M*A*S*H (1972–1983)
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A North Korean Spy infiltrates the 4077 and poses as Charles' houseboy, to observe and report on 4077th's efficiency and success to his superiors. The staff is baffled by a skin-rash epidemic.


Charles S. Dubin (as Charles Dubin)


Tom Reeder, Larry Gelbart (developed for television by)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Alda ... Capt. Benjamin Franklin 'Hawkeye' Pierce
Mike Farrell ... Capt. B.J. Hunnicutt
Harry Morgan ... Col. Sherman T. Potter
Loretta Swit ... Maj. Margaret 'Hot Lips' Houlihan
David Ogden Stiers ... Maj. Charles Winchester
Gary Burghoff ... Cpl. Walter 'Radar' O'Reilly (credit only)
Jamie Farr ... Cpl. Maxwell Q. Klinger
William Christopher ... Father Francis Mulcahy
Sab Shimono ... Kwang
Larry Block Larry Block ... Cimoli
Robert Clotworthy ... Private Welch
David Dozer David Dozer ... Groves
James Saito ... Korean Soldier
Todd Davis Todd Davis ... Latimer
Laurie Bates ... Surgical Nurse


Chuckles hires a houseboy, Kwang Yong, (Sab Shimono) but no one realizes Kwang is a N. Korean playing "grinning lackey to a capitalist fool." It is Kwang's mission to report whether the phenomenal 97% success rate at the 4077 is accurate. A mystery rash covers many casualties at the 4077 and they are miserable. Kwang is baffled at the unmilitary behavior and Klinger's dress. Hawkeye wins a jeep from Supply Sgt. Cimoli in a poker game but ends up with a howitzer; Kwang asks and, jokingly, is told it is a new form of anesthesia. Kwang is amazed at how well the 4077 treats the POWs. Gen. Imbrie's dermatologist, Dr. Nagle, is useless to help the surgeons treat the rash. Kwang sends a report that the 4077 is weak and whiny, complaining about good conditions and munificent rations. The doctors are unable to ease the itching; Kwang is amazed how the doctors have such fine equipment but no knowledge of folk remedies. Kwang boils tree bark and it is very smelly, but it eases the pain of the ... Written by LA-Lawyer

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English | Korean

Release Date:

27 November 1978 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone Sound Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Gary Burghoff does not appear in this episode. See more »


In the opening tent scene, the tent is not enclosed but only three sided. See more »


Col. Sherman T. Potter: The itch is mightier than the stench.
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From the North Korean Viewpoint
10 April 2015 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

A North Korean spy infiltrates the unit, posing as Charles' houseboy. Charles abuses him verbally and expects him to do every little thing for him. He is critical of the medical people because he feels they live in luxury and complain constantly about their lot. An epidemic of soldiers with an unidentifiable skin rash stumps the doctors, but the infiltrator comes to the rescue with a home remedy (which stinks but works). One other subplot involves a poker game where Hawkeye wins a jeep, but when it is delivered, the supply sergeant that he bet with sends a Howitzer. The North Korean gives us a perspective on what is going on and is frequently confused by the strange activities of the doctors and their compadres. It is a pretty entertaining episode.

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