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*** Henry's death is what triggered the breakdown. That's when the promiscuous practical joker began to be replaced by a darker personality It's also when more serious characters replaced the sillier ones and Radar started to become childlike. Trapper was too much like the old Hawkeye, so he created BJ. Barely competent draftee Henry is replaced by regular army Potter. Frank was a reminder of his practical joker phase, so he creates more of an equal in Charles. Margaret mellows and becomes a friend.

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*** Henry's death is what triggered the breakdown. That's when the promiscuous practical joker began to be replaced by a darker personality It's also when more serious characters replaced the sillier ones and Radar started to become childlike. Trapper was too much like the old Hawkeye, so he created BJ.B.J.. Barely competent draftee Henry is replaced by regular army Potter. Frank was a reminder of his practical joker phase, so he creates more of an equal in Charles. Margaret mellows and becomes a friend.



* Alternately, it's not the 70s at all: it's actually a test being done in the future, far enough ahead that they don't actually know the difference between '70s culture and '50s culture. They were (will be) using different sets of clones with the same sets of memories, and the same "title" for each character- Hawkeye for the happy-go-lucky manic-not-depressive surgeon, Trapper for his PutOnABus partner and BJ for his replacement, Burns for the belligerent thinks-he-knows-it-all, Houlihan for the snarky love interest. Two of the same O'Reilly series clones (Radar) happened to be used for the groups of the movie and the television series.

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* Alternately, it's not the 70s at all: it's actually a test being done in the future, far enough ahead that they don't actually know the difference between '70s culture and '50s culture. They were (will be) using different sets of clones with the same sets of memories, and the same "title" for each character- Hawkeye for the happy-go-lucky manic-not-depressive surgeon, Trapper for his PutOnABus partner and BJ B.J. for his replacement, Burns for the belligerent thinks-he-knows-it-all, Houlihan for the snarky love interest. Two of the same O'Reilly series clones (Radar) happened to be used for the groups of the movie and the television series.



** Even more likely to keep Frank from killing the people around him. His tendency to pull the trigger while aiming at random people has been expounded above, and he even managed to shoot BJ one time.

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** Even more likely to keep Frank from killing the people around him. His tendency to pull the trigger while aiming at random people has been expounded above, and he even managed to shoot BJ B.J. one time.



** Or when he performs unnecessary appendectomy on Colonel Flagg and the colonel in "Preventative Medicine". In the latter, BJ calls him out for it, but this doesn't stop him.
** Hawkeye removing the appendix (both times that he did it) was his attempt at invoking the Zeroth Law, meaning he sought to do the least damage to the least number. He was able to rationalize breaking his Oath by reasoning that he was saving that many more lives. The rationalization was blown up in his face shortly thereafter when BJ informs him of incoming wounded.

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** Or when he performs unnecessary appendectomy on Colonel Flagg and the colonel in "Preventative Medicine". In the latter, BJ B.J. calls him out for it, but this doesn't stop him.
** Hawkeye removing the appendix (both times that he did it) was his attempt at invoking the Zeroth Law, meaning he sought to do the least damage to the least number. He was able to rationalize breaking his Oath by reasoning that he was saving that many more lives. The rationalization was blown up in his face shortly thereafter when BJ B.J. informs him of incoming wounded.



* When a wounded female guerrilla is treated at the camp, a South Korean officer known for torturing prisoners (played by {{Creator/Mako}}!) comes to the camp to take her when she is ready to travel, Hawkeye refuses to believe she could possibly be a guerrilla, even after she tries to kill a wounded US soldier (albeit found by the staff collapsed by his bed, with the unit of blood smashed on the floor) and when the officer spells it out that her life meant more to Hawkeye than it is to her, he still refuses to believe him, even attempting to evacuate her, disobeying orders from both Potter and I-Corps that he was not to interfere, yet he identified a group of Koreans as guerrillas in ''Welcome to Korea'' when they vanished into the woods and started firing on him, BJ and Radar.

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* When a wounded female guerrilla is treated at the camp, a South Korean officer known for torturing prisoners (played by {{Creator/Mako}}!) comes to the camp to take her when she is ready to travel, Hawkeye refuses to believe she could possibly be a guerrilla, even after she tries to kill a wounded US soldier (albeit found by the staff collapsed by his bed, with the unit of blood smashed on the floor) and when the officer spells it out that her life meant more to Hawkeye than it is to her, he still refuses to believe him, even attempting to evacuate her, disobeying orders from both Potter and I-Corps that he was not to interfere, yet he identified a group of Koreans as guerrillas in ''Welcome to Korea'' when they vanished into the woods and started firing on him, BJ B.J. and Radar.



