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The time seems to be off from the clock on the screen. In the operating room Hawkeye said that he's had his hand in the wounded soldier's chest for ten minutes. The clock only said 1436.
This episode is nearly identical to the Season 4 episode "The Bus" in which Hawkeye, B.J., Col. Potter, Frank and Radar get lost on the way back to camp and and run across a Korean soldier who wants to surrender. Soon Tek Oh plays the surrendering soldier in both episodes!
When Klinger comes to the Swamp to hide, Charles comments that he thought Klinger had given up dresses. Klinger states directly that (except for emergencies) he has done so.
There is absolutely no way a military medical unit would give up a trained medic (Klinger) and turn him into a company clerk. Both medic and clerk are specific military occupational specialties requiring months of training. The 4077th would have gotten a new clerk trained in that MOS.
Colonel Potter asks Father Mulcahy "You wouldn't lie to a Presbyterian, would you?" - but in Colonel Potter's first appearance, "Change of Command" (Season 4) he says he is a Methodist.
It seems a bit odd that Klinger is struggling as Company Clerk - seeing as how he filled in for the absent Radar during half of the previous season!
Towards the end, when Hawkeye salutes Radar from the O.R., his hurt finger on that hand has somehow healed. But, when the O.R. session is over and he's walking back to the Swamp, the bandage is back on.
After Margaret plants a kiss on Radar in Post-Op, he exclaims,"Wow, hot lips!" This is the final mention or reference of Margaret's old nickname of "Hot Lips" of the series.
In the mess tent scene we can clearly see that BJ wears Converse sneakers.
When B.J. stands to shake General Haggerty's hand in the mess tent, he appears to be eating, but his plate is totally clean and empty.
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.
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