Some people inspire love; some people inspire gas. When a little bundle of Amerasian baby girl is left on The Swamp doorstep, the 4077 crew scrambles in delight to provide makeshift diapers, milk and affection. They are all very excited until Captain Mulcahy arrives. He knows the atrocities visited upon mixed race children by law in Korea. Even in an orphanage, the child would be treated like an outcast slave. Her only hope is sanctuary in a secret cloistered Catholic monastery. Hawkeye and BJ are outraged and try to charm Miss Harper at the Red Cross. She refers the guys to Major Spector, top aide to the Army Adjutant General. Maj. Spector refers the guys to Korean "Civil Law" (which are the words no layman wants to hear.) Koreans are an ancient civilization of one race. They have laws and traditions for an ordered society. They like the logic and structure this fosters. The next day, Col. Potter and Hawkeye reach out to a South Korean official. There, they learn truths that startle ... Written by
When talking of going to the US Consulate, Col. Potter says, "This calls for sophistication, for the kind of person who speaks fluent hoi polloi!" "Hoi polloi" means "the common people," and is generally understood to mean the opposite of sophistication. See more »
Col. Sherman Potter:
I am about to make a Solomon like decision. I'll cut Winchester in half, ignore you two, and do it myself.
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The gang in the swamp are awakened by the sound of a baby crying. It turns out that a a little girl infant has been abandoned by its mother, given to the doctors to raise. The problem is that it is a mixed race baby, the product of an American soldier and a Korean mother. It turns out that these children are often considered anathema, even being killed or sold into prostitution. The sad fact is that no matter who the camp members go to, their is no one to help them. Even the children in the orphanage will eventually turn on her. Hawkeye and Charles even go to the U.S. Embassy. They get caught up in the nets of bureaucracy and indifference. This episode is one of the more real ones in the MASH canon.
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