M*A*S*H

Letters - S9-E2

Factual error: In this episode, the regulars receive and respond to letters from a Fourth-Grade class in Hawkeye's home town. Charles receives one from a little girl who says she's sent him a birch leaf. Unfortunately, the leaf he removes from her glassine envelope is a maple leaf. (Note: there was no indication that this was supposed to be her mistake.)

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Letters - S9-E2

Visible crew/equipment: While Hoops Potter is going for the camp record in free throws, in overhead shots with everyone encircling the 'basketball court' - particularly right after free throw 28 and after Potter says that he feels like a sideshow freak, the boom can be seen moving around right beside the hoop's post at the top, left side of the screen.

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Letters - S9-E2

Visible crew/equipment: While Hawkeye, BJ, and Charles are in the Swamp reading the letters, when BJ says, "Leave it to Charles to be the world's first poison pen-pal," the shadow of the boom mic can be seen moving around at the top right corner of the screen.

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Letters - S9-E2

Visible crew/equipment: While BJ, Hawkeye, and Charles are in the Swamp, when BJ starts reading the letter from the child who thinks the army is like camping out Charles takes that letter away from BJ, and just as Charles is about to sit back down the edge of the Swamp set can be seen at the top right corner of the screen.

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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: 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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Dear Dad - S1-E12

Question: A number of times it is mentioned that the outfit is unarmed, yet several times, Frank has a rifle, or a pistol, and once Klinger had a grenade, and the guards and Klinger, while on sentry duty, has a rifle. Was this standard, or is this a mistake?

Answer: Even an Army field hospital would have SOME weapons for self-defense if the enemy attacked. What's meant is that it's not a combat outfit, and therefore wouldn't have enough weapons to actually attack anyone. (It's also mentioned a few times that the Officer of the Watch is supposed to carry a pistol at all times, but Hawkeye refuses to do it when he's in charge and Colonels Blake and Potter don't enforce the rule).

Captain Defenestrator

Answer: The Geneva Convention allows even doctors to carry a sidearm to be used in their self defense or the defense of their patients, however it is rare to do so.

stiiggy

Answer: As an old medical unit staffer, my experience is that med units have combat units assigned to defend them. Usually it was marines.

Answer: My old doctor (now deceased) served in Korea during the War. He was required to carry a sidearm anytime he was not in the hospital.

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