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: Section 8 Stunts You Wish Klinger Had Tried
“I’m Section 8, Head to Toe”
Klinger pulled dozens of stunts while bucking for a Section 8 discharge from the Army, many of them involving crazy outfits. Most M*A*S*H fans probably have their favorite stunt(s). Perhaps no single stunt is more memorable than his attempt to hang glide his way to freedom while wearing fuzzy pink slippers (as seen in “The Trial of Henry Blake” during Season 2).
Are there any Section 8 stunts you wish Klinger had tried but never did? I think it could’ve been interesting to see Klinger try to give everyone at the 4077th the silent treatment–for days on end. He’d still do his job and never risk the health of a wounded or recovering soldier, but he’d do it silently. Frank in particular may have reacted badly to Klinger refusing to answer his questions.
We saw Charles give everyone the silent treatment in “The Billfold Syndrome” during Season 7,” and it didn’t work. It was too juvenile for Charles. With Klinger, though, it probably would’ve been much more amusing.
Also, what if Klinger impersonated someone else at the 4077th, insisting that they’re an imposter pretending to be him? I see this unfolding in one of two ways. Played for laughs, he could imitate Frank over and over again, infuriating Frank and Margaret. For a darker take, perhaps after Radar left and Klinger took over as company clerk, maybe Klinger started thinking he was Radar, worrying Hawkeye, B.J. and Colonel Potter. Especially after he correctly predicts incoming wounded the way Radar used to.
The possibilities are endless, really. He ate a jeep once. Maybe he also tried eating a helicopter.
Hit the comments with your thoughts.