René Artois runs a small café in France during World War II. He always seems to have his hands full: He's having affairs with most of his waitresses, he's keeping his wife happy, he's ... See full summary »
This episode has the distinction of having the worst fake mustache and beard since Groucho Marx's tape mustache in the 1930's. This episode was saved by great performances by Robert Ito and Soon-Tek Oh. Soon-Tek Oh plays a Chinese surgeon wounded and brought into the 4077th. On seeing how far ahead of them the American surgeons are: Soon-Tek Oh's character laments not being able to help out and learn. Of course Hawkeye wants to help make this come true since they can use the help. This is where the producers and presumably Alda find another way to make the US Army look like a bunch of moron's by getting a Chinese surgeon all the necessary gear, id's, and orders in one day; and by simply shaving off the awful mustache fool everyone at the 4077th. Soon-Tek Oh's character recognizes some North Korean's pretending to be South Korean's who were trying to get some medical supplies from Frank Burns. One of these Koreans was Robert Ito and who because Frank is so gullible was able to get the supplies and use Frank to get out of camp. Soon-Tek Oh's character does get caught eventually, and Frank is again spared. If it wasn't for the great performance of the co-stars this would have not been a very good offering. But thanks to Robert Ito and Soon-Tek Oh for making this one bearable. My guess is Alan Alda had a hand in the design of the Mustache Soon-Tek Oh was made to wear. He probably hoped it would distract us from Soon-Tek Oh's great characterization. Sorry Alan he still out did you.
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