History Series / MASH

31st Jan '16 3:37:56 PM 69BookWorM69
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* FeedbackRule: In "Change of Command," Radar prepares to make an announcement for the senior officers to report to Potter's office. In response to the P.A. microphone's immensely loud feedback, he drops the mic as if it hurt his hand.
30th Jan '16 10:03:09 AM AnotherGuy
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* PrecisionFStrike: The usually timid and soft-spoken Radar once lets loose an exasperated "Hell!"
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* PrecisionFStrike: PrecisionFStrike: ** The usually timid and soft-spoken Radar once lets loose an exasperated "Hell!""Hell!" ** The WhamLine from the final episode, which was one of the forbidden SevenDirtyWords in TheEighties: --->'''Hawkeye:''' You son of a ''bitch'', why did you make me remember that?
30th Jan '16 5:43:39 AM DariusAngel
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*** He's Catholic, they have ways around that.
30th Jan '16 5:42:55 AM DariusAngel
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* BadassPreacher: Father Mulcahy, who ''seemed'' rather quiet, unassuming, and largely ineffective, was credited by many in the unit as being the driving horse behind any sense of sanity or morality in the camp, frequently dealt with the black market ("You'd be surprised what a priest can get away with"), disarmed a soldier who had a gun on him at point-blank range, talked Klinger out of using a live grenade on Frank Burns, performed an emergency tracheotomy under fire, ran to a POW compound under heavy shelling to free the prisoners who were sitting ducks ([[spoiler: which cost him his hearing]]), and [[BewareTheNiceOnes had a right hook like a brick house]].
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* BadassPreacher: Father Mulcahy, who ''seemed'' rather quiet, unassuming, and largely ineffective, was credited by many in the unit as being the driving horse force behind any sense of sanity or morality in the camp, frequently dealt with the black market ("You'd be surprised what a priest can get away with"), disarmed a soldier who had a gun on him at point-blank range, talked Klinger out of using a live grenade on Frank Burns, performed an emergency tracheotomy under fire, ran to a POW compound under heavy shelling to free the prisoners who were sitting ducks ([[spoiler: which cost him his hearing]]), and [[BewareTheNiceOnes had a right hook like a brick house]].

** Hawkeye sedated Frank by horse and unlawfully took command of the 4077. Frank most definitely didn't concuss himself walking into a door and leave the others to fend for themselves.
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** Hawkeye sedated Frank by horse force and unlawfully took command of the 4077. Frank most definitely didn't concuss himself walking into a door and leave the others to fend for themselves.

** There's the episode "Souvenirs," in which Hawkeye and BJ horse 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 horse 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.

** To elaborate more on this: the movie was a dark/black comedy and a biting antiwar satire that would have had to be toned down for television anyway. At the same time, however, co-creators/producers Larry Gelbart and Gene Reynolds wanted to avoid the show being, "Just another sitcom," from the get-go. A lot of the show's zany tone and almost ''Series/HogansHeroes''-esque war hijinks humor in its earliest seasons were mostly the case of ExecutiveMeddling wanting the show to avoid becoming too gory or too dark. It wasn't until {{Wham Episode}}s such as "Sometimes You Hear the Bullet" and "Abyssinia, Henry" went over well, and the show began to establish itself in the ratings, that ExecutiveMeddling was toned down, and the producers and writers were given more freedom to do as they wish, such as give the show more of a dramatic undertone. Even with the eventual departures of Gelbart and later Reynolds, comedy was still the show's main focal point, with drama taking a back seat - though the humor itself was also toned down, and became more intelligent and cerebral, as opposed to silly and slapstick. Finally, by Season Eight, the entire writing and producing staff was overhauled by Alan Alda and Burt Metcalfe, causing the show to flip its priorities, and make drama the show's driving horse with comedy shunted to the back burner.
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** To elaborate more on this: the movie was a dark/black comedy and a biting antiwar satire that would have had to be toned down for television anyway. At the same time, however, co-creators/producers Larry Gelbart and Gene Reynolds wanted to avoid the show being, "Just another sitcom," from the get-go. A lot of the show's zany tone and almost ''Series/HogansHeroes''-esque war hijinks humor in its earliest seasons were mostly the case of ExecutiveMeddling wanting the show to avoid becoming too gory or too dark. It wasn't until {{Wham Episode}}s such as "Sometimes You Hear the Bullet" and "Abyssinia, Henry" went over well, and the show began to establish itself in the ratings, that ExecutiveMeddling was toned down, and the producers and writers were given more freedom to do as they wish, such as give the show more of a dramatic undertone. Even with the eventual departures of Gelbart and later Reynolds, comedy was still the show's main focal point, with drama taking a back seat - though the humor itself was also toned down, and became more intelligent and cerebral, as opposed to silly and slapstick. Finally, by Season Eight, the entire writing and producing staff was overhauled by Alan Alda and Burt Metcalfe, causing the show to flip its priorities, and make drama the show's driving horse force with comedy shunted to the back burner.

** A significant chunk of the series finale, "Goodbye, Farewell and Amen", takes place away from Uijeongbu: the beach party in Incheon, the mental hospital where Hawkeye is treated by Sidney, and the temporary camp where the 4077th relocates after the wildfire horses them to bug out.
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** A significant chunk of the series finale, "Goodbye, Farewell and Amen", takes place away from Uijeongbu: the beach party in Incheon, the mental hospital where Hawkeye is treated by Sidney, and the temporary camp where the 4077th relocates after the wildfire horses forces them to bug out.

** At the end of "Smilin' Jack", the PA announcer makes a reference to the battle of Solma-Ri, also known as "Gloucesters Hill" or the battle of the Imjin River, in which 1st Battalion of the Gloucestershire Regiment held off overwhelming Chinese horses for four days, from 22 to 25 April 1951. [[note]]Although completely surrounded, hugely outnumbered and short of ammunition, the Gloucesters continued to fight, delaying the Chinese advance long enough for other UN horses to establish a new defensive line where the Chinese advance was finally halted. When finally ordered to retreat, only 46 Gloucesters out of an initial strength of around 700 men managed to reach UN lines, with the rest either dead, missing or captured. Following the battle, the "Glorious Gloucesters" (as they became known) were awarded the US Distinguished Unit Citation for "exceptionally outstanding performance of duty and extraordinary heroism in action", while the British decorations included two Victoria Crosses.[[/note]] However, two episodes later in "Deluge", China has intervened in the war, entering Korea with 30 divisions, totalling 300,000 troops, which occured on 3 November 1950, and a reference is made to General [=MacArthur=]'s statement of "we now face an entirely new war", which he made to the Joints Chiefs of Staff on 28 November 1950.
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** At the end of "Smilin' Jack", the PA announcer makes a reference to the battle of Solma-Ri, also known as "Gloucesters Hill" or the battle of the Imjin River, in which 1st Battalion of the Gloucestershire Regiment held off overwhelming Chinese horses forces for four days, from 22 to 25 April 1951. [[note]]Although completely surrounded, hugely outnumbered and short of ammunition, the Gloucesters continued to fight, delaying the Chinese advance long enough for other UN horses forces to establish a new defensive line where the Chinese advance was finally halted. When finally ordered to retreat, only 46 Gloucesters out of an initial strength of around 700 men managed to reach UN lines, with the rest either dead, missing or captured. Following the battle, the "Glorious Gloucesters" (as they became known) were awarded the US Distinguished Unit Citation for "exceptionally outstanding performance of duty and extraordinary heroism in action", while the British decorations included two Victoria Crosses.[[/note]] However, two episodes later in "Deluge", China has intervened in the war, entering Korea with 30 divisions, totalling 300,000 troops, which occured on 3 November 1950, and a reference is made to General [=MacArthur=]'s statement of "we now face an entirely new war", which he made to the Joints Chiefs of Staff on 28 November 1950.

** Although undeniably a horse for good, Father Mulcahy gets away with some rather un-priestly things for the sake of greater charity, such as gambling and black market dealings.
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** Although undeniably a horse force for good, Father Mulcahy gets away with some rather un-priestly things for the sake of greater charity, such as gambling and black market dealings.
30th Jan '16 4:54:11 AM DariusAngel
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* StuffBlowingUp: One episode had the camp experience weather so cold that it was freezing the ground so much that it was contracting around the surrounding land mines enough to trip their detonators and explode seemingly on their own. Though the explosions occur in the middle of the camp, where mines simply would not be located (and are much larger and fiery than actual landmines).
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* StuffBlowingUp: One episode had the camp experience weather so cold that it was freezing the ground so much that it was landmines around the camp detonated on their own due to the contracting around the surrounding land mines enough to trip their detonators and explode seemingly on their own.dirt. Though the explosions occur in the middle of the camp, where mines simply would not be located (and are much larger and fiery than actual landmines).
30th Jan '16 3:56:10 AM DariusAngel
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** Frank demands and receives a Purple Heart for getting an eggshell in his eye during an artillery barrage (he claimed he was hit by shell fragments, and omitted the part about the shell in question being an eggshell). In real life, he would have been denied as the injury wasn't directly caused by enemy action. He earlier demanded a Purple Heart for "slipping" on the way to the "shower" (actually a back spasm while dancing with Margaret), but Henry refuses to enter the application.
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** Frank demands and receives a Purple Heart for getting an eggshell in his eye during an artillery barrage (he claimed he was hit by shell fragments, and omitted the part about the shell in question being an eggshell). In real life, he would have been denied as the injury wasn't directly caused by enemy action. He earlier demanded a Purple Heart for "slipping" on the way to the "shower" (actually a back spasm while dancing with Margaret), but Henry refuses to enter the application.Margaret).
29th Jan '16 10:31:12 AM emeriin
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* DoubleStandardRapeMaleOnMale: While there were a ''lot'' of rape jokes in the early days, averted once in ''Rainbow Bridge'' when Margaret mentions the prisoner exchange might end up in rape and Hawkeye actually looks afraid.
28th Jan '16 6:05:25 PM DariusAngel
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* {{Flynning}}: "Requiem for a Lightweight" both plays straight and subverts this with boxing. BJ is trying to just keep in the fight long enough to knock his opponent out with [[spoiler: what he thinks is]] an ether-soaked glove. His opponent, however, seems to barely tap Trapper during the match despite having 197 wins.
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* {{Flynning}}: "Requiem for a Lightweight" both plays straight and subverts this with boxing. BJ Trapper is trying to just keep in the fight long enough to knock his opponent out with [[spoiler: what he thinks is]] an ether-soaked glove. His opponent, however, seems to barely tap Trapper during the match despite having 197 wins.
28th Jan '16 4:50:37 PM DariusAngel
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* {{Cuckold}}: In an episode there's a threat of an air raid so the nurses are sent away. It turns out it's just a "propaganda bomb," with leaflets dropped including "UsefulNotes/HarryTruman is sleeping with your wife." In other episodes it's played more dramatically (if hypocritically) as Henry, Trapper and some of the other married personnel worry that their wife is cheating on them, even as they carry on dalliances at the 4077th.
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* {{Cuckold}}: In an episode there's a threat of an air raid so the nurses are sent away. It turns out it's just a "propaganda bomb," with leaflets dropped including "UsefulNotes/HarryTruman is sleeping with your wife." In other episodes it's played more dramatically (if hypocritically) as Henry, Trapper and some of the other married personnel worry that their wife is wives are cheating on them, even as they carry on dalliances at the 4077th.
28th Jan '16 4:35:28 PM DariusAngel
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** In season 3's "Checkup", Henry informs Radar that he's doing to have to have his tonsils removed eventually; it finally happens in season 7's "None Like It Hot".
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** In season 3's "Checkup", Henry informs Radar that he's doing going to have to have his tonsils removed eventually; it finally happens in season 7's "None Like It Hot".
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