MASH Season 4, Episode 25, 27 cultural references

a man is sitting at a desk, being interviewed by a man standing on the right side of the picture
Radar being interviewed by the reporter

The final episode of the fourth season, the entire episode is done in an interview format, with the male leads (Loretta Swit was in a Broadway play) being interviewed by a television news man, Clete Roberts. A narrator says “The following is in black and white,” perhaps to alert modern viewers there is nothing wrong with their televisions. This 25:43 second episode has .94 cultural references per minute.

Black and white television in the United States, almost all broadcasts were in monochromatic colors, also called “black and white.” …

Here are notes on how each page of this project will be formatted. That way I have something to refer to and readers will know where to go to find what they want (hopefully :).

The title of the page is the name of the episode in quotes and the phrase “cultural references” all in bold; e.g. “Back Pay” Cultural References

Next comes a screen shot from the episode in question:

The subtitle contains the title of the episode, the season number, the episode number and the number of cultural references; e.g. MASH Season 8, Episode 24, 113 cultural references


MASH Season 9, Episode 9, 72 Cultural References

“Taking the Fifth,” the title of this episode, is a pun. It refers to the legal right of Americans to “plead the fifth,” which means using the fifth amendment of the U.S. Constitution to not answer a question, typically when it could incriminate themselves in the courts.

A “fifth” is also slang for a bottle of alcohol. A fifth contains 25 oz, or 25 one-ounce shots of liquor.

This episode is 24:55 minutes in length. There are 3 cultural references per minute.


“dying to get in” is…

MASH Season 9, Episode 9, X Cultural References

Major Winchester wakens Colonel Potter with a request to go to Boston (Massachusetts :)

“Bottle Fatigue,” the title of the episode is a pun. The word “bottle” is substituted for the more commonly used “battle,” as in the phrase “battle fatigue.”

Battle fatigue is a phrase commonly used to describe military personnel who experience a neurotic disorder caused by the stress of war, commonly used in the Second World War. The term is antiquated, and would now be called Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

This episode is 24:32 in length. There are X cultural references per minute.


“quarter past catatonic” quarter past refers to a position on a clock’s face denoting 15 minutes…

If you have been traumatized, similar circumstances can trigger those feelings again.

As a mental health professional, I am vigilant when it comes to my moods.

I ask myself how I feel, and what is causing any change I may perceive, at least once a day. And in this Covid-19 winter, I have have been more mindful than usual of any fluctuation in my mood. Early in the fall of 2020, with this hard winter looming, I asked my psychiatrist (yes, shrinks can have shrinks) to put me on a low-level anti-depressant. I also doubled down on my workouts and started taking vitamin D supplements to help better manage my darker moments.

And the…

It’s one of the world’s most popular TV shows. But sometimes — a lot of times — it’s hard to know what they are talking about.

MASH is one of the most rerun half-hour programs in syndication, with viewers in over forty countries. I have come to realize, as I re-view (and sometimes view, as sometimes I am surprised to find there are ones I have not seen) these episodes that they are packed with references to people, situations, songs, films, radio shows, automobiles, sports figures and all sorts life in the first half of the American Twentieth Century. …

MASH Season 8, Episode 24, 113 cultural references

This is my first attempt at documenting an entire episode of MASH. I am sharing it without it being completed so you, dear reader, can see what I am up against. All the episodes are rich with references, puns, double entendre and other word play. This one, per my count, has 113 in its 24 minutes — 4.7 per minute.

So read on MacDuff and if you see a definition that needs a correction or if you find I missed one, please let me know. …

The author’s Equinox cap and Soul Cycle socks in the garbage.

Q: I don’t think of myself as a political person but I feel really bad about spending my money at Equinox. I don’t agree with the president and I think the Republicans are leading this country in the wrong direction. Am I lying to myself if I keep going to Equinox?

A: Yes.

Actually, I’d be a little more severe. I would say you’re a hypocrite.

You can’t have it both ways. You say you don’t support the Trump administration but you put money in the pockets of people who do. Vote with your feet my dear. This life is…

Pacing is fairly common, but that does not mean it’s normal.

Q: A woman contacted me not too long ago asking about her husband. They are early-40s, live in New York City and he works for himself. He gets up early and hits the streets, going from meeting to meeting to meeting and usually comes home later than her friend’s partners.

One thing she sees in him is a lot of pacing. Even at the end of the day, he paces around the house. On the occasions when she has been by his NoMad neighborhood office, there is a “path” of sorts that he has made, well-worn from hours on the phone making deals and asking questions.

pacing back and forth…

A: Is there is anything “wrong” with him? Wrong is probably not the word I would use. There is nothing specifically wrong with pacing. Or nail biting. Or sweating (even if you’re not hot).

It’s not that it is “wrong;” but it is probably a symptom of something. I asked her if he drank an excessive amount of coffee. Yes. Does he have trouble sleeping? You bet. Well, that accounts for being up with the birds. …

Intermittent fasting did not work so well for me. I didn’t try it, I lived it. For 21 days I’d wake up and then sit there waiting until noon. I would think about breakfast and remind myself I could not eat it. So I’d chew gum and drink water and go to work.

At noon I’d eat (sometime 11:50 truth be told) and get full and then go back to work. And then about 6:30 I’d realize I have to eat 1400 more calories and stuff myself or drink a lot of protein shakes to meet my macro goals. And…


Change your mind to change your body and life. Psychotherapist, Wellness Coach, Host of The Weighting podcast.

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