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M*A*S*H - Concrete Floor
This is the M*A*S*H episode where everyone got tired of the dirt floor in the OR and decided to lay a concrete floor. It's pretty late into the series because Charles is now there. Anyway, it makes no sense because previous episodes from as far back as the second or third one show the OR with a concrete floor. I am an avid fan of M*A*S*H and never have I seen a dirt floor in the OR, except for the episode where they claim to be laying one. THEN they made the floor look like dirt.
In fact, in the episode where Henry Blake gets killed, after Radar announces his death in the OR, someone drops a surgical instrument on the concrete floor and you can hear it very clearly.
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Purple writes:
The floors were not dirt in earlier episodes. They were large wood tiles/panels, presumably laid over the dirt.
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MaryK writes:
I disagree. I, too, saw several episodes of early M*A*S*H's where the floor was definitely a gray concrete. One episode had Henry Blake saying his "dogs were tired from standing on this concrete floor doing meatball surgery for 16 hours". I also have heard surgical instruments being dropped on concrete...wood panels would have sounded like a "thud". These were clearly metal hitting concrete...a "ting" sound.
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Purple writes:
At first I would say this appears to fit the "trivial inconsistency between one or more episodes" criteria. Early episodes gave the impression of a solid floor, and a later episode made a big deal about the lack of a solid floor. And at first I didn't know how this made it past the slip-up screen. But when you think about the tools dropping loudly on the ground and so forth, there's no way they could say they've been operating over a dirt floor all this time.
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