Follow TV Tropes

Following

History Series / Mash

Go To


Added DiffLines:

* AnimalLover: Walter O'Reilly tends to a small menagerie of animals in the camp and once saved a lamb from being made into lamb chops.


* AccentSlipUp: In the episode "Dear Comrade" where the narrating character, Kwang, is a new houseboy Dr. Charles Winchester hires to clean around his area, get his food, ect, and is a North Korean spy. When he talks with the Americans, Kwang uses broken English as is stereotypical of an Asian learning English second. In the final scene when he is celebrating with the doctors drinking some good whiskey, he ends up speaking better English than previously shown. The doctors, while thoroughly inebriated as well, take note of the improvement but Kwang simply states it is the good whiskey causing it to everyone's laughter.

to:

* AccentSlipUp: In the episode "Dear Comrade" where the narrating character, Kwang, is a new houseboy Dr. Charles Winchester hires to clean around his area, get his food, ect, etc., and is a North Korean spy. When he talks with the Americans, Kwang uses broken English as is stereotypical of an Asian learning English second. In the final scene when he is celebrating with the doctors drinking some good whiskey, he ends up speaking better English than previously shown. The doctors, while thoroughly inebriated as well, take note of the improvement but Kwang simply states it is the good whiskey causing it to everyone's laughter.


** B.J. Hunnicutt is a [[DownplayedTrope downplayed]] example for Trapper John as he function very similarly to him. However, B.J. was a family man who love his wife Peg to the point the he felt ashamed that he cheated on her. In contrast, Trapper constantly cheated on his wife with zero regret for his actions. There was also a contrast in morals. One episode during BJ's tenure recycled a plot from an earlier episode with Trapper. Hawkeye wants to perform unneccessary surgery to keep a particularly callous officer off the front for a little while longer. Trapper had gone along with that plan no problem, BJ considers it a horrific violation of the Hippocratic Oath. This severly strains Hawkeye and BJ's friendship ([[RealLifeWritesThePlot and strained Alan Alda and Mike Farrel's working relationship]]).

to:

** B.J. Hunnicutt is a [[DownplayedTrope downplayed]] example for Trapper John as he function very similarly to him. However, B.J. was a family man who love his wife Peg to the point the he felt ashamed that he cheated on her. In contrast, Trapper constantly cheated on his wife with zero regret for his actions. There was also a contrast in morals. One episode during BJ's B.J.'s tenure recycled a plot from an earlier episode with Trapper. Hawkeye wants to perform unneccessary surgery to keep a particularly callous officer off the front for a little while longer. Trapper had gone along with that plan no problem, BJ B.J. considers it a horrific violation of the Hippocratic Oath. This severly strains Hawkeye and BJ's B.J.'s friendship ([[RealLifeWritesThePlot and strained Alan Alda and Mike Farrel's working relationship]]).



* Doesn'tKnowTheirOwnBirthday: B.J. couldn't make it home in time for his daughter Erin's birthday, so in the GrandFinale, the camp cheers him up with a birthday celebration for a Korean orphan whom they claim was born on the same day as Erin. They later admit that they have no idea when the Korean orphan was born, and they just selected a child who looked to be the right age. BJ is still touched by the gesture.

to:

* Doesn'tKnowTheirOwnBirthday: DoesntKnowTheirOwnBirthday: B.J. couldn't make it home in time for his daughter Erin's birthday, so in the GrandFinale, the camp cheers him up with a birthday celebration for a Korean orphan whom they claim was born on the same day as Erin. They later admit that they have no idea when the Korean orphan was born, and they just selected a child who looked to be the right age. BJ B.J. is still touched by the gesture.

Added DiffLines:

* HotDrinkCure: Defied when Hawkeye tries to convince the British medics not to give tea to patients with abdominal wounds because it can make things worse.

Added DiffLines:

* NotSoRemote: In "They Call the Wind Korea", Klinger and Charles are out in a Jeep (Klinger was taking Charles to the airport, as he was going to Tokyo for R & R) when a bad storm breaks out. They take refuge in an overturned truck, and find several wounded Greek soldiers inside, whom Charles must treat without adequate medical supplies. The next morning Klinger goes out in search of more resources and discovers that they were only a short distance away from camp the entire time.


*** Not only does it break the Aesop, it doesn't even make sense. The characters are established to work absurdly hard at highly physical duties, including carrying stretchers, for extremely long hours. If they aren't up to righting an ambulance, it's because they're ''tired'', not out of shape.)

to:

*** Not only does it break the Aesop, it doesn't even make sense. The characters are established to work absurdly hard at highly physical duties, including carrying stretchers, for extremely long hours. If they aren't up to righting an ambulance, it's because they're ''tired'', not out of shape.)


* HopeSpot: Lt. Col. Henry Blake is eligible for discharge, which would allow him to return to Bloomington, IL to be with his wife and family. [[spoiler: He never makes it back, and he is killed when his plane is shot down with no survivors. The final scene announcing Blake's death was kept a secret from all of the cast except Alda, to evoke genuine sadness and shock.]]

to:

* HopeSpot: Lt. Col. Henry Blake is eligible for discharge, discharge in "Abyssinia, Henry", which would allow him to return to Bloomington, IL to be with his wife and family. [[spoiler: He never makes it back, and he is killed when his plane is shot down with no survivors. The final scene announcing Blake's death was kept a secret from all of the cast except Alda, to evoke genuine sadness and shock.]]

