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  • Season 7 Episode 9: Baby, it's Cold Outside

  • Colonel Potter says that Sonia Henie does a triple axel in her film but Sonia never did a triple axel. She could do a single axel, but the first woman to do a double axel was Carol Heiss in 1953, which would be after the movie in this episode was filmed. Sonia was very talented, but even today it is rare for female skaters to do a triple axel.

  • Although it's obvious they did it for better film angles, why would the doctors have spun Sergeant Davalillo 180 degrees while moving him him four feet from the tub to the table?

  • Season 7 Episode 6: None Like it Hot

  • If a cool dip in a bathtub is so wonderful, why doesn't Hawkeye dig up the swimming pool he enjoyed with Trapper and Henry in Episode 65?

  • Season 7 Episode 3: Lil

  • During Potter's recollection with Lill of doctoring during WW2, he refers to an incident which happened before D-day when a soldier took his girl to the beach at Brighton on England's South Coast.  He tells how their tryst was interrupted by lights and soldiers practicing for D-Day.


    Brighton was towards the western end of the section of the South Coast that had been regarded as likely landing grounds for the Germans since 1940.  Access to the beach was denied to all and even the approaches to it were mined.


    Nor was the area used for large scale invasion practices which were generally held further west in Devon and Cornwall the beaches of which more closely resemble the Normandy beaches.


    Finally, in the period leading up to D-day most troops of all nations were confined to their camps.  This wasn't just a security precaution but logistics also; there were so many soldiers assembling in these areas that local facilities would have been overwhelmed had the soldiers been given free access to them.

  • Season 7 Episode 2: Peace On Us

  • In response to several disparaging comments about his mustache, B.J. places a false one on the outside of his surgical mask.

  • The point system was used in Korea. In Sept. of 1951 the Army stated that an officer needed 55 points to be rotated home. They revised this in 1952 to state that it would take an officer 37 points, (not 36). This reduction was not followed up by an increase. This is the inaccuracy. Considering the amount of time that Hawkeye spent in Korea, he probably would have been rotated home in season 5 or 6.

  • The Panmunjom Peace Talks are featured in this episode - but they have already taken place, since they are mentioned in the season four episode 'Dear Mildred.'

  • Season 7 Episode 1: Commander Pierce

  • B.J. is shown wearing a shirt that has been dyed red. They don't dye the uniforms red until the next episode, "Peace On Us".

  • Season 6 Episode 23: Dr. Winchester and Mr. Hyde

  • Charles makes the statement that his sister Honoria eloped with a farmer, and then abandoned him and started living with a shoe salesman. In the very next episode, he will mention an incident that took place during his sister's wedding. In a later episode, Charles will get bent out of shape because his sister plans to marry an Italian.

  • Hawkeye is afraid of mice in this episode. He hasn't been in previous episodes, nor has he been afraid of rats. Isn't it a bit odd that he is scared of mice but not rats?

  • Season 6 Episode 22: Potter's Retirement

  • When BJ and Hawkeye are in the Swamp, BJ's scarf is hanging down, in the next shot it is over his shoulder and in the third shot it's again hanging down.

  • Season 6 Episode 21: Temporary Duty

  • Apparent film flip: In the close-up shot of Dupree sitting on the bunk, talking to B.J. and Charles about riding "Sophie," his collar insignia are on the wrong sides. As he entered the tent and before sitting, then after rising from the bunk to leave the tent, the insignia are on the correct sides.

  • Lorraine Anderson makes a big deal about the fact that Margaret allowed her pierced ears to close up--but Lorraine did, as well. There's no sign of earrings or holes in her ears, and she makes the suggestion that "we" re-pierce "our" ears. (And use Donald's medals to make earrings.)

  • Season 6 Episode 20: Mail Call Three

  • Discrepancy in background: In the series pilot episode, Hawkeye tells Trapper John that Ho Jon can stay with his parents while attending medical school in the United States. In this episode, however, he tells Radar that his father is a widower (and relates a story about an event involving his widowed father which happened when he was 12 years old), which is a discrepancy in his personal history.

  • Radar talks about the "new" Nash Metropolitan. This car was introduced in UK and USA in March 1954, some time after the Armistice.

  • Season 6 Episode 18: Your Hit Parade

  • Private Harker needed type AB negative blood. Why didn't they get it from Winchester instead of having to search around and wait for a drunk bomb disposer? In "Life Time" from Season 8, we found out Winchester is type AB negative.

  • BJ incorrectly identifies the title of a musical composition that Radar is playing during surgery as "Musical Clock." The actual title of the piece is "The Syncopated Clock," by the noted American composer Leroy Anderson. BJ is correct, however, about the use of the piece; it was used as the theme for both The Late Show and The Late, Late Show on WCBS-TV, which, in the 1950's & '60's - before David Letterman and Conan O'Brien - aired old movies after the late news every night.

  • Season 6 Episode 17: Tea and Empathy

  • When Mulcahy tries to tell Potter about the penicillin, you can see that the close-up of each man were shot at different times. When we see Potter's face, Mulcahy's shadow does not reach Potter's shoulder but when we see Mulcahy over Potter's shoulder, he is casting a definite shadow over his shoulder and beyond.

  • Season 6 Episode 16: Patent 4077

  • Margaret mentions this vascular clamp in Ep. # 133, "Comrades in Arms Part II". This was three episodes prior to this one. However, this episode (Y-114) was created previous to 132-133 (Y-116, Y117), so the error lays within the scheduling of airing the episodes.

  • Season 6 Episode 15: The Smell of Music

  • Charles refers to the Korean who re-builds his horn as "Sang Mu," but in the closing credits, his name is given as "Sang Nu."

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