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16th Jul '16 7:04:00 PM BrainOnStandby
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*** If the episode "A War for All Seasons" is any indication of Igor's usual culinary efforts, then at least some of the abuse directed at him is well deserved. Father Mulcahy spends most of the episode tending to a small corn field he planted so he can treat the camp to corn on the cub during their 4th of July celebration, but Igor ruins Mulcahy's efforts by instead serving creamed corn.
--->'''Hunnicut:''' In a few minutes we're going to be decobbing corn, thanks to you and your khaki thumb.
--->'''Mulcahy:''' Don't I know it. All week I've been dreaming of getting butter on my cheeks, juice on my shirt, and a niblet wedged between two molars.
--->'''Mulcahy:''' ''(at the table Igor is serving)'' Where is the corn?
--->'''Igor:''' You're looking at it. The mushy stuff.
--->'''Mulcahy:''' You... You creamed it! ''(on the verge of tears)'' You... you ninny!
--->'''Igor:''' ''(while everyone is yelling at him)'' I was just trying to be helpful! Next 4th of July you can eat it on the cob for all I care!
11th Jul '16 9:03:36 PM jeffedsell
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In the "Dramatic ''M*A*S*H''" phase, character development was key, and even previously one-note characters such as Margaret "Hot Lips" Houlihan (Loretta Swit) became more sympathetic and complex (as seen in Season 5's "The Nurses," in which she asked her nurses, "When did one of you ever even offer me a lousy cup of coffee?"). This shift probably led to Frank Burns (Larry Linville) getting written out of the show by receiving a psychiatric discharge, since he had been developed as a comically unlikeable character with no room for growth. Burns was replaced by Charles Emerson Winchester III (David Ogden Stiers), who by contrast was a real asset to the staff and even eventually became a nicer guy in [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold his own way]].

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In the "Dramatic ''M*A*S*H''" phase, character development was key, and even previously one-note characters such as Margaret "Hot Lips" Houlihan (Loretta Swit) became more sympathetic and complex (as seen in Season 5's "The Nurses," in which she asked her nurses, "When did one of you ever even offer me a lousy cup of coffee?"). This shift probably led to Frank Burns (Larry Linville) getting written out of the show by receiving a psychiatric discharge, since he had been developed as a comically unlikeable character with no room for growth. [[note]]In fact, Linville chose to leave after his initial five-year contract was up, despite having been offered another two years, because he felt he'd done everything he could with the character -- and it's easy to imagine that the new, more serious tone was a major contributing factor to that decision.[[/note]] Burns was replaced by Charles Emerson Winchester III (David Ogden Stiers), who by contrast was a real asset to the staff and even eventually became a nicer guy in [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold his own way]].
10th Jul '16 8:18:03 PM PaulA
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At first presented as a [[AccidentAndEntertainment wacky, slightly edgy sitcom]] based on [[Film/{{MASH}} Robert Altman's movie]] -- itself an adaptation of [[Literature/{{MASH}} Richard Hooker's novel]] -- the series moved away from strictly comedic storylines early in its run (with Season 1's "Sometimes You Hear the Bullet" being the first WhamEpisode), and began to incorporate dramatic plotlines in conjunction with comedic ones in the same episode. Consequently, ''M*A*S*H'' is often cited as TV's first true {{Dramedy}}.

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At first presented as a [[AccidentAndEntertainment [[PuttingTheMedicInComedic wacky, slightly edgy sitcom]] based on [[Film/{{MASH}} Robert Altman's movie]] -- itself an adaptation of [[Literature/{{MASH}} Richard Hooker's novel]] -- the series moved away from strictly comedic storylines early in its run (with Season 1's "Sometimes You Hear the Bullet" being the first WhamEpisode), and began to incorporate dramatic plotlines in conjunction with comedic ones in the same episode. Consequently, ''M*A*S*H'' is often cited as TV's first true {{Dramedy}}.
8th Jul '16 6:45:56 AM Kitchen90
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At first presented as a wacky, slightly edgy sitcom based on [[Film/{{MASH}} Robert Altman's movie]] -- itself an adaptation of [[Literature/{{MASH}} Richard Hooker's novel]] -- the series moved away from strictly comedic storylines early in its run (with Season 1's "Sometimes You Hear the Bullet" being the first WhamEpisode), and began to incorporate dramatic plotlines in conjunction with comedic ones in the same episode. Consequently, ''M*A*S*H'' is often cited as TV's first true {{Dramedy}}.

