M*A*S*H

The General Flipped at Dawn - S3-E1

Corrected entry: Actor Lynnette Mettey was introduced in the episode "Carry On Hawkeye" (series 2) as Lt. Anderson - in the episode "The General Flipped At Dawn" her character's name changed to Nurse Baker.

Correction: Several actors throughout the series play different characters. Example: the actor who plays general Steele plays Colonel Potter in seasons 4-11.

Show generally

Corrected entry: Between season 2 and season 3, the interior decoration of the officers' club changes radically. Up to season 2, it's furnished with wicker chairs and tables and has a picture of General MacArthur at the wall, from season 3 on, it has the familiar look with the tables made from tires and the unit insignia on the wall.

Doc

Correction: As you say, it happens in-between seasons. Given the 4077th's successful track record, the higher-ups may reward them with better equipment for the Officers' Club. (At one point, they save the life of an officer's son, and he gives them an upgrade to the club as well. Who's to say that hasn't happened more than once?).

Captain Defenestrator

Pressure Points - S10-E15

Corrected entry: In this episode, Potter and company are being introduced to white phosphorous that is starting to be used. But in Season 2, Episode 1, "Divided We Stand", as Henry and Hawkeye come out of the O.R. a wounded soldier is brought in on a Jeep with white phosphorous burns, and they knew what to do.

Movie Nut

Correction: Even if they knew how to deal with it at the time, the information might not have been common knowledge. As WP came to be used more frequently, the Army would send instructors to field hospitals to make certain everyone was up on the latest technique for dealing with it. (Col. Potter was also not in the earlier episode you mention, and he wants to hear the information).

Captain Defenestrator

Period of Adjustment - S8-E6

Corrected entry: Rosie says she took the darts away from Klinger and BJ, but there are still plenty of darts sticking in and around the dartboard.

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Doc

Correction: Rosie said she took them away AFTER they began throwing them at the dartboard. Therefore there would be some in and around the dartboard. And since Klinger and BJ were drunk, they likely wouldn't have thought to grab them from the board.

The Consultant - S3-E17

Corrected entry: The only ones who knew Dr. Borelli was in camp was Radar, Hawkeye, Trapper, and Henry. Since they were the only ones who knew him at all, how did Frank and Hotlips find out so quick?

Movie Nut

Correction: Frank and Hotlips were always busy bodies around the camp and spying on the going ons of the camp. And as can be seen in other episodes, the swamp is near Hotlips' tent, so if her and Frank were in there, then it makes sense they would know pretty quick.

Dreams - S8-E22

Corrected entry: When she comes down the steps in BJ's dream, the backdrop behind where she's standing at the top of the stairs is white. When BJ goes back to work, the OR doors open, and the top of the stairs is now black.

Movie Nut

Correction: What you're noting is BJ's dream (more a nightmare) with his wife Peg. She first appears at the top of a phantom stairway with a white backdrop, at the OR's outer doors - where stairs don't actually exist. When Peg leaves she walks up the phantom stairway with a black backdrop, which has moved and changed direction, and is now at the OR's inner doors - where stairs don't really exist either. During the dream BJ's dressed in a white tuxedo and they're dancing through the OR - where dancing never occurs. When Potter hands BJ the scalpel, BJ performs surgery in his tuxedo - which would never happen. This is a dream sequence involving a non-existent stairway with a non-existent backdrop, and formal attire and dancing in the OR. The significance of a stairway becomes clear in 9x14 "Oh, How We Danced" when BJ reveals to Hawkeye his dream of an evening with Peg. And even within this episode's dream we can infer that to BJ, seeing Peg with the white background at the top of the stairs of the outer room, is as if she's heaven-sent, and to him it represents life, joy, and being home with his wife, but later when they're in the OR Peg's forced to leave on the stairs which are now at the OR's doors, and within BJ's dream it's as if the OR is his personal hell and the black backdrop represents his reality of war, death, and BJ being away from his wife and family.

Super Grover

Sticky Wicket - S1-E21

Corrected entry: In the Swamp, Hawkeye, Trapper and Radar are playing with red backed cards, and Ugly John is holding blue back cards.

