This is the first time it's found out Charles had a sibling other than his sister, and is never mentioned again in the series. See more »
As Charles realizes that a sniper's bullet narrowly missed hitting him in the head, he sits down in the scrub room and tilts his head back against the wall as he realizes how close he came to death. As Col. Potter enters in the next cut, Charles has his head leaning forward with his chin almost touching his chest. See more »
[A GI has just had a near-death experience. Charles is trying to find out what it was like]
I really don't understand what you want.
Maj. Charles Emerson Winchester III:
When I was very young, my little brother died...I couldn't fully comprehend it at the time. But for months after the....accident, I was unable to pass his room without this...Nameless fear. I would get this, uh, tingling sensation in my chest and my arms. And then yesterday, when I found out that I indeed had come close...Very close to death myself, that sensation ...
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During triage when a load of casualties shows up, a sniper begins to fire on the doctors and their patients. No one is badly hurt, but when Charles puts his cap on a hook, he realizes that a bullet entered and exited it, meaning the bullet could just as easily have entered his head. He becomes obsessed with trying to figure out what happens at the time of death. He is trying to figure out why we are what we are; more than the sum of our parts. He even has Rizzo take apart a jeep as a kind of metaphor for this. He begins to hover over a patient that was seemingly dead and then was brought back. He can get no satisfaction, so he goes to a battalion aid station where death is a daily occurrence. This is one of the gut wrenching of all the MASH episodes. There is also a secondary plot line which shows the whole camp, including doctors, taking over mundane duties: the mess tent, the garbage, morale. Hawkeye is met with the craziness that is the Army bureaucracy.
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