His plane home crashes just like Henry Blake's did. Hawkeye and Henry leave the 4077 in surprisingly similar fashions. Both take the time to say goodbye to everyone, get a salute of respect from their comrades, kiss Margaret with surprising passion and then board a helicopter. Also note how certain BJ is that they will never see each other again.

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His plane home crashes just like Henry Blake's did. Hawkeye and Henry leave the 4077 in surprisingly similar fashions. Both take the time to say goodbye to everyone, get a salute of respect from their comrades, kiss Margaret with surprising passion and then board a helicopter. Also note how certain BJ B.J. is that they will never see each other again.



* Shortly after her meeting with Donald, Margaret took some long-overdue time off and found herself driving through Maine. She decided to look up Hawkeye in Crabapple Cove, where he now had a small but successful town practice. Hawkeye was pleased with the chance to show Margaret his hometown, and the two of them became closer than either of them had suspected; away from the war and the Army, they both realized how much they have in common, and Margaret came to fall in love with both Crabapple Cove and with the town doctor. Six months later, Hawkeye and Margaret were married in a small ceremony presided over by Father Mulcahey. Trapper John, BJ and Radar were Hawkeye's groomsmen while Nurses Baker and Kelly, and BJ's wife Peg were Margaret's bridesmaids.

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* Shortly after her meeting with Donald, Margaret took some long-overdue time off and found herself driving through Maine. She decided to look up Hawkeye in Crabapple Cove, where he now had a small but successful town practice. Hawkeye was pleased with the chance to show Margaret his hometown, and the two of them became closer than either of them had suspected; away from the war and the Army, they both realized how much they have in common, and Margaret came to fall in love with both Crabapple Cove and with the town doctor. Six months later, Hawkeye and Margaret were married in a small ceremony presided over by Father Mulcahey. Trapper John, BJ B.J. and Radar were Hawkeye's groomsmen while Nurses Baker and Kelly, and BJ's B.J.'s wife Peg were Margaret's bridesmaids.

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[[WMG: Frank Burns wasn't born in the United States]]
In one episode, Frank mentions that his family has had trouble with immigrants since they came to the shores of the United States in 1927! That would be 23 years before the start of the Korean War and Frank looks to be around 40. So, either MASH really was set in the 70s (which would make slightly more sense) or Frank was born outside the U.S. Unless he screwed up and meant to say 1827...


[[WMG: Potter will eventually feel like he's experiencing an episode of ''Series/TheTwilightZone'']]

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[[WMG: Potter will eventually feel like he's experiencing an episode of ''Series/TheTwilightZone'']]''Series/TheTwilightZone1959'']]


Just like ''Series/{{Life On Mars|2006}}'' and ''Series/AshesToAshes'' provide purgatory for Coppers, so the 4077th gives a place for those army doctors and corpsmen who have seen too much to work out their issues and move on. That is why it is a mishmash of 50s-70s stuff.

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Just like ''Series/{{Life On Mars|2006}}'' and ''Series/AshesToAshes'' ''Series/AshesToAshes2008'' provide purgatory for Coppers, so the 4077th gives a place for those army doctors and corpsmen who have seen too much to work out their issues and move on. That is why it is a mishmash of 50s-70s stuff.

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*** Henry's death is what triggered the breakdown. That's when the promiscuous practical joker began to be replaced by a darker personality It's also when more serious characters replaced the sillier ones and Radar started to become childlike. Trapper was too much like the old Hawkeye, so he created BJ. Barely competent draftee Henry is replaced by regular army Potter. Frank was a reminder of his practical joker phase, so he creates more of an equal in Charles. Margaret mellows and becomes a friend.


How did Hawkeye find out? Talking only to Frank over the phone while Frank was still at the psychiatric hospital. It's entirely possible Frank was completely delusional about his career path going forward and lied either willingly or as part of the delusion.

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How did Hawkeye find out? Talking only to Frank over the phone while Frank was still at the psychiatric hospital. It's entirely possible Frank was completely delusional about his career path going forward and lied either willingly or as part of the delusion.
delusion.[[note]]Sometimes, psychiatric patients claim that they are actually on staff or just a visiting doctor seeing how the place works, which can become NightmareFuel par excellence for ''actual'' [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosenhan_experiment professionals who have themselves committed as mental patients]] and then can't convince anyone they're not.[[/note]]



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* Not the most original theory considering Margaret voiced it all the way back in the original movie: "This isn't a hospital, it's an insane asylum! And it's your fault because you don't do anything to discourage them! [...] At first they called me Hot Lips and you let them get away with it! And then you let them get away with everything!"

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[[WMG: Colonel Potter and General Steele are cousins.]]
Before appearing as Colonel Potter, Harry Morgan appeared as the one-shot character General Steele. They look identical because they are played by the same actor, but the in-universe reason for this is family resemblance.

