Catholic, Blake belongs to a country club that bans Catholics, Klinger says he's an atheist, Radar's a Protestant of some kind, Potter's a Methodist, Winchester's a Presbyterian, and Burns points to the fact that there was a Catholic in his neighborhood as evidence that it wasn't "restricted", inferring he wasn't one. The only ambiguous ones left are Margaret Houlihan (who could possibly be Catholic due to her Irish ethnicity) and BJ. There are also several hints that Mulcahy is the only Catholic in the camp: No one turns up to his services except Klinger, who only wants a chance to show off his white gloves (although this might be due to apathy from the Catholics) and once when there was a Catholics v Protestants football game, Mulcahy was tackled by a group of men and seemed to be the only person on his team. What gives?

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* Why did the army assign a Catholic chaplain to the 4077th? there's almost no Catholics there, at least among the main cast. Hawkeye is referred to as an agnostic (by Mulcahy, who presumably should know) on at least once occasion. Trapper specified that he wasn't Catholic, Blake belongs to a country club that bans Catholics, Klinger says he's an atheist, Radar's a Protestant of some kind, Potter's a Methodist, Winchester's a Presbyterian, and Burns points to the fact that there was a Catholic in his neighborhood as evidence that it wasn't "restricted", inferring implying he wasn't one. The only ambiguous ones left are Margaret Houlihan (who could possibly be Catholic due to her Irish ethnicity) and BJ. There are also several hints that Mulcahy is the only Catholic in the camp: No one turns up to his services except Klinger, who only wants a chance to show off his white gloves (although this might be due to apathy from the Catholics) and once when there was a Catholics v Protestants football game, Mulcahy was tackled by a group of men and seemed to be the only person on his team. What gives?


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**** "Allah" is simply Arabic for "God." Arabic Christians and Jews call their version of God "Allah." It's only in the West that we've come to associate the word with Islam.
7th Sep '16 6:11:39 PM ShorinBJ
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--->'''Hawkeye''': Henry, you have no ''idea'' what it's like living with a guy who think he's all twelve disciples!
7th Sep '16 6:07:20 PM ShorinBJ
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**** Hawkeye got lurid and offensive ''after'' her pants were down. Then she yells at him and the respect thing comes up, and he acknowledges it and suggests she try it on her mother-in-law-to-be. Then he says, "You want to do me?" because he's allergic to seriousness.
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