M*A*S*H

Strange Bedfellows - S11-E11

Corrected entry: When Col. Potter is talking to Father Mulcahy about his son-in-law's rendezvous, Father Mulcahy says he has seen the 6th commandment take a beating, but "Thou shalt not commit adultery" is actually the 7th commandment.

Correction: Yes, according to Protestants (and others) it's the 7th commandment which states not to commit adultery, however, according to the Roman Catholic Church (and Lutheranism) it is indeed the 6th commandment just as Father Mulcahy asserts, and since Father Mulcahy is a devout Catholic military chaplain, his statement, "I've seen the 6th commandment take quite a beating," holds perfectly true for his character.

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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
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Correction: The famous march whistled by the POW in the movie wasn't composed for it but is actually the "Colonel Bogey March" composed in 1914 by Lieutenant F. J. Ricketts. It became immensely popular with the troops in WW2, with the somewhat rude text "Hitler has only got one ball." This is also the reason why it was whistled in that movie, because those lyrics wouldn't have gotten past the censors. That it is often (wrongly) called the "River Kwai March" today is due to the fact that the actual movie theme called that was a march superimposed on the whistling POW in the movie. So when you're listening to the movie theme, you're actually listening to two marches: Col. Bogey March, and the River Kwai March at the same time.

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Dear Sigmund - S5-E7

Corrected entry: In this episode, Sidney Freedman writes a letter to Sigmund Freud, detailing his experiences at the 4077. Freud died September 23, 1939. M*A*S*H is set during the Korean War, June 25, 1950 to July 27, 1953.

Movie Nut

Correction: Yes, Sidney's addressing Sigmund Freud in his "letter" but it's not an actual letter he's writing, it's Sidney's therapeutic way of expressing and venting his own private thoughts and feelings regarding coping mechanisms to the founder of psychoanalysis, whom he greatly respected. Sidney knows that Sigmund Freud has been dead for over a decade, and BJ even commented to Sidney that writing a letter to Sigmund Freud is a little crazy, but Sidney's reply says it all, "who better than he would understand."

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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.

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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
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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.

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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.

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Patent 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.

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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
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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
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Hot Lips is Back in Town - S7-E19

Corrected entry: The Nurses were hanging pantyhose to dry in their tent. One piece pantyhose were not available until 1959. This episode was supposedly 1952.

Correction: Please rewatch this scene, the hosiery we see is appropriate for the time. When Radar shows up at the tent, Nugent is hanging thigh-high stockings which are single leg type hosiery, not "pantyhose" which are the waist-high two legged type (00:18:55).

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I Hate A Mystery - S1-E10

Corrected entry: As Hawkeye calls the names over the P.A., the people were already on the way and entering the tent.

Movie Nut

Correction: They were simply overlaying the PA announcement with the video of the people arriving to create dramatic effect and/or save time. It isn't a mistake.

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The Most Unforgettable Characters - S5-E14

Corrected entry: In the scene where Hawkeye and BJ are actually fighting while pretending to fight; when they enter the tent, Frank is polishing his boots and whistling the theme music to The Muppet Show (1976). While The Muppet Show had already been screening for a year when this episode was first broadcast, the music was unknown in the 1950s as it was written specifically for the show by Muppets creator Jim Henson, and Sam Pottle.

Correction: The song that Frank is humming is "Happy Days are Here Again", which was copyrighted in 1929.

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Show generally

Corrected entry: Both Klinger and Radar are far too old for their rank.

hifijohn

Correction: Though the TV show M*A*S*H was on the air for 11 years, the real Korean War lasted 3 years. Radar is a corporal and states in season 2 "As You Were" that his age is 19. We don't know Corporal Klinger's age, but Max is promoted to sergeant in season 10, which in "real" time would be somewhere between the end of the second year and the third year of the real war.

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Show generally

Corrected entry: Radar is seen reading Marvel Comics that were weren't published until the mid 60s.

hifijohn

Correction: The problems with Radar's comics are already noted in the specific episodes.

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Show generally

Corrected entry: Many references to films mentioned appeared well after the Korean War.

hifijohn

Correction: A few movie anachronisms are already listed individually for the episodes, which include "McLintock!" and "The Ten Commandments." Also already listed are variations of "Godzilla" movies. If you watch an episode with an unlisted anachronistic film, submit it for that episode.

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Bombshells - S11-E6

Corrected entry: At the end, after BJ has received his Bronze Star, Colonel Potter dismisses the formation with "At Ease. Dismissed." According to Drill and Ceremonies as I learned them, this is impossible. The only legal command from the at-ease position is "Attention."

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Correction: While this is technically correct, I've had NCOs and officers call fallout or dismissed from at ease, parade rest, and rest all the time. This is in line with a unit that has as little military discipline as the 4077TH.

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Last Laugh - S6-E3

Corrected entry: Leo Bardonaro supposedly left his hat at the hotel where he used BJ's name as an alias. General Fred Fox made BJ put on the hat to prove he was at the hotel. When Leo shows back up at the Swamp he has his hat back on.

Correction: He could easily have more than one hat.

Greg Dwyer
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...or have gotten another one from a depot.

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The Army-Navy Game - S1-E20

Corrected entry: 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.

Movie Nut

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.

Greg Dwyer
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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.

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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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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: 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: 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).

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