I have a question about season 3.
During this season, Red and Harold had red and green suspenders for the first time. However, upon viewing the 3rd season episodes, I see that for some segments, such as the campfire songs, and a few "Handyman Corner" segments, they have 2 red suspenders, as in the first two seasons.
Do you know why this is so?
A: As it turns out the answer isn't overly special at all and occurs throughout the series to differing degrees (it was just more noticeable earlier on as each season brought a larger degree of change to the main look and feel of the show). In this case, when they wrote and then filmed for a season, they would do a number of shots at one time and piece it together later on in the editing room. The length and what was cut/kept or even trimmed off of what was kept depended on the amount of running time the show could run (minus commercials) and how it fit together. Often due to time constraints or shooting too many segments, shows that don't run on a timeline (think 24 or House of Cards vs Seinfeld or the Simpsons) will re-use good completed segments that aren't use when originally intended on. So for example on RGS, they would have shot a whole season's worth of campfire songs during one night. They likely shot everything they had scripts for (some shows would shoot when they goofed around which made the show because it was really good) which may or may be more than they need. After filling up all the segments they wanted to use for season two, they would have taken anything remaining and used it in season 3. If you check the episode in season 3, you'll likely notice that they used the season 2 campfire shots over the first few episodes of the season before they used the newly shot stuff. I believe the Handyman Corner stuff is the same way in that season. They do this in later seasons but since there was less of a visual difference (suspender colours, Lodge crest on shit, beard colour/trimmed, etc) between the seasons after season 6, you don't really notice it very much.