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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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Episode cast overview:
Virginia Ann Lee ...
Kyong Ja
James Canning ...
Corporal Marsh
Philip Ahn ...


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 very superstitious; Potter asks him to move the Spirit Post placed at the side of the road for luck. Radar drags the post away; 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 in his care again and then, discharged before Father can replace his 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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Release Date:

14 December 1976 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone Sound Recording)


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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While Klinger is changing a light bulb in Colonel Potter's office, he is wearing white gloves. When the camera cuts to another angle, he is gloveless. See more »


Kyong Ja: The exorcism would have to be performed by a Priestess. Once the spirits are gone, my grandfather would let you operate.
Capt. Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce: We haven't got time for that.
Kyong Ja: She's only a mile away.
Corporal Walter Eugene O'Reilly: I could drive her, Sir.
Capt. Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce: You do that, Radar.
Maj. Frank Burns: You do that Radar, and I'll have your stripes.
Capt. Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce: You look lousy in stripes, Frank. Go ahead, Radar.
Maj. Frank Burns: Now just a minute, Bub. U.S. Regulations do not allow for heathen rituals on government property.
Capt. Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce: Dangerous talk, Frank. If the spirits heard you say that, they'd turn you into a ...
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When the Spirit Moves You
19 March 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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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