Season 4 Episode 1

Welcome to Korea

Aired Unknown Sep 12, 1975 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Welcome to Korea
Trapper is shipped home while Hawkeye is on R&R. Hawkeye speeds to Kimpo with Radar to catch Trapper's plane, but they just miss him. While they are there, they pick up BJ Hunnicut and take him back to camp. On the way back, BJ is introduced to the Korean War.moreless

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  • Jeeps

    Col. Potter's jeep is the same that Maj. Burns is detained for,

    of course its the one Capt.'s Pierce, Hunnicutt and Cpl. Oreily stole from Gen. Dickering In Kimpo which is the one used by M.P.'s to block the road.

    The jeep that 3 M.P.'s are in when Maj. Burns is detained is the same Hawkeye and Radar had when stopped the first time.

    BJ -and several other personel-are shown arriving in a dress uniform-he would have worn fatigues or utility unifrom

    Also this claims BJ Is 28 and graduated from Samford University Medical School...

    In fact....

    sanford Medical School didnt come into existance until after the Korean War

    Ina later epsiode with his friend Leo Battennelo BJ claims he was married 10 years before and apparently after graduating from Medical School--which meands he went to medical School at 14-gradauted at 18 got married--and missed WORLD WAR II????

    Also in some epsiodes he claims his daughter was still an infant and in others that she is a little older than a baby... and although he gets gulit trips from coming very close to have affairs with other women besides his wife..there is a scene where BJ and hawkeye sing a duet about working on patients theought out the day and nurses thoughout the night which would be more in keeping eith Trapper John attitiude toward marraige and women...in fact there is a scene after the BUG out which shows Hawkeye and BJ sitting in louge chairs wearing hawaiian shirts while a laterine is being dug-which is almost exactly like the piolot epsodie which show Trapper John and hawkeye sitting in louge chairs wearing Hawain shirts....swopping Trapper John and replacing him with BJmoreless
  • Trapper leaves, B J arrives

    Welcome to Korea

    Season 4 begins with Trapper going home while Hawkeye is on R and R. He misses Trapper by 10 min. but welcomes B J Honeycutt (Mike Farrel) to Korea and boy does he get an awakening as to what he is in for when they are ambushed on the way back to camp. Sorry to see Wayne Rogers go; he and Hawk had quite a commradarie but B J fills the bill as well as filling himself at Rosie's. Col. Sherman Potter makes his entrance at the end surprising everyone including Radar who does not surprise easily. A new chapter in MASH begins.moreless
  • Hawkeye misses saying goodbye to Trapper by minutes but does meet BJ as he is raging about missing Trapper. On the return trip BJ, Hawkeye, and Radar must help a farmer's daughter, a mortared platoon, and get themselves drunk at Rosie's Bar.moreless

    Poignant and fun. "Welcome to Korea" is bitter episode in that Henry is gone, Frank is now in charge, and Trapper is shipped stateside. But it manages to remain lighthearted despite all of this and the introduction to BJ is one of the greatest in TV history. But it is not until the scene where Hawkeye, Radar, and BJ are helping wounded soldiers from a mortar attack that this episode becomes a masterpeice. From Hawkeye and Radar scrambling between downed soldiers, BJ's sprawl in the mud, and his reaction at the horror of war, it becomes apparent that MASH is something special. Finally, the episode wraps in fine form with the wonderfully insane bar scene and BJ's meeting with "Ferret Face".moreless
Alan Alda

Alan Alda

Captain Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce

Gary Burghoff

Gary Burghoff

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

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

Mike Farrell

Mike Farrell

Captain BJ Hunnicut (Season 4-11)

Reid Cruickshanks

Reid Cruickshanks

Staff Sergeant

Guest Star

Nat Jones

Nat Jones


Guest Star

Ted Zeigler

Ted Zeigler

Sergeant Dale

Guest Star

Tom Dever

Tom Dever

M.P. Lieutenant

Recurring Role

William Christopher

William Christopher


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • When BJ says he and Peggy were out on a night on the town, he said that the babysitter got the message that he was drafted. But in a later episode he said he tipped the Western Union guy, which suggests he was home at the time.

    • This is the first hour long episode of M*A*S*H.

  • QUOTES (18)

    • Hawkeye: You've heard of a military post? This is a compost. Everything we got is surplus. The lice are surplus. Only the wounded are new. Supplies are a joke. The tedium is relieved only by the boredom. I can't think of a single reason why we're here except we're needed. So pitch in, muddle through, pip-pip, and the whole schmear. Ours not to reason why, ours not to let 'em die.

    • (Hawkeye, B.J., and Radar are fixing a flat tire on the stolen jeep when they are fired on by snipers.)
      Radar: This is the general's jack!
      Hawkeye: Salute it and get in!

