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

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Bug Out (60 mins.) - S5-E1

Trivia: 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.

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

Trivia: 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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Sonja Marie

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

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Trivia: 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."

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Trivia: 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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Bob Blumenfeld

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

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Trivia: 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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Trivia: The only actor from the movie who also played his role regularly on TV was Gary Burghoff (Radar). G. Wood appeared three times as Brigadier General Hammond, the same role he played in the movie.

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Trivia: Timothy Brown, who plays Spearchucker Jones, was also in the 1970 film, listed as "Tim Brown", and played Corporal Judson.

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Trivia: 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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Bob Blumenfeld

Trivia: 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.

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Trivia: Stuart Margolin, who played Major Robbins (the plastic surgeon) in Season 2 Episode 18 "Operation Noselift" also played Captain Sherman (psychiatrist) in Season 1 Episode 7 "Bananas, Crackers and Nuts".

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Trivia: The actor Mako (birthname Makoto Iwamatsu) played many different roles on MASH, usually Korean (North and South) and once Chinese. In the Korean roles, Mako spoke perfectly pronounced Korean even though he was Japanese (a naturalized American in 1956). Mako also served in the U.S. Army for awhile in the early 1950's, the same time MASH is set.

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Trivia: Spearchucker Jones was removed from the series after the writers were informed that there were no black surgeons stationed at MASH (Mobile Army Surgical Hospital) units, during the Korean War.

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Life With Father - S3-E8

Trivia: In the scene where Hawkeye & Trapper are trying to figure out who the Korean woman is asking for, Trapper suggests she's looking for Captain Forrest. This could be a reference to the feature film, in which, Captain Duke Forrest is one of the swampmates.

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Trivia: 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

Trivia: 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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Trivia: 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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Out of Sight, Out of Mind - S5-E3

Trivia: 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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Radar's Report - S2-E3

Trivia: After Erika tells Hawkeye that the ring is her grandmother's and she's not married, when Hawkeye joins Erika on her cot the lights flicker on and off a few times. This flickering was real and totally unscripted, and was due to a power failure on the set, but because Alan Alda and Joan Van Ark didn't miss a beat and continued with their lines the scene wasn't reshot, and they just added the PA voiceover announcing that it's the generator again.

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Trivia: Alan Alda wore the same pair of boots during the entire run of the series, and he took them home when the series wrapped.

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Trivia: Season 4. Episode 1 "Welcome To Korea". To get past the checkpoint, Hawkeye claims Radar has neurapraxia - "disease of the nervous system that makes you foam at the mouth." This seems like the perfect setup for a joke where neurapraxia turns out to be something funny, but it is really a condition of the nervous system, but is caused by injury (usually sports related) and only causes weakness in the extremities.

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The Consultant - S3-E17

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

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Mail Call, Again - S4-E14

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

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Welcome to Korea (60 mins.) - S4-E1

Trivia: While Hawkeye, Radar, and BJ are in General Dickering's jeep, when they meet up with some GIs on the road Hawkeye asks them, "Anybody here from Maine?" and one answers that he's from Vermont, to which Hawkeye responds, "Close, but no cigar." What's funny is that earlier in the series Hawkeye has said that he's from Vermont not Maine.

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Trivia: The photograph of Mildred on Colonel Potter's desk is actually a photo of Harry Morgan's then real wife, Eileen Detchon, to whom he was married for 45 years and who passed away 2 years after the series wrapped.

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Goodbye, Farewell and Amen - S11-E16

Trivia: A real wildfire occurred at the Fox Ranch M*A*S*H outdoor set, located in Malibu Creek State Park, destroying the entire set. The fire was filmed, and the producers and writers decided to incorporate the fire in the reworked script for the series finale.

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Goodbye, Farewell and Amen - S11-E16

Trivia: The M*A*S*H finale "Goodbye, Farewell and Amen" was actually shot earlier in season 11's production schedule. "As Time Goes By" was the final episode shot.