Added DiffLines:

* HopeSpot: Lt. Col. Henry Blake is eligible for discharge, which would allow him to return to Bloomington, IL to be with his wife and family. [[spoiler: He never makes it back, and he is killed when his plane is shot down with no survivors. The final scene announcing Blake's death was kept a secret from all of the cast except Alda, to evoke genuine sadness and shock.]]


* [[AnimatedAdaptation Animated Parody]]: Filmation's ''M*U*S*H'', a segment of the Saturday Morning Kid's Show ''Series/UncleCrocsBlock''.

to:

* [[AnimatedAdaptation Animated Parody]]: Filmation's ''M*U*S*H'', a segment of the Saturday Morning Kid's Show ''Series/UncleCrocsBlock''.''WesternAnimation/UncleCrocsBlock''.


* HollywoodAtheist: Averted with Corporal Klinger, who at first seems to be a Catholic. Several seasons in Father Mulcahey catches Klinger praying. Mulcahey questions him, asking why he would do this, being an atheist. Klinger responds, "Gave it up for Lent." In other episodes, indications that he's a Muslim appear, for instance referring to Allah or saying he prayed that Allah would help Mulcahy. In any case, he is always positively, if pretty eccentric.

to:

* HollywoodAtheist: Averted with Corporal Klinger, who at first seems to be a Catholic. Several seasons in Father Mulcahey Mulcahy catches Klinger praying. Mulcahey Mulcahy questions him, asking why he would do this, being an atheist. Klinger responds, "Gave it up for Lent." In other episodes, indications that he's a Muslim appear, for instance referring to Allah or saying he prayed that Allah would help Mulcahy. In any case, he is always positively, if pretty eccentric.



** A mild case occurs with Father Mulcahy, of all people. Frank had asked the Father to give a sermon on temperance. However, Mulcahy was uncomfortable with the subject ("The Prodigal Son" and "Turn the Other Cheek" being more familiar territory for him). Needing to calm his nerves, he has a drink from a bottle gifted to him by a greatful soldier. It may have been a case of it being some unusually potent stuff, or it may be that the good Father CantHoldHisLiquor, but the result was that Mulcahy delivered his temperance sermon while drunk.

to:

** A mild case occurs with Father Mulcahy, of all people. Frank had asked the Father to give a sermon on temperance. However, Mulcahy was uncomfortable with the subject ("The Prodigal Son" and "Turn the Other Cheek" being more familiar territory for him). Needing to calm his nerves, he has a drink from a bottle gifted to him by a greatful grateful soldier. It may have been a case of it being some unusually potent stuff, or it may be that the good Father CantHoldHisLiquor, but the result was that Mulcahy delivered his temperance sermon while drunk.



** Henry, in the episode "Henry Please Come Home", decides to give up his newly-found life of luxury in Tokyo, in favor of returning to the danger and generally poor lifestyle of the 4077th.

to:

** Henry, in the episode "Henry Please Come Home", decides to give up his newly-found newfound life of luxury in Tokyo, in favor of returning to the danger and generally poor lifestyle of the 4077th.



* IdentityAmnesia / NapoleonDelusion: In "Quo Vadis, Captain Chandler?", a bomber pilot claims to be UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}}. Everyone thinks he's pulling a scam at first, but it turns out losing his identity was the only way he could escape his guilt about being a long-term bombardier.

to:

* IdentityAmnesia / NapoleonDelusion: IdentityAmnesia[=/=]NapoleonDelusion: In "Quo Vadis, Captain Chandler?", a bomber pilot claims to be UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}}. Everyone thinks he's pulling a scam at first, but it turns out losing his identity was the only way he could escape his guilt about being a long-term bombardier.



** Another episode has Sidney Freedman visiting the 4077 and Father Mulcahy coming to him, saying he has a friend who he's kind of worried about, because "things aren't going so well for him, and he's feeling a little low". When Sidney smiles and asks who the friend is, Mulcahy tells him it's ''him'', Sidney (who has, in fact, been feeling depressed over a patient who committed suicide). They then have a nice little therapy-for-the-therapist chat.

to:

** Another episode has Sidney Freedman visiting the 4077 and Father Mulcahy coming to him, saying he has a friend who he's kind of worried about, because "things aren't going so well for him, and he's feeling a little low". When Sidney smiles and asks who the friend is, Mulcahy tells him it's ''him'', Sidney (who has, in fact, been feeling depressed over a patient who committed suicide).blames him for his getting re-injured). They then have a nice little therapy-for-the-therapist chat.



