The Chinese Army joins the war, killing any hopes the 4077th has about a speedy resolution and homecoming.


(as William Jurgensen)


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Episode credited cast:
Kario Salem ...
The Youngster
Anthony Palmer ...
The Sergeant
Lois Foraker ...
Tom Ruben ...
Lt. Plummer, RN (as Lynn Marie Stewart)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Music by Victor Herbert
Lyrics by Rida Johnson Young
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The Chinese Get Into the Action
15 March 2015 | by (United States) – See 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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