M*A*S*H: Season 5, Episode 12

Exorcism (14 Dec. 1976)

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To save the life of an elderly local who rejects an operation because he believes bad spirits surround the 4077th, Colonel Potter permits a Korean exorcism.

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Col. Potter does not like Mr. Yee peddling goods from his pushcart on the 4077 base but he gives him an hour to close business and move. Radar is superstitious; Potter asks him to move the Spirit Post placed at the side of the road for luck. Radar drags the post away and, immediately, a cyclist collides with Mr. Yee's pushcart and Col. Potter's new lighter stops working. The PA system for the entire camp inextricably "goes on the fritz" and Frank crushes one of Hotlip's fingers in a clamp. Three new light bulbs sputter and pop in an overhead light; a blood pressure gauge breaks in the middle of surgery. Cpl. Marsh, one of BJ's former patients, is Iin his care again; BJ discharges him before Father can replace Marsh's St. Christopher medal. The lights all suddenly extinguish, the hospital staff continues to drop and fumble things and Margaret reminds everyone it is Friday the 13th. Klinger believes it is the Evil Eye: Igor has not drawn better than 2 pair since Friday!! So, Klinger is ... Written by LA-Lawyer

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The spirit post that the local Koreans put up to drive away evil spirits is inscribed with Chinese characters, not Korean. See more »

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Cpl. Maxwell 'Max' Q. Klinger: Stray bomb appears out of nowhere. Blows up a shipment of chipped beef. What do you call that?
Lt. Father Francis John Patrick Mulcahy: A gift from heaven.
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When the Spirit Moves You
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When an elderly Korean man is brought into camp, he resists treatment because he fears evil spirits. At this point, things go wrong. Potters cigarette lighter stops working, blood pressure machines malfunction, the PA system goes down, and lights go out in the Operation Room. The granddaughter of the old man tells Hawkeye that the only way to get the guy to agree to surgery is to purge the camp by way of an exorcism. Of course, Frank is aghast. He asks what the man upstairs is going to think and Potter says, "You mean General MacArthur!" Father Mulcahy, being such a cool character, sees God at work in mysterious ways. Of course, it's going to work out. Buy it or not!


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