The Joker is Wild - S11-E4

Trivia: Most of the time in the series, when they're filming on the sound stage, you can see the apex of the roof, and the background behind it. But this time, they hung cargo netting that draped just below the top of the roof so that you can't see the background. This is also noticeable when you can tell that they're filming on location. There's no cargo netting at the tops of buildings.

Trivia: Throughout the series, Nurses Able and Baker are often seen or heard of. "Able" and "Baker" stand for the letters A and B in the civilian spelling alphabet, just like Alpha and Bravo do in the Nato spelling alphabet. "Nurse Able" and "Nurse Baker" are just plain old Nurse A and Nurse B - not very creative but whatever works, I guess.

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Springtime - S3-E6

Trivia: In the background, two soldiers are washing an ambulance. As Hawkeye and Mulchahy walk by, one empties a bucket over the other's head - and not for the first time: the shot must have taken several takes. (00:06:00)

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As You Were - S2-E20

Trivia: When Radar was on the phone saying he was an officer, he answered "Uh, well, I'm, uh, nineteen." I know it was for the show, but when this episode aired in 1974, Gary Burghoff was 31 years old at the time.

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Major Ego - S7-E8

Trivia: As Tom takes Margaret between the stacks of equipment, the top crate closest to the camera on the right side of the screen has ICE CREAM CHURNS stenciled on it, and 'M.A.S.H. 8063 RD' in white. Possibly a mistaken delivery.

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Trivia: Charles is implied to be a bit older than Hawkeye, BJ, and Klinger and is older than Radar by over a decade. In real life. David Ogden Stiers (Charles) and Gary Burghoff (Radar) were the two youngest of the main cast members. They were born less than 7 months apart.

Trivia: After Harry Morgan joined the cast as Col. Sherman T. Potter, the character is shown numerous times painting portraits of the main characters. However, he never painted them. The studio prop master farmed out the work to local talent who was happy for the work. None of those artists have been named.

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Suggested correction: This entry is contradictory with another Trivia item which states that Harry Morgan, being an amateur painter in real life, did indeed produce at least some of the paintings.

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Trivia: The University of Illinois sweater Blake sometimes wears is an actual U of I sweater of the correct vintage that a fan donated to the show.


Trivia: Klinger was only going to appear in one episode. However, he proved to be so popular that he became a regular.


Trivia: The cast usually wore sneakers, army boots proved to be too noisy.


Trivia: The actor Jeff Maxwell, who played Igor through the series, had his voice dubbed in two episodes by fellow actor Johnny Haymer, who played Sgt. Zale. Season 5: "Mulcahy's War" and season 6: "Fade In, Fade out".


Trivia: Throughout its long run on American television, M*A*S*H employed "canned laughter" (recorded audience laughter used to punctuate humorous lines of dialogue and comedic antics). However, the producers deliberately omitted the canned laughter in every surgery scene, even when the jokes were still flying thick and fast.

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Trivia: Jamie Farr (who played the cross-dressing Corporal and later Sergeant Maxwell Klinger) really did serve in the U.S. Army in Japan and Korea for two years, starting in 1955. When he joined the M*A*S*H television series in the 1970s, Jamie Farr wore his actual U.S. Army dog-tags in every appearance.

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Private Finance - S8-E8

Trivia: In this episode, Mulcahy has trouble playing a piece on the piano. In other episodes, he played much better. In truth, William Christopher was an accomplished pianist that played "mean ragtime."

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Dear Dad - S1-E12

Trivia: Interestingly, Klinger is seen in full standard uniform. Otherwise, for the next several seasons until he takes over as clerk, he almost strictly wears dresses. In real life, Jamie Farr phased out the dresses so his kids wouldn't be teased in school.

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Cowboy - S1-E8

Trivia: While Trapper's operating on Goldstein, the one who was brought in by Cowboy, Father Mulcahy sweetly recites in Hebrew a condensed and bit jumbled version of the Jewish prayer, "Mi Sheberach," usually said for someone who is in need of healing.

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Death Takes a Holiday - S9-E5

Visible crew/equipment: After Charles confronts Choi Sung Ho about the candy, Ho explains that he sold it on the black market to buy real food, and when Ho reenters the mess tent through the side door, we can see that outside there's a director's chair, which actors also use, with something printed on its back.

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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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