History Series / Mash

24th Sep '16 5:52:08 AM ShorinBJ
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** Hawkeye, obviously, though surprisingly he is portrayed as more or less monogamous with Nurse Gage during the second and third season. During the Dramatic Mash phase, his womanizing slowly cuts back as he becomes more generally respectable, and he gets a couple of episodes where his attitude is called into question by himself.

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** Hawkeye, obviously, though surprisingly he is portrayed as more or less monogamous with Nurse Gage during the second and third season. During the Dramatic Mash M*A*S*H phase, his womanizing slowly cuts back as he becomes more generally respectable, and he gets a couple of episodes where his attitude is called into question by himself.



** Hot Lips Houlihan is this during the Comedic Mash phase, as she not only tends to have had intimate relationships with the visiting officers (her promiscuity is her worst-kept secret, and alongside her passionate love affair with Frank Burns is why she has her nickname), but also tends to make use of these relationships to further various schemes she and/or Frank make. This aspect pretty much gets cut completely during the Dramatic Mash phase.

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** Hot Lips Houlihan is this during the Comedic Mash M*A*S*H phase, as she not only tends to have had intimate relationships with the visiting officers (her promiscuity is her worst-kept secret, and alongside her passionate love affair with Frank Burns is why she has her nickname), but also tends to make use of these relationships to further various schemes she and/or Frank make. This aspect pretty much gets cut completely during the Dramatic Mash phase.



* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech:
** Hawkeye gives a fairly blistering one to Frank in "Sticky Wicket".
** Margaret gives an epic one to Hawkeye about his treating women as sex objects.



** Also applies to Charles, who happened to be beating his CO at cribbage (to the tune of several hundred dollars) when the request for Frank's replacement came.

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** Also applies to Charles, who happened to be beating his CO at cribbage (to the tune of several hundred dollars) $672, or about $6,100 in today's money) and being insufferable about it when the request for Frank's replacement came.



* RightOnTheTick: Five O'Clock Charlie

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* RightOnTheTick: Five O'Clock CharlieCharlie, every day at 5 pm, comes in his plane and tosses a single bomb at an ammo dump.



** A group of characters introducing each other by rank: "General, captain." "Major, general." "Colonel, major." "Captain, colonel." And so forth.

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** A group of characters introducing each other by rank: "General, captain.Captain." "Major, general.General." "Colonel, major.Major." "Captain, colonel.Colonel." And so forth.



** Also in the early seasons, Radar informing Henry that Frank and/or Margaret wanted to see him, and Henry telling Radar to send them away, only for them to walk in without waiting to be admitted.



--->'''Radar:''' Why can't anybody ever use this darn phone during the day time?!\\

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--->'''Radar:''' Why can't anybody ever use this darn phone during the day time?!\\daytime?!\\



** An episode-specific instance: In the episode "Bottle Fatigue", Charles is upset about a letter his sister sent him with news of her engagement to an Italian. His attempts at making contact with her include him specifying that he's trying to get a hold of someone in Boston. Each time, whoever he is speaking to asks him to clarify, which is followed by him angrily declaring, "''Yes!'' Boston, ''Massachusetts''!"

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** An episode-specific instance: In the episode "Bottle Fatigue", Charles is upset about a letter his sister sent him with news of her engagement to an Italian. His attempts at making contact with her include him specifying that he's trying to get a hold of someone in Boston. Each time, whoever he is speaking to asks him to clarify, clarifies by asking, "Boston, Massachusetts?" which is followed by him angrily declaring, "''Yes!'' Boston, ''Massachusetts''!"
17th Sep '16 10:55:57 AM pyroclastic
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* FamiliarSoundtrackForeignLyrics: Many early episodes had Japanese or Korean language versions of traditional American songs played over the PA in order to emphasize the fact that they're in Korea.
17th Sep '16 8:20:01 AM gemmabeta2
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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 for a briss.