Movie Nut

Correction: Being in the middle of nowhere and a mobile facility, it's not hard to imagine a situation where some cards from both decks got lost and they decided to combine two partial decks. (They might then choose to ignore the fact that they could tell which cards are from which deck out of sportsmanship).

Captain Defenestrator

B.J. Papa San - S7-E15

Corrected entry: As Potter realizes who is in the jeep, he quickly salutes and drops his hand. After the angle changes, the General salutes. By regulations, Potter, as the lower rank, should have held his salute until Gen. Prescott returned the salute.

Movie Nut

Correction: By regulation he should have done that. However, a MASH unit is hardly a parade ground and "hash marks" Potter isn't very gung ho on military protocol in the first place. Also what is true for a first lieutenant thirty years junior years younger isn't necessarily true for a full colonel the same age. Regulations aside, customs differ greatly in this area. In some units insisting on a parade ground salute from a near-equal rank would be considered an insult. Also, a convincing case could be made that potter's "abbreviated" salute was a breach of regulations in the other direction, because salutes usually aren't permitted in the field. Long story short, Potter's salute is perfectly in character with him, and makes perfect sense in the context.

Tuttle - S1-E15

Corrected entry: At the credits, the fictional character is mentioned: "Tuttle.........as himself"

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Correction: This is a joke and not a mistake. By "fictional character", you do not mean one created by MASH writers for the show, but a fake Captain made up by Hawkeye and Trapper. It was just a funny way of saying since Tuttle only existed on paper, that paper existence was real and fictional.

Bishop73

Good-Bye Radar (Part 1) - S8-E4

Corrected entry: Hawkeye gives the nurse an order of one quarter gram of morphine (250mg) for a soldier. That dose if given by IV, which is almost always how drugs were dispensed in MASH units and specifically on that show, would almost certainly kill him. There is no way Hawkeye with his talent and expertise wouldn't make absolutely certain that he would have made clear it was to be given orally, and more relevant is he simply would not order morphine, "by the gram."

Correction: Hawkeye does not order one quarter GRAM of morphine but one quarter GRAIN, being 19.2 milligrams, which is a perfectly logical dosage: "5-20 mg every four hours as needed" according to some medical almanac I had lying around. Also, wikipedia states 200 mg as "the minimum lethal dose" unless a person is oversensitive and goes on to explain that persons with a high tolerance (especially addicts and regular users) can take up to 3000mg per day, so this mistake is wrong in more than one way, as it wouldn't "almost certainly kill him" either.

Doc

Good-Bye Radar (Part 1) - S8-E4

Corrected entry: When talking to Klinger, Radar tells him that "Nobody helped me when I took this job." Yet later on, when Potter is among those complaining about Klinger, Mulcahy tells him about "a real Bozo" that had trouble with the simplest of tasks. And that Col. Blake took the guy under his wing, and helped him grow into the job.

Movie Nut

Correction: This error is taking the dialogue too literally. Radar isn't implying that nobody taught him, just that he had to work his way into the job himself, and without having anyone to fall back on if he dropped the ball. He is saying that Klinger should stop whining and make the effort, just like he had to back then.

Old Soldiers - S8-E18

Corrected entry: When the Col. is explaining the circumstances, he says "1918 to be exact". When they begin to drink the cognac, he says "As I recall, it was smooth in 17".

Correction: Potter says "1917, to be exact" and "it was mighty smooth in '17".

C*A*V*E - S7-E20

Corrected entry: When Hawkeye and Margaret are operating on Lovett, Hawkeye hooks a clamp on to the light to adjust it. In the next shot it disappears and later it reappears.

Correction: The angle of the camera changes, but the clamp is never removed, you can even see it on Hawkeye's scrubs. The change in angle keeps your from being able to see the side of the like he hooked the clamp to.

Bug Out (60 mins.) - S5-E1

Corrected entry: When Hawkeye and Radar are talking to the recon men, an explosion goes off behind them, with no sound of the incoming shell.

Movie Nut

Correction: Not every shell automatically produces a sound audible beforehand at the location of impact. In fact, many artillery shells arrive on target at close to the speed of sound or even supersonic, making it physically impossible to hear any flight sound before the impact.

