M*A*S*H (1972–1983)
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The Moose 

Hawkeye is outraged when a visiting sergeant brings his 'moose' to camp - a young Korean woman he has bought to keep as his personal servant.


Hy Averback


Laurence Marks, Larry Gelbart (developed for television by)

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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 (credit only)
Larry Linville ... Maj. Frank Burns (credit only)
Gary Burghoff ... Cpl. Walter 'Radar' O'Reilly
Paul Jenkins ... Sergeant Baker
Virginia Ann Lee Virginia Ann Lee ... Young Hi (as Virginia Lee)
Timothy Brown ... Capt. Oliver Harmon 'Spearchucker' Jones
Patrick Adiarte ... Ho-Jon
John Orchard ... Capt. 'Ugly John' Black
Craig Jue Craig Jue ... Benny
Linda Meiklejohn Linda Meiklejohn ... Lt. Leslie Scorch
Barbara Brownell ... Lt. Jones


Cultures clash as the Swamp Rat Trio (Hawkeye, Spearchucker and Trapper) encounter bigoted Sgt. Baker who "owns" what the Army calls a "moose" or a young girl named Young Hi, who does all of his personal chores and domestic work. From musume (Japanese for girl) a moose is basically, a slave. Ho-Jon and Radar try to explain how poor families sell female children like Young Hi and it is considered a duty and an honor for the girl to help her family. Henry is not able to help and Baker cannot be bribed nor bought. Young Hi is a very personable young woman with an agile mind (Young Hi tells the doctors she does not make "monkey business" with Baker) and the doctors want to see Young Hi make something of her life. When the stakes are high for the 4077, the means must be commensurately low. Poker, anyone? Written by LA-Lawyer

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Comedy | Drama | War



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Release Date:

15 October 1972 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


A number of cast and crew during the first season were veterans of Hogan's Heroes, which ended it's run a year earlier. Writer Laurence Marks wrote over 60 episodes of Hogan's Heroes. Both John Orchard (Ugly John) and William Christopher (Father Mulcahy) had guest roles on Hogan's Heroes. In later seasons of M*A*S*H Bernard Fox made an appearance, as did Sandy Kenyon and James Gregory--all having appeared on Hogan's Heroes earlier. Gene Reynolds directed 34 episodes of Hogan's Heroes. See more »


Captain John McIntyre: [after Young Hi leaves to go home and be sold again] We got an E for effort.
Captain Benjamin Franklin Pierce: That's the way the moose bounces.
Captain John McIntyre: We came close, you know?
Captain Benjamin Franklin Pierce: Yeah, you know for a minute there... I could use a drink.
Young Hi: A triple, I think.
Young Hi: [reenters the Swamp] I know how to make martini drink.
Captain Benjamin Franklin Pierce: Young Hi!
Captain John McIntyre: Are you staying?
Young Hi: Not only staying, also not going. I tell Benny most important thing I learn from you: who to tell "shove off!"
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References Angels with Dirty Faces (1938) See more »

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Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose
4 February 2019 | by chibibarakoSee all my reviews

I missed this episode the first time around -- I came in about 1974 or so. It would have been neat if they could have written Young Hi into some sort of recurring role (in fact, when I looked this up on IMDb I was thinking she might be the local that runs the officers' mess) -- but at least we did see the actress again in two other roles. Very complex question, as Hitchcoc points out; the fact that Hawkeye did what he did changed very little for Young Hi -- or did it?

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