Season 1 Episode 2

To Market, to Market

Aired Unknown Sep 24, 1972 on CBS
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Episode Summary

To Market, to Market
After black marketers hijack the 4077th and steal their supply of hydrocortisone, Hawkeye and Trapper concoct a deal with a local black marketer, Charlie Lee, to get some more. The catch: Henry has an antique oak desk, which they must trade in order to get some of it. Margaret and Frank become suspicious about their plotting, and about the Koreans who come to check out the desk, which is whisked away by chopper as Henry and Frank watch in disbelief.moreless

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  • When much needed medical supplies go missing en route to the 4077th, Hawkeye and Trapper take it upon themselves to deal directly with the black market for the goods. However, the only bargaining chip they have is Col. Blake's 100 year old antique desk!moreless

    I find it interesting that in the drop down menu for 'classifications' of these reviews there are the options "Fine example" and "Exactly why I watch this series". For me, both of those phrases sum up this episode. Immediately following the pilot (although this was the third produced show of the series), 'To Market, to Market' doesn't stray far from the arena of hijinks and capers that MASH (both the movie and, at this point, the TV show) were known for. Once again, this is ok by me. Silly plot lines and ample space for humor are what got me watching MASH in the first place. And here, thankfully, the tear-jerking melodrama that would become synonymous with the series in later years, is nowhere to be found. Instead all we're left with is irreverence, lunacy, and, maybe, even a litte idiocy. But at least it's inspired idiocy. In my opinion, if you watch MASH for the humor, this episode is a clasic.moreless
  • To get hydrocortisone Hawkeye and Trapper make a deal with Charlie Lee for a trade. He will give them the hydrocortisone for Henry's antique desk. With some trouble, the two finally get the desk to Charlie via a helicopter leaving Henry dumbfounded andmoreless

    This is a very funny episode! I love all the different problems Trapper and Hawkeye have trying to get hydrocortisone. My favorite part is when Henry runs into his office to make sure his booze was not stolen and there stands Frank looking at the "wall" with a stupid look on his face. I also love the look on Henry's face as he watches his desk fly away. Has anyone else noticed that numerous times throughout the series Wayne Rogers constantly can't keep a straight face, not saying that is bad because he does have a nice smile. *sigh*moreless
  • for the second episode they touch on contraband

    this is a very good episode. not just in terms of the writting and acting, the storyline is equally clever.

    Hawkeye and Trapper have to find something to trade medical supplies with the black marketeer (played by the great Jack Soo) and what better barganing trade that Colonel Blake's recently arrived Oak Secretary?

    a very strong second episode, with great comedy and a good story. the scene of the helicopter flying away with the secretary is hillarious.moreless
Gary Burghoff

Gary Burghoff

Corporal Walter Eugene "Radar" O'Reilly

Larry Linville

Larry Linville

Major Franklin Delano Marion Burns (Season 1-5)

Loretta Swit

Loretta Swit

Major Margaret J. "Hot Lips" Houlihan

McLean Stevenson

McLean Stevenson

Lt. Colonel Henry Braymore Blake

Alan Alda

Alan Alda

Captain Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce

Wayne Rogers

Wayne Rogers

Captain John Francis Xavier "Trapper" McIntyre

G. Wood

G. Wood

Brigadier Gen. Hamilton Hartington Hammond

Guest Star

John C. Johnson

John C. Johnson

Truck Driver

Guest Star

Jack Soo

Jack Soo

Charlie Lee

Guest Star

Odessa Cleveland

Odessa Cleveland


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (8)

    • Goof: When Charlie Lee greets Hawkeye and Trapper, he says, 'You guy's got the best record in the southeast Asia theater of operations?' Southeast Asia would be Vietnam. Korea is a long, long way from Vietnam.

    • Goof: When Trapper and Hawkeye go to the jeep to get the supplies at the end of the conversation Hawkeye says "Whoops." However, his mouth does not move when he says it.

    • Frank locks Hawkeye and Trapper in Henrys office. Radar cannot open the door, but after Hawkeye and Trapper have escaped by pulling down one wall of the office, Henry, followed by Frank, runs into the office without unlocking the door.

    • During the scene where Trapper pulls back Charlie Lee's desk when Hawkeye is telling Charlie about Henry's desk if you look closely the cord to the phone on the desk goes inside one of the desk drawers.

    • Goof: Why would Trapper and Hawkeye be operating without their masks on over their faces? That's always been doctor's policy to try and prevent the risk of infection. What makes this general so unimportant?

    • Goof: The oak desk in Henry's office is clearly different than that the helicopter is carrying away. Also, it would be much too heavy for Hawkeye and Trapper to carry it while running!

    • Goof: If you watch closely, you'll notice that the bloodstain on Hawkeye's right rubber glove tends to disappear.

    • Goof: When Hawkeye and Trapper see that their jeep has been picked of its tires the steering wheel is spinning in a 360 fashion many times. No steering wheel is capable of moving around that many times.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Trapper: Henry, we have got to have that stuff.
      Henry: I'm well aware of that. I mean, I am a doctor too, you know. (hits a diploma hanging on his wall)
      Trapper: Henry, that's your high school diploma.

    • Frank: You have no right to blame Major Houlihan. That hydrocortisone and half our other supplies were hijacked before they ever left Seoul. It's those vicious black marketeers.
      Trapper: So where are the M.P.s?
      Hawkeye: Yeah. They're supposed to do something besides direct traffic and rinse their gloves at night.
      Frank: The army is well aware of its responsibilities. It so happens a truck just pulled up outside with our replacement supplies.
      Trapper: Why didn't you say so?
      Hawkeye: Frank's gotta stop every five minutes and do a commercial for your friendly American war.

    • Trapper: You know, we got a big man here. This guy's a two-star general.
      Hawkeye: Yeah. Take away their skivvies, and they all look like P.F.C.s. (lifts the sheet)
      Trapper: Phew!

    • (the black marketeer bumps into Frank)
      Black Marketeer: Excuse me, colonel!
      Frank: I'm not a colonel!
      Black Marketeer: Want to be one?

    • (Hawkeye wakes up Trapper)
      Trapper: I was just having--
      Hawkeye: I don't care who you were having, come on.

    • (Hawkeye and Trapper confront Margaret)
      Margaret: They're insufferable.
      Frank: Last night I had a dream. They both broke their jaws and had to have their mouths wired shut.

    • Henry: Radar, do you know what kind of wood is this?
      Radar: Oak, sir.
      Henry: No, it's oak.

    • (Henry, Hawkeye, Frank, and Trapper watch the desk being airlifted out.)
      Hawkeye: Pardon me, Henry, isn't that your desk?
      Henry: Yeah. That's my genuine antique desk.
      Trapper: Sending it out to be waxed?
      Henry: I'm not sure what it's doing up there. Just keeps going up...up...up.
      Hawkeye: To a far, far better place, I'm sure.

    • Frank: I'd like to get a good look at your legs!
      Korean Black Marketeer: Ohhh, one of those, huh!

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