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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 for to perform a briss.bris (circumcision).
17th Sep '16 7:17:48 AM ShorinBJ
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** General [=MacArthur=] is almost constantly referred to as the Allied Commander. [=MacArthur=] was relieved of command in Spring 1951 for insubordination.

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** General [=MacArthur=] is almost constantly referred to as the Allied Commander. [=MacArthur=] was relieved of command in Spring April 1951 for insubordination.insubordination, after less than a year in command.



* ArcWords: Sidney Freedman's advice in his first appearance and the final episode: "Ladies and gentlemen, take my advice. Pull down your pants and slide on the ice."

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* ArcWords: Sidney Freedman's advice in his first an early appearance and the final episode: "Ladies and gentlemen, take my advice. Pull down your pants and slide on the ice."
17th Sep '16 7:02:39 AM ShorinBJ
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* AcousticLicense: Averted in the final episode, "Goodbye, Farewell, and Amen". As BJ Hunnicutt is departing, Klinger tells Col. Potter that Hunnicutt's discharge orders were rescinded, but Potter is unable to hear the message because the helicopter taking him away is too loud.

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* AcousticLicense: Averted Subverted in the final episode, "Goodbye, Farewell, and Amen". As BJ Hunnicutt is departing, Klinger tells Col. Potter that Hunnicutt's discharge orders were rescinded, but Potter is pretends to be unable to hear the message because the helicopter taking him away is too loud.
16th Sep '16 10:26:57 AM ShorinBJ
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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.

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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 cornfield 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:''' --->'''Hunnicutt:''' In a few minutes we're going to be decobbing corn, thanks to you and your khaki thumb.
16th Sep '16 10:25:07 AM ShorinBJ
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* BurnBabyBurn: In "War of Nerves", psychiatrist Sidney Freedman convinces Col. Potter to let the camp make a bonfire, burning many non-essential items which represent the stifling Army lifestyle. "You have to let them go crazy once in a while to keep from going crazy." Freedman himself strips to his underwear and tosses his fatigues into the blaze.



* LetThePastBurn: In "War of Nerves", psychiatrist Sidney Freedman convinces Col. Potter to let the camp make a bonfire, burning many non-essential items which represent the stifling Army lifestyle. "You have to let them go crazy once in a while to keep from going crazy." Freedman himself strips to his underwear and tosses his fatigues into the blaze.
16th Sep '16 10:20:52 AM ShorinBJ
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* ArcWords: Sidney Freeman's advice in his first appearance and the final episode: "Ladies and gentlemen, take my advice. Pull down your pants and slide on the ice."

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* ArcWords: Sidney Freeman's Freedman's advice in his first appearance and the final episode: "Ladies and gentlemen, take my advice. Pull down your pants and slide on the ice."



* LetThePastBurn: In "War of Nerves", psychiatrist Sidney Freeman convinces Col. Potter to let the camp make a bonfire, burning many non-essential items which represent the stifling Army lifestyle. "You have to let them go crazy once in a while to keep from going crazy." Freeman himself strips to his underwear and tosses his fatigues into the blaze.

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* LetThePastBurn: In "War of Nerves", psychiatrist Sidney Freeman Freedman convinces Col. Potter to let the camp make a bonfire, burning many non-essential items which represent the stifling Army lifestyle. "You have to let them go crazy once in a while to keep from going crazy." Freeman Freedman himself strips to his underwear and tosses his fatigues into the blaze.
15th Sep '16 12:09:45 PM ShorinBJ
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* KarmaHoudini: After his general incompetence, Frank gets promoted to Lieutenant Colonel. After his jerkassery, he gets a cushy stateside post. After he cheats on his wife at every opportunity, he goes home to her and presumably continues cheating without losing his marriage, which he's only keeping for financial reasons.
** A lesser case, Trapper. He likewise cheats on his wife without a shred of guilt, and never suffers any consequences for it.
** A micro example: In "Last Laugh," Margaret throws a giant tantrum because she's horny and wants to see her husband to relieve this condition (and coaching it as though Donald is the one who desperately needs to get laid). She wrecks Radar's office and ''physically assaults him'', and Potter lets her go see Donald. She returns smiling and relaxed, rewarded in full for her bad behavior.



