M*A*S*H: Season 1, Episode 5

The Moose (15 Oct. 1972)

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Hawkeye is outraged when a visiting sergeant brings his 'moose' to camp - a young Korean woman he has bought to keep as his personal servant.

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Major Margaret Houlihan (credit only)
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Paul Jenkins ...
Sergeant Baker
Virginia Ann Lee ...
Young Hi (as Virginia Lee)
Timothy Brown ...
Patrick Adiarte ...
John Orchard ...
Craig Jue ...
Benny
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Cultures clash as the Swamp Rat Trio (Hawkeye, Spearchucker and Trapper) encounter bigoted Sgt. Baker who owns what the Army calls a "moose" or a young girl named Young Hi, who does all of his personal chores and domestic work. From musume (Japanese for girl) a moose is basically, a slave. Ho-Jon and Radar try to explain how poor families sell female children like Young Hi and it is considered a duty and an honor for the girl to help her family. Henry is not able to help and Baker cannot be bribed nor bought. Young Hi is a very personable young woman with an agile mind (Young Hi tells the doctors she does not make "monkey business" with Baker) and the doctors want to see Young Hi make something of her life. When the stakes are high for the 4077, the means must be commensurately low. Poker, anyone? Written by LA-Lawyer

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[Spearchucker touches Young Hi's hand to her face, then to his]
Capt. 'Spearchucker' Jones: See, they're the same.
Young Hi: No, not same.
Capt. 'Spearchucker' Jones: [shocked] Why not?
Young Hi: You need shave.
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The Difference Between Servitude and Slavery Is a Bit Gray
21 February 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode brings a couple of complex issues. In our own history we had slaves, those that could be bought and sold. In the wake of emancipation, many of those were put into servitude, they continued to work for "masters" even though they were free by law. The problem was that they were victims of their economic reality. In this episode a sergeant comes to the camp with a young Korean woman who does everything for him: washing, cooking, cleaning, etc. She gets nothing out of this other than her keep. He actually "owns" her because she was bought from her impoverished parents, who live day to day in an oppressive environment. Since she sees dishonor in just quitting, they must find a way to "own" her buy winning her in a crooked card game. Hawkeye finds out that things aren't always easy to solve.


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