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“Change Day”
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Before Charles could exchange some cash he exchanged wirh locals for military scrip dollars, he gets stopped by an MP in "Change Day" in Season 6.
Season 6, Episode # 9
Number (#131) in series (256 episodes)
Guest star(s) Phillip Ahn
Johnny Haymer
Peter Riegert
Tom Dever
Glenn Ash
Network: CBS-TV
Production code: Y-113
Writer(s) Laurence Marks
Director Don Weis
Original airdate November 8, 1977
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"In Love and War" (Y‑112) "Patient 4077" (Y‑114)

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Change Day was the 131st episode of the CBS-TV series M*A*S*H. The episode, which was the ninth episode of Season 6, was written by Laurence Marks and directed by Don Weis. It originally aired on November 8, 1977.

Plot synopsisEdit

Charles a get-rich quick scheme involving the coming change of Army scrip, while Klinger comes up with a new plan to get out of the Army: get admitted to the United States Military Academy and deliberately get kicked out for purposefully failing his exams so he can go back to the States.

Full episode summaryEdit

Col. Potter gets word that I Corps is changing the official Army scrip (what they use for money instead of actual U.S. currency), and makes the announcement that everyone should get their money ready for the big exchange the following day.

Winchester sees this an opportunity to make a buck or two--he hatches a plan to buy up all the old, soon-to-be-useless scrip from all the Korean villagers (which, technically, they shouldn't have in the first place) and exchange it for new scrip.

The problem is, his plan is close to highway robbery--he's only offering 10 cents on the dollar, keeping the other 90 cents for himself. When Hawkeye and B.J. get word of the plot (from Winchester's Korean tailor, who he drafts in for help), they hatch a plan to thwart who they call "A robber baron who makes house calls."

While Winchester is out fleecing the masses, Hawkeye and B.J. have a friendly Sergeant force Winchester out of his jeep, saying the main road is closed. This makes Winchester have to grab all his money and walk to the 4077th.

After an hour, he arrives at camp, only to be stopped by Klinger--who is currently trying a scam acting as by-the-book Army Cadet--keeping anyone from entering the camp while the scrip exchange is taking place, which is SOP.

Winchester, stuck outside with piles of soon-to-be-useless scrip, begs Hawkeye and B.J. to do the money exchange for him. They agree to, but only offering him the original 10 cents on the dollar rate he offered the Korean villagers.

Winchester, enraged and frustrated, storms off, his plan to make a killing having gone up in smoke.

Research notes/fun factsEdit

  • Richard Lee Sung makes an uncredited appearance here. The rest of the Korean villagers are not yet identified.
  • Phillip Anh is one of the few Korean actors who play Korean characters in M*A*S*H. Soon-Tek Oh and Johnny Yune are also Korean but the other Asian actors who play Koreans are usually Japanese or Chinese.
  • Careful study of the storyline will show that justice is not fully served:
    • Winchester loses a large sum of money (we don't know how much)
    • Boone gets his money back
    • the orphanage gets $400 because the thief returns the stolen money in new scrip but on the flip side,
    • The Korean villagers have lost 90% of their money. Admittedly, they shouldn't be holding any scrip new or old, and they do have 10% of their former holdings now in hard US currency.
    • It is doubtful if Kim ever got paid the $36 for Winchester's suit.
  • Hawkeye might have thought of taking Winchester's entire bag of old scrip, changing it to new and handing it back to the Koreans.

Guest stars/Recurring castEdit

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