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Season 4. Episode 1 "Welcome To Korea". At the end of the episode the new commanding officer, Colonel Sherman Potter, played by Harry Morgan is introduced. In Season 3 Episode 1 "The General Flipped at Dawn", Harry Morgan played Major General Bartford Hamilton Steele.

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Gary Burghoff's left hand was slightly deformed, and he often hid it behind his clipboard during filming.

M*A*S*H - The Pilot - S1-E1

According to the M*A*S*H A&E Biography they were not allowed to have blood on any of the doctors/nurses outfits in this episode. The network didn't even want them to be in the operating room in the first episode.

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Both the movie M*A*S*H and the TV show M*A*S*H were based on the experiences of Dr Richard Hooker. In 1968, he authored, MASH: A Novel About Three Army Doctors. Subsequently he refused to watch the TV show, feeling it was too liberal.

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M*A*S*H the TV show lasted 8 yrs longer than the actual Korean War did.

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Bug Out (60 mins.) - S5-E1

Early on in this episode a scene takes place in the shower between Harry Morgan and William Christopher. Right before the scene ends William pulls the chain on the lever for the shower to turn on, but the water doesn't come on; in fact when he notices the water doesn't come on, he holds onto the chain and the lever actually comes off. You can tell by his facial expressions this was totally unexpected, but since this was the end of the scene and no further dialog was needed, it was left in.

Kario Salem, who played a youngster in season 4's "deluge" also played Private Weston in season 10's "follies of the living-concerns of the dead."

While he was known for the role, William Christopher didn't play Father Mulcahy in the series' pilot.

The only episode whose name was displayed during the broadcast run (as versus on the DVDs) was the final one, "Goodbye, Farewell and Amen."

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On February 15, 1996, McLean Stevenson died of a heart attack. The following day, Roger Bowen – who played Stevenson's role in the film – also died of a heart attack.

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In one episode, Hawkeye says to Radar, "You're a good man, Charlie Brown", a reference to the off-Broadway show of the same name based on Charles Schultz' Peanuts characters. Because the show didn't debut until 1967, this would appear to be a mistake, but it is not. The reference was intentional, an inside joke: Gary Burghoff played the title role in that play.

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During the whole series, the same short loop of background chatter is used in every OR scene. You can make out the words "Doctor, do you want me to hold that for you?" and "Irrigate this!" over and over again.

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The Moon is Not Blue - S11-E8

The movie shown in the mess tent in this episode is "State Fair". Everybody boos when it comes on. Harry Morgan (Col. Potter) played a crooked carney in "State Fair".

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The Consultant - S3-E17

The consultant whom Hawkeye and Trapper meet in Japan is played by Alan Alda's father Robert.

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Out of Sight, Out of Mind - S5-E3

When Hawkeye is temporarily blinded, he meets a soldier, Tom Straw, whose face is covered in bandages having just been blinded in battle. He is played by Tom Sullivan, who is actually blind in real life. This is the first episode that Judy Farrell, ex-wife of Mike Farrell (B.J.), appears as Nurse Abel.

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All of the characters, based on the characters from Richard Hooker's novel, were composites of people Hooker knew, met casually, worked with, or heard about.

Mail Call, Again - S4-E14

In the home movie of Radar's family, Radar's mother is played by Gary Burghoff, who plays Radar.

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"Suicide is Painless", the show's theme song, was a UK No 1 single in 1980. However, the producers couldn't use the original version for a TV series theme due to the nature of the lyrics..

Soldier of the Month - S4-E12

When Igor salutes Hawkeye and BJ as they enter the Post-Op, he bangs the stove, making a "Doinggg" sound. Together with the crisp parade-ground salute, it's really hilarious once you have spotted it. If you wonder whether or not it was deliberate, you can almost see Igor slipping something into his pocket as he exits.

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Season 2 Episode 5 "Dear Dad ... Three". Hawkeye and Trapper tell the racist soldier the story of Dr. Charles Drew. Drew was the inventor of techniques for separating and storing blood products. He was in a bad car accident and, legend has it, died because the 'whites only' hospital refused to give him a transfusion. This is an urban myth - he did die after that accident but was treated properly at the hospital.

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PA System: Attention all personnel. Due to the shortage of oil and wood, tonight's movie will be burned at 1800.

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Near the end of the episode Hawkeye is finishing his letter to his father. He writes "kiss mom and sis", but later in the series we find out that his mother died when he was a kid and he doesn't have any siblings.

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