Monday M*A*S*H Discussions offers fans the opportunity to offer their opinions on a wide variety of topics relating to M*A*S*H. Please share your thoughts and ideas in the comments section. My hope is these discussion posts will continue to elicit comments in the weeks and months after they’re initially published. Have a suggestion about something you think might be worth discussing? Let me know and maybe it will become my next Monday M*A*S*H Discussion topic.
Today’s topic is: A romance between Charles and Margaret.
First Frank, Then Charles?
During Season 6 episodes, many M*A*S*H fans (myself included) see hints of a potential romance between Margaret Houlihan and Charles Emerson Winchester, III. In both “Images” or “The Light That Failed,” for example, there are scenes in which a foundation for a romantic relationship seems to be laid. I’ve never come across actual confirmation that the writers were, in fact, planning to have Margaret and Charles fall for one another. If they did want to go down that road, they changed their minds. I can’t think of any hints at a romance after Season 6.
Margaret, of course, was married to Donald Penobscott when Charles transferred to the 4077th. Would it have been out of character for Margaret to have an affair with Charles? She had a long affair with Frank, who was married the entire time. It didn’t usually bother her but would it bother her to cheat on her husband? Of course, he cheated on her, and she found that out early in Season 6 (“In Love and War”). It wasn’t until “Hot Lips Is Back in Town” during Season 7 that she officially divorced Donald.
What about Charles? Would an affair with Margaret fit his character?
Hit the comments with your thoughts.