M*A*S*H (1972–1983)
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Pierce deals with a dead soldier's ill-gotten gains, while a Korean mama attacks Klinger for dishonoring her daughter.


Charles S. Dubin


Dennis Koenig, Larry Gelbart (developed for television by)

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Episode cast overview:
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
David Ogden Stiers ... Maj. Charles Winchester
Jamie Farr ... Cpl. Maxwell Q. Klinger
William Christopher ... Father Francis Mulcahy
Shizuko Hoshi Shizuko Hoshi ... Mrs. Li
Denice Kumagai ... Oksun Li
Mark Kologi Mark Kologi ... Corporal Eddie Hastings
Joey DePinto Joey DePinto ... Crosetti (as Joey Pento)
Phillip Simms Phillip Simms ... Vitello (as Philip Simms)
Art Evans ... Dolan
Mark Harrison ... Soldier
James Emery ... Soldier


Oksun Li is a teenaged girl who works in the 4077 doing laundry. Klinger sees her wearing flashy clothes, flirting with a GI in Rosie's; Klinger gets upset and offers to give her money, if she needs it. Mrs. Li, her mother, misinterprets his gesture and tries to turn Klinger into a "hairy shish kebab" with an assortment of pointy farm tools. Hawkeye has a severely wounded patient, Cpl. Eddie Hastings, with a ruptured spleen and other organs causing massive internal bleeding. Hastings obsesses about his money belt: he makes Hawkeye swear to send it to his parents if he does not make it. Klinger counts $8,873 in U.S. greenbacks. Since the Army uses scrip, the doctors are mystified: How did this young, baby-faced kid acquire so much money? Two Corporals from his Division, Dolan and Vitello, paint no pretty pictures regarding how or where Hastings got the money or their lack of sadness at his passing. Hastings used to be a decent guy but he started hanging around the wrong people. ... Written by LA-Lawyer

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Comedy | Drama | War







English | Korean

Release Date:

5 November 1979 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone Sound Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Klinger returns to wearing women's clothing in this episode. He hadn't worn the clothing, or made any other attempts to get out of the Army via Section 8 discharge, since the previous season. In this episode, he wears the clothes to hide from Mrs. Lee and her pitchfork. See more »


When Mrs Li enters Klinger's office carrying a pitch fork, the fork has 4 crooked prongs. Moments later the fork has 5 straight prongs. See more »


Charles: [Listening to Father Mulcahy's piano playing] Every time he tickles those ivories the entire elephants' graveyard turns over.
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Music by Felix Arndt
Played on the piano by Father Mulcahy
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Klinger in Danger/Money to Burn
15 April 2015 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

This episode focuses on two things. When Klinger tries to help a young Korean woman who is trying to prostitute herself, there is a misunderstanding and he is seen as taking advantage of her. The mother chases him with a broom and then with a pitchfork, even though he is innocent. The larger plot involves the death of a soldier who has a money belt with over 8000 dollars in it. He has a baby face but is a known loan shark and black marketeer. Hawkeye promised him when he was brought in that he would make sure the money got to his family. He writes a nondescript double talking letter to them. Returning to the young woman Klinger tried to help. They have lost a father and a brother to the war and have been bombed out several times. They don't have money to move to Poussan, a safe harbor for them.

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