Private Rich is wounded and evacuated by chopper to the 4077; the entire episode is shot through his eyes. From the 4077 chopper pad, to triage, the O.R. and finally into recovery, Rich gets to meet the M*A*S*H personnel at their very best...and Colonel Potter is in a terrible mood. Radar, B.J. and Klinger carry his litter (Rich is a big fella) and he is brought in for surgery. Everyone, Chuckles included, bickers, banters and takes very good care of Rich. Klinger takes Rich for a wheelchair tour; Rich has a sponge bath from Margaret: he gets the full 4077 treatment. Col. Potter, who received his medical training at Fort Sam Houston, recognizes Rich as a Texan: Potter says a Texan always offers to shake hands, no matter how many tubes are coming out of his arm. Although Rich has a throat injury and cannot speak, he still finds a way to impact the lives of his surgeon, Hawkeye, and Colonel Potter. When his litter is lifted into the bus that will take him to Tokyo, B.J., Hawkeye and ... Written by
According to the pad the private Rich uses, it is September 12, 1951. See more »
Col Potter commanding, visits a soldier in the ward writing home. He's dated the letter September 12, 1951. When Col Potter is assigned to the 4077th, the announcer stated the date of his arrival September 19, 1952, a year later. See more »
Yes, the P.O.V. or point of view shot had been used before this. In fact it is still to this day, a staple in horror cinema and had prior to this been put most brilliantly on display in the criminally underrated film noir Lady In The Lake. However, no one had ever been brave enough to put it on TV to any extent. I mean who could sit through 30 minutes of a mostly low angle view from a bed ridden soldier's perspective? It took a series with some sway and some power like M*A*S*H to pull it off. I'm sure CBS fought them tooth and nail on this but luckily the writers won the battle (assuming there was one). We follow the soldier and his point of view from the battlefield all the way to his bus trip and everything that happens in between. As it is television drama, when done right, makes us feel like we're spying on the lives of the characters. This episode takes that concept all the way by putting you in the action with the way it's filmed. You can't communicate with the M*A*S*H principles, but neither can the character whose eyes we are seeing through. Episodes like Point Of View, Life Time or Dreams may not be a barrel of laughs, but almost no other TV series would ever be so bold as to experiment with an episode like this one...simply a masterpiece that displays some serious creative genius that I can't recommend highly enough.
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