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.
Ferret Face suggested today’s topic: How would Trapper and Colonel Potter interact?
The Joker and the Soldier
Way back when I asked readers to share ideas for potential Monday M*A*S*H Discussion topics, Ferret Face suggested discussing which main characters who never met would have the best interactions. I decided to split this interesting topic into multiple topics, each with a different paring. Back in March, we discussed how Colonel Blake and Charles would interact. In June, we talked about Trapper and Charles. Today, let’s ponder how Trapper and Colonel Potter would get along.
When Wayne Rogers left M*A*S*H, the producers wisely decided not to replace Trapper with a similiar character. Unlike Trapper, who regularly cheated on his wife, B.J. was a devoted husband. Both enjoyed drinking and pulling pranks, although Trapper likely drank more than B.J. while B.J. had more fun with practical jokes.
Of the two, B.J. clearly had more respect for military discipline. That helps explain why Colonel Potter and B.J. always seemed to get along so well. Would Trapper have been as blatantly disrespectful to Colonel Potter as he was to Henry? Doubtful, because Hawkeye never treated Colonel Potter the way he treated Henry.
How would Colonel Potter react to Trapper’s infidelity? With a career as long as his, I’m sure Colonel Potter commanded many men who cheated on their wives. He’d probably let Trapper know he didn’t approve but otherwise ignore it unless it interfered with Trapper’s duties. That said, Colonel Potter likely wouldn’t be as a close with Trapper as he was with B.J., simply because the two couldn’t bond over how much they missed their wives.
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