Monday, April 30, 2012

M*A*S*H's Greatest Hits: B.J.

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Okay M*A*S*H fans, it's Week Nine of our Greatest Hits series, and it's B.J.'s turn!

Below are what I think represent B.J.'s ten best episodes from his time on the show. As before, you can click the link to revisit each episode's recap, and then go ahead and vote in the poll in the sidebar!

B.J.'s Greatest Hits:

"Welcome to Korea" (Season Four)
"The Kids" (Season Four)
"Hanky Panky" (Season Five)
"B.J. Papa San" (Season Seven)
"The Party" (Season Seven)
"Period of Adjustment" (Season Eight)
"War Co-Respondent" (Season Eight)

"Death Takes A Holiday" (Season Nine)
"The Joker is Wild" (Season Eleven)
"Bombshells" (Season Eleven)


Our results so far:
Hawkeye: "Sometimes You Hear The Bullet" (Season One)
Trapper: "Kim" (Season Two)
Henry: "Abyssinia, Henry" (Season Three)
Margaret: "The Nurses" (Season Five)
Frank: "Margaret's Engagement" (Season Five)
Radar: "Fallen Idol" (Season Six)
Klinger: "Period of Adjustment" (Season Eight)

Father Mulcahy: "Mulcahy's War" (Season Five)


Friday, April 27, 2012

AfterM*A*S*H Podcast, Episode 85: "The Gun"

sgAfterM*A*S*H Podcast: Season 4, Episode 85: "The Gun"
Original Air Date: 12/2/75
Written by: Larry Gelbart and Gene Reynolds

Directed by: Burt Metcalfe

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

M*A*S*H Men

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Okay, I had this goofy idea months ago and I kept telling myself it was too silly to bother to post about. And yet, here we are...

I got to thinking that if Hollywood ever wanted to remake M*A*S*H--and I'm not for one second saying they should--that you could cast almost all of the show's characters with the actors from Mad Men, another one of my favorite shows.

I first got this notion when I mentally cast one of 4077th with a Mad Men regular, and then as my mind wandered I realized there was (IMO) an astonishing number of good fits to be found all one this one show. Maybe it's Mad Men's just-out-of-the-1950's setting, or its diversity of age, sex, and types in its cast (still fairly unusual for TV), but as I started forming this crazy notion I realized that if 20th Century Fox hired Matt Weiner to redo M*A*S*H, he wouldn't have to look very far to cast it:
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Hawkeye Pierce played by Jon Hamm. As we all know, Hamm is Leading Man handsome and can handle drama, but as his appearances on SNL and 30 Rock have shown, he can handle comedy too. And as much as I enjoy him as Don Draper, I'd love to see him tackle someone a little more heroic in Benjamin Franklin Pierce. We know he'd have the martini gulping down pat!


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Col. Henry Blake played by John Slattery. Hamm and Slattery make a great team, and I always really enjoyed the scenes of their two characters being pals. The characters have sort of aged past that, but I can totally see that dynamic recreated at the 4077th, with Slattery as the slightly-older-but-still-one-of-the-gang Henry.

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Major Frank Burns played by Vincent Kartheiser. Kartheiser is fantastic as the oily, insecure, yet pompous Pete Campbell, and to me he is a natural fit as Frank Burns. He'd be a bit a younger version of the character (compared to Hamm's Hawkeye), but I think that might be a nice change-up.

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Major "Hot Lips" Houlihan played by Christina Hendricks. Hendricks, with her absurdly pulchritudinous physique and soft-spoken sense of authority, would be perfect as the new Hot Lips. Her character on Mad Men, officer manager Joan, is used to being undervalued simply because she's a woman, a battle that Major Houlihan fought against during many years on M*A*S*H.

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Father Mulcahy played by Aaron Staton. While certainly no angel, Staton's character on Mad Men seems the most idealistic, the least venal, the most stable of everyone at the firm. Staton's youthful look of idealism would fit just perfectly as the perpetually-optimistic Father Francis John Patrick Mulcahy.

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Radar O'Reilly played by Elizabeth Moss . Okay, this is where the new version of M*A*S*H would really forge it's own path. Moss' character on Mad Men, the hardworking, uber-competent Peggy Olson, is a more streetwise version of Radar O'Reilly. While not being a doctor, Radar always held his own with the doctors, just as Peggy struggles to do with the men of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce. I think Moss would bring a similar energy to the new Radar.

