Black marketeers are stealing everything not nailed to the ground, including medical supplies. As Henry proudly polishes his 100+ year old antique oak desk, the entire 4077 shipment of hydrocortisone is stolen. Radar suggests Trapper and Hawkeye visit Charlie Lee (Jack Soo), one of the most notorious "salesmen" of stolen American goods. Charlie seems to have samples of everything in his office but the doctors find the one thing Charlie is lacking. If Radar can keep Maj. Burns from recognizing Lin, (Robert Ito) Charlie's driver, and if Henry does not recognize Charlie, the doctors may "pull it out" to everyone's satisfaction ...but Henry's. Written by
Did You Know?
First of two appearances by Jack Soo. He would later appear in the Season 3 episode "Payday" (1975), as a traveling jewel merchant, Korea's self-styled "Tiffany on Wheels", who sells Frank two sets of pearls, a genuine set for his wife, and a fake set for Hot Lips. See more
Hawkeye Pierce refers to a consignment of Hydrocortisone gone missing due to black marketeers, which forms the crux of this storyline. This supposedly occurred at the beginning of the Korean war, in 1950. But Hydrocortisone began to be used in medicine only in 1955. See more
[cleaning his new oak desk
I'll bet you don't know what kind of wood this is.
Nope. It's oak.
Un dì, felice, eterea
Written by Giuseppe Verdi
Performed by Alan Alda See more