M*A*S*H

Season 7 Episode 17

The Price

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Aired Unknown Jan 15, 1979 on CBS
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The 4077th is confronted by two crises: Colonel Potter's mare, Sophie, mysteriously disappears from her corral, and Hawkeye and B.J. find themselves with a young Korean boy on their hands, who is trying to avoid conscription into the Army.

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  • Crises revolving around two Koreans are at the focus of this quality episode.

    8.8
    "The Price" is an excellent episode that suffers a little (just a little) from melodrama. As one Korean enters the last days of his life with the hopes of retaining the pride and courage he once had, another tries to avoid the carnage and horrors of a war that he is afraid of and repulsed by.



    Colonel Potter finds that his horse has disappeared. Fearing that he left the gate open, he believes he has lost his dear friend forever. But an aging Korean war veteran and his daughter return to the 4077th (at the daughter's fervent wishes) to return the horse to Potter. Potter instantly recognizes the fortune and happiness the horse has given the father, however, and allows them to keep the horse (This scene was unbelievably touching -- a real credit to Harry Morgan). Radar's line, innocently silly and yet shatteringly powerful, is the perfect icing on the cake to this tear-jerker of a scene.



    A short time later, the daughter returns the horse to Potter, notifying him that her father died. She said he was happiest in the final hours before his death because of Potter's generosity. Although the sap was placed a little thick in this scene, it was still touching. "Come on, Sofie," says Potter in ultimate bittersweetness.



    The second story revolves around a young Korean who is trying to escape being sent off to war. In a somewhat chilling scene, when Korean soldiers begin looking for the youngster, Hawkeye, B.J., and Charles try everything to protect the young man (and successfully so). But after he witnesses the aging Korean vet in uniform with pride held high, his sense of duty outweighs his survival instincts, and he heads off to war to the dismay of the three doctors. Victories are hard to come by in this place.



    And that, I suppose, is the theme of the episode. There is a lot of good that happens at the 4077th, but it happens at a great price.moreless
Alan Alda

Alan Alda

Captain Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce

David Ogden Stiers

David Ogden Stiers

Major Charles Emerson Winchester III (Season 6-11)

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

Loretta Swit

Loretta Swit

Major Margaret J. "Hot Lips" Houlihan

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