M*A*S*H

Season 4 Episode 8

The Kids

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Aired Unknown Oct 31, 1975 on CBS
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The 4077th plays host to kids bombed out of their orphanage, and at the same time has to deliver a baby and care for battle casualties.

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  • A heart-warmer

    9.1
    A great episode on how the 4077th helps a local orphanage that is being shelled by taking in the children as well as a mother to be who has been shot by a sniper. A purple heart for Frank? Surely they jest (and they did). Great performance by Ann Doran as the head of the orphanage and her no nonsense approach to the kids. Would love to hire that little girl who plays the piano so well, we need an accompianist at church. :) As for the purple heart, well it finally went to the right person (sorry Frank, better luck next time.)moreless
  • Displaced Korean orphans stay overnight at the 4077th. A pregnant Korean woman gets shot by a sniper and the surgeons work to save her life and deliver the baby safely.

    9.0
    It's uplifting to watch the children in this episode because they are so resilient. They've been through hardship, loss and war but they still act like children. They give people hugs, they ask to hear bedtime stories, they make silly faces, they are drawn to a piano in the Officers' Club and Radar's teddy bear. They've suffered, but they still find happiness in things. And except for Frank, the 4077th's staff is very kind to the Koreans. Colonel Potter reads some of the children a story, although apparently the only book he can find is a manual about rifles. Klinger wants to give the pregnant women a quilted bed jacket that doesn't fit him. He also prays for her even though he is supposedly an atheist. I think we see a lot of the characters at their best in this episode.moreless
Alan Alda

Alan Alda

Captain Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce

Gary Burghoff

Gary Burghoff

Corporal Walter Eugene "Radar" O'Reilly (Season 1-8)

Harry Morgan

Harry Morgan

Colonel Sherman T. Potter (Season 4-11)

Jamie Farr

Jamie Farr

Corporal/Sergeant Maxwell Q. Klinger

Larry Linville

Larry Linville

Major Franklin Delano Marion Burns (Season 1-5)

Loretta Swit

Loretta Swit

Major Margaret J. "Hot Lips" Houlihan

Ann Doran

Ann Doran

Nurse Meg Cratty

Guest Star

Mitchell Sakamoto

Mitchell Sakamoto

Slicky Boy

Guest Star

Chrisleen Sun

Chrisleen Sun

Korean Girl

Guest Star

Kellye Nakahara

Kellye Nakahara

Kellye

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Just four episodes after being credited as an "Able/Baker" nurse (Baker, to be precise), Kellye Nakahara now has the distinction of an individual character name. (And unless her last name is Kellye, she is also the only nurse who is titled with her first name.)

    • Meg Cratty, who had run an obstetrical clinic for twenty years (according to "The Trial of Henry Blake" apparently decided to abandon that and run an orphanage instead.

    • There is kid that keeps calling Klinger "mama san" in this episode. "Mama san" means something like "respected mother" in Japanese. Why would a Korean kid call him that, I wonder?

    • The question was asked as to whether anyone had done a C-section lately. Presumably, when Hawkeye delivered the baby in the earlier episode "Love and Marriage" he didn't do a C-section, since he says he hasn't done one in years.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • (Hawkeye and B. J. notice that Frank is wearing a Purple Heart.)
      Hawkeye: You were never wounded!
      Burns: I most certainly was!
      Hawkeye: When?
      Burns: Last month during the sniper attack. I got a shell fragment in my eye.
      Hawkeye: Wait a minute! Hold the phone, central! I was the one who did that operation. That was an egg shell fragment!
      Burns: Nevertheless, it's listed on my report as 'shell fragment.'

    • Korean child: Mamasan.
      Klinger: No, no mamasan! Corporal Klinger!
      Child: Mamasan.
      Klinger: G.I. Joe. Look. (opens his bathrobe) See? No McGuffies.

    • Klinger: Nurse Cratty?
      Cratty: Hmm?
      Klinger: I got something I'd like to give the mother. It's a bedjacket that's too small for me. It's quilted, aquamarine, with off-white brocade, and right here there are violet sequins arranged in a stunning fleur-de-lis.
      Potter: I gotta get him that discharge.

    • Meg: Hawkeye, if I was 40 years younger...
      Hawkeye: I thought you were!

    • Mulcahy: Klinger, I thought you were an atheist.
      Klinger: I gave it up for Lent.

    • Radar (about the newborn baby): Is it a boy or a girl?
      BJ: If the pictures were right in school, it's a boy.

    • Klinger (helping feed a little girl): I hope you like this. Some of it was cooked before you were born.

    • Margaret: Are you gonna to stand there clowning around or are you gonna to help me?
      Klinger: Major, I guess you haven't noticed, this is not a house dress.
      Margaret: Go get in your fatigues!
      Klinger: Fatigues in the evening!?
      Margaret: Move it!
      Klinger: (sarcastically) Is she beautiful?

    • (Father Mulcahy walks up to the operating table.)
      Father Mulcahy: May I be of any help?
      Nurse Cratty: Everybody has, Father. You might as well bring in the Chairman of the Board. (referring to God)

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