The Lins were like Korean aristocracy before the war; now, the remains of their estate is filled with their homeless friends and villagers. Daughter, Kyung Soon takes care of her mother, Madame Lin and the others; she hauls Hawkeye to tend to her mother, at Col. Potter's order, in a nicely kept automobile. Hawkeye gets the wrong impression until he sees the estate... and Kyung Soon in action. The 4077 gets a new nurse, Lt. Bobbie Gleason, fresh from Tokyo. She has the misfortune to mention a Lt. Colonel "Donald Dimwit" who flirted with her at her going-away party; Margaret is frantic it is her Donald and continues to plague the new nurse. As Col. Potter, BJ and Hawkeye drink, Potter tells Hawkeye love and war do not mix. But, quicksilver Hawkeye has found a woman both novel and interesting. He refuses to take the wise 3 war, multi-tour veteran's advice. It is not within Hawkeye's nature to rebuff novelty. Written by
The string music playing during the dinner between Alan Alda and Kieu Chinh is Beethoven's String Quartet No. 13 in Bb major, op. 130, 5th Movement, "Cavatina. Adagio molto espressivo". See more »
[both Hawkeye and Margaret are in the Swamp, drunk]
This place stinks.
The food stinks, the liquor stinks, and the smell stinks!
You said it.
And the *war* stinks!
It certainly does!
What are you agreeing for? You're one of the things around here that stinks!
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Hawkeye meets an aristocratic Korean woman, a rich privileged person before the war. At first he has disdain for her until he sees that she has nothing and is holding her village together. She looks after her mother, who is quite ill, and helps the villagers farm and stay alive. She is beautiful and Hawkeye falls in love with her. In any other setting they could have had a life, but her soul is wrapped in little boys and girls whom she must make her first priority. This is a sad, heavy episode where to hearts passing in the night cannot be together long. There is a subplot with Margaret finding out that a newly transferred nurse has had a tryst with her husband, Donald.
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