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It isn't mentioned in the script, but the story must have taken place in 1953. That's the only year during the Korean War when Valentine's Day and March 28 both fell on a weekend.
This episode is unique as it takes place entirely in Rosie's Bar, an apparent (and possibly intentional) deviation from Alan Alda's insistence that at least one scene in every episode take place in the operating room.
Goof: In the closing credits, Scully's name is listed as "Jerry Scully", but he introduces himself as "Jack." Maybe it's a nickname, but he's called "Jack" every time afterwards.
When Colonel Lacy is talking to Margaret in the mess tent, the meat on his fork disappears and reappears between shots.
This entire episode has a glaring plot hole. The whole point of the situation was that Hawkeye operated on a seriously wounded North Korean first, and only then dealt with an American soldier hurt nearly as badly. It's indicated that Pierce took at least two hours for the North Korean. B.J. later states that the American soldier was "Hawkeye's patient" which implies that Hawkeye operated on him, as well. What on Earth were the other three surgeons doing for those two hours? We see B.J. working on the loud-mouthed soldier with the minor injury while Hawkeye is still working on the North Korean. That seriously wounded American soldier should have been one of the first four patients in OR, probably with Charles operating on him.
When the staff and patients go to the cave during the shelling, the staff are wearing helmets, so why wouldn't the recovering patients have helmets? Is it too impractical to lie down with a helmet on?
Any other major surgery we've seen required an anesthetist, yet here Hawkeye and Margaret knock the man out and go to it. They don't show either of them pausing to check the man's breathing, pulse or blood pressure.
In response to the bus goof, we don't know how long the bus stopped; it's possible some mechanical fault caused them to break down and take all day to fix it.
When they leave for the cave, it is dark. They show a scene of a bus driving and parking, and it's daytime. They arrive, and it's dark again.
In this episode Klinger says he and Charles are the same blood type but a season later in the episode "Life Time" Charles has to give blood to a severely wounded soldier and his blood type is totally different from Klinger's.
Since Radar was permitted to take out Nurse Nugent, rules about military fraternization between officers and enlisted apparently weren't enforced at the 4077th.
When reading the letter about her divorce, Margaret is wearing 1st Lieutenant insignia where her medical insignia is normally worn. Her normal rank insignia of Major is correctly placed.
Klinger tells his Social Security number, and it begins with "556." SSNs have always been assigned geographically (much like ZIP codes), with "556" being a code reserved for California. But as far as we know, Klinger was born and always lived in Toledo, Ohio, where he should have been assigned a number beginning with a code in the range of 268-302.
Hawkeye and BJ were complaining about the shower water being cold, but when Margaret is in the shower a few minutes later, there's steam indicating it's plenty hot.
The hymn the group sings at the Christmas party is Dona Nobis Pacem (Give Us Peace.)
In this episode, Charles loses (to the black marketeers) the winterized suit that he flaunted in front of everybody in "Baby, It's Cold Outside." Serves him right!
Radar calls the 8055th M*A*S*H unit to try to get some sodium pentathol; this is the original M*A*S*H unit on which the book, movie and tv show were based.
Klinger comments to Kwang that he's thinking of getting a howitzer himself--"Just think of the self-inflicted wound it could make!" This is the same man who once said that he would never shoot himself because he would ruin a perfectly good pair of nylons.
When Hawkeye receives the howitzer instead of his expected jeep, Potter orders him to get rid of it because the sight of it in camp will draw enemy fire. After trying in vain to have it sent to a non-combat unit, B.J. suggests that they put it out of their misery by removing the firing pin and pouring cement down the barrel to render it useless. That's all very well and good, but it still looks like a gun, which was Potter's whole point.
In the closing credits of this episode, there are still shots of wounded Private Ferguson, Rich's fellow soldier (played by Hank Ross), and of Major Winchester that weren't in any scene of the episode. In fact, Major Winchester's looks like it was taken from Season 6's "The Winchester Tapes."
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