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As Time Goes By - S11-E15

Trivia: The final episode of the series to be filmed was "As Time Goes By" and the very last scene shot was the scene with the time capsule. The cast of M*A*S*H buried a real time capsule to commemorate the production wrap.

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Give and Take - S11-E14

Trivia: In the swamp, there's a black and white photo of a lady hanging over Winchester's area that can be seen behind Mulcahy as he rants at Charles. If you look closely, it's the same photo referred to many times by Frank Burns as a picture of his mother.

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Trivia: Robert Altman, director of the 1970 film on which the series is based, strongly disliked the show.

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Trivia: The pictures painted by Col. Potter throughout the show actually were painted by Harry Morgan, the actor playing Col. Potter, who is an amateur painter in real life.

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Springtime - S3-E6

Trivia: When Trapper and Hawkeye bring in the wedding cake, you can see two brides on top of it.

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Trivia: "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..

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Soldier of the Month - S4-E12

Trivia: 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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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.

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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.

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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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Charles Austin Miller

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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The Army-Navy Game - S1-E20

Trivia: Radar is talking with Henry. In this episode, Radar is smoking a cigar, and drinking alcohol, something he did in "Chief Surgeon Who?" But in a later episode, he has trouble when Potter is trying to teach how to smoke a cigar.

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Suggested correction: Dr Freedman explains this as the war causing Radar to regress to a more childlike state, helped along by Potter as more of a father figure.

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The Army-Navy Game - S1-E20

Trivia: Three bits of trivia. (1) The game was total fiction, with a final score of Navy 42, Army 36. No Army-Navy game has ended with that score. (2) The radio announcer says it is the 53rd Army-Navy game. The 53rd game was played in 1952, with Navy winning 7-0. (3) Though not named in the credits, host Tom Kennedy was the voice of the radio commentator, a fact he confirmed in an interview in 2003.

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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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Hot Lips and Empty Arms - S2-E14

Trivia: In the O.R., as Hot Lips is on a rant, a shot of a bottle of blood is smashing on the floor. This is a re-used shot from Season 2, Episode 3, "Radar's Report"

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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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Chief Surgeon Who? - S1-E4

Trivia: The picture of Hawkeye hung on the pole was taken when he poked up out of a duffel bag trying to sneak up on Lt. Dish in the pilot episode.

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Letters - S9-E2

Trivia: After Radar had gone home, the opening sequence showing the choppers flying in before the title card comes up was altered to omit Radar on the left side of the shot. In this episode's opening, the original with Radar was used.

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Private Charles Lamb - S3-E14

Trivia: When Frank demands the Greek soldier's name and serial number, he gives Frank the number in Greek numerals. It translates to 2688125.

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The Interview - S4-E24

Trivia: Toward the end, as you hear clips from the characters, they show a chopper landing at an Aid Station. If you look closely, you can see the shot is re-used from the opening of the earlier episode "Smilin' Jack".

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Big Mac - S3-E21

Trivia: During the clean up scene, a bugle call is heard playing over the P.A. System. Assuming that the scene was shot in the late afternoon (5 p.m. possibly), the call being played is called "Retreat", done when the U.S. Flag is lowered and folded for the day.

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Quo Vadis, Captain Chandler - S4-E9

Trivia: In this episode, Radar's real first name is finally given as Walter. Until this episode, he was always referred to, even by himself to visiting officers and in reports, as 'Radar'.

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Hawkeye Get Your Gun - S5-E10

Trivia: When Potter orders Hawkeye to fire his gun, Hawkeye fires only five shots, not seven like he rightfully should firing a Colt M1911 service pistol. It looks like after the fifth shot his gun malfunctioned and wouldn't fire, he even pulls the trigger two more times. Being a good actor, Alda doesn't ruin the take but keeps on acting. Later they forgot to change the dialogue though: Hawkeye says to Potter "You fired as many shots as I did" when in fact Potter fired seven and Hawkeye only five.

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