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BeccaLeo1972

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Posted:
10/5/2018 4:40:14 PM

Re-Write

If you were able to re-write and direct one episode of Mash, from when it was in production, which would you choose?

FinestKindinTN

Email: ryvan@aol.com

Posted:
10/12/2018 10:47:53 AM

Tough question

First, I wouldn't make any episode better by redoing it.
Second, I don't really think of fixing episodes - I think of scrapping them.
Third, for the most part when I think of MASH episodes, I mostly think of them as average, good, very good, or great.

One of my least favorite is Comrades in Arms. It felt forced to me. Had they not inserted the sex, the episode would have been very similar to an earlier episode.

I don't think I would have let Radar turn grumpy in season eight right before he left. If he was going to turn grumpy, he should have gotten grumpier in seasons six or seven. It was like his grumpy switch just got flipped.

BeccaLeo1972

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Posted:
10/12/2018 3:50:42 PM

Yes, i too think mostly about either not moving forward with a story, like in Comrades in Arms, or with the direction of a character like Frank breaking down all through Season 5.

Beth

Posted:
10/14/2018 6:08:34 AM

I was going to say I couldn't think of any episode, but if I had to choose one it would be Margaret's Engagement. She falls too hard and too fast and gets engaged to a guy that turns out to be a complete loser. Not that people haven't done it in real life, but it felt more like an excuse to set up Larry Linville's departure at the end of the season and was handled poorly. If she had to get engaged in this doomed way, I'd have made them either meet in a previous episode so at least we'd have heard of the guy, or delay the engagement till the middle of the season. Also, they really handled poorly Frank suddenly being open about his relationship with Margaret. I would have fixed that too.

Also, I would have taken that stupid folding chair out of the Father Mulcahy scene in I Hate a Mystery. The scene would have been much better just relying on the dialogue.

Dani

Posted:
10/21/2018 4:12:03 PM

Beth wrote:
I was going to say I couldn't think of any episode, but if I had to choose one it would be Margaret's Engagement. She falls too hard and too fast and gets engaged to a guy that turns out to be a complete loser. Not that people haven't done it in real life, but it felt more like an excuse to set up Larry Linville's departure at the end of the season and was handled poorly. If she had to get engaged in this doomed way, I'd have made them either meet in a previous episode so at least we'd have heard of the guy, or delay the engagement till the middle of the season. Also, they really handled poorly Frank suddenly being open about his relationship with Margaret. I would have fixed that too.

Also, I would have taken that stupid folding chair out of the Father Mulcahy scene in I Hate a Mystery. The scene would have been much better just relying on the dialogue.

I agree, I wasn't fond of that episode either. A strong woman like Margaret would never fall for a buffoonish guy like Donald Penobscot. Also, The syndicated version of that one ends with a sad Frank saying "Goodbye Margaret" as the chopper departs. I actually think it was a better ending for a character like Frank Burns rather than the uncut version which ends with a scene in the Swamp (I don't remember the actually dialogue, I haven't seen this one in a long time).

sparky58

Posted:
10/25/2018 4:20:29 AM

Guerrilla my Dreams

I always hated that one, especially the part where Hawk and BJ seem so sanctimonious like they could never believe that a woman could be a killer and let down their guard with her around other troops. It almost appears like Potter and Winchester are in on it too?? Maybe it's meant to expose the character flaws in Hawk and BJ? But I don't get it? Don't know how I would re-write it or how I would do it, but I just don't get it.

Now the one with Roy Dupree from the eight-O, sixty-three, That one I would just scrap!! ;-)

Big Daddy O'Reilly

Posted:
10/27/2018 3:10:52 AM

I've already done individual threads like this for rewrites I would have done, but now I can't find them.

BeccaLeo1972

Email: gmail.com

Posted:
10/27/2018 4:56:44 PM

sparky58 wrote:
I always hated that one, especially the part where Hawk and BJ seem so sanctimonious like they could never believe that a woman could be a killer and let down their guard with her around other troops. It almost appears like Potter and Winchester are in on it too?? Maybe it's meant to expose the character flaws in Hawk and BJ? But I don't get it? Don't know how I would re-write it or how I would do it, but I just don't get it.

Now the one with Roy Dupree from the eight-O, sixty-three, That one I would just scrap!! ;-)

I'm not a fan of Guerrilla My Dreams either as i find it out of character for them to believe she was completely innocent.

FinestKindinTN

Email: ryvan@aol.com

Posted:
10/31/2018 9:47:19 AM

sparky58 wrote:
I always hated that one, especially the part where Hawk and BJ seem so sanctimonious like they could never believe that a woman could be a killer and let down their guard with her around other troops. It almost appears like Potter and Winchester are in on it too?? Maybe it's meant to expose the character flaws in Hawk and BJ? But I don't get it? Don't know how I would re-write it or how I would do it, but I just don't get it.

Now the one with Roy Dupree from the eight-O, sixty-three, That one I would just scrap!! ;-)

Good one. I forgot about this one. Yeah, it was another one to scrap.

I didn't have a problem with the Roy Dupree episode. Not in the all-time great category, mind you, but a decent one. I liked Potter telling Sophie she could step on his hat if she wanted and Charles actually appreciating Hawkeye's return at the end. I did have a hard time taking George Lindsey seriously as a doctor after remembering him from Andy Griffith and Hee Haw.

Beth

Posted:
11/5/2018 6:23:04 AM

I enjoy Temporary Duty, if anything because it was the start of Charles loosening up. Even if he was always viewing himself as separate and apart from the others in camp, he could get along with or agree with the other Swamp rats more than Frank ever could.

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