Doc

The Joker is Wild - S11-E4

Corrected entry: To avoid being the last victim of the jokes, Hawkeye sets his bed up in the compound, surrounding it with barbed wire. Trouble is, the wire is wrapped in such a way as it would be impossible to him get over or through without getting cut to shreds.

Movie Nut

Correction: He probably stepped into the circle of his cot then pulled the wire around him.

Greg Dwyer

The Joker is Wild - S11-E4

Corrected entry: When BJ and Hawkeye are at the desk in Post Op, Margaret comes in to blame BJ for the missing fabric in her bathrobe. He claims that it wasn't him, but pulls a piece of fabric out of the desk drawer that he claims to have "coincidentally" noticed there. He never touched the desk drawer, and had come in only a minute before. The only way that he could have known about it was to have placed it there beforehand.

Correction: Exactly. He (or even Margaret) put it there after it was cut.

Tuttle - S1-E15

Corrected entry: Hawkeye and Trapper make Tuttle an alumnus of "Berlin Polytechnic" and translate that (wrongly) as "Berlinishes Polytechnikum". Berlin's polytechnic university was named "Technische Hochschule Berlin" at the relevant time - and at no time offered a medical curriculum. To study medicine in Berlin, Tuttle would have to attend "Freie Universität Berlin" instead.

Doc

Correction: And how are Hawkeye and Trapper suppose to know that? They are after all, making all this up. It is never meant to be factual.

MasterOfAll

Hawk's Nightmare - S5-E13

Corrected entry: At the end of the episode, Hawkeye asks Sidney if he's going crazy. Sidney responds, "No. A little farshimelt perhaps, but not crazy." Farshimelt in Yiddish means spoiled, moldy. Sidney probably meant farmisht - mixed up.

Bob Blumenfeld

Correction: Elsewhere in the series, Hawkeye himself describes mental conditions with the word "moldy", which indeed is the English translation of farshimmelt, see also the German "verschimmelt" of the same meaning. Since obviously to the writers "moldy" was a legitimate if somewhat humorous description of a less-than-optimal mental condition, the word "farshimmelt" is probably not a mistake but an intentional use.

Doc

Germ Warfare - S1-E11

Corrected entry: The POW has blood type AB-, and the doctors search the records to find Frank has AB-. Type AB is the "universal receiver" and can accept a transfusion from any type blood. Type O on the other hand can only receive from another type O. The story should have been based on Type O blood.

EASYCHEEZY

Correction: While a person with AB- blood can receive any blood type that is also Rh-, it is still best medical practice to give a person only their own blood type if possible to minimize the chance of transfusion reaction.

LorgSkyegon

Heroes - S10-E18

Corrected entry: When the champ comes in, several soldiers are lying in the post-op ward, and some of them don't look likely to get out soon. After the champ suffers his stroke, the ward is empty and Cavanaugh is the only patient there. Hawkeye even says "Afraid you're going to lose your private room, Champ?" What happened to the other wounded?

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Doc

Correction: Patients get transferred out all the time. If they knew that they were going to get more wounded in, they would transfer as many as could be feasibly moved. Obviously all could be safely moved.

LorgSkyegon

Peace On Us - S7-E2

Corrected entry: During the "red party", Col. Potter can be seen holding a glass containing tomato juice or a mixture thereof. From the episode "The price of Tomato Juice," we know Potter is allergic to it. Having so recently been reminded of the fact, why would he drink more?

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Doc

Correction: Just because it's red doesn't mean it's tomato juice. It could be anything, especially given it's a "red party".

LorgSkyegon

The Army-Navy Game - S1-E20

Corrected entry: The announcer says that it will be the 53rd Army-Navy game, but the game has been played every year since 1890. The 53rd game would have been played in 1942, 8 years earlier (we know it must still be 1950 since the leaflets in the propaganda bomb are in MacArthur's name, but he was removed in April of 1951). Additionally, at the end of the episode we find out the result was Navy 42 - Army 36. While Navy won all three games during the Korean conflict, none of those games ended with such a score. The score in the 1950 game was 14-2.