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General Hammond/Barker/Clayton/Mitchell played by Robert Morse. Robert Morse's squirrely, somewhat-vacant Bert Cooper would be a perfect prototype for any one of the many absent-minded Generals the 4077th had to deal with from time to time. Many members of Sterling Cooper give their eccentric boss a wide berth, simply because he is their boss, even though they think he's nuts--sound familiar?


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Col. Flagg played by Mark Moses. Mark Moses' creepily confident "Duck" Phillips reminds me a bit of Col. Flagg, with that condescending squint he uses while sizing his opponents up. I think Moses even kinda looks like the late Edward Winter, who was so crazily brilliant as Scourge of Communism Col. Flagg. "Duck" shows up on Mad Men every so often, mostly to just make everyone else's life miserable. Again, sound familiar?




So that's my list! Try as I might, I couldn't really find anyone on the Mad Men cast list that fit Trapper John, Klinger, or Sidney Freedman, but that probably would have been asking too much--I'm a little shocked I found this many suitable replacements at all!


So like I said--Hollywood, don't get any ideas. M*A*S*H probably could not be replicated in any decent way, so when you're looking for the next old brand name to "re-imagine", just keep moving and forget about the 4077th entirely. But if you have to...

So, what do you M*A*S*H fans think? Am I crazy?

AfterM*A*S*H Podcast, Episode 84: "Soldier of the Month"

sgAfterM*A*S*H Podcast: Season 4, Episode 84: "Soldier of the Month"

Original Air Date: 11/28/75
Written by: Linda Bloodworth

Directed by: Gene Reynolds

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Monday, April 23, 2012

M*A*S*H's Greatest Hits: Father Mulcahy, Part 2

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Okay M*A*S*H fans, it's time for another run-off election!

Last week I presented a list of what I thought were Father Mulcahy's "Ten Best" episodes, somehow completely forgetting to include Season Five's "Mulcahy's War." When you have 251 episodes to look over, I guess somehow missing one or two is inevitable.

Still, I think "Mulcahy's War" is such a big show for the character that it deserves a chance to be voted on, so we're having another run-off election between it and the winner of the last week's poll, "Dear Sis." So here goes:

Father Mulcahy's Greatest Greatest Hits:
"Mulcahy's War" (Season Five)
"Dear Sis" (Season Seven)


Our results so far:
Hawkeye: "Sometimes You Hear The Bullet" (Season One)
Trapper: "Kim" (Season Two)
Henry: "Abyssinia, Henry" (Season Three)
Margaret: "The Nurses" (Season Five)
Frank: "Margaret's Engagement" (Season Five)
Radar: "Fallen Idol" (Season Six)
Klinger: "Period of Adjustment" (Season Eight)


Friday, April 20, 2012

AfterM*A*S*H Podcast, Episode 83: "Of Moose and Men"

sgAfterM*A*S*H Podcast: Season 4, Episode 83: "Of Moose and Men

Original Air Date: 11/21/75
Written by: Jay Folb

Directed by: John Erman

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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

AfterM*A*S*H Podcast, Episode 82: "Dear Peggy"

sgAfterM*A*S*H Podcast: Season 4, Episode 82: "Dear Peggy"

Original Air Date: 11/11/75
Written by: Jim Fritzell & Everett Greenbaum

Directed by: Burt Metcalfe

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Have a question or comment? Send the show an e-mail at: aftermash@comcast.net


Monday, April 16, 2012

M*A*S*H's Greatest Hits: Father Mulcahy

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Okay M*A*S*H fans, it's Week Eight of our Greatest Hits series, and it's Father Mulcahy's turn!

Below are what I think represent Mulcahy's ten best episodes from his time on the show. As before, you can click the link to revisit each episode's recap, and then go ahead and vote in the poll in the sidebar!

