M*A*S*H: Season 4, Episode 1

Welcome to Korea (12 Sep. 1975)

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Hawkeye returns from R&R to find out Trapper has been discharged. He rushes to the airport to say goodbye but misses him. But it gives him an opportunity to welcome Trapper's replacement, B.J., to Korea.



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Episode cast overview:
Tom Dever ...
M.P. Lieutenant
Robert Karnes ...
Ted Zeigler ...
Sergeant Dale
Reid Cruickshanks ...
Staff Sergeant
Nat Jones ...


A week after Henry Blake's sudden death en route home, Major Frank Burns has now assumed control of the 4077th, attempting to bend the surgeons and staff to his will. But he can't even get Klinger out of his dresses. Hawkeye Pierce returns relaxed, and hung over, from R&R in Tokyo. He hits the showers when Radar enters and tells him of Trapper McIntyre receiving his walking papers and was currently en route to the airport in Kimpo. Hawkeye quickly sobers up and springs into action. Even though Major Burns denied him leave, Hawkeye goes anyway. He steals a Jeep and, with Radar in tow, races to Kimpo just in time to learn Trapper had left 10 minutes prior to their arrival. That's when they meet Trapper's replacement: a clean-cut, All American, family man, Captain B.J. Hunnicut. En route back to the 4077th, Hawkeye, Radar and B.J. stop to help a Korean family stranded in the mine field, as well as change a tire. They finally make it back, after stopping for a few drinks, and B.J. greets ... Written by <Explorerds6789>

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12 September 1975 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone Sound Recording)


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1.33 : 1
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At the end of this segment the P.A. announcement reports Col. Sherman Potter will arrive and take command of the 4077th on 19 Sept (1952). The next segment "Change of Command", which introduces Potter, originally aired 19 Sept (1975). See more »


At one point Radar addresses B.J. as "Colonel Hunnicutt". See more »


B.J.: You know, I really can't wait to see the place.
Hawkeye: You can wait. You've heard of a military post? This is a compost. Everything we've got is surplus. The lice are surplus. Only the wounded are new. Supplies are a joke. The tedium is relieved only by the boredom. I can't think of a single reason why we're here, except we're needed. So, pitch in, muddle through, pip pip and the whole schmear. Ours not to reason why, ours not to let 'em die.
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Crazy Credits

When Hawkeye and Radar O'Reilly finally arrive at 4077th with Capt. BJ Hunnicut, Radar reads the closing credits over the PA system. See more »


References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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The Big Transition: Part 1
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Hawkeye comes back from a week of debauchery in Tokyo to find that Trapper has gotten his orders and has already left. Knowing that he has only had a two hour head start, Radar (with fear and major reluctance) and Hawkeye grab a jeep and head for Kimpo where he will depart. Frank and Margaret are now running the camp as they have in the past, like a true combat-ready facility. Of course, they are getting absolutely no respect. While in Kimpo, Radar is supposed to pick up B. J. Hunnicutt, Trapper's replacement. Unfortunately, they miss Trapper. Burns and Houlihan are drooling that a young new surgeon is coming and they can put their stamp on him. When Pierce and O'Reilly get there, someone steals their jeep. They meet Hunnicutt and begin to try to figure out what to do next. There is a marvelous scene in an officer's club. Things are set up nicely for the next episode.

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The guys grab a General's jeep and head back to the camp. Along the way, they run across a minefield where young women are sent to check for mines so it will be OK for the livestock to graze. When there is an explosion, Radar runs in, grabs the girl, and they take her to a hospital. After a flat tire, they encounter mortar fire and need to give service to some GI's who are moving down a road. It is a horrible scene. Hunnicutt is getting his baptism of fire. Meanwhile, Frank is setting things up for his arrival. Sadly, for Frank, they decide to stop at Rosie's Bar, and they get hammered and witness even more craziness. There is one last scene with the arrival of the new camp commander, Colonel Sherman T. Potter.

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