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BeccaLeo1972

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Posted:
7/14/2015 1:59:54 AM

Trapper/B.J.

I'm sure this has been asked before but I think its been awhile... What kind of friendship do you see Trapper/B.J. having if Hawkeye had been the one to leave?

BeccaLeo1972

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Posted:
7/15/2015 3:25:39 AM

A solid friendship with more in common than just drinking and pulling pranks. Both men were fathers and married although Trapper cheated I think mostly it came out of fear, stress, insecurity, and lack of impulse control. B.J. would bring a maturity into the relationship along with similar temperament/perspective.

Big Daddy O'Reilly

Posted:
7/16/2015 4:45:01 PM

I imagine there being quite a bit of friction between them initially. I think Trapper would find B.J. to be a square, uptight, killjoy, while B.J. would take issue with Trapper's remorseless extra-marital activities and finding humor in Louise's justifiable paranoia.

I really don't believe Trapper cheated out of any of those things, I honestly believe he was a swinger; yes, he was impulsive and happy-go-lucky (qualities that Waynes Rogers said made him feel more comfortable in that role as opposed to playing Hawkeye), but he fooled around for the fun of it and held no remorse or guilt for his actions, and again, there's been tims where he'd receive letters from Louise hinting that she's worried about him cheating on her, and he finds them to be humorous because they're true. We even have this exchange frm the pilot:

TRAPPER: Bad news from my wife, she still loves me. Would you believe it? She still believes I got sent to Korea as part of some secret plot to cheat on her.
HAWKEYE: Well, didn't you?
TRAPPER: Yeah, but how did she figure it out?

I will say this though, I can totally see Trapper and B.J. treating each other with professional respect: both took their jobs as surgeons very seriously, and Trapper certainly was a very dedicated surgeon. Maybe overtime, they could develop a better mutual respect for each other, and maybe some of B.J. could rub off on Trapper as did Hawkeye, but I still see any initial relationship between the two of them to be fiery as opposed to how quickly Beej became friends with Hawk.

BeccaLeo1972

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Posted:
7/16/2015 9:46:47 PM

I do see B.J. and even Potter, who tended to mind his own business, not liking Trapper's cheating behavior. There is where I see chance to have learned about Trapper and Louise's marriage and whether they simply got married because he got her pregnant. Maybe it was agreed that both would discreetly have someone on the side and divorce once the girls were grown and out of the house. Of course while he was in Korea and she stateside it could be that neither cared about how many times each cheated. B.J. and Trapper definitely had the potential to be close friends even if the start was rocky. It all would've come down to what type of understanding, if any, Trapper and Louise had in terms of their marriage.

BeccaLeo1972

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Posted:
7/27/2015 2:36:03 AM

Why is Trapper married in the series when in the movie he was divorced?

BeccaLeo1972

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Posted:
10/31/2018 5:11:05 PM

My theory about Trapper and Louise is that they got married because she was pregnant. They loved each other but were not in love so separate lives where led and staying married was because of their girls.

phantomeagle

Posted:
11/1/2018 1:22:54 AM

Trapper/B.J
BeccaLeo1972 wrote:
I'm sure this has been asked before but I think its been awhile... What kind of friendship do you see Trapper/B.J. having if Hawkeye had been the one to leave?

I've always thought that they wouldn't get along. Hawkeye, being single, could go out with whomever he pleased. Trapper was married, but cheated like crazy. Remember how racked with guilt B.J was over the one night stand that he'd had with the nurse that got a Dear Jane letter.

I think he would've seriously looked down on Traps activities. I also think that they had different types of sense of humors, and that Hawk's humor were far more compatible with B.J

BeccaLeo1972

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Posted:
11/1/2018 3:54:11 PM

I still see the two as having a good friendship once they learned more about each other. B.J. realized in time that what other people did was their concern and not a reflection for him to pass judgment on.

sparky58

Posted:
11/9/2018 8:53:17 AM

BeccaLeo1972 wrote:
A solid friendship with more in common than just drinking and pulling pranks. Both men were fathers and married although Trapper cheated I think mostly it came out of fear, stress, insecurity, and lack of impulse control. B.J. would bring a maturity into the relationship along with similar temperament/perspective.

What she said, I think over time, depending on the MASH season, BJ and Trap would be like BJ and Margret? Or like Trap and Margret? Like in the supply shed. In many ways Hawk was too much the drama queen. All about him. In many ways BJ and Trap would be close to BJ and Charles maybe???

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