M*A*S*H (1972–1983)
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A wounded Korean boy captures the hearts of the 4077th especially Trapper who wants to adopt him.


William Wiard

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Episode cast overview:
Alan Alda ... Capt. Benjamin Franklin 'Hawkeye' Pierce
Wayne Rogers ... Capt. 'Trapper John' McIntyre
McLean Stevenson ... Lt. Col. Henry Blake
Loretta Swit ... Maj. Margaret 'Hot Lips' Houlihan
Larry Linville ... Maj. Frank Burns
Gary Burghoff ... Cpl. Walter 'Radar' O'Reilly
Jamie Farr ... Cpl. Maxwell Q. Klinger
William Christopher ... Father Francis Mulcahy
Lesley Evans Lesley Evans ... Nurse Mitchell
Edgar Miller Edgar Miller ... Kim
Momo Yashima ... Kim's Mother
Maggie Roswell ... Sister Theresa


Hawkeye operates on a wounded five year old boy. As Henry passes out in the Mess Tent, the guys tease Radar about his huge appetite. Radar tries to find the little boy's family. Hawkeye reads smut to young Kim as the rest of the staff fights over his care. Henry calls Sister Theresa's orphanage as Trapper writes to his wife about adopting Kim; Trapper's wife is delighted. Everyone at 4077 (but Frank) falls in love with Kim. He sleeps over with Radar and with Margaret, he helps Henry at work, Klinger plays ball with him and Trapper makes toys for Kim. At a picnic, tragedy strikes when the child wanders into a minefield. (Frank is as good a babysitter as he is a surgeon) and Trapper goes in after him. Can Kim and Trapper be rescued? When man is put to the ultimate test, will he do what is best for the one he loves? Written by LA-Lawyer

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Comedy | Drama | War







Release Date:

20 October 1973 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone Sound Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


One of Hawkeye's many Marx Brothers homages when he responds to Frank with "Horsefeathers to you." See more »


In some of the shots of Trapper in the minefield, the sky is a bright blue, but when the chopper plucks him and Kim from the minefield, there is fog and a cloudy sky. See more »


Trapper: [In letter] At first I thought it was the war, and this stinking place that made me... well... love him, I guess. But now I know it's more than that. The reasons aren't important. We think his parents are dead. Henry Blake wants to send him to an orphanage, and I hate the idea so much, I can't stand it.
Hawkeye: [reading letter] "I want us to adopt him, honey. He'd be the son we never had. I know the girls would be out of their little minds to have a brother. This is a decision we both have to make. Think...
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Featured in M*A*S*H: Abyssinia, Henry (1975) See more »

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It's Tear Jerking
25 February 2015 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

This is just sappy enough to pull at the heartstrings and the little guy is cute. It makes the point as to what sorts of casualties there are in war. We can't imagine in a country as poor as this one (at least the portrayal in the show) that an orphanage would do more than meet the physical needs of child. Then along comes Trapper. He is a much more interesting character sometimes than his counterpart in crime. It shows us the hoops that need to be jumped through as well as the pitfalls of an emotional attachment. Once again, it is this unit's seeming job to try to cure the ills of a world gone crazy. Just a little too soft and sort of ordinary.

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