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  • Still, I regret that the producers and Rogers weren't able to work out a deal where a farewell of some kind could have been included

    • by Orrymain

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      This hit comedy show hadn’t even had a chance to work on the new commander for the 4077th unit when it suffered another blow. Wayne Rogers decided not to return, sending his Trapper John McIntyre home to the United States where years later he’d turn into Pernell Roberts and become Trapper John, MD. The reason for Rogers’ decision is somewhat justified. He felt the show had become too focused on the Hawkeye Pierce character.

      Some might criticize this opinion, but when the show started, the characters of Hawkeye and Trapper were more equal. With time, Alan Alda’s

      popularity began to soar, and Rogers began to take more of a backseat and second banana role. If you remember the movie that inspired this series, the two characters were equal. It was in no way unreasonable for Rogers to expect that the show would continue that tradition. While I’m not sure it was as bad as he perceived it to be, it was easy to see and understand why he felt the way he did. So, I guess you could say I have to side with Rogers in his decision.

      Ultimately, the decision to leave led ...

      • to a change in M*A*S*H, and just like with the exit of McLean Stevenson as Henry Blake, I’m not sure it wasn’t a good thing. Change is what ended up making this show stay fresh.

        Still, I regret that the producers and Rogers weren’t able to work out a deal where a farewell of some kind could have been included. It’s the fans who end up taken advantage of and hurt by individual egos and company lines.

        This episode serves as Trapper’s unwitnessed goodbye, while also introducing Mike Farrell as B.J. Hunnicutt. It allows for some bonding between Hawkeye

        and B.J., while also indoctrinating the new captain into the way of life in Korean. There’s plenty of action for him to see in this opener.

        Trivia wise, there’s a mention from Hawkeye that Trapper is his best friend and that they’ve been rooming together for over a year. I had to chuckle, considering the show has been on for three years, lasted a total of 11, and just could not in any real way reconcile themselves to the real two-year war.

        All in all, it’s as good as the show can be without having Rogers in it to bid adieu to Hawkeye.

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