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At first presented as a [[AccidentAndEntertainment wacky, slightly edgy sitcom sitcom]] based on [[Film/{{MASH}} Robert Altman's movie]] -- itself an adaptation of [[Literature/{{MASH}} Richard Hooker's novel]] -- the series moved away from strictly comedic storylines early in its run (with Season 1's "Sometimes You Hear the Bullet" being the first WhamEpisode), and began to incorporate dramatic plotlines in conjunction with comedic ones in the same episode. Consequently, ''M*A*S*H'' is often cited as TV's first true {{Dramedy}}.



** Each of these people [[ContinuityNod get a mention]] in the final two episodes: Hawkeye and BJ contribute items once belonging to Radar and Henry for the time capsule, they explain to Charles that nothing of Frank's would be included due to his incompetence, and when [[spoiler: BJ leaves for home in the series finale without leaving Hawkeye a farewell note]], Hawkeye laments that Trapper did the same thing.

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** Each of these people [[ContinuityNod get a mention]] in the final two episodes: Hawkeye and BJ contribute items once belonging to Radar and Henry for the time capsule, they explain to Charles that nothing of Frank's would be included due to his incompetence, and when [[spoiler: BJ [[spoiler:BJ leaves for home in the series finale without leaving Hawkeye a farewell note]], Hawkeye laments that Trapper did the same thing.thing.
* PuttingTheMedicInComedic
7th Jul '16 7:14:59 PM Mdumas43073
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* AbsenteeActor: Various cast members in various episodes. Alan Alda is the only one to appear in every single episode (although season 6's "Temporary Duty" has him offscreen for all but the very beginning and end), and in season 4's "Hawkeye" he's the ''only'' regular to appear.
** Not to mention Tuttle.
24th Jun '16 5:27:04 AM MrItty
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* WholeEpisodeFlashback

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* WholeEpisodeFlashbackWholeEpisodeFlashback: used in "The Novocaine Mutiny" to show events that led up to Hawkeye being put on trial for mutiny. The flashbacks are divided between Frank's fictional account and Hawkeye's reveal of what "really" happened.
24th Jun '16 5:06:05 AM MrItty
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** In "The Foresight Saga", the MASHers send a Korean boy to live in Iowa and work as a farmhand for Radar. Between ''Series/AfterMASH'' and the [=DOA=] spinoff ''W*A*L*T*E*R'', we learn that Radar's farming career fell through, but his farmhand is never mentioned past this episode.

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** In "The Foresight Saga", the MASHers [=MASHers=] send a Korean boy to live in Iowa and work as a farmhand for Radar. Between ''Series/AfterMASH'' and the [=DOA=] spinoff ''W*A*L*T*E*R'', we learn that Radar's farming career fell through, but his farmhand is never mentioned past this episode.
24th Jun '16 5:04:01 AM MrItty
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** In an early episode, Radar's unseen girlfriend breaks up with him via a DearJohn recording. Both her voice and the voice of her new fiancé are heard.
23rd Jun '16 12:58:42 PM MrItty
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** After drunkenly crashing BJ's motorcycle and ending up with glass shrapnel in his rear-end, "Blood & Guts" Kibbee initially refuses the anesthetic before Hawkeye & BJ remove the glass. He relents after a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech from Hawkeye.
23rd Jun '16 12:08:21 PM MrItty
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** Radar is awarded the Purple Heart (presented to him by Hawkeye) when he is wounded by the enemy while on a 3-day pass.
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