Correction: There were many years (such as the mid 1890s and the last two years of WW1 for example) when there was no game.

Andy Benham

Hawkeye Get Your Gun - S5-E10

Corrected entry: After Potter mocks Hawkeye for not hitting anything, Hawkeye replies "You fired as many shots as I did". In fact, Potter fired seven shots, Hawkeye only five. On a side note, this also suggests that Hawkeye probably was supposed to fire seven times, but his weapon jammed after the fifth shot.

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Doc

Correction: Hawkeye has almost no knowledge of guns and an extreme distaste for them. This is besides the fact that both he and Col. Potter were heavily drunk and they were under enemy fire at the time. Anyone could make an error in this case, it wouldn't be a real movie mistake.

LorgSkyegon

Tuttle - S1-E15

Corrected entry: When Margaret and Frank look over Tuttle's file, Margaret reads aloud the words "Berlinishes Polytechnikum". The correct German wording would be "Berliner Polytechnikum". While this could be ascribed to a mistake of Hawkeye or Trapper, no indication of that being the case is given in the show.

Correction: It is indicated. That is what Hawkeye says as he writes it down. He doesn't know German well.

LorgSkyegon

Show generally

Corrected entry: In many episodes throughout the show, much is made of the supposedly extreme weather the people of the MASH unit faced (especially in "The Interview," the final episode of season four). In actual fact, Korea is in the temperate zone. Although high humidity would have made winter temps seem colder and summer temps hotter, staff from many places in the states would not find these extreme in the least. You can check out the temps at www.rao-osan.com/osan-info/korea/climate.htm.

Correction: Korean winters might usually be merely cold rather than bitter, but the winter of 1950 was bitter. Additionally, a lot of the fighting in that year was in the interior at high altitudes; Chosin Reservoir is about 1,000 m ASL. And at the Battle of Chosin Reservoir, the mercury bottomed out at -35°F (-37°C) - only 10°F warmer than the record lowest temperature ever recorded in Korea. Troops were fighting out in the open in these conditions, with little of no shelter, for some 11 days.And that's just the lowest temperature recorded by a trained meteorologist; some unofficial thermometers at the hospital broke the -50 mark.

Show generally

Corrected entry: It seems Colonel Potter has a love hate relationship with artillery/guns at the MASH. First, Potter orders Hawkeye to get rid of an artillery piece he received in lieu of payment of a gambling debt, for fear it will attract fire. In "Hey Doc", however, he loves the idea of having a tank in the compound to scare off snipers, with no concern that it too may attract fire. By the final episode, however, he again has an aversion to guns as he tires desperately to get a tank, left in the compound by a wounded member of the tank crew, removed as it is drawing fire.

Correction: The circumstances of the listed occasions are quite different. In case of Hawkeye's gun and the damaged tank, Colonel Potter does not want the camp to appear to be armed for fear of becoming a "valid military target" despite the red cross. In the sniper episode however, the camp already IS under fire, so Potter tries to find a remedy. A tank as a countermeasure to snipers actually makes sense from a military point of view: They can't hurt it, but it can hurt them. In my opinion, Potter is balancing risk against profit here. This is not a plot hole.

Season 1 generally

Corrected entry: In Henry's office, during several scenes there is a diploma hanging on the wall behind the stove. It is partially obscured, but if you look carefully you can make out that it says "Henry Clay High School". Beneath that in smaller print, you can make out "Lexington, Kentucky". (I live in Lexington and this is a real high school. That's why it caught my eye.) Henry claims to have been born and raised in Bloomington, Illinois, so this diploma makes no sense.

jbdelatta

Correction: This isn't trivia, and not really a mistake, either. I was born in one city, raised in another, and graduated high school in another province entirely, returning to the city I was raised in after graduation. My diploma comes from a town in a province that I only lived in for 2 years. When asked, I say I was raised in the city I spent the most time in.

rswarrior

Taking the Fifth - S9-E9

Corrected entry: Charles starts a discussion on the army having forbidden the use of curare. The following chatter is all about how things in the M.A.S.H. OR have slowed after curare was banned, leaving us with no choice but to understand that the ban came into effect during the Korean War. Actually, curare was not approved for use by the U.S. Army at any time during the Korean War. (See "Notable Names in Anasthesia" - J. Roger Maltby, Royal Society of Medicine, Great Britain, pg. 14).

