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  • Season 6 Episode 15: The Smell of Music

  • After Colonel Potter talks Saunders out of commiting suicide with the gas mask in the OR, he never turns off the gas before they leave the OR.

  • Season 6 Episode 14: The Merchant of Korea

  • When Charles is winning, he decides to leave the table for a break. When he scoops his chips into his box, he also scoops the cards.

  • Charles says, "It's a semi-free country." The show's writers are being slightly repetitive; Hawkeye said the same thing during the earlier episode "Welcome To Korea."

  • Season 6 Episode 13: Comrades in Arms (Part 2)

  • When Hawkeye and Margaret return to the 4077th and are greeted by the members, Father Mulcahy is not wearing his glasses. But when he enters the mess tent, he's wearing them.


     

  • When Margaret and Hawkeye wake up cuddling, their dialogue and body language (especially Margaret's) indicate that they did a lot more than just kiss the previous night. However, they are still completely dressed when they wake up together. Was the night cold enough that they felt they had to put their clothes back on afterwards?

  • When Hawkeye and Margaret are demonstrating the arterial transplant, Margaret mentions that they are using a vascular clamp that was designed at the 4077. Hawkeye and B.J. do not design this clamp for another three episodes. (Ep. # 134, "Patent 4077"). Although "Patent 4077" first aired after this episode, it was actually produced before this episode, as evident by the episodes production numbers. "Patent 4077" has a production number of Y114, whereas "Comrades In Arms Pt 1 and 2" have production numbers of Y116 and Y117.

  • Season 6 Episode 12: Comrades in Arms (Part 1)

  • GOOF: When "Hot Lips" Houlihan and "Hawkeye" Pierce's jeep is  broken down, they had to hide because of four incoming North Korean soldiers. These soldiers all had AK-47s, which Chinese and North Korean troops never had in Korean war! Also, all the AK-47s don't have magazines on them!

  • When Hawkeye gets to the abandoned 8063rd, he decides to turn around. This is obviously a second take, because he turns around in the exact tire tracks of the previous take.

  • Season 6 Episode 11: The Grim Reaper

  • Jerry Hauser is best known as Marcia Brady's husband Wally.

  • In the closing credits of this episode, Jerry Hauser's name is spelled Houser.

    Col. Potter is reading a western called "Ride the Man Down" which he says is by Zane Grey. The book's author is actually Frederick D. Glidden better known by the pseudonym Luke Short. "Ride the Man Down" is copyrighted 1942 and the copy that Harry Morgan is holding is either one of the 3 Bantam reprints of 1947 (#82), or the 1952 printing (#063). It is appropriate that Potter is reading this (in bed) as in 1952 the movie was released by Republic (with same title) starring Brian Donlevy, Rod Cameron, Forrest Tucker, Ella Raines, etc.
    However, to believe that Col. Potter would confuse the two authors stretches one's big toe.

  • 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??

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