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Big Daddy O'Reilly

1/15/2019 7:50:12 PM

"The Long-John Flap" Noticed Something New

Well, okay, this isn't anything new that I noticed, but there's a scene (usually cut in syndication), where Hawkeye is ranting about how the long-johns have been floating around the camp, and now that they've been stolen from Margaret, "only God knows where they are now."

Cut to Father Mulcahy cruising down the Compound, where Klinger turns over the long-johns to him out of guilt.

It recently occured to me what a clever and smart segue that was, given how sometimes the series would hint that Mulcahy is the closest thing to God Almighty Himself in camp, or at the very least, had the ear of God.


2/22/2019 8:37:35 AM

Indeed that stood out to me too Big Daddy. Such is the beauty and joy of owning the series on DVD and not having to watch episodes that are cut down and filled with endless annoying commercials!



2/23/2019 11:59:25 AM

Mulcahy in the book

If memory serves, the book portrayed Mulcahy (or the unit priest, don't remember if he was called Mulcahy) as a minor miracle worker. He would be called to pray over a patient in trouble, who would get better with his prayer. In season one there was one instance of him being requested for "a little cross action," with the patient coming around.
I wonder if a little of that "closest to God" thinking was behind this scene.

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