Father Mulcahy's Greatest Hits:
"Quo Vadis, Captain Chandler?" (Season Four)
"The Interview" (Season Four)
"Exorcism" (Season Five)
"Out of Gas" (Season Seven)
"Dear Sis" (Season Seven)
"Nurse Doctor" (Season Eight)
"Blood Brothers" (Season Nine)
"A Holy Mess" (Season Ten)
"Heroes" (Season Ten)
"Run For the Money" (Season Eleven)


Our results so far:
Hawkeye: "Sometimes You Hear The Bullet" (Season One)
Trapper: "Kim" (Season Two)
Henry: "Abyssinia, Henry" (Season Three)
Margaret: "The Nurses" (Season Five)
Frank: "Margaret's Engagement" (Season Five)
Radar: "Fallen Idol" (Season Six)
Klinger: "Period of Adjustment" (Season Eight)


Friday, April 13, 2012

AfterM*A*S*H Podcast, Episode 81: "Quo Vadis, Captain Chandler?"

sgAfterM*A*S*H Podcast: Season 4, Episode 81: "Quo Vadis, Captain Chandler?"

Original Air Date: 11/7/75
Written by: Burt Prelusky

Directed by: Larry Gelbart

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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

AfterM*A*S*H Podcast, Episode 80: "The Kids"

sgAfterM*A*S*H Podcast: Season 4, Episode 80: "The Kids"

Original Air Date: 10/31/75
Written by:
Jim Fritzell & Everett Greenbaum
Directed by: Alan Alda

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Monday, April 9, 2012

M*A*S*H's Greatest Hits: Klinger

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Okay M*A*S*H fans, it's Week Seven of our Greatest Hits series, and it's Klinger's turn!

Below are what I think represent Klinger's ten best episodes from his time on the show. As before, you can click the link to revisit each episode's recap, and then go ahead and vote in the poll in the sidebar!

Klinger's Greatest Hits:
"Aid Station" (Season Three)
"Big Mac" (Season Three)
"Bug Out" (Season Five)
"They Call The Wind Korea" (Season Seven)
"Period of Adjustment" (Season Eight)
"April Fools" (Season Eight)
"Your Retention, Please" (Season Nine)
"Promotion Commotion" (Season Ten)
"Follies of the Living-Concerns of the Dead" (Season Ten)
"Goodbye, Farewell, and Amen" (Season Eleven)



Our results so far:
Hawkeye: "Sometimes You Hear The Bullet" (Season One)
Trapper: "Kim" (Season Two)
Henry: "Abyssinia, Henry" (Season Three)
Margaret: "The Nurses" (Season Five)
Frank: "Margaret's Engagement" (Season Five)
Radar: "Fallen Idol" (Season Six)


Friday, April 6, 2012

AfterM*A*S*H Podcast, Episode 79: "Dear Mildred"

sgAfterM*A*S*H Podcast: Season 4, Episode 79: "Dear Mildred"

Original Air Date: 10/24/75
Written by: Everett Greenbaum & Jim Fritzell

Directed by: Alan Alda

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Have a question or comment? Send the show an e-mail at: aftermash@comcast.net


Tuesday, April 3, 2012

AfterM*A*S*H Podcast, Episode 78: "The Bus"

sgAfterM*A*S*H Podcast: Season 4, Episode 78: "The Bus"

Original Air Date: 10/17/75
Written by: John D. Hess

Directed by: Gene Reynolds

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Have a question or comment? Send the show an e-mail at: aftermash@comcast.net


Monday, April 2, 2012

M*A*S*H's Greatest Hits: Radar

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Okay M*A*S*H fans, it's Week Six of our Greatest Hits series, and it's Radar's turn!

Below are what I think represent Radar's ten best episodes from his time on the show. As before, you can click the link to revisit each episode's recap, and then go ahead and vote in the poll in the sidebar!

Radar's Greatest Hits:
"Love Story" (Season One)
"The Sniper" (Season Two)
"Springtime" (Season Three)
"Abyssinia, Henry" (Season Three)

"Dear Ma" (Season Four)
"Lt. Radar O'Reilly" (Season Five)
"The Colonel's Horse" (Season Five)
"Fallen Idol" (Season Six)
"The Party" (Season Seven)
"Goodbye Radar" (Season Eight)



Our results so far:
Hawkeye: "Sometimes You Hear The Bullet" (Season One)
Trapper: "Kim" (Season Two)
Henry: "Abyssinia, Henry" (Season Three)
Margaret: "The Nurses" (Season Five)
Frank: "Margaret's Engagement" (Season Five)

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