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Today’s topic is: Imagine an episode with only Klinger
One of Klinger’s Stunts?
We’re in the ninth week of our “Imagine an Episode with Only…” journey. We’ve already imagined episodes with only Margaret, Colonel Potter, Trapper, Father Mulcahy, Frank, Radar, Charles, and B.J. Today, let’s share our ideas for an episode featuring Klinger. 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 hard time coming up with an idea for an episode focusing almost exclusively on Klinger. I couldn’t come up with any sort of crazy stunt he could pull that would involve keeping him isolated from the rest of the cast while also giving him a reason to talk. It’s easy enough to suggest Klinger could pretend he can’t hear anyone else at the 4077th but the other characters would still be around him and interacting with him.
But what if this hypothetical episode doesn’t involve one of Klinger’s wacky stunts? What if instead the entire episode follows Klinger as he trudges through camp performing his various corpsman duties. Maybe the 4077th is low on corpsman at the moment due to illness or leave or training. And Klinger has to do other jobs as well, like peeling potatoes or serving food in the Mess Tent. Think of the episode as “A Day in the Life of Maxwell Q. Klinger, U.S. Army Corpsman.”
It would be difficult to film an episode like this without involving other members of the main cast and equally difficult to find realistic ways for Klinger to converse with himself or other people who don’t talk back to him. Maybe he’s bitter about having to work so hard, so he’s complaining out loud to nobody in particular. Or muttering to himself as he goes from job to job.
Like I said, I had trouble thinking of a workable idea for Klinger. I’m curious to see what other people come up with.
Hit the comments with your thoughts.