Dr. Syn Paik
Dr. Syn Pak meets Margaret
Dr. Syn Paik now disguised as Captain Cho-wan Ho of the US Army. Margaret is certain she has met him before.
M*A*S*H character
Vital information
Rank: Probably Captain (O-3), Korean People's Army (North Korean Army)
Job/Role in Unit: Probably a battalion surgeon at a North Korean battalion aid station. A patient at the 4077th, later a surgeon there
Hair Color: Black
Eye Color: Black
Family/Personal Information
Born: ????
Nationality/Race: Korean
Spouse(s): Name not mentioned
First appeared in: "The Korean Surgeon" (Season 5)
Last appeared in: None, one-time appearance
Appeared on/or in: M*A*S*H TV series
Played by: Soon-Tek Oh in guest role

Dr. Syn Paik is a doctor character who makes a one-time appearance in the Season 5 episode of M*A*S*H titled "The Korean Surgeon". The part of Syn Paik is played by the Korean-American actor Soon-Tek Oh. This is the third of 5 appearances by Soon-Tek Oh on M*A*S*H. He had previously played the part of a Korean soldier in the Season 4 episode "The Bus". After appearing as Dr. Syn Paik, he will go on to appear as another Korean soldier in Season 8 "The Yalu Brick Road".

About Dr. Syn PaikEdit

Syn Paik is a surgeon with the North Korean Army (The Korean People's Army). He speaks good English, having attended medical school at the University of Chicago and interning at Cooks County Hospital.

At the beginning of the episode, Syn Paik arrives with a group of wounded North Koreans at the 4077th after their battalion aid station is overrun by UN troops. While in the ambulance bus, he offers inputs on the various patients on board. Frank ignores him, but B.J. and Hawkeye agree with his views and go along with his suggestions on triage.

Later, Hawkeye and B.J. take a liking to him, finding him friendly and a thorough professional on medical matters. When he expresses a wish that they could all work together, B.J. and Hawkeye hatch a plot to get him into the 4077th disguised as a US Army surgeon Captain Cho-wan Ho. In surