Hot Lips and Empty Arms - S2-E14

Continuity mistake: In Henry's office, Margaret has pins in her hair over her ears. When she comes out to see Henry, the pins are gone.

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I Hate A Mystery - S1-E10

Character mistake: When Henry is describing the fishing reel he bought for his girlfriend, he said, "with jeweled escarpment" actually it is a 'jeweled esCAPEment" not esCARPment. An escarpment is a long slope off a plateau. An escapement is a latch/release mechanism that you would find on a device like a fishing reel.

Baby, it's Cold Outside - S7-E9

Factual error: As Hawkeye performs CPR on the hypothermic soldier, he pumps his arms from his ellbows. CPR is done by keeping the arms stiff and pumping with the whole upper body. Hawkeye as a surgeon would know that. Fun Fact: You can perform CPR one-handed in a pinch, but only as long as you keep your arms stiff.

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Suggested correction: True, but doing CPR the real way is going to likely seriously injure the actor it is being performed upon.


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The Smell of Music - S6-E15

Audio problem: After Potter convinces Saunders he still wants to live, the hiss from the anesthesia machine fades out even while Potter and Saunders are still standing next to it. Neither Potter nor Saunders turned off the valve again.

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38 Across - S5-E15

Revealing mistake: Klinger makes a big show of removing a big nut from the Jeep's leaf spring. The nut is clean and shiny whereas the rest of the undercarriage is painted and dirty. If you look closely, there are no screw threads where he takes it off either, there's another hex under it. The simple reason for this is that that nut doesn't belong there and never was affixed, Jamie Farr just pretended it was.

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Love and Marriage - S3-E20

Continuity mistake: On The Bus, as Hawkeye raises Mrs. Kwang's legs for delivery, Radar is turning around, hiding his face. In the close up, Radar turns around again.

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The Moon is Not Blue - S11-E8

Continuity mistake: As Hawkeye makes his offer, Frankenheimer is sitting with his hands clasped. He starts to unclasp his hands and put them on the chair arms to stand. When the scene shifts to him alone in frame, his hands are clasped again.

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Heroes - S10-E18

Continuity mistake: As Potter is introducing Cavanaugh, his right hand is empty from the quarter profile view. In the frontal shot, he suddenly has his drink in his hand.

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Deal Me Out - S2-E13

Continuity mistake: During the poker game Frank walks in wearing a white hospital scrub, then the camera pans to Sidney and back to Frank who is now wearing a army jacket. (00:08:12)

None Like it Hot - S7-E6

Visible crew/equipment: As Klinger sits in the chair dressed in a winter coat, you can see the boom mike and light panel reflected in his shades.

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Payday - S3-E22

Continuity mistake: As Hawkeye tells Radar to send the money back, Radar's hand goes down to the counter. In the close up, his hand drops again.

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Bless You, Hawkeye - S9-E17

Visible crew/equipment: A crew member is visible in Margaret's tent when she confronts OR nurse Helen about her drinking, approximately halfway through the episode.

Kim - S2-E6

Continuity mistake: Kim was sitting on a big rock in the mine field. When Trapper comes over lifted by O'Brien, there's no big rocks anywhere.

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5 O'Clock Charlie - S2-E2

Continuity mistake: As Frank and Henry sit at Henry's desk, and Henry is holding his doll, the cigar he has goes from his mouth to hand and back again.

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Hawkeye Get Your Gun - S5-E10

Continuity mistake: In the beginning of the episode Colonel Potter is painting a portrait of Hawkeye with his feet up, and Klinger's picture is hanging to the right of the door. But in the previous episode 'Korean surgeon' Klinger's portrait is on the left side of the door and the one of Hawkeye's is on the right side of the door, even though that portrait wasn't painted until the following episode. (00:03:15 - 00:17:55)

Where There's a Will, There's a War - S10-E16

Continuity mistake: At Battalion Aid, Hawkeye gets under a table to write. An explosion knocks two of the three stacks of cardboard boxes off the table above him. When the angle changes, there's now two stacks, where there should be only one.

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Character mistake: Major Houlihan is frequently shown with very long fingernails. This is against Army regulations and highly impractical in the Operating Room.

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Suggested correction: Margaret herself is the highest ranked nurse. As such, only the commanding officer of the unit would be able to put her on report. Neither Blake nor Potter seem to care about such things when they do not affect the stability of the unit. As well, Margaret herself is very well connected among the local generals and as such would be able to get away with minor details like that.


Are You Now, Margaret? - S8-E2

Continuity mistake: After Hawkeye, BJ, and Charles enters Margaret's tent, Charles steps from behind Hawkeye to look at Williams. A moment later, after the angle changes, Charles steps from behind Hawkeye again.

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The M*A*S*H Olympics - S6-E10

Continuity mistake: As Ames is pitched the idea of diet and exercise, he has his fork up with a bite of egg on it. When Hawkeye reaches for the fork, it's upside down and clean.

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Dear Ma - S4-E16

Factual error: When the South Korean Colonel and General are in the Mess Tent with BJ, their rank insignia is wrong. The insignia the Colonel is wearing is for a U.S. Colonel, and the General's insignia would not be three stars in a horizontal line.

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

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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.


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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