History Series / MASH

16th Aug '16 11:36:39 AM AnotherGuy
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** UK airings of the show had no laugh track. When laugh track versions started airing, outrages Brits petitioned to not have them. It worked.

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** UK airings of the show had no laugh track. When laugh track versions started airing, outrages outraged Brits petitioned to not have them. It worked.
16th Aug '16 11:36:00 AM AnotherGuy
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* LaughTrack: Employed over the objections of the producers and at the [[ExecutiveMeddling insistence of the network]], though averted in the O.R. scenes (and averted entirely for certain episodes). Also not used in foreign syndication. The [=DVDs=] allow the viewer the option of turning the laugh track off if so desired.

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* LaughTrack: LaughTrack:
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Employed over the objections of the producers and at the [[ExecutiveMeddling insistence of the network]], though averted in the O.R. scenes (and averted entirely for certain episodes). Also not used in foreign syndication. The [=DVDs=] allow the viewer the option of turning the laugh track off if so desired.desired.
** UK airings of the show had no laugh track. When laugh track versions started airing, outrages Brits petitioned to not have them. It worked.
15th Aug '16 4:50:01 AM ShorinBJ
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*** Speaking of the good padre, in one episode Radar asks if he's seen Hawkeye anywhere. Mulcahy: "I believe he mentioned Nurse Schibetta. He was going to share a spicy salami with her. ''[{{beat}}]'' She's Italian, you know."

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*** Speaking of the good padre, in one episode Radar asks if he's seen Hawkeye anywhere. Mulcahy: anywhere.
-->'''Mulcahy''':
"I believe he mentioned Nurse Schibetta. He was going to share a spicy salami with her. ''[{{beat}}]'' She's Italian, you know.""
** Once, when Hawkeye is propositioning a nurse during surgery:
-->'''Frank''': Are you gonna knock it off?
-->'''Hawkeye''': That's what I'm trying to find out, Frank.
14th Aug '16 1:56:36 PM Mdumas43073
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* AdaptationalAttractiveness: Ugly John in reverse. The book describes him [[IronicNickname as attractive]] whereas on the show he's...well...[[http://oi61.tinypic.com/2vci4ye.jpg ugly.]]
11th Aug '16 1:31:14 AM ShorinBJ
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** There's the episode "Souvenirs," in which Hawkeye and BJ force a chopper pilot to stop selling trinkets made out of junk found on battlefields. Granted that people, including little kids, are getting hurt and killed when they try to scavenge something that turns out to be booby-trapped, but this doesn't solve the problem. Fact #1: These people are dirt poor and desperate for every penny they can scrape up. Fact #2: Metal is valuable. Even if the souvenir industry dried up, the brass shells could be sold to someone who can use them, to melt down if nothing else. Fact #2 can't be changed. Fact #1 can, but Hawkeye and BJ don't do anything about it. In fact, they put a guy out of business who gives fifty bucks to the family of one of his suppliers who got hurt. Nice move. He even mentions that his predecessor used to just send flowers. Those families are certainly better off with him gone.

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** There's the episode "Souvenirs," in which Hawkeye and BJ force a chopper pilot to stop selling trinkets made out of junk found on battlefields. Granted that people, including little kids, are getting hurt and killed when they try to scavenge something that turns out to be booby-trapped, but this doesn't solve the problem. Fact #1: These people are dirt poor and desperate for every penny they can scrape up. Fact #2: Metal is valuable. Even if the souvenir industry dried up, the brass shells could be sold to someone who can use them, to melt down if nothing else. Fact #2 can't be changed. Fact #1 can, but Hawkeye and BJ don't do anything about it. In fact, they put a guy out of business who gives fifty bucks to the family of one of his suppliers who got hurt. Nice move. He even mentions that his predecessor used to just send flowers. [[SarcasmMode Those families are certainly better off with him gone.gone]].
11th Aug '16 1:12:32 AM ShorinBJ
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-->'''Frank:''' Oh Margaret, you're my snug harbor, I don't know what I'd do if I didn't have you to sail into.

