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  • Season 6 Episode 10: The M*A*S*H Olympics

  • Hawkeye says that Olympic athlete Zatapek will have to run 40 miles in the marathon. A marathon is 26.2 miles.

  • Season 6 Episode 9: Images

  • When Nurse Bigelow and the other nurse come to the Swamp to talk to Hawkeye and B.J. about Margaret's rough treatment of Nurse Cooper, Bigelow mentions how she saw injuries just as bad at a Chicago hospital before the war. But, in "Goodbye, Farewell, and Amen", during her speech at the farewell party, she gives the impression that she was a career Army nurse, having served during World War II.

  • Margaret: Don't let him hang around too long; keeping an animal is against regulations.

    Margaret should perhaps mention this fact to Potter and his horse, and Radar with his bunnies, Guinea pigs, mice, goat, and assorted wildlife. Not to mention the fact that they've had official camp mutts around before, complete with a little doghouse for them.

  • Col. Potter says he has been married for 38 years in this episode. But in "Dear Mildred", he told Radar he had been married for 27 years.

  • Charles gets mad at Hawkeye and B.J. when they make fun of MacArthur. It seems like the writers are still trying to keep the pro GI, patriotism that they lost when Burns left. This did not turn out to be an accurate character trait for Charles. He hated the war as much as Hawkeye and B.J. did.

  • Radar wants to get a tattoo - but he already got one of an anchor in episode #55, 3-7, "Check-Up" (he shows it to Henry). Must be it was another wash off one.

  • Season 6 Episode 8: Change Day

  • The way the scenes are edited leave one wondering just how far away the local village is. We see Charles and Mr. Kim leaving the 4077 just as they are starting to set up for the exchange. Charles comments that they haven't much time. He concludes his deal, and heads back. We then see Klinger settling in for his exam--which he must complete in three hours. Charles is stopped by the MPs roughly one hour away from the 4077th on foot. We see Klinger throwing in the towel. He may have quit before the three hours were up--although Potter was shown checking his watch, which implies that time was running out, but it still had to be a fair amount of time. By the time Charles comes running to the barricade, Klinger has had time to get freshened up and into a fresh (Naval) uniform. The village just seems to be too far away. If it was so far, it doesn't seem likely that the 4077th personnel would be allowed to go there, for fear that the war would intrude and they'd need to get back fast.

  • Season 6 Episode 5: The Winchester Tapes

  • In one of the taped sessions to his parents, Charles calls B.J. a 'cretin,' but in another, he says he is a 'relatively inoffensive chap.' Which is it, Major?

  • Charles mentions his "nephew Felix", who got discharged. But his only (living) sibling is his sister Honoria, his younger, unmarried sister. Charles is in his mid 30s, so there is no way Honoria, who is younger than Charles, could have had a son who grew up, got drafted and then discharged. Could he have had an older sibling who predeceased Charles who had a son named Felix?

  • Season 6 Episode 3: Last Laugh

  • B.J.'s friend, Leo Bardonaro, supposedly left his hat in Tokyo. Then how does he have it on when Hawk and B.J. return BACK to their tent??

  • Season 6 Episode 2: Fallen Idol

  • One of the few times that Hawkeye ever saluted anyone was after he gave Radar his purple heart. The next (and last) time he salutes Radar is in the episode 'Goodbye Radar, Part II.' Hawkeye and BJ also saluted Col. Potter in 'Goodbye Farewell and Amen.'

  • Season 6 Episode 1: Fade Out, Fade In

  • Klinger reveals that he's been wearing ladies clothes for two years April 22. That means Charles arrives at M*A*S*H in Spring 1953 and the war's end should be only a few months later.

  • Charles stops in the Officers' Club while waiting for his Jeep to arrive. He asks about getting something a little better to drink. The person serving in the O.C. that afternoon happens to be Igor...but he's speaking with Zelmo Zale's voice.

  • Colonel Potter offers Radar a cigar in this episode, and we get the impression that Radar has never smoked a cigar before. But he smoked Henry's cigars back in Season 1.

  • Throughout episodes this season during scenes that take place in the operating room, the surgical gown Winchester wears is stained with the same pattern of blood (three distinctive-looking parallel lines located on his chest above the "main" stain). Apparently when shooting OR scenes the same gowns were used over and over again without applying fresh bloodstains; it would be interesting to look more closely at the gowns worn by other cast members in this season or even others. Once you notice the pattern on Winchester's gown it is very easy to pick up on it every time.

  • When Charles is greeted by Radar at the camp, his white scarf rotates between being tucked in the coat and blowing freely the whole conversation. Each shot it is different.

  • Season 5 Episode 23: Post Op

  • A soldier arrives at the camp and introduces himself as Sergeant Attias of the Turkish Brigade, but he is wearing a corporal's uniform.

  • Season 5 Episode 22: Souvenirs

  • Once again, we see a character (in this case, Hawkeye) breakfasting on a fresh, unpowdered egg without fanfare.

  • As Klinger is dismounting his pole, a ladder is quickly pulled out of the shot by stage crew. He is supposedly climbing down on a rope.

  • Season 5 Episode 21: Movie Tonight

  • During the scene where the company is watching the movie in the mess tent, the film projector repeatedly breaks down. Radar does an imitation of John Wayne from the movie Mclintock. This movie came out in 1963. This is 10 years after the end of the Korean War.

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