** In the pilot, Hawkeye drugs Frank so he can throw a party.

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** In the pilot, Hawkeye drugs Frank so he can throw put on a party.fundraiser to send a young lad to college.



* KillingForATissueSample: In one episode, Margaret thinks she might be pregnant. She asks Hawkeye to do a Rabbit Test on her (where they inject a rabbit with a urine sample from a possible mother and then dissect the rabbit to examine its ovaries). The only female rabbit available is Radar's, who refuses to allow them to kill his pet, but he will let them do the test if they promise that the rabbit won't be killed. So the doctors do an ovarectomy on Radar's rabbit.

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* KillingForATissueSample: In one episode, Margaret thinks she might be pregnant. She asks Hawkeye to do a Rabbit Test on her (where they inject a rabbit with a urine sample from a possible mother and then dissect the rabbit to examine its ovaries). The only female rabbit available is Radar's, who refuses to allow them to kill his pet, but he will let them do the test if they promise that the rabbit won't be killed. So the doctors do Hawkeye does an ovarectomy on Radar's rabbit.
11th Sep '16 5:05:15 PM ShorinBJ
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** In "The Winchester Tapes", Charles apparently had upset Radar, and insincerely brings him an entire case of grape nehi to butter him up in order to contact his former commanding officer to get him transferred back to Tokyo General Hospital. When Radar refuses, Winchester takes the case back. [[spoiler: And then he takes the one bottle that Radar had opened.]]

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** In "The Winchester Tapes", Charles apparently had upset Radar, and insincerely brings him an entire case of grape nehi to butter him up in order to contact his former commanding officer to get him transferred back to Tokyo General Hospital. When Radar refuses, Winchester takes the case back. [[spoiler: And then he takes the one bottle that Radar had opened.]]



** Frank once browbeats Henry into approving a Purple Heart citation and another time he receives a Purple Heart by mistake. Neither time was he eligible. The first, "Sometimes You Hear the Bullet", he receives a Purple Heart for throwing out his back while dancing, which was not a direct result of combat and, more importantly, would cause him to be discharged; back problems were an automatic medical disqualification from service. The second (based on an incident in Vietnam), "The Kids", an administrative error awards him a Purple Heart for getting a bit of eggshell in his eye. Neither time does he send back the undeserved medal. In the first case, Hawkeye steals it and gives it to an underage Marine with appendicitis who lied about his age to enlist (which would put him in worse trouble, as he has been reported for identity theft and now has stolen property), in the second he Hawkeye steals it and gives it to a baby whose mother had a harrowing time getting to the hospital.

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** Frank once browbeats Henry into approving a Purple Heart citation and another time he receives a Purple Heart by mistake. Neither time was he eligible. The first, "Sometimes You Hear the Bullet", he receives a Purple Heart for throwing out his back while dancing, which was not a direct result of combat and, more importantly, would cause him to be discharged; back problems were an automatic medical disqualification from service. The second (based on an incident in Vietnam), "The Kids", an administrative error awards him he gets a Purple Heart for getting a bit of eggshell in his eye.eye, and putting it in a report as "shell fragment". Neither time does he send back the undeserved medal. In the first case, Hawkeye steals it and gives it to an underage Marine with appendicitis who lied about his age to enlist (which would put him in worse trouble, as he has been reported for identity theft and now has stolen property), in the second he second, Hawkeye steals it and gives it to a baby whose mother who was grazed by a bullet that went through his mother's abdomen shortly before she gave birth. But if Frank could have gotten the medals legitimately, stealing them would have done nothing; he would have been on record as a two-time recipient of the Purple Heart, and could have had a harrowing time getting to the hospital.them replaced.
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