*** The shells would often drop into the center of camp or, on occassion, blow up boxes and such sitting around ([[RunningGag and sometimes the latrine]]). How they missed the large central building with the big red '+' on top is anyone's guess.

to:

*** The shells would often drop into the center of camp or, on occassion, occasion, blow up boxes and such sitting around ([[RunningGag and sometimes the latrine]]). How they missed the large central building with the big red '+' on top is anyone's guess.



* InitialismTitle: Of course, "MASH" is not exclusive to the fiction of the series. In the real-world, Mobile Army Surgical Hospitals, like the one in which the series is based, are indeed referred to as "[=MASH=]es" or "MASH units". Their successors, officially titled Combat Support Hospitals, are still commonly referred to as "[=MASH=]es".

to:

* InitialismTitle: Of course, "MASH" is not exclusive to the fiction of the series. In the real-world, real world, Mobile Army Surgical Hospitals, like the one in which the series is based, are indeed referred to as "[=MASH=]es" or "MASH units". Their successors, officially titled Combat Support Hospitals, are still commonly referred to as "[=MASH=]es".



-->'''Hot Lips:''' (''to Henry Blake'') Why don't you stop masquerading as a commanding officer? You're nothing but a spineless, mealymouthed, fly-fishing impostor!

to:

-->'''Hot Lips:''' (''to Henry Blake'') Why don't you stop masquerading as a commanding officer? You're nothing but a spineless, mealymouthed, mealy-mouthed, fly-fishing impostor!



-->'''Hawkeye:''' Right. He's a ''genuine'' spineless, mealymouthed fly-fisherman.

to:

-->'''Hawkeye:''' Right. He's a ''genuine'' spineless, mealymouthed mealy-mouthed fly-fisherman.


* AnArmAndALeg: Several episodes deal with patients who lost limbs in battle and are coming to grips with the results. One episode showing Charles' better side dealt with a patient who didn't actually ''lose'' a limb, but sustained nerve damage to several fingers that, since he was a gifted, Julliard-trained pianist, he believes is just as bad as losing the limb outright.

to:

* AnArmAndALeg: Several episodes deal with patients who lost limbs in battle and are coming to grips with the results. One episode showing Charles' better side dealt with a patient who didn't actually ''lose'' a limb, but sustained nerve damage to several fingers that, since he was a gifted, Julliard-trained Juilliard-trained pianist, he believes is just as bad as losing the limb outright.


* AnArmAndALeg: Several episodes deal with patients who lost limbs in battle and are coming to grips with the results. One episode showing Charles' better side dealt with a patient who didn't actually ''lose'' a limb, but sustained nerve damage to several fingers that, since he was a gifted, Juliard-trained pianist, he believes is just as bad as losing the limb outright.

to:

* AnArmAndALeg: Several episodes deal with patients who lost limbs in battle and are coming to grips with the results. One episode showing Charles' better side dealt with a patient who didn't actually ''lose'' a limb, but sustained nerve damage to several fingers that, since he was a gifted, Juliard-trained Julliard-trained pianist, he believes is just as bad as losing the limb outright.

Added DiffLines:

*** In "Movie Tonight", Radar shows off his impression of Creator/JohnWayne, but the line he quotes ("I'm not gonna hit ya, I'm not...the Hell I'm not!") is lifted from ''Film/McLintock'', which was released in 1963.

Added DiffLines:

* ContrastingReplacementCharacter: Every replacement surgeon.
** Henry Blake was the commanding officer and TheAllegedBoss who both Trapper and Hawkeye would go around his orders and who Burns and Hotlips had no respect for. The Korean War was also his first war and he wasn't that very militant. In contrast, Sherman Potter was a regular Army Man who was part of two previous wars. He also commanded much more respect from the other staffs and wasn't afraid to actually command.
** Frank Burns was a {{Jerkass}} and whose surgery skills was subpar at best. He was also bullied by Hawkeye and Trapper and later B.J.. His replacement, Charles Winchester, was more of a JerkWithAHeartOfGold and was a excellent surgeon. His relationship with Hawkeye and B.J. was also slightly better and he wasn't above in playing pranks.
** B.J. Hunnicutt is a [[DownplayedTrope downplayed]] example for Trapper John as he function very similarly to him. However, B.J. was a family man who love his wife Peg to the point the he felt ashamed that he cheated on her. In contrast, Trapper constantly cheated on his wife with zero regret for his actions. There was also a contrast in morals. One episode during BJ's tenure recycled a plot from an earlier episode with Trapper. Hawkeye wants to perform unneccessary surgery to keep a particularly callous officer off the front for a little while longer. Trapper had gone along with that plan no problem, BJ considers it a horrific violation of the Hippocratic Oath. This severly strains Hawkeye and BJ's friendship ([[RealLifeWritesThePlot and strained Alan Alda and Mike Farrel's working relationship]]).


* CastHerd: In the early seasons, the show often tended to split into three of these: Hawkeye/Trapper, Henry/Radar, Frank/HotLips.

to:

* CastHerd: In the early seasons, the show often tended to split into three of these: Hawkeye/Trapper, Henry/Radar, Frank/HotLips.Frank/Margaret.

Showing 15 edit(s) of 1784

Top

How well does it match the trope?

Example of:

/

Media sources:

/

Report