I’ve added a new page to the Episodes section of MASH4077TV.com that examines alternate versions of scenes from several episodes of M*A*S*H. These are scenes that were originally filmed one way but then, for a variety of reasons, were filmed again with changes or alterations. I’ve been researching alternate scenes for many years.
There isn’t a ton of information readily available but I’ve managed to dig up solid evidence for alternate scenes from three episodes: “Chief Surgeon Who?” (Season 1), “The Incubator” (Season 2), and “The Yalu Brick Road” (Season 8).
The most notable of these scenes is Klinger’s introduction in “Chief Surgeon Who?” Originally, the director told Jamie Farr to play Klinger in “a homosexual way” but Larry Gelbart and Gene Reynolds weren’t happy with the scene and asked him to return and reshoot it.
I may have found a few seconds of footage from the original version of this scene in a M*A*S*H blooper reel. Check out my new Alternate Versions of Scenes from M*A*S*H Episodes page to watch the footage in question.