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Correction: The whole point of the discussion is to make it clear that curare was never allowed for use by the US military, however since the majority of the doctors there are not enlisted, they know of curare and how to use it on a patient. at no point is it mentioned that the banned occurred during the Korean war.

MasterOfAll

While they never specifically say that the ban occurred during the Korean war, at the beginning of the episode, Charles says "Ever since the army forbade our use of curare..." Then at the end of the episode, COL Potter says "It sure is the cat's P.J.s having our curare back." after they get some supply from another non-American unit. These conversations imply that the doctors had been allowed to use curare by the army until this point and the ban by the army is why they aren't using it any more.

The Army-Navy Game - S1-E20

Corrected entry: After the propaganda bomb goes off and they read the pamphlets, the propaganda is written in English and not Korean, even though it's supposed to be aimed at the North Koreans.

Correction: As we see in the series, many North Koreans can understand and speak English, though not all can.

Hawkeye Get Your Gun - S5-E10

Corrected entry: Hawkeye is discharging his sidearm into the air. It seems to be an (45. cal.) M1911A1, which was the most popular officer's sidearm during the Korean war, but he only shoots 5 times before announcing that that's all his bullets. The M1911A1 had a 7 shot magazine. (Potter seemingly did shoot 7 times.) Even allowing for the fact that his gun might not be fully loaded, muzzle flash is visible only after the third shot. The first and last two have none.

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Correction: This would properly have been submitted as two mistakes, neither of which is valid. 1. The gun wasn't fully loaded. 2. Muzzle flash isn't always visible.

Jason Hoffman

Patient 4077 - S6-E16

Corrected entry: Hawkeye and B.J. buy Margaret a new ring in place of the one mistakenly thrown out by Klinger. The peddler says, "Cheap setting, miracle glue". Cyanoacrylate glues were first discovered during WWII but were not commercially developed, as it was thought their quality of sticking to everything was a nuisance. It was rediscovered during the 50s but was not sold until 1958, five years after the end of the war. The second mistake is on this site: the episode was not called "Patient 4077," but "Patent 4077."

Correction: This is not a mistake - he is using the word 'miracle' as a description, not a name. Americans call Miracle Glue 'Crazy Glue' (in the UK we call it Super Glue). It probably isn't cyanoacrylate he is talking about. The second 'error' isn't even a film/television error in the first place.

Show generally

Corrected entry: To show the horrors of war, Alan Alda had it written into his contract that there had to be at least one scene in each episode that took place inside the operating room. The exception is the episode 'Hawkeye', of season 4, where after Pierce is injured in a jeep accident the episode takes place at a Korean family's home.

Correction: Also, in the 4th season episode "The Bus" there is no scene in an operating room. However, the doctors do treat the Korean soldier's leg injury on the bus.

The Late Captain Pierce - S4-E4

Corrected entry: Captain Pratt refers to a comment made by George Orwell in 1984, however M*A*S*H is set in the 1950s.

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childsy_1985

Correction: Nineteen Eighty-Four is a book written by George Orwell and published in 1949. Pratt had obviously read it by the early 50's.

Guy

Show generally

Corrected entry: In the opening title sequence the two helicopters go in front of the mountain. If you watch the lead helicopter very carefully when it first goes in front of the mountain it disappears for a split second and reappears.

Correction: This is not correct. It is merely the angle and the cropping of the shot. The two helicopters do come together, then the shot changes for a split second, and in later episodes/series the cropping of the shot shows only one helicopter. However, in earlier episodes/series the shot is not cropped so tightly, and when it changes the second helicopter is very close to screen right and disappears off screen almost instantaneously.

5 O'Clock Charlie - S2-E2

Corrected entry: When Frank learns he is to take command of the MASH, he says "I just wish I'd taken ROTC in school" However, in Season 2 Episode 2 "Five O-Clock Charlie" he says that he learned gunnery in the ROTC.

