Not in the show. But the FAQ lists rumours on why people have left
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Isn't Spearchucker the one who just disappeared one day because TPTB of
M*A*S*H realized that there were no african-americans in Korea (or maybe
it was african-american doctors in Korea) or something and wrote out the
*REMOVE* the 'purrs' to reply...
Research showed that there were no black doctors in Korea,
only soldiers. I think this might be one of those questions
that could raise a riot on this newsgroup if someone's in a
bad mood. It's in the FAQs next to the name of Radar's
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That's part of the reason. The other reason was they didn't want to
have to many main characters. Around the same time, Ugly John and Ho Jon
disappeared as well. And the latter didn't because they realized there
were no Korean boys in Korea.
As for African-Americans, Ginger Bayliss was a semi-regular with a minor
role in the first years, and she was an African-American.
Note that in a later year episode, Charles has his teeth taken care
of by a black dentist. Would there be black dentists in Korea, but no
Elsig has spoken... :)
I'm not sure I understand...
A joke. See reasons for Spearchucker's departure.
Genna Reeney <willowWATE...@worldnet.att.net> wrote in message
> I always found it odd Ho-Jon appeared after the first episode as in the
> pilot they were sending him to college :-)
Just because he was accepted to college didn't mean that he would
immediately leave. You usually apply a half a year or so in advance.
we all read way too much into things like this.
Hence the smiley.
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On Tue, 28 Sep 1999 22:00:09 -0400 (EDT), vai...@webtv.net (Frank
>Did they ever explain why Spearchucker Jones was no longer at the
>4077th?I don't think he was killed or things woulda turned serious much
>sooner than they did.
I wonder, why do people always ask this about Spearchucker? They never
explained why Ugly John was no longer there. Or Ho John. Or Ginger.
Or sgt Zale. Or nurse Cutler. Or capt. Spaulding. Or General Hammond.
Or several other minor figures that appeared in more than one episode. Why
not ask about them?
Perhaps because Spearchucker was one of the leads in the novel and the
movie, whereas the other incidental characters who disappeared were always
What >I< say to myself is, "What would Winnie-the-Pooh do?" ... which of
course amounts to the same thing.
> Perhaps because Spearchucker was one of the leads in the novel and
> movie, whereas the other incidental characters who disappeared
> were always
> incidental characters.
I think it's also because Spearchucker was a member of The Swamp. He
was supposed to be a member of The Swamp, but was of course written
out. I thought he fit in well for the short time he was there. I like
his scenes in 'The Moose' and 'Henry, Please Come Home'.
General Hammond, Ho John and Lt. Dish all appeared in the movie.
Well Duke Forrest was never even written in.
Really, a lot of the occasional characters or one shots in the early years did
their jobs well. Or their parts were written well. But the cast already had 6
good regulars. Of the rest, it was easy to write Mulcahy into stuff, and
Klinger was the most popular. That's 8, and there isn't that much room for
anyone else in a half hour show.
In an ideal world, every scene that Rizzo ever appeared in would be replaced by
a supporting player from the early years.
Agreed, I could have really done without Rizzo.
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| I think thats a little harsh!
What is? That Rizzo should never been invented, or claiming that GW Bailey is
Laura Dern's father?
> >I think it's also because Spearchucker was a member of The Swamp.
> >was supposed to be a member of The Swamp, but was of course
> Well Duke Forrest was never even written in.
No but in the TV series, Spearchucker_was_. And he was a member of The
Swamp. And that's why people ask about him. People ask why he left. He
was going to be a semi-regular, not as equal as Hawkeye and Trapper,
but in his fair few episodes per season. But the research didn't
support his being there.
Duke Forrest wasn't written into the TV series. Hence he wasn't there
> In an ideal world, every scene that Rizzo ever appeared in would
> be replaced by
> a supporting player from the early years.
When Rizzo was there, Zale had left. So they replaced one "occasional
character" with another.
But they weren't Swampmen. They were incidental characters all along.
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I have no problem with occasional characters. I had a problem with the quality
of the performance.
The character was named Duke Forrest and yes, Hawkeye and Trapper once
mentioned a doctor Forrest who "was here last year" or something like that.