M*A*S*H (1972–1983)
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The Yalu Brick Road 

Hawkeye and BJ get lost in enemy territory while Klinger's Thanksgiving turkey sickens most of the camp with salmonella.



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Episode cast overview:
Ralph (as Soon-Teck Oh)
Byron Chung ...
Bob Okazaki ...


Mike Farrell wrote this quirky post-Thanksgiving Day tale about salmonella and the turkey trots. "Sam and Ella? Who are they?" Rizzo asks. All that crazy Cajun wants for Christmas is to feel well enough to kill Klinger, procurer of putrid poultry. Hawkeye and BJ have a jeep accident and get lost on the way back from getting antibiotics from Kansong Battalion Aid Station. Margaret and Chuckles are en route from the 8063. Only Colonel Potter, Nurse Able, Klinger and Father Mulcahy are on their feet. Nurse Able does not reappear. When Klinger gets sick, Post Op actually manages a weak cheer. Margaret and Chuckles arrive soon after Col. Potter succumbs. Father is the only one who did not indulge in turkey, so Sam and Ella will not be visiting him. A pig-tailed Major may look like Dorothy but she firmly "orders" her CO to bed. Next, she threatens Chuckles with bodily harm if he does not help her and Father with all of the cleaning and nursing. BJ and Hawkeye's new friend, who they nickname... Written by LA-Lawyer

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Comedy | Drama | War






Release Date:

19 November 1979 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone Sound Recording)


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The title is based upon the route followed in Frank Baum's 'The Wizard of Oz', The Yellow Brick Road. The word Yalu comes from the Yalu River, which provides the border boundary between Korea and China. See more »


Hawkeye refers to BJ as a nerd, but the term "nerd" was only invented in Doctor Seuss's 1950 book If I Ran the Zoo and only began entering regional usage in 1951, when it meant someone who was a square. It didn't really become common until the 1960s when it morphed into its common modern usage, which is the way Hawkeye used it. See more »


Maj. Margaret "Hot Lips" Houlihan: How dare you sleep while this whole camp is in bed!
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References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »


This Is the Way We Wash Our Sheets
Performed by Jamie Farr
Performed by David Ogden Stiers
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Thanksgiving Can Be Hazardous to Your Health
15 April 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Most of the camp has come down with salmonella after eating Thanskgiving turkey that Klinger commandeered from quartermaster. Everyone is incredibly ill and the camp has no antibiotics. Hawkeye and B.J. are lost coming back from a conference. Their jeep rolls over and they are approached by a North Korean who wants to surrender. The want to leave him behind but he keeps prostrating himself. They give him the name Ralph which is the name of a pesky kid brother from Hawkeye's past. Menwhile, Houlihan and Winchester are forced to pick up the slack, along with Father Mulcahy back at the camp. The Swamp residents find an injured farmer who loans them his motorcycle. and they head back to camp with their POW.

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