There's a hidden M*A*S*H reference in one of the most popular video games of the past year

Did Henry Blake somehow end up in the Wild West?

Henry Blake loved to fish. He was a fishing fanatic. As the commanding officer of the 4077th M*A*S*H unit in Korea, he often wore a bucket hat covered in fishing lures. (Though, that fashion choice did cause him pain once when he saluted and put his hand into a fishhook.) He was even known to kick back at his desk and tie fishing flies.

Margaret once called him a "mealy-mouthed, fly-fishing imposter," to which Hawkeye clarified Henry was a "genuine mealy-mouthed fly-fisher."

His fishing fanaticism made his demise all the more tragic. When Henry Blake leaves M*A*S*H at the end of the third season, the view expects him to head to a retirement filled with casting lines in creeks. Instead, he perishes in a plane crash. Would he have run a bait and tackle shop had he retired?

Well, the makers of the video game Red Dead Redemption 2 think so.

Rockstar Games, the publisher behind the massively successful and influential Grand Theft Auto series, released its Western epic Red Dead Redemption 2 a year ago, in October 2018. The cowboy adventure has since become one of the best-selling console games of 2019. Some consider it one of the greatest video games ever made. 

And there is a M*A*S*H reference hiding in it.

Saint Denis is the largest city in the world of Red Dead Redemption. Hats off to Reddit user kpcnsk, who shared a discovery of a "H. Blake Fishing Tackle Maker" shop in Saint Denis.

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If you think this is mere coincidence, consider that the first Red Dead Redemption, released in 2010, featured a character named Charlie Mash. Here he is:

Rockstar Games

Charlie Mash? H. Blake Fishing Tackle? Some Rockstar developer has been watching classic television.

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J4heels 19 days ago
There is also a comment In Red 2 by Bill who says he was fixed up in a medical camp by Charlie (he does not mention his last name Mash)
RobCertSDSCascap 20 days ago
Yeah, yeah.
THIS one came with a M*A*S*H t-shirt!
Moody 20 days ago
A little clarification is needed here. Henry wasn't retiring but being discharged after accumulating the required points. He was most likely going to return to his civilian medical practice in Illinois.
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