M*A*S*H (1972–1983)
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Hawkeye and BJ try to stop a chopper pilot from selling souvenirs derived from war materials derived from locals facing danger getting them, and Klinger becomes a pole-sitter in his latest attempt to get a Section Eight.



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Episode cast overview:
Cpl. Walter 'Radar' O'Reilly (credit only)
Father Francis Mulcahy
Scott Mulhern ...
Andy Cooper
Korean Woman (as June Kim)
Crandal Jue ...
Korean Boy
Alvin Kim ...
Korean Boy


Collecting junk is America's favorite past-time; the 8 year old S. Korean boy upon which Hawkeye operates is full of brass because chopper pilot, WO Willie Stratton (and his ilk) hire them to collect scrap metal and brass. Margaret wants her family heirloom returned to her, but Frank refuses to acknowledge she even gave him her father's ruby and gold signet ring. Klinger decides to sit atop the basketball hoop on a power pole in search of Section 8. An Army MP (Brian Dennehy) questions Ferret Face about a priceless S. Korean treasure: an 800 year old celadon vase of the Koryo Dynasty which Corp. Thomas Hinton claims he sold Frank for $27.75. The 8063 CO is promoting tomfoolery: a private did some pole sitting for 94 hours and 18 minutes and has the new record. Potter grumbles about Drake (the CO) who broke the old Camp Grant goldfish record for eating goldfish by eating 23. Potter laughs as he admits he ate 22 and was sick for a week. Then Potter has a light bulb: Klinger is halfway ... Written by LA-Lawyer

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Comedy | Drama | War





Release Date:

1 March 1977 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone Sound Recording)


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Klinger is freezing and wearing scarves, gloves, etc. While trying to set the pile sitting record. Yet everyone walking around the compound is wearing normal clothes and show no sign of being remotely chilly. See more »


While Hawkeye and B.J. are winding a ball of yarn in the Swamp, B.J. says that his daughter is "two." Originally, B.J. didn't show up until early September 1952 (derived from being at the 4077th for two weeks with Maj. Burns as Commanding Officer, who was replaced by Col. Potter on "19 September 1952"). Considering that B.J. was shipped to Korea very shortly after the birth of his daughter (or, in one episode, before she was even born), B.J. could not have been in Korea nearly two years at the time of this episode, considering that he replaced Trapper, who was, according to M*A*S*H canon, at the 4077th for at least a year. The war itself lasted three years, yet neither Maj. Burns nor Radar had gone home, nor had Maj. Winchester even arrived. See more »


Corporal Maxwell Q. Klinger: [Klinger is sitting on a small platform on a pole] Don't just walk away, can't you see I'm crazy?
Colonel Sherman T. Potter: Klinger, if I got rid of all the crazies in this camp, I'd be the loneliest man in Korea.
Corporal Maxwell Q. Klinger: I'm not coming down, sir.
Colonel Sherman T. Potter: In that case, I have just one piece of advice for you. When you're walking guard duty tonight, take very tiny steps.
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Junk Peddlar
21 March 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There are two plots at work here. The principle one involves a chopper pilot who has young Korean boys scrounging war souvenirs for him. He turns them into objects: watch bands, cigarette lighters, earrings, necklaces, etc. The sad thing is that these kids end up in mine fields and other dangerous places because they need the money so badly. No one seems to be able to stop this because the Army has no regulation against it. Meanwhile, Klinger's latest adventure in the quest for a Section 8 is to pole sit on a platform, high above the camp. Potter reveals if he can spend four full days he will break a record. There is a moral to this tale having to do with using your privileges to do good, even if it may be morally weak.

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