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 Frank and Charles interact?
The Ignoramus and the Intellectual
It’s that time again, time to think about how two characters who never met would interact if they were to meet. Ferret Face suggested this topic but I decided to split it into multiple topics, each with a different paring. We’ve already discussed Colonel Blake and Charles, Trapper and Charles, and Trapper and Colonel Potter. Today, it’s Frank and Charles.
Frank and Charles are so different. Both have inflated egos but Charles is a gifted surgeon while Frank sometimes doesn’t make mistakes. Frank is obsessed with rules and ratting out those who don’t obey them. Charles is obsessed with making his life as comfortable as possible while stuck in Korea. Frank is married. Charles isn’t. Frank wants to be rich. Charles is rich. Frank annoys everyone around him with his whining. Charles annoys everyone around him with his snobbery.
To be honest, I think Charles would simply ignore Frank if the two ever met. They share the same rank, so Charles wouldn’t have to take orders from Frank or give him orders. Unlike Hawkeye and Trapper and B.J., Charles isn’t openly defiant, which means Charles and Frank probably wouldn’t clash over military regulations.
Frank, on the other hand, would probably want to suck up to Charles as often as possible, to convince him to support his numerous complaints about everyone and anyone around him. It wouldn’t work, but Frank would keep trying.
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