M*A*S*H (1972–1983)
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The Chinese Army joins the war, killing any hopes the 4077th has about a speedy resolution and homecoming.


William K. Jurgensen (as William Jurgensen)




Episode complete credited cast:
Alan Alda ... Capt. Benjamin Franklin 'Hawkeye' Pierce
Mike Farrell ... Capt. B.J. Hunnicutt
Harry Morgan ... Col. Sherman T. Potter
Loretta Swit ... Maj. Margaret 'Hot Lips' Houlihan
Larry Linville ... Maj. Frank Burns
Gary Burghoff ... Cpl. Walter 'Radar' O'Reilly
Jamie Farr ... Cpl. Maxwell Q. Klinger
William Christopher ... Father Francis Mulcahy
Kario Salem ... The Youngster
Anthony Palmer Anthony Palmer ... The Sergeant
Lois Foraker Lois Foraker ... Lt. Able, RN
Albert Hall ... Corporal
Tom Ruben Tom Ruben ... PFC
Lynne Marie Stewart ... Lt. Plummer, RN (as Lynn Marie Stewart)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dagwood Dagwood ... Black Tabby, the Ping-Pong Cat (archive footage)


Newsreels, including one of the ultimate hero, Sir Winnie, praise the Americans and the combined UN efforts in Korea. Klinger tries to find logic in Army triplicate, looting wounded soldiers and sink scrubbing. But he sees hope when the doctors fill the sink with water and pull hot phosphorus from a soldier's leg with sulfa and copper sulfate. The Chinese enter the Korean war with 33 divisions or over 300,000 soldiers. As the fighting takes a clear turn for the worse, the newsreels show a carefree, dancing, America at play. Radar is on the scrounge for plasma, peering through his broken glasses as his tent leaks from the rain. Margaret charges into the men's shower, pleading that Potter not send her and her nurses away from increased fighting. Mrs. Aga Khan wants a hot dog; the surgeons are eating cold cuts and operating without gloves. An exhausted 4077 is awarded the Meritorious Unit Commendation for service above and beyond. Potter returns the favor when he charges in on Margaret's... Written by LA-Lawyer

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Comedy | Drama | War








Release Date:

17 February 1976 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the kitchen scene, BJ makes a play on words. He says "Look out, Dagwood" This is a reference to both a "Movie Tone News" segment featured just prior to the scene about a ping pong playing cat and a "Dagwood" sandwich. The sandwich was named for Dagwood Bumstead, a comic strip character known for making huge sandwiches. See more »


BJ is seen removing disposable sterile latex surgical gloves; these were not developed until the 1960s. See more »


Cpl. Maxwell 'Max' Q. Klinger: Boy, seeing the way you guys work with the wounded, the way you deal with burned up legs, ripped up bellies. Makes me proud every time I throw up.
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Written by Sid Robin and Charlie Shavers
As part of score through dance sequence
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The Chinese Get Into the Action
15 March 2015 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

A very good episode as they alternate 1950's newsreels with actual work being done by the MASH doctors. The Chinese have gotten into the act big time and the casualties are piling up; so much so that the camp is running out of everything, from surgical gloves to plasma. This is one of the episodes where the war takes on a character of its own and the men and women who are working are secondary. Of course, the newsreel footage is designed to show an absurd comparison as they show ping pong playing cats, dance competitions, and a speech by Douglas MacArthur. Radar spends time trying to make trades with his counterparts for plasma, running through the entire quartermaster's supply list. Then the rain comes.

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