M*A*S*H (1972–1983)
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During a newspaper shortage, Charles gets newspapers from home, refuses to share them, and incurs the wrath of the whole camp. A patient and a soldier are Asian brothers on opposite sides of the war.



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Episode cast overview:
Capt. Benjamin Franklin 'Hawkeye' Pierce
Capt. B.J. Hunnicutt
Maj. Margaret 'Hot Lips' Houlihan
Cpl. Maxwell Q. Klinger
Lt. Yook
Pvt. Igor Straminsky
Kwang Baek ...
Kim (as Kwang Ho Baek)
Lt. Kellye Yamato, RN
Roy Goldman
Jo Ann Thompson ...
Nurse Jo Ann (as Jo Anne Thompson)
Abigail Nelson ...


Stop the presses! Charles has just received a load of newspapers from back home and the camp, being without a newspaper for weeks, are determined to share Charles'. He is reluctant, but agrees--only after he's read them all of course. But when he finds a newspaper missing, he wages war on the camp and they, in turn, wage a war of practical jokes on him. Written by <Explorerds6789>

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newspaper | directed by star | See All (2) »


Comedy | Drama | War






Release Date:

30 November 1981 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone Sound Recording)


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


A newspaper headline reads, "Lie Quits U.N.; To Help Bring Korean Peace." This refers to Trygve Lie, Secretary General of the United Nations from 1 February 1946 until his resignation which he announced on 10 November 1952. American newspapers went to press with this story the next day. See more »


When the whole camp surrounds Major Winchester outside the swamp about the newspapers he has, you can clearly see a person in White pants and Blue sweater, standing with folded arms outside of the O.R entrance that clearly doesn't belong there. This person is visible right after everyone runs together and stays standing there for the rest of the scene. See more »


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Once Again a Lack, Alas Alack
27 April 2015 | by See all my reviews

The camp is beset by a shortage of newsprint. It seems that instead of South Korea, all publications have been sent to South Dakota. During the dearth, everyone is edgy. Charles, who has the Boston Globe sent to him by his family, first class, gets a week's worth of newspapers. He chooses to hoard these. The unfair thing is that he only asks to read the papers first and then let the others have them. One day, however, he suspects that someone has stolen one of them and gets on the intercom and offends the entire camp. Reprisals take place and lots of rather cruel practical jokes.

A more serious plot has to do with a North Korean soldier being brought in for stomach wounds. It turns out he is being guarded by several South Korean soldiers, one of whom is his brother. They were separated by issues of survival. They cannot talk lest they are both imprisoned. Hawkeye works out a solution.

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