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  • I'm just so impressed at how it worked out
  • A lot of the uniqueness of this M*A*S*H unit is shown to the audience right off the bat, from Radar's ability to sense incoming flights to The Swamp and the martinis, which are so often enjoyed by Hawkeye, Trapper John, and Spearchucker

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      I’d forgotten that the first episode of M*A*S*H included all the shots that were part of the opening show with just a slight embellishment in the action. It’s been a while since I’ve seen it. I’d also forgotten that it’s one of Hawkeye’s letters home that begins the main part of the story.

      Actually, the very first seconds of the pilot episode


      show the doctors, nurses, and other personnel in various types of activities, not all of which are traditionally considered as wholesome.

      The pilot introduces us in quick order to the regulars and their roles on the show. That’s very well done. There’s no guessing. Everyone has their spotlight to say ‘this is who I am’. This first look at these characters does a tremendous job of letting viewers know what to expect as the show progresses. I’m just so impressed at how it worked out.

      A lot of the uniqueness of this M*A*S*H unit is shown to the audience right off the bat, from Radar’s ability to sense incoming flights to The Swamp and the martinis, which are so often enjoyed by Hawkeye,


      • M*A*S*H: The Pilot
      Trapper John, and Spearchucker. A lot of people forget about Spearchucker, but he was a regular part of the Swamp early on.

      The plot deals with Hawkeye and company trying to raise the tuition needed for their Korean houseboy to go to school in the United States. To accomplish this, they have a party and raffle off a weekend for two in

      Tokyo with part of the prize being a date with the luscious Lt. Dish.

      The cast is set except that there is a different Father Mulcahy. George Morgan plays the part here.

      The pilot is wonderful because while we see the chaos and shenanigans, we also see the doctors in action, and that gives us an extra understanding of why they are the way they are.




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