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girl, you're a dandelion ([personal profile] sarken) wrote in [community profile] 40772012-06-13 02:07 am

Comrades in Arms: Rehashing an old debate

I've been rewatching M*A*S*H yet again, and just last night I got to "Comrades in Arms," which is the episode where Hawkeye and Margaret go to the 8063rd to show them how to do an arterial transplant, but the 8063 has bugged out, so Hawkeye and Margaret end up taking shelter in an abandoned hut.

I've been in this fandom for ages, and one of the debates that came up time and again was related to this episode. So, I thought I'd bring in up here with a new group of people: do you think Hawkeye and Margaret had sex that night?

Or, you know, feel free to talk about any other of your "Comrades in Arms" feelings! I have many of them myself -- some of which you can see in this post about the second part of "Comrades in Arms" -- and would love to hear yours.
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[personal profile] sarcasticsra 2012-06-20 10:20 am (UTC)(link)
Oh, yeah, I totally agree, but I suppose one could make the argument that they could've had them be a little more ruffled, maybe had Hawkeye's shirt unbuttoned some, or something like that. I don't really object to that, or even to someone ignoring the out-of-universe context of it being 1970s family TV, because that kind of thing gets discounted all the time when it comes to subtext. It was never outright said, which makes it ambiguous enough that I'm not bothered by other interpretations.

Basically, if I were to randomly write a fic that referenced this scene, it'd probably mention or allude to them having had sex, but if I read a fic that referenced it and it only alluded to them kissing and holding each other, I wouldn't be thrown out of the story, all, "No, that's wrong!" Because, unequivocally, it's not. These kinds of scenes are what headcanon is for! :D