Last night, I was watching an episode of M*A*S*H, something I haven't done in quite a long time, an episode that I would place around 1980, given that Winchester was already on but B.J. had not yet grown that loathesome, anachronistic mustache. B.J. was to the cast of M*A*S*H what LaTroy Hawkins and his 7.27 ERA have been to the Rockies bullpen.
The episode was the customary late-period M*A*S*H combo of sanctimony and bad puns, although it was thankfully free of the de rigueur "war is bad" subplot; this one had a "Winchester is bad" subplot. The most interesting thing about the show was a very brief appearance by the wonderful actor Philip Baker Hall. Hall is possibly best known at this time for his appearance as Bookman the library cop in a terrific episode of Seinfeld, but he's also been a go-to guy for director Paul Thomas Anderson and starred in Robert Altman's amazing one-man Nixon movie, Secret Honor. I'm sure at the time he was glad to have the work, but really, an actor this good should get to do more than ask for Hawkeye's signature on a clipboard. He would have been a way better Colonel Potter than Harry Morgan was.
I'm sure you've all seen this before, but Jesus Cristo, the man is funny: Here's Philip Baker Hall accusing "joy boy" Jerry Seinfeld of "makin' the scene."