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Anyway, I took a break from our snuggling to take a shower (I have to shower at night, because I have a teenage daughter who uses 158% of the hot water every morning), and when I returned to the sofa, my sweetheart had found MeTV on my cable.
You guys. I didn't know my cable had MeTV. I've been missing reruns of "The Monkees" and whatnot because I never found this channel on my own.
|I've been missing reruns of "The Monkees," you guys.|
So we watched some "Hogan's Heroes" and some "Carol Burnett Show" and some "Perry Mason," and it was really, really cool. And tonight I'm on my own - no Drummer Boy visit, and Precocious Daughter is with her dad. So I fired up the laptop and turned on the TV. And of course it was still tuned to MeTV. (Tuned? Remember when we did that?)
And "M*A*S*H" was on.
Right now, depending on your age, you're either all "OMG 'M*A*S*H'" or you're all "WTF is 'M*A*S*H' lol." And I get it. You watched this show, or you didn't. And if you did...yeah, you're old or well on your way.
|You either have fond memories of Jamie Farr in a dress,|
or you don't.
Anyway, the episode I watched was from 1978 or 1979. BJ Hunnicutt, Col. Potter, Maj. Winchester, and Hot Lips was married to Col. Donald Penobscot. But more importantly, this was a time when I had a MASSIVE crush on Alan Alda. Like, at my grade-school carnival I played some game and won a poster of Alan Alda as Hawkeye Pierce, and I hung that mofo in my room for a couple of years.
|I'm a tad bit disappointed that Google didn't find|
the exact poster. But this is pretty close.
Anyway, of course I watched the episode. Because "M*A*S*H." In this particular episode, there was a subplot about a new nurse being transferred to the 4077th and Hot Lips becoming insanely jealous because she suspects the nurse had a fling with her Col. Penobscot in Tokyo.
And in the main plot, Hawkeye falls in love with a beautiful, educated Korean woman whose mother has contracted pneumonia. Of course it ends sadly, because otherwise Alan Alda wouldn't get to ACT and EMOTE and BE SENSITIVE.
Holy crap, for a cultural icon and a beloved actor, Alan Alda was freaking insufferable in the late 1970s.
For those of you who don't know..."M*A*S*H" premiered in 1972 as a black comedy that satirized war in general and Vietnam in particular in the guise of the Korean War of the early 1950s. It in turn was based on a move that was an even blacker comedy, which in turn was based on a novel that was a barely fictionalized account of the Vietnam experience.
And then it devolved into a sappy, self-righteous commentary on 1970s-early 1980s liberal backlash.
I really love this show, you guys.
But I watch it now through different eyes. Older, less idealistic eyes.
Guess what? It was a brilliantly written, acted, and directed show.
But JEEBUS. Alan Alda needed some kind of elf or gnome or sprite to bitch-slap him and say, "WE GET IT WAR IS BAD AND YOU DON'T LIKE IT."
Anyway, I really enjoyed watching "M*A*S*H." And all the other shows on MeTV. Especially "The Twilight Zone."
And "The Andy Griffith Show."
I love Aunt Bee.
If you have Frontier FIOS, it's channel 464.
Love you guys.