    • Frank: Where's your bugle?
      Radar: It's over there.
      Frank: Where?
      Radar: In the file cabinet under B.
      Frank (opening the cabinet): Well, your clipboard's under C, of course.
      Radar: No, K.
      Frank: I'd like to know what you're doing in this man's Army.
      Radar: Me too, sir.

    • Frank: I've had enough your oversleeping!
      Radar: I just do it in the mornings.

    • Frank: Captain!
      Hawkeye: No man calls me that and lives.

    • Hawkeye: One of the first things you'll learn around here, BJ, is that insanity is no worse than the common cold.

    • B.J.: (drunkenly introducing himself to Frank) What say ya, ferret face.

    • Hawkeye: (in a fake British accent) Request permission to go to my quarters, sir!
      Frank: Oh, scram!
      Hawkeye: (in a fake British accent) Scramming, sir!

    • Hawkeye: (after returning from leave) For you, Frank. It's a MacArthur doll. Wind him up and he returns from anywhere.

    • (Klinger is wearing a flowered hat with his fatigues)
      Frank: Klinger!
      Klinger: Sir!
      Frank: How dare you wear that hat while in uniform?
      Klinger: It's spring, sir!

    • Hawkeye: Softly, Radar. Talk in small letters. I have the Mount Rushmore of hangovers. Six aspirin companies are bidding for my head.

    • Radar (about Trapper): He got drunk for two days and then he ran naked through the Mess Tent with no clothes on!

    • Hawkeye: (referring to a wounded soldier) Forget it. He's had it.
      B.J.: We have to TRY! (Turns soldier over, takes one look. Puts soldier back down, crawls short distance and vomits)

    • Hawkeye (in a loud military voice): Forward -- drink!

    • Hawkeye: We've only got two patients in post-op: a nurse who was bitten on her nameplate by Sgt. Niles, and Sgt. Niles with a broken jaw.

    • Hawkeye (to Frank upon arrival at camp): Hello honey, I'm home.

    • Hawkeye: (to Radar) There is no Jeep here, there's only a whole lot of here here.

    • Radar: You're not sober, sir.
      Hawkeye: Oh boy, I would really resent that if I wasn't drunk.

  • NOTES (15)

    • At the end of the episode, the P.A. announcement reports Col. Sherman Potter will arrive 19 Sept (1952). The next episode, "Change of Command" which introduces Potter, originally aired 19 Sept (1975).

    • After returning from the first commercial break, as Hawkeye and Radar are arriving at Kimpo, the voice on the loudspeaker paging Sgt. Sterner to maintenance is Wayne Rogers.

    • This episode won the Emmy for Outstanding Film Editing in a Series.

    • Gene Reynolds won the Emmy for Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series.

    • B.J. is from Mill Valley, California, not too far from where Trapper would be working several years later on Trapper John, M.D..

    • When Frank is cleaning out underneath Trapper's old bunk, he pulls out a Trapper's old hat and the kimono he wore in several episodes. This probably was done in tribute to the recently departed Wayne Rogers.

    • The scene where Hawkeye steals the jeep is almost remeniscent of the scene in the film version when Hawkeye and Duke steal a jeep after arriving in Korea.

    • It is revealed that B.J. got his medical training at Stanford. This is the only the second time that the audience learns where any of the doctors got their medical training. Henry got his from the University of Illinois and Charles got his at Harvard. It was never revealed where Hawkeye, Trapper or Frank got their medical training.

    • For the new season, here are the changes in the show opening:

      (1) Instead of Trapper leading a medic team to the landed chopper, we see B.J. running out to the chopper. (This was later reshot to show B.J. checking on a patient in the chopper.)

      (2) Mike Farrell's and Harry Morgan's names replace Wayne Rogers' and McLean Stevenson's in the opening credits.

      (3) Jamie Farr is added to the opening credits.

      (4) The opening credits are done in a much larger font than before; this will remain for the remaining episodes.

    • This episode won Best Directing in a Comedy Series Outstanding Film Editing For Entertainment Programming at the Emmy awards.

    • This was actually Mike Farrell's second episode. When production resumed for the fourth season, the first episode filmed was "Change of Command." "Welcome to Korea" was second.

    • This is the first of 5 60-minute special episodes of the series: others are the Season 5 debut, "Bug Out" (#U801, Sep. 21, 1976), Season 6's premiere, "Fade Out, Fade In" (#Y101, Sep. 20, 1977), Season 7's "Our Finest Hour" (#T408, Oct. 9, 1978), and Season 10's "That's Show Biz" (#Z419, Oct. 26, 1981).

    • The 8055th MASH is mentioned in this episode. The 8055th MASH was the real-life MASH unit in Korea which served as the basis of the 1968 novel, the 1970 movie and this very 1972-83 TV series.

    • Mike Farrell's debut appearance as Capt. BJ Hunnicutt.

    • M*A*S*H defects to Friday nights at 8:30, which proved to be the shortest-lasted timeslot of the series (2 months!), the show having struggled against NBC powerhouse Chico And The Man.