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jle

Correction: As demonstrated throughout the series, Frank is the type of person who will exaggerate or outright lie about himself to impress others. When put in a situation where he must actually perform, he usually fails spectacularly. Pumping up his ROTC credentials is just one example.

Heroes - S10-E18

Corrected entry: When Father Mulcahy is talking to the Champ on his deathbed, he is wearing Captain's bars on his shirt despite being a Lieutenant.

Correction: He was promoted to Captain in Season 8, Episode 13.

William Bergquist

Mail Call Three - S6-E20

Corrected entry: BJ gives his home phone number as 555-2657; in the 1950's, phone numbers were generally given in a TWo-letter-five-number format e.g. "PEnnsylvania-6-5000" or "BEechwood-4-5789".

Correction: This is not a mistake. First 'generally' doesn't cut it - they might be the exception. Also, film makers are required by law to use unassigned telephone numbers, and have always used 555 as a prefix as such numbers are never used in real life.

Abyssinia, Henry - S3-E24

Corrected entry: The cast was not told that Mclean Stevenson's character Henry was going to be killed off until the last possible second so that the shocked reaction of the cast was used in the show to reflect the reactions of the characters at the death of Henry.

Sonja Marie

Correction: Larry Gelbart has stated numerous times that all of the actors knew exactly what was happening and that there were in fact two takes of this scene, with the second take being the one used. To paraphrase what Mr. Gelbart typed in alt.fan.mash "What we see on the screen is called acting, and Gary and the rest of the cast performed superbly"

Soldier of the Month - S4-E12

Corrected entry: When Radar gets his breakfast he is given a large dollop of mashed potatoes. When he sits down to eat, the potatoes are gone and there is something unidentifiable in their place.

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jle

Correction: The mashed potatoes remain on the tray throughout. We see Klinger pour gravy over them as Radar reaches the end of the serving line, which is why the colour is different when Radar takes his food to the table.

pinkwafer

Show generally

Corrected entry: Trapper John and Hawkeye have a gin still in the Swamp. Distilling gin requires a constant supply of freshwater, large amounts of juniper berries, coriander (and other flavourings), magnesium carbonate, and potassium carbonate. Burnt alum and pipe clay are needed for filtering. Where do they manage to find these things in war-torn Korea in the Fifties?

Correction: They are in a MASH unit. They could probably order most of the stuff as medical supplies. Some of the flavorings could be from the black market or sent from home. Also, they CALL it gin - but everyone pretty much agrees that it is mostly rotgut hootch - therefore, there are a lot of things that can be used for flavoring.

Zwn Annwn

Show generally

Corrected entry: I don't know the episode number; I have seen it a few times. Hawkeye is in the Col office with a few of the boys, they have a discussion and Hawkeye says "here's to 1984". Seeing the Korean war ended in 1953.

Correction: He is making a sarcastic toast to the political and social situation in Korea during the war, comparing to the dystopian world of Orwell's "1984".

Show generally

Corrected entry: Wouldn't Col. Flagg arouse suspicion to his superiors by regularly visiting an American medical unit? He wouldn't have been given orders on every occasion to check it out, and both Blake and Potter would likely have complained about his attitude towards their doctors (especially Hawkeye).

Andy Benham

Correction: Because Flagg was supposed to be an intelligence officer and only appeared in 6 episodes between 1974-1979 it is likely his visits may not have gained much attention from superiors and he would probably often work unsupervised and somewhat undirected. As for Blake and Potter, as well as the rest of the MASH unit, Flagg was largely considered a joke and hardly worth the effort to seriously bother over.

OneHappyHusky

Show generally

Corrected entry: In the pilot episode, the MASH unit holds the raffle to send Ho Jon to medical school. In the rest of the series, Ho Jon is still at the MASH unit.

He's My Brother

Correction: According to IMDb character Ho Jon last appeared in "Ceasefire" aired 3/18/1973 in the second to the last episode of the first season. This would make sense for him to attend classes the following Fall term as in incoming freshman.

