History Series / MASH

20th Jun '17 10:38:34 PM PatPayne
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** The episode "Rainbow Bridge" tries to make Hawkeye and BJ seem completely in the right by upholding the Chinese stipulations for MASH personnel to come completely unarmed for a prisoner exchange, while Frank is painted as a DirtyCoward, ridiculous and needlessly jeopardizing lives for bringing a tiny gun for protection. Except [[Hypocrite the PVA troops came armed to the hilt at the same time they demanded the US medics come unarmed]], giving a lot of credence to Frank (and Margaret's) protests that they could be walking right into a trap.

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** The episode "Rainbow Bridge" tries to make Hawkeye and BJ seem completely in the right by upholding the Chinese stipulations for MASH personnel to come completely unarmed for a prisoner exchange, while Frank is painted as a DirtyCoward, ridiculous and needlessly jeopardizing lives for bringing a tiny gun for protection. Except [[Hypocrite [[{{Hypocrite}} the PVA troops came armed to the hilt at the same time they demanded the US medics come unarmed]], giving a lot of credence to Frank (and Margaret's) protests that they could be walking right into a trap.
20th Jun '17 10:37:51 PM PatPayne
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** The episode "Rainbow Bridge" tries to make Hawkeye and BJ seem completely in the right by upholding the Chinese stipulations for MASH personnel to come completely unarmed for a prisoner exchange, while Frank is painted as a DirtyCoward, ridiculous and needlessly jeopardizing lives for bringing a tiny gun for protection. Except [[Hypocrite the PVA troops came armed to the hilt at the same time they demanded the US medics come unarmed]], giving a lot of credence to Frank (and Margaret's) protests that they could be walking right into a trap.
19th Jun '17 7:43:39 AM TheFarmboy
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* Don't you dare ruin one of Klinger's dresses.

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* ** Don't you dare ruin one of Klinger's dresses.
19th Jun '17 2:53:25 AM TheFarmboy
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* Don't you dare ruin one of Klinger's dresses.
8th Jun '17 1:19:21 PM LentilSandEater
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** In spite of his rank, Potter ''hates'' colonels, on the grounds that all they do is try to make as many points as they can to make general, so they can kick back and relax on their big fat rear echelons. Justified in that Potter is a medical officer and has no plans or expectation of being promoted before he retires.

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** In spite of his rank, Potter ''hates'' colonels, on the grounds that all they do is try to make as many points as they can to make general, so they can kick back and relax on their big fat rear echelons. Justified in that Potter is a medical officer and has no plans or expectation of being promoted before he retires.



*** The amount of Korean that the various personnel speak seems to vary. In one episode, Radar is able to speak at least conversational Korean, and in another (later in the series, mind you!) is completely unable to speak any of the language. Margaret of all people seems to be the most fluent. Hawkeye is later shown to be able to read the language best of all the surgeons, although this is Justified since he has been there longest.

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*** The amount of Korean that the various personnel speak seems to vary. In one episode, Radar is able to speak at least conversational Korean, and in another (later in the series, mind you!) is completely unable to speak any of the language. Margaret of all people seems to be the most fluent. Hawkeye is later shown to be able to read the language best of all the surgeons, although this is Justified since he has been there longest.surgeons.



** Actually kind of justified; since the show takes place over the three years of UsefulNotes/TheKoreanWar, most of the characters don't meet the time-in-service requirements (not to mention required time at their current rank) to ''get'' promoted.



*** Lampshaded by Blake and Potter; they are willing to put up with his shenanigans because he is a highly competent corpsman despite his crossdressing and stunts.



** JustifiedTrope: That actually ''is'' the proper etiquette for that situation which with his BlueBlood upbringing he would be more likely to follow then anyone else. Not certain if it's still the case but back in the 50's only officers were considered gentleman which Radar was not. Charles is very politely including Radar as part of the group even though he isn't a "Gentleman". Charles excusing himself that way is no more rude then saying "Gentleman. ''(nod to Margaret)'' Major." had Major Houlihan been there instead.



*** Possibly Justified by his time in the Army. Moving from place to place usually prevents one from setting down roots, which became a plot point when he mentions that Mildred had demanded they buy a house in Hannibal so that they would have a permanent home instead of constantly changing military housing.
8th Jun '17 10:55:07 AM LentilSandEater
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** In an interesting inversion, the doctors have trouble understanding a local mother carrying a baby with her, asking for a, "Labbi fo' bliss," until Hawkeye examines a paper she has with her and realizes she's looking for a rabbi to perform a bris (circumcision).

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** In an interesting inversion, the doctors have trouble understanding a local mother carrying a baby with her, asking for a, "Labbi fo' bliss," until Hawkeye examines a paper she has with her and realizes she's looking for a rabbi to perform a bris (circumcision).



*** More importantly, never ''ever'' insult Radar's mother. He once comes within a hair of attacking ''Hawkeye'' for that!



** Don't deny Father Mulcahy his promotion...four times. Don't insult the Irish. Don't interrupt his bath. Don't replace his bathrobe with a flowery nightgown. Don't be mean to Radar. Don't steal from Hawkeye. Don't be Charles Winchester. Just...don't.

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** Don't deny Father Mulcahy his promotion...four times. Don't insult the Irish. Don't interrupt his bath. Don't replace his bathrobe with a flowery nightgown. Don't be mean to Radar. Don't steal from Hawkeye. Don't be Charles Winchester. Just...don't.
8th Jun '17 10:51:01 AM LentilSandEater
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*** Possibly justified in that Sidney was stationed in Seoul, where he enjoyed a considerably higher standard of living than those at the 4077 and may well have had access to a television. And even if they hadn't watched the show they probably would have still been aware of it from newspapers, letters from home, etc.



** Perhaps his Uncle Ed fought in WW2 and gave him the cap when he joined up.
14th May '17 4:38:43 AM LongLiveHumour
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* ComicBookTime: The series lasted twelve years. UsefulNotes/TheKoreanWar lasted three years. Technically, the series begins at least three months into the Korean War so the entire series covers the events of about two years and nine months. There are several Christmas' celebrated and the actors noticeably age, both of which are ignored througout the series.

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* ComicBookTime: The series lasted twelve years. UsefulNotes/TheKoreanWar lasted three years. Technically, the series begins at least three months into the Korean War so the entire series covers the events of about two years and nine months. Potter's granddaughter is born during the war; one season later, she's five years old and writing him letters. There are several Christmas' celebrated and the actors noticeably age, both of which are ignored througout the series.
28th Apr '17 6:38:49 AM fruitstripegum
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* CoolOldGuy: You wish Colonel Potter was your grandfather, admit it.



* CoolOldGuy: You wish Colonel Potter was your grandfather, admit it.
23rd Apr '17 12:47:32 PM CaptEquinox
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*** In "The Young & Restless", where he portrays to perfection the delusion that he is actually back in Toledo, instead of dropping the charade when wounded are brought in he just pitches in to help the "accident victims".
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