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*** I am lost as to which of these are anti-American (as opposed to anti-military or anti-war).


He was secretly evaluating Pierce for recruitment in the 1950s SuicideSquad.

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He was secretly evaluating Pierce for recruitment in the 1950s SuicideSquad.
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** The implication was that Flagg ''assumed'' the young man was a spy and shot him without verification, with added implication that he was, in fact, a civilian. This would seem to be born out in a later episode when Winchester tricked Flagg, and the MPs suggest that is not Flagg's first wild goose chase.


** Addressing a popular chaplain as "Padre" is a US military tradition that dates at least as far back as World War One, possibly earlier, and is not unheard of in the British Army, either. It's a detail establishing Potter as an OldSoldier and indicating that Mulcahy is a good Chaplain (troops will only call a chaplain "The Padre" if they like him).
** Klinger ''does'' look a little bit like Romero.

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** * Addressing a popular chaplain as "Padre" is a US military tradition that dates at least as far back as World War One, possibly earlier, and is not unheard of in the British Army, either. It's a detail establishing Potter as an OldSoldier and indicating that Mulcahy is a good Chaplain (troops will only call a chaplain "The Padre" if they like him).
** * Klinger ''does'' look a little bit like Romero.



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** Addressing a popular chaplain as "Padre" is a US military tradition that dates at least as far back as World War One, possibly earlier, and is not unheard of in the British Army, either. It's a detail establishing Potter as an OldSoldier and indicating that Mulcahy is a good Chaplain (troops will only call a chaplain "The Padre" if they like him).
** Klinger ''does'' look a little bit like Romero.


*** Yet Hawkeye does nothing to actually ''remove'' it from the camp, he just prevents it from being used again, despite being given a list of artillery units who would be more than happy to accept it. And, despite it be ''his'' gun, he for some reason feels the need to sneak around at night to disable it, as if he weren't allowed to do anything with it or if it was actively being used by an artillery unit. And Hawkeye ''didn't'' want to remove it from the camp in the first place; Potter had to order him to get rid of it, and Hawkeye fought him the entire time.

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*** Yet Hawkeye does nothing to actually ''remove'' it from the camp, he just prevents it from being used again, despite being given a list of artillery units who would be more than happy to accept it. Though he knows its inoperable, the Red Chinese and North Koreans whose fire it draws don't. And, despite it be ''his'' gun, he for some reason feels the need to sneak around at night to disable it, as if he weren't allowed to do anything with it or if it was actively being used by an artillery unit. And Hawkeye ''didn't'' want to remove it from the camp in the first place; Potter had to order him to get rid of it, and Hawkeye fought him the entire time.



*** If we accept that it's Hawkeye's adherence to his Hippocratic Oath at work, that makes him an IdiotHero at ''best''. A lot of the things he does will likely result in more of the young American men he ostensibly wants to save being killed or maimed.



* When the doctors go to do a prisoner swap at Rainbow Bridge, Hawkeye and Trapper try to befriend the enemy and seem at-ease with the North Koreans and chastise Frank for disliking them. This gives the impression that Americans with guns are bad, but North Koreans with guns are okay.

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* When the doctors go to do a prisoner swap at Rainbow Bridge, Hawkeye and Trapper try to befriend the enemy and seem at-ease with the North Koreans and chastise Frank for disliking them. This gives the impression that Americans with guns are bad, but North Koreans with guns (who explicitly targeted American, British, and South Korean medical personnel) are okay.


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** A good-faith agreement would have both sides show up unarmed. Going unarmed to meet your heavily-armed enemies is just plain stupid.


* Alternately, it's not the 70s at all: it's actually a test being done in the future, far enough ahead that they don't actually know the difference between '70s culture and '50s culture. They were (will be) using different sets of clones with the same sets of memories, and the same "title" for each character- Hawkeye for the happy-go-lucky manic-not-depressive surgeon, BJ for his PutOnABus partner and BJ for his replacement, Burns for the belligerent thinks-he-knows-it-all, Houlihan for the snarky love interest. Two of the same O'Reilly series clones (Radar) happened to be used for the groups of the movie and the television series.

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* Alternately, it's not the 70s at all: it's actually a test being done in the future, far enough ahead that they don't actually know the difference between '70s culture and '50s culture. They were (will be) using different sets of clones with the same sets of memories, and the same "title" for each character- Hawkeye for the happy-go-lucky manic-not-depressive surgeon, BJ Trapper for his PutOnABus partner and BJ for his replacement, Burns for the belligerent thinks-he-knows-it-all, Houlihan for the snarky love interest. Two of the same O'Reilly series clones (Radar) happened to be used for the groups of the movie and the television series.

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