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: Imagine an episode with only Father Mulcahy.
Silence is Golden
We’re in the fourth week of our “Imagine an Episode with Only…” journey. We’ve already imagined episodes with only Margaret, Colonel Potter, and Trapper. Today, let’s share our ideas for an episode featuring Father Mulcahy. He doesn’t have to be literally the only character but he should be the primary focus and any other characters probably shouldn’t be speaking English. That’s how “Hawkeye” worked and we’re trying to think of similiar experimental episodes for the rest of the characters.
I had a tough time thinking of situations in which Father Mulcahy would be the only character in an episode of M*A*S*H. Perhaps the simplest option is to have him listening to confession for an entire episode without showing viewers any of the people who are confessing. But unless viewers can’t hear the confessions, either, it wouldn’t be Father Mulcahy on his own. Not being able to hear the confessions m
Then I realized M*A*S*H actually came up with the perfect situation for Father Mulcahy in “Goodbye, Farewell and Amen” when he lost his hearing. If that had happened earlier in the series, there could’ve been an episode in which Father Mulcahy can’t hear anyone and can’t interact with anyone without writing down what he wants to say. (Imagine the possibilities if Father Mulcahy had lost his hearing at the start of Season 11 and the entire final season saw him coming to grips with his new reality.)
True, an episode like this would have other main characters in it but viewers wouldn’t hear them. In fact, viewers wouldn’t hear anything except Father Mulcahy’s inner monologue as he grapples with trying to communicate and, more importantly, fulfill his duties as chaplain.
Hit the comments with your thoughts.