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 ...
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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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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From the North Korean Viewpoint
10 April 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A North Korean spy infiltrates the unit, posing as Charles' houseboy. Charles abuses him verbally and expects him to do every little thing for him. He is critical of the medical people because he feels they live in luxury and complain constantly about their lot. An epidemic of soldiers with an unidentifiable skin rash stumps the doctors, but the infiltrator comes to the rescue with a home remedy (which stinks but works). One other subplot involves a poker game where Hawkeye wins a jeep, but when it is delivered, the supply sergeant that he bet with sends a Howitzer. The North Korean gives us a perspective on what is going on and is frequently confused by the strange activities of the doctors and their compadres. It is a pretty entertaining episode.

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