After their bus breaks down in the middle of nowhere on the way back from a medical convention, Hawkeye, B.J., Colonel Potter, Frank and Radar find themselves stranded.



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Episode cast overview:
Cpl. Maxwell Q. Klinger (credit only)
Korean Soldier (as Soon-Teck Oh)


The 38th Parallel Medical Conference: just an excuse for boozing one's brains out! Radar drives the 4077 bus back to camp with Potter and the 3 doctors and realizes they are lost. When they stop the bus, it will not start again. They have no food, water, communication, blankets or maps and it is nightfall; plus, Hawkeye is hung over. Frank is secretly hoarding chocolate and talking gibberish on one-half of a set of busted walkie-talkies. BJ suggests the guys tell fun stories when Radar goes to the latrine. He disappears for a long time and Potter, Hawkeye and BJ are worried. A wounded N. Korean soldier appears in the night; he throws off his gun belt and surrenders. The first night guard patrol is Frank's, but Radar catches him with his eyelids down...and chocolate bars flying. The next day, things look brighter: Radar determined they are not in enemy territory and he finally puts to use the fine art of blackmail carefully learned at the knees of his Uncles Trapper and Hawkeye. The N.... Written by LA-Lawyer

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Comedy | Drama | War






Release Date:

17 October 1975 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone Sound Recording)


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Hawkeye writes, "Kilroy," in the dust on the bus window as BJ is looking over the window with his hands and nose resting on the edge. This is a reference to the "Kilroy was here," phenomenon which began during the World War and continued through the Korean War. It was common for soldiers who were the first at a location to write the phrase, or the corresponding doodle of Kilroy as a cartoon face with a long nose hanging over a wall (as BJ is imitating,) and claim that Kilroy had already been there. It further became a challenge to be the first to write it, with soldiers even going so far as to write it in generals' latrines and other difficult to access locations. See more »


With all four of the 4077th's regular surgeons attending the medical conference, it is not explained who would be around to attend to the wounded back at camp. See more »


Frank Burns: He's probably booby trapped. 'Could go off in our faces.
Col. Potter: Burns, don't start going on about going off. Let's get him inside.
Hawkeye: You may be right, Frank. I think what he's done is he's cut a gash in his leg, inserted a grenade, and disguised it with his own blood.
Frank Burns: Boy are they clever.
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References Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) See more »

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Those North Koreans Are So Cute
9 March 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The whole gang (sans Margaret) are on their ways back to camp on an old rickety bus when they become lost. To complicate things, they can't start the bus after turning it off. Radar blames himself although only Frank is a naysayer. They also end up picking up a wounded North Korean soldier who is played by a guy who shoes up in other episodes. There is nothing to eat and they have no real knowledge of mechanics, so they are on the verge of walking the rest of the way. Frank has a ditty bag with candy bars which he eats without sharing. There is talk about romantic encounters to calm the boredom and arrest fear. Radar becomes so full of guilt that he does a little scouting. When he gets back, the Korean is able to start the bus. Frank uses this episode to be a bigger jerk than normal. He has a walkie talkie that is useless, but he pretends to talk into it to intimidate the poor prisoner. This is a nice episode because it's a balance of seriousness and comedy.

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