OneHappyHusky

The Moose - S1-E5

Corrected entry: Season 1 Episode 5 "The Moose". When they're playing poker, Hawkeye is sitting at an angle so that Sgt. Baker cannot see the earpiece that Hawkeye is wearing. However, Hawkeye sometimes turns his head enough for us to see his ear and, since the camera angle is over Baker's shoulder, Baker must have been able to see the earpiece too and realise he was being cheated.

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jle

Correction: Hawkeye is pretending to be listening to a football game with the ear piece.

The Long-John Flap - S1-E19

Corrected entry: In this episode Radar trades a pair of long johns for a whole leg of lamb that we assume he plans to eat. But in the episode "Private Charles Lamb" Radar is horrified when the Greeks give the camp a live lamb for them to eat.

Sonja Marie

Correction: This is not an error. Radar is not vegetarian, and has no problem eating meat. However, he finds a big difference between a cut of meat arriving on his plate - and actually "meeting" the animal who will go on to become dinner.

pinkwafer

The Incubator - S2-E12

Corrected entry: The Logan Ramsey character tells Hawkeye and Trapper that with enough notice he could get them anything, even a B-52. The first B-52A entered service in 1954, a year after the Korean War ended.

Bruce

Correction: If it entered sevice so soon after, it would have been in development during the Korean War - it is possible he may be referring to a test version.

Andy Benham

'Twas the Day after Christmas - S10-E9

Corrected entry: The officers are supposed to change places with the enlisted, Nurse Kelly is a Lt, but she supposedly changed places with another officer.

Correction: It seems all of the nurses were at least Lts. You never met a corporal or private nurse. So to switch, they "promoted" a lower ranking nurse.

Check-Up - S3-E7

Corrected entry: When Hawkeye takes Lt. Hoolihan's blood pressure, he attaches the cuff below her elbow. Blood pressure cuffs must go above the elbow.

Correction: I haven't seen the episode, but a blood pressure cuff does not need to be above the elbow, it just needs to be over an artery, any artery close enough to the surface to get a reading. Often, if the arms are too large, or if there are problems with the upper arm, a cuff may be placed below the elbow, around the wrist, even on legs if there is no other place, though that doesn't happen very often.

Nikki

Bug Out (60 mins.) - S5-E1

Corrected entry: While Klinger is collecting toilet paper from the latrines, he's singing/chanting the theme music from "Bridge on the River Kwai" (known as the Colonel Bogie March, BTW). That movie wasn't released until several years after the war.

Correction: The music itself was written during World War I and was associated with soldiers during both World Wars. Klinger would have been familiar with it before the release of the film that kept it famous.

jle

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

Corrected entry: Season 1 Episode 1 "M*A*S*H - The Pilot". Hammond calls Margaret "Hotlips" and Hawkeye and Trapper react as if it is the first time they have heard the nickname. However, Hawkeye called her this earlier on at the beginning of the party.

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jle

Correction: They were surprised the General knew her nickname, which was created in the movie after the two Majors "enjoyed" themselves.

Show generally

Corrected entry: Throughout the series, several PA announcements are heard around camp, voiced by Sal Viscuso or Todd Susman. However, we never see anyone but Radar or Klinger manning the PA system, and as it is based in the clerk's office, it would seem odd for someone else to come in to make the announcements.

pinkwafer

Correction: Too much of an assumption. I think this unknown soldier falls into the category I call "Invisible Characters": those people on some TV shows who are nearby, but are never seen. Among such characters are Pete's wife Gladys on December Bride, Carlton, the doorman on Rhoda, Norm's wife Vera on Cheers and, of course, Niles' wife Maris on Frasier.

Bob Blumenfeld

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Quotes

Henry Blake: All I know is what they taught me at command school. There are certain rules about a war, and rule number one is that young men die. And rule number two is that doctors can't change rule number one.

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Mistakes

Hawkeye calls a number of people into the mess tent over the PA - the ones he allegedly suspects of being behind the thefts he is suspected of himself. Interestingly enough, Ho Jon, later revealed to be the guilty party, is not on Hawkeye's list - yet he shows up uninvited, just to be ensnared by Hawk's clever ploy. Note also that he had no way of knowing what the purpose of the meeting was, so we cannot ascribe to him the motive of wanting to find out how much Hawkeye knew.

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Trivia

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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