M*A*S*H

Season 9 Episode 1

The Best of Enemies

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Aired Unknown Nov 17, 1980 on CBS
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The Best of Enemies
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On his way to some R&R in Tokyo, a North Korean soldier forces Hawkeye to perform an emergency roadside operation on his buddy.

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    Alan Alda

    Alan Alda

    Captain Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce

    David Ogden Stiers

    David Ogden Stiers

    Major Charles Emerson Winchester III (Season 6-11)

    Harry Morgan

    Harry Morgan

    Colonel Sherman T. Potter (Season 4-11)

    Jamie Farr

    Jamie Farr

    Corporal/Sergeant Maxwell Q. Klinger

    Loretta Swit

    Loretta Swit

    Major Margaret J. "Hot Lips" Houlihan

    Mike Farrell

    Mike Farrell

    Captain BJ Hunnicut (Season 4-11)

    Mako

    Mako

    North Korean Soldier

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    Steven Lum

    Steven Lum

    Wounded Korean Soldier

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    • TRIVIA (2)

      • The opening title sequence uses a modified version of the theme that is slower than the standard theme and focuses more on the trumpets. The visuals are identical to Season 8 episodes.

      • The rifle used by the Korean soldier is an SKS, the precursor to the AK-47. However this rifle lacked the traditional folding bayonet that's present on all Soviet-made SKS models.

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    • NOTES (2)

      • This marks the fourth and last appearance by Japanese-born American actor and voice artist Mako Iwamatsu (credited simply as Mako).  In Season 3's "Rainbow Bridge", he played a North Korean doctor offering a prisoner exchange.  In Season 5's "Hawkeye Get Your Gun", he played a South Korean Doctor assisted by Potter and Hawkeye.  In Season 8's "Guerilla My Dreams" he played a seemingly heartless Lieutenant in the South Korean Army wanting to arrest (and seemingly execute) a female North Korean Agent.  In this, his last episode, he played the North Korean soldier who way-laid Hawkeye.

      • This was the first episode to air after the writers went on strike in 1980. All TV shows were delayed. This resulted in a shortened season for M*A*S*H, which only broadcast 20 episodes instead of the usual 24 that it had in previous seasons, with 4 episodes held over for the 1981-82 season.

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