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: Are there any storylines you wish had been revisited?
Whatever Happened To…?
Like most network TV shows from the 1970s and 1980s, M*A*S*H featured few continuing storylines and little continuity between episodes. Each week saw the characters grapple with a one or more self-contained storylines that were wrapped up neatly by the end of the episode. With few exceptions, storylines or character developments from one episode were never mentioned again.
The evolution of Margaret over the course of the series is one of those exceptions. Father Mulcahy’s push for a promotion is another, although far more limited. Klinger’s wacky schemes to get out of the Army are more a recurring gag than a continuing storyline, in my opinion.
On two occasions, episodes picked up directly where a previous episode left off. “Change of Command” follows “Welcome to Korea” while ” Period of Adjustment” picks up a few weeks after “Good-Bye Radar (Part II).”
There were also a handful of episodes that followed up on events from earlier episodes. “Lend a Hand” is a sequel of sorts to “The Consultant” while “Our Finest Hour” is a sequel to “The Interview.” Likewise, “No Laughing Matter” continues the Charles-Colonel Baldwin storyline introduced in “Fade Out, Fade In.”
For the most part, however, M*A*S*H consists of standalone episodes. With that in mind, are there any storylines–or entire episodes–you wish had been revisited? Because the episodes are self-contained, there may not be many storylines worthy of revisiting. Are there episodes you wish had been given direct sequels? Or storylines that could’ve been followed up with a letter or phone call?
Here are a few possibilities I can think of:
-The fate of Ho-Jon, who presumably traveled to the United States to attend college (Season 1)
-Margaret’s improved relationship with her nurses, which went nowhere after “The Nurses” (Season 5)
-The fate of Kyung Soon, introduced in “In Love and War” (Season 6)
-More medical inventions like the vascular clamp from “Patent 4077” (Season 6)
-Hawkeye’s alcoholism, as seen in “Bottle Fatigue” (Season 7)
-Charles and his brush with death, from “The Life You Save” (Season 9)
Hit the comments with your thoughts.