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 Captain Halloran and Colonel Flagg the same person?
Back in April, we discussed whether M*A*S*H used supporting character Colonel Flagg too often or not often enough. Edward Winter played Flagg in six episodes, starting with “A Smattering of Intelligence” in Season 2 and ending with “Rally ‘Round the Flagg, Boys” in Season 7. Winter earlier appeared in the Season 2 episode “Deal Me Out” playing a character named Captain Halloran. Many fans believe Halloran and Flagg are the same person. Halloran was simply one of Flagg’s many aliases.
I think this could be an interesting discussion, with those who support Halloran-as-Flagg presenting their evidence and theories while those who remain skeptical offering their opinions.
Personally, I’m not convinced. Halloran is almost nothing like Flagg. True, he exhibits some paranoia, but he’s not nearly as over-the-top as Flagg. That said, in “Quo Vadis, Captain Chandler?” Flagg mentions playing poker with Sidney Freedman. Captain Halloran played poker with Sidney in “Deal Me Out,” so maybe Halloran and Flagg are the same person. This exchange could’ve been the writers confirming that Halloran was Flagg using an alias.
What do you think? Was Captain Halloran simply Colonel Flagg under an assumed name? Or were the two characters simply too different to be the same man?
Hit the comments with your thoughts.