M*A*S*HCast #23 – Ceasefire

M*A*S*HCast -  Season 1, Episode 23: Ceasefire

Special Guest Star: Max Romero

Air Date: March 18, 1973

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9 responses to “M*A*S*HCast #23 – Ceasefire

  1. Chris Franklin is well known for his Solomon Grundy impression. Shag does a really good Darkseid. I have to say though, Rob Kelly’s Hot Lips Houlihan impression beats them all.
    I first noticed it with your dead-on “there’s pudding in the pillow” from Dear Dad. Now you do a fine job mimicking her drunk voice. I must say I am impressed (pardon the pun).

  2. This one didn’t seem that familiar on rewatch, but the bits with Klinger selling his dresses brought it back. Farr was still kind of finding his feet for the role, but I always appreciate more Klinger in the show.

    Slowly moving train wreck is a great way to describe this story. Although I wonder if the show’s precarious standing with the network made this a hard one to shoot. Kind of staring into the abyss of cancellation.

    I might have said it before, Rob, but congrats on Loretta Swit following you on Twitter!

    Happy New Year!

  3. One of the best episodes of the first year. This allowed every one of the major characters a chance to shine without going into that plot sequence where everyone gets their own five minutes (a la the episode where they answer grade school letters). The actors interact with each other which makes for a more cohesive episode.

    I have always heard that there was no ad libbing allowed. The mantra was “If it’s not on the page, it’s not on the stage.” A great story that Alan Alda tells is during the first year Fox would not spring for a phone at the ranch location. Alan and Wayne highly respected Larry Gelbart and took his script as gospel. When the actors would film at the ranch they would watch the rushes when they returned to Hollywood that night. While watching the rushes Gelbart stops the tape and asks why one of the actors delivered the line “There’s someone at the noor.” Alan and Wayne both said that they thought it was an in-joke and it was in the script. Gelbart then said “That was a typo!” (They got their phone)

    The funniest thing to me was completely unintentional. It’s so obvious that most of the episode is on a sound stage. When they are celebrating and Father Mulcahy stops for a blessing, the jeep that is there for celebrating is constantly driving in a circle around the same tent. I find that so humorous that we have seen other shots of the camp and it extends many hundreds of yards but for the celebration the camp is apparently only as wide as a tent. They must have given away a LOT of stuff.

  4. You both mentioned it in your discussion of the episode, but I really like the way Rogers plays Trapper in this one. His quiet cynicism seems to have a definite passive-aggressive feel to it. It would have been interesting if they had delved a little deeper into the reasons behind Trapper’s response to the ceasefire.

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