M*A*S*H (1972–1983)
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The Price 

Klinger tries to bribe Colonel Potter, but Potter is more concerned with the disappearance of his horse, Sophie. Meanwhile, Hawkeye and B.J. try to hide a man who is about to be drafted into the Korean army.


Charles S. Dubin (as Charles Dubin)


Erik Tarloff, Larry Gelbart (developed for television by)

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Episode cast overview:
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
Jamie Farr ... Cpl. Maxwell Q. Klinger
William Christopher ... Father Francis Mulcahy
Yuki Shimoda ... Cho Pak
Johnny Haymer ... Sgt. Zelmo Zale
Ken Mochizuki Ken Mochizuki ... Ham
Miko Mayama ... Sun
Dennis Sakamoto Dennis Sakamoto ... ROK Officer
Jeff Maxwell ... Pvt. Igor Straminsky
Leigh C. Kim Leigh C. Kim ... ROK Soldier (as Leigh Kim)


When Cho Pak and his daughter, Sun, pick up the Colonel's laundry, Potter wants to do a physical on the ancient cavalry man, but Cho Pak refuses. Klinger tries to bribe Col. Potter into giving him a Section 8. A 16 year old Korean teenager, Ham, is on the run from the ROK; he is discovered in Hotlip's shower; this time, her bath towel is green. The Swamp Rats hide Ham; they approach "Hairy Mary" (Klinger), for a cute dress to disguise him. Col. Potter and Radar are frantic: Sophie is missing; her saddle is left in the empty paddock. ROK officers storm The Swamp looking for deserters. The next day, Sophie appears, ridden by Cho Pak, who is resplendent, if not ashen, in his old cavalry uniform. Ham tells the surgeons his grandfather used to tell him stories of the famous Korean Army Field Colonel, Cho Pak, the war hero who saved their village. There is conversation between Potter and Sun; afterwards, the two war heroes solemnly and respectfully bow to one other. Radar tells Col. Potter,... Written by LA-Lawyer

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Comedy | Drama | War







English | Korean

Release Date:

15 January 1979 (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?


This is the first time that Charles refers to himself as Major Charles Emerson Winchester "the Third". See more »


In the opening scene of the show when Radar emerges from the orderly room, behind his desk is a sheet instead of a wall. See more »


Capt. Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce: [Radar providing translation] Does he understand English?
Cpl. Walter "Radar" O'Reilly: I'll find out. Do you speak English?
Ham: Yes.
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References Rhythm on the Range (1936) See more »


Music by Lionel Newman
Plays in the Officers' Club
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A Horse Is a Horse, Of Course
11 April 2015 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

A couple of plot lines. A conscripted young man finds refuge in the camp as the army tries to find him. Colonel Potter's horse disappears after the appearance of an old man who does the laundry. Potter is beside himself. He tells Radar that there is a connection between a man and his horse that is hard to duplicate. Klinger and Zale go through their usual confrontation as they insult one another. Klinger believes there is a price that Potter is willing to pay to give him a Section 8. This whole episode has to do with forms of payment. There is a really intense little scene as the Korean's come to the Swamp and try to find the missing soldier. Thanks to Charles, they are able to dissuade the Koreans.

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