M*A*S*H (1972)

8 mistakes in April Fools - chronological order

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April Fools - S8-E25

Visible crew/equipment: At the Officers' Club, after Potter and Tucker's practical joke is out of the bag and they're congratulated, when it cuts to everyone sitting at the bar, at the start of this shot the boom mic is visible at the top, left side of the screen just before it's pulled up.

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April Fools - S8-E25

Visible crew/equipment: After the scene with Klinger, who's dressed as Cleopatra, lying down on his cot in the office, when it cuts to the shot of the Swamp as it pans out, we can see the corner of the Swamp set at the top, left side of the screen.

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April Fools - S8-E25

Visible crew/equipment: After the opening credits, in the closeup of Charles and Colonel Potter just as Charles complains about what's undoubtedly awaiting them in the mess tent, there's a shadow of a moving boom mic at the top, left corner of the curtain.

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April Fools - S8-E25

Other mistake: When Charles, BJ and Hawkeye steal Margret's tent, what's left is a frame of wood, including roof beams. From other episodes we know that the tents are held up by a wooden frame around the edges and a center pole. We even know for a fact that Margret's tent is built that way, because in an earlier episode Hawkeye and Trapper saw through the center pole of Margret's tent. We also know that the construction principle of the tents hasn't fundamentally changed since then, because when Hawkeye finds the oatmeal in his boot earlier in the same episode, you can see the center pole of the Swamp.

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Frank Burns: You disgust me!
Hawkeye: You're right, Frank... I discussed you with everyone I know and we all find you disgusting.

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

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Cease-Fire - S1-E23

Question: General Clayton says that he confirmed the news of a ceasefire with "CINCOMPAC" (according to the subtitles). What the heck is CINCOMPAC?

Answer: It is actually Cencompac for Central Command of the Pacific. It is like the headquarters for all military activity in the Pacific Region (Japan, Korea, Okinawa, etc. The newer version of that is United States Pacific Command (USPACOM).


And the abbreviations were used mainly by the Navy. Especially CENCOMPAC.


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