Season Three

DVD - 2008
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"Korea, 1950. They were a MASH (Mobile Army Surgical Hospital) unit stationed three miles from the front. Loosely based on real-life MASH unit 8055, life at the 4077 was often a mix of horror and hilarity. So scrub up and journey back to join the doctors and nurses that had us all in stitches. Captain "Hawkeye" Pierce, Captain "Trapper" McIntyre, Lieutenant Colonel Henry Blake, Major Margaret Houlihan, Major Franklin Burns, Corporal "Radar" O'Reilly and the fashionable Corporal Max Klinger. Spending time with the doctor has never been this much fun!"-Container.


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Jul 03, 2017

These episodes keep their class, except for the regrettable racism and sexism that wouldn't be allowed today. In fairness, the perniciousness of racism is acknowledged. That of misogyny, regrettably, is not. I remember in the 1970's cringing when Margaret and the other nurses were referred to in ways that to the men probably seemed positive ("a hotsie-totsie"). Also, it was painful to observe the continuous teasing of Radar, especially by Pierce, for being short. This surprises me. It's hurtful to Radar as evidenced by his sad facial expressions and his requests to the officers not to do it. But they just keep on making fun of him, and hurting him, by it. It was bullying, and would be called so today.
Still, the series was excellent for its time and, apart from the exceptions noted above, even for now . I especially like to watch the episodes in which Alan Alda and his father, Robert Alda, both star. In this season, it's in "The Consultant". An episode I don't remember from the past is "Aid Station", which I liked very much. In it, Margaret and Klinger along with Hawkeye are in constant danger from bombs and guns, yet as competent professionals they place care to the wounded soldiers above their own safety.
There was one other episode that gave me, a vegetarian, special delight: "Private Charles Lamb".

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