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-->'''Frank:''' Oh Oh, Margaret, you're my snug harbor, I don't know what I'd do if I didn't have you to sail into.



*** In the film, Margaret tells Frank to kiss her "hot lips."

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*** In the film, Margaret tells Frank to kiss her "hot lips."" Which doesn't necessarily refer to the ones on her face.



** In "Communications Breakdown" an anonymous prankster does this to Charles (all Charles and the viewer sees is an arm reaching into the shower and stealing his bathrobe), leaving behind a only a newspaper. Its later taken UpToEleven when the prankster steals ''all of Winchester's clothing and furniture'' from his tent.

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** In "Communications Breakdown" an anonymous prankster does this to Charles (all Charles and the viewer sees is an arm reaching into the shower and stealing his bathrobe), leaving behind a only a newspaper. Its It's later taken UpToEleven when the prankster steals ''all of Winchester's clothing and furniture'' from his tent.



* GreaterNeedThanMine

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%% * GreaterNeedThanMineGreaterNeedThanMine
%% ^ Some context needed for this one



* HahvahdYahdInMyCah: Charles Emerson Winchester III.

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* HahvahdYahdInMyCah: Charles Emerson Winchester III.III, Boston native and Harvard alumnus.
4th Aug '16 8:33:25 AM TheWanderer
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* TheOnlyBeliever: From the main cast, only Frank Burns and Margaret Houlihan really believe in the cause of the Korean War. All the rest are draftees and anti-war.
4th Aug '16 6:09:27 AM Arivne
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* RealLifeWritesThePlot:
** "Preventive Medicine" was originally scripted to have Hawkeye and BJ falsely diagnose a gung-ho Colonel with appendicitis and then remove his (healthy) appendix, to keep him from resuming his command and getting more soldiers needlessly killed. However, Mike Farrell objected, believing the removal of a healthy organ was wrong and could ''never'' be justified and also because he felt BJ would never do such a thing, even if it was for the best possible reasons. Alan Alda felt that removing a reckless, dangerous man from command in order to save lives ''was'' worth it. Their argument was actually written into the episode. As was the reconciliation at the end, as apparently the actors had been at odds with each other over the matter.
** The various instances of main characters being PutOnABus probably counts as well as those actors all wanted out for one reason or another - Wayne Rogers and [=MacLean=] Stevenson resented being treated as sidekicks to Alan Alda (additionally Rogers had been at odds with the producers over his contract while Stevenson couldn't cope with the tough working conditions of the Fox Ranch), Larry Linville was tired of playing Frank and his contract was up, and Gary Burghoff had personal problems as well as a thinning hairline to deal with (by the time he left he looked like [[Series/{{Seinfeld}} George Costanza]]).



* WrittenInAbsence: During the first part of Season 8, Radar was constantly said to be on R&R in Tokyo, explaining his absence during those episodes[[note]]In reality, Gary Burghoff had contractually reduced his appearances in preparation for leaving the series[[/note]]. This was often written into the episodes, with Klinger calling Radar to ask for advice on how to be a clerk, deal with Potter, etc. Radar's first 'real' appearance in Season 8 focused on him trying to get back from Tokyo, explaining that he was overdue and stranded because of a travel snafu.
4th Aug '16 6:05:07 AM Arivne
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** One more example in the finale: Col. Potter calls Father Mulcahey "Francis" for the first time as they say goodbye. Made [[TearJerker heartbreaking]] by the fact that the Father couldn't hear him due to his deafness.

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** One more example Invoked in the finale: Col. Potter calls Father Mulcahey "Francis" for the first time as they say goodbye. Made [[TearJerker heartbreaking]] by the fact that the Father couldn't hear him due to his deafness.
4th Aug '16 5:59:07 AM Arivne
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** Within the same season, Frank mentions having taken two Judo lessons, then, just a few episodes later, Frank confuses Judo for a religion.

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** Within the same season, Frank mentions having taken two Judo judo lessons, then, just a few episodes later, Frank confuses Judo judo for a religion.
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