M*A*S*H

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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Sometimes You Hear the Bullet - S1-E17

Henry Blake: All I know is what they taught me at command school. There are certain rules about a war, and rule number one is that young men die. And rule number two is that doctors can't change rule number one.

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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).

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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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