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  • Eleven seasons of Sanity Slippage starts revving up with "Bananas Crackers and Nuts", as while Hawkeye’s exaggerating this time, he’s also genuinely acting out and not doing great. On the other side, Margaret sounds afraid of Sherman when he gets too close, and is set up to be attacked by him because of Trapper, Radar and a vengeful Hawkeye. She’s sobbing in Frank’s arms afterwards.
  • The scene in "Radar's Report" where Trapper confronts and contemplates murdering the Chinese prisoner whom he holds responsible for the death of one of his patients. The scariest thing about it is the strong implication Trapper would really have gone through with it were it not for Hawkeye showing up.
  • With no laugh track, Hawkeye’s breakdown in “For Want Of A Boot” about how much he’s degraded himself enough that he just wants a gun to kill himself is some terrifying OOC Is Serious Business, and yet another scene where it feels like he’s crying out for help but gets ignored.
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  • “Rainbow Bridge” is one of the rare times where fear of rape is taken seriously, and when Margaret says it’s a tactic of the enemy, Hawkeye looks genuinely afraid before covering up with a joke. And later, while it’s okay because Frank’s tiny gun gets laughed at, he and Trapper sound terrified (with oh crap smiles) when they learn that he bought one along in the first place.
    Trapper: I’d like to see my wife again.
    Hawkeye: I’d like to see anyone’s wife again.
  • The manner in which Colonel Wortman fanatically describes how General Kelly's death should really be seen by the public eye in "Iron Guts Kelly" can appear really unnerving to some. It doubles when Wortman decides to stage Kelly's suitably-dramatic death by contacting the Navy for offshore bombardment on a sector that was previously mentioned as having no fighting going on, meaning he was willing to shell and kill his own forces to fake the circumstances of Kelly's demise.
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  • Lieutenant Smith holds the entire medical unit at gunpoint throughout "A Full Rich Day" and never lets up on his threats and intimidation until the sergeant he brought in for treatment is looked after by the doctors.
  • In "Mad Dogs and Servicemen", a traumatised Corporal Travis comes out of his shell to Trapper, going on to describe how he and his unit were helplessly mown down by enemy tanks.
    Travis: Those tanks... they just kept coming and coming. They were so big. They were so big, you know. And... they killed everyone. They killed them even after they were dead. I... I tried. I really tried. But I couldn't move. I... I... I didn't fire my rifle. I didn't throw my grenade. I... I didn't do anything. I just laid there like some coward!
  • If you think conditions for the 4077 are tough, especially when the unit endures barrage after barrage of shellfire, then chances are you haven't seen the episode "Aid Station" yet.
  • In "It Happened One Night", a patient resting in the post-op ward, Abbott, is morbidly tense, warning the doctors away from him, a clear sign he's on the edge of a breakdown. As shelling starts to hit the camp, the inevitable occurs and Abbott flies into a blind panic. By the time Margaret and Hawkeye get him to calm down, the man is in tears and whimpering, pleading for the explosions to be stopped. He continues to break down for the rest of the episode, snapping at Margaret and yelling at Klinger. Then, as another bout of shelling hits the camp, he panics again, begging miserably for the doctors to let him die before the artillery can kill him. Hawkeye and Margaret's last altercation with him leads to the chief surgeon and head nurse having to physically struggle with him and sedate him. And that's the last we see of him in the episode.
  • As one-note parody as Frank can often be, Larry Linville called him terrifying, and he shows that in “The Novocaine Mutiny”, showing no remorse over eradicating people like Hawkeye so “Americans can conform and be made free”.
    • That same ep shows a hilarious yet frightening glimpse into how Frank sees and remembers things, including a shot where he pushes a soldier with a bandaged head and more in a wheelchair telling him to go back to the front. Mind you again, this is in his own mind.
  • In “The Interview”, Hawkeye’s description of what it’s like at night, realising you’re terrified because the cot is shaking. Three reasons: the situation itself sounds horrifying, it’s a scarily relatable dissociation mood, and the ongoing theme he has of his repressed life/war trauma creeping into his sleep.
  • “The General’s Practitioner” is one that gets scarier as you get older, with everyone acting like the general is after Hawkeye for more personal reasons than having his own doctor, refuses to actually listen to Hawkeye after the last second, and Potter is trying to protect his vulnerable surgeon.
  • The episode "Dreams" has a very Twilight Zone-y feel to it. As it includes dream scenes like Margaret in a bloody wedding dress (As you see in the page image) with her wedding bed covered in wounded soldiers, and Hawkeye losing his arms and screaming to the sound of helicopters, or Father Mulcahey's dream where he's Pope and starts to deliver a sermon next to a giant crucifix (shown only from the knees down)... only for dripping blood to splatter on his Bible from the the crucifix, now showing the legs of a soldier.
    • Really, the sole purpose of the entire episode seems to have been to invoke various forms of Nightmare Fuel both in universe and out. The only dream that's even remotely happy is Potter's (and even he joins the others in trying to not fall asleep again despite everyone being exhausted) and the other dreams range from implicitly tragic to outright disturbing. The episode is frequently cited as being the most uncomfortable and/or distressing to watch of the entire series to the point where it's not uncommon to hear people say they experienced nightmares themselves after viewing it for the first time.
    • Charles' dream. He's a magician performing for the 4077 until a critically wounded patient wheels itself in. A visibly distressed Charles keeps performing magic tricks until the patient dies. And this patient makes some genuinely distressing choking-like sounds as he succumbs to his wounds.
    • Klinger dreams of finally returning to Toledo, only for the streets to be completely deserted. He walks along the empty streets until he passes by a shop window, where he sees himself back at the MASH being operated on.
  • The ghosts in "Follies of the Living - Concerns of the Dead".
  • The scenes in "Point of View" where Private Rich is choking and struggling to breathe due to his throat injury. Since the episode is shot from his point of view, we don't actually see what the injury looks like, but the sounds alone are terrifying.
  • After Charles has been taking amphetamines for too long in "Dr. Winchester and Mr. Hyde," his health takes a downward tumble and he can only answer, "I don't know! I don't know!" when Hawkeye and B.J. ask him what's wrong and not because he's lying about taking the amphetamines, but because he seriously doesn't know what they're doing to him! It's terrifying for those who have experienced or witnessed someone suddenly thrown into the same situation regardless of the cause.
  • The situation that Charles and Klinger wind up in in "They Call the Wind Korea," lost, stranded with a handful of injured soldiers, woefully under-equipped for their circumstances, and the strong possibility of any one or all of them dying from exposure during the night. Add the fact that Charles has to perform a few surgical procedures sans anesthesia.
  • What happens to Dr. Steve Newsom (Edward Herrmann) in "Heal Thyself". He's showing subtle signs of his true mental state from the beginning and the disclosure that he served at the Pusan perimeter is another clue. The real nightmare fuel is what Pierce and Hunnicutt say at the end: Newsom's fate could be theirs, at any time. And for Hawkeye it is, in GFA.
  • The first portion of "Life Time" is this and a combination of Nausea Fuel as Hawkeye spends the first several minutes with his unwashed, unprotected hand inside a man's chest to stop some bleeding until Margaret can find the clamp they need.
    • Something similar happens a few times when a patient flatlines only for the doctor (usually Hawkeye) to cut open the man's chest and perform an open-heart massage. And it's only the first time it comes up that it's treated as unusual, meaning that they have to do this regularly.
    • The patient waking up in the middle of surgery and begins screaming until they administer more anesthesia.
  • On a couple of occasions, a patient has started to wake up during surgery.
  • In the series finale, the reveal of Hawkeye's Sanity Slippage: during a bus trip where everyone had to be completely silent while the North Koreans were looking for them, a woman couldn't keep a chicken quiet and ended up killing it. Hawkeye's weeping over this seems a bit over the top...but then the camera pans down and reveals the woman was actually forced to kill her baby while tearfully looking him right in the eye, such a horrific sight that Hawkeye suffered a mental break and insisted on remembering it as a chicken.
  • "Bless You Hawkeye" is commonly admitted by LGBT+ fans (even if it wasn’t meant that way, Hawkeye loved Billy so much that he couldn’t even bring himself to admit he hated him) and victims of abuse (Sidney’s comment about bedrooms being a battlefield, Billy laughing as he pushes baby Hawk into the water and says “you’re so clumsy, you’d be dead if it weren’t for me”) to be a rough episode to get through. What makes it worse is you can see easy setting up of it in previous episodes with Hawkeye not wanting to talk about a first love in “The Bus” and his dream in “Dreams” being helpless on a boat, and his Trauma-Induced Amnesia repeats in “Goodbye Farewell And Amen”.
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