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FinestKindinTN

Posted:
8/29/2017 12:34:49 AM

Why didn't Radar get a girl?

Radar has a date with a nurse, the one played by Peggy Lee Brennan, on an episode tonight. A question came to mind:
Why didn't Radar ever get a steady girl, at least as a recurring character? He had dates, but the characters never stuck.

Big Daddy O'Reilly

Posted:
8/29/2017 3:04:14 AM

Status Quo?

I don't know for certain, but I believe there was a two-part arc from AFTERMASH in which he was getting married, but I think the W*A*L*T*E*R pilot established his marriage ended in divorce (on top of his mother dying, and having to sell the family farm, all contributing to his depression and suicide attempt).

phantomeagle

Posted:
8/29/2017 4:34:26 PM

Radar and girls

That was actually part of the reason Gary left. He was 35 and was playing an innocent kid. He got restless with the character since not only Radar not develop, he actually regressed. Remember, early on, Radar drank and smoked cigars. When Potter arrived he got sick on one puff.

Gary had a kid, and a strained marriage by the end of Season 7. Because of family, and his tiredness of the character, he was in half the episodes, and it was getting harder and harder to explain it.

He wanted a girlfriend for Radar, or at least an occasional night with a girl, but the writers refused.

Gary was ready to leave, like Henry and Trapper, in the off season, but given the response to the previous character changes Alan Alda convinced him to stay early in Season 8 for a proper send-off.

Big Daddy O'Reilly

Posted:
8/29/2017 9:08:52 PM

Actually, the regression WAS partly Gary's idea: he felt by doing so, Radar could be a character who could JUST react to everything happening around him in a more sincere way, as opposed to Hawkeye reacting by cracking jokes and boozing his brains out, for example.

And he was already to depart by season's end, and in fact, Ken Levine & David Isaacs had written the proper farewell episode for Radar to end Season 7, but it was the network who felt ending the season with such would jeopardize the chances of viewers coming back for Season 8, and were convinced to hold the episode over for fall sweeps the following season and turn it into a two-parter (hence the subplot about the stolen generator). This is why "A Night at Rosie's" was written and filmed literally at the last minute: to fill in the slot for what would have been Radar's original goodbye.

BeccaLeo1972

Posted:
8/29/2017 11:44:28 PM

Big Daddy O'Reilly wrote:
Status Quo?

I don't know for certain, but I believe there was a two-part arc from AFTERMASH in which he was getting married, but I think the W*A*L*T*E*R pilot established his marriage ended in divorce (on top of his mother dying, and having to sell the family farm, all contributing to his depression and suicide attempt).

I thought Radar's mother went to live with her sister? I've only seen the pilot to W*A*L*T*E*R once so i could be recalling it wrong.

BeccaLeo1972

Posted:
8/29/2017 11:46:00 PM

Radar deserved a steady girlfriend as even Klinger had the occasional romance with a nurse.

phantomeagle

Posted:
9/1/2017 3:33:33 AM

Radar and girls
Big Daddy O'Reilly wrote:
Actually, the regression WAS partly Gary's idea: he felt by doing so, Radar could be a character who could JUST react to everything happening around him in a more sincere way, as opposed to Hawkeye reacting by cracking jokes and boozing his brains out, for example.

And he was already to depart by season's end, and in fact, Ken Levine & David Isaacs had written the proper farewell episode for Radar to end Season 7, but it was the network who felt ending the season with such would jeopardize the chances of viewers coming back for Season 8, and were convinced to hold the episode over for fall sweeps the following season and turn it into a two-parter (hence the subplot about the stolen generator). This is why "A Night at Rosie's" was written and filmed literally at the last minute: to fill in the slot for what would have been Radar's original goodbye.

That's odd. I remember that there was a reunion show where They'd talked about how Gary was ready to leave after Season 7, and that no finale for Radar.

I know that Gary wanted Radar to regress, but he also wanted to have Radar grow beyond where they let him.

But he left for numerous reasons.

No steady girl
Marriage in real life in trouble
He had kids he needed time with
The fact that Gary was in his mid 30s, and was playing a 19-20 year old.

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