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BeccaLeo1972

Posted:
8/14/2017 5:42:30 PM

11 Seasons

Is there any topic Mash didn't address in its 11 seasons? Except for Hawkeye getting a nurse pregnant which yes, i know was a rejected script about two nurses claiming to be carrying his child in order to get back at him for two timing.

phantomeagle

Posted:
8/14/2017 8:01:54 PM

After season 10.
BeccaLeo1972 wrote:
Is there any topic Mash didn't address in its 11 seasons? Except for Hawkeye getting a nurse pregnant which yes, i know was a rejected script about two nurses claiming to be carrying his child in order to get back at him for two timing.

The writers, directors, Harry Morgan, Alan Alda, and more were getting set to start filming Season 11. They kept going over idea, after idea, after idea. They realized, after a couple dozen ideas that had been done that it was time to end the show, so Season 11 was 15 episodes, and then G.F.A. the final episode actually filmed was "As Time Goes By"

FinestKindinTN

Posted:
8/14/2017 10:55:43 PM

Charles' family never visited - not necessarily the camp, but never even to Tokyo. Seems like a family of means could have come over once. Not that it would be much of an idea for an episode. I just figured if Potter's wife could do it, Charles' family could.

phantomeagle

Posted:
8/15/2017 3:10:54 PM

probably wouldn't happen
FinestKindinTN wrote:
Charles' family never visited - not necessarily the camp, but never even to Tokyo. Seems like a family of means could have come over once. Not that it would be much of an idea for an episode. I just figured if Potter's wife could do it, Charles' family could.

If memory serves, when I was living in S. Korea in the mid 70s, I distinctly remember hearing from the people we were associated with, that civilian travel was severely restricted during the Korean War. Very few citizens were allowed to travel. Remember that Henry died when his plane was shot down. Civilian planes would've been huge targets, so therefore, flying to Japan would've been ultra rare, and limited to Japanese and Korean expats returning home, or injured that got treated in Honolulu.

As far as Mildred is concerned, she probably rode on a military plane. Being the wife of a Colonel, she was likely able to ride on a supply plane.

FinestKindinTN

Posted:
8/15/2017 8:30:38 PM

Good point on the air travel - didn't think about that.

One angle they could have done - that I'm so glad they didn't - was "adopting" a Korean family or a child as a recurring character. I think there were enough episodes that showed allowing any sort of connection to a local was not going to end well.

BeccaLeo1972

Posted:
9/2/2017 9:43:29 PM

A nurse revealing an abusive relationship or marriage and joining the army as a way out is the only topic i don't think they covered.

FinestKindinTN

Posted:
9/3/2017 6:02:58 PM

I was trying to remember if an episode ever portrayed the army or the government favorably. Did a general or the US government do anything positive in an episode? I mean, other than ending the Korean War.

phantomeagle

Posted:
9/4/2017 12:46:57 PM

Your Retention Please.
FinestKindinTN wrote:
I was trying to remember if an episode ever portrayed the army or the government favorably. Did a general or the US government do anything positive in an episode? I mean, other than ending the Korean War.

Joe Vickers, the totally unpleasant recruitment officer that tried to trick Klinger into re-enlisting.

Potter saved the day when Klinger demanded that he stay in the army as he was upset when his best friend was marrying his ex wife. Potter made him say the oath. Fortunately, for Klinger, Potter had him give the Oath of the POTUS.

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