A North Korean Spy infiltrates the 4077 and poses as Charles' houseboy, to observe and report on 4077th's efficiency and success to his superiors. The staff is baffled by a skin-rash epidemic.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Larry Block ...
Robert Clotworthy ...
Private Welch
David Dozer ...
Todd Davis ...
Laurie Bates ...


Chuckles hires a houseboy, Kwang Yong, (Sab Shimono) but no one realizes Kwang is a N. Korean playing "grinning lackey to a capitalist fool." It is Kwang's mission to report whether the phenomenal 97% success rate at the 4077 is accurate. A mystery rash covers many casualties at the 4077 and they are miserable. Kwang is baffled at the unmilitary behavior and Klinger's dress. Hawkeye wins a jeep from Supply Sgt. Cimoli in a poker game but ends up with a howitzer; Kwang asks and, jokingly, is told it is a new form of anesthesia. Kwang is amazed at how well the 4077 treats the POWs. Gen. Imbrie's dermatologist, Dr. Nagle, is useless to help the surgeons treat the rash. Kwang sends a report that the 4077 is weak and whiny, complaining about good conditions and munificent rations. The doctors are unable to ease the itching; Kwang is amazed how the doctors have such fine equipment but no knowledge of folk remedies. Kwang boils tree bark and it is very smelly, but it eases the pain of the ... Written by LA-Lawyer

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27 November 1978 (USA)  »

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(RCA Photophone Sound Recording)


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1.33 : 1
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Upon embalming the howitzer, Haweye quips, "death takes a holiday". This will be the title of Season 9 Episode 5. See more »


Hawkeye wants nothing to do with owning the Howitzer and tries desperately to get rid of it. In fact, when Col. Potter first sees the weapon, he tells Hawkeye that "We're a non combat unit and we're going to stay that way." He also tells him to get rid of it before it starts drawing enemy fire on the camp. Yet, in season 4, the camp comes under enemy fire, and the first thing that Col. Potter suggests to solve the problem is to park a tank in the middle of camp to scare off the enemy. He tells Hawkeye that it's like having a big dog in your yard to scare people away. Hawkeye seems to have no objection to this and in fact calls a colonel that owes him a favor to leave one of his units tanks in the middle of camp. See more »


B.J.: [All five men are drunk] Hey, wait a minute, wait a minute! Kwang, am I crazy, or-or is your English improving?
Hawkeye: Yeah.
Charles: Yeah.
Col. Sherman T. Potter: Yeah, youz-you talkin' real good right now.
Kwang: Ah, yeah. W- Aaah, it must be the whiskey.
Col. Sherman T. Potter: Ah.
Kwang: Fill me up, Charlie.
Charles: How dare, do you realize who you're tal- a day ago, I employ- oh, what the hell.
[pours Kwang some whiskey]
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Unique Of Its Time!!
10 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Major Charles Emerson Winchester, III enjoyed his daily dosage of classical music in "The Swamp" at the show's opening. Little did he know that Captains Pierce and Hunnicutt returned to the 4077th to find out a surprise ailment was inflicting on the soldiers' well-being and recuperation. Kwang (played by Sab Shimoto) did his best to survive the Major Winchester's non-stop barrage of work. Colonel Potter does everything possible to find an answer to a mysterious rash problem afflicting the patients in the post-operation ward (all to no avail over the telephone). Even the surgeons and doctors had no clue of finding the malady from a pool of 10,500 plants in all of Korea. Kwang then found the cure: Korean boiled bark -- consisting of rank blue liquid to cure their rashes in a large bowl. Everybody from the 4077th (including Major Winchester with reluctance) praised Kwang for his hard work during the malady: a diploma. The Korean boiled bark had more stench than all of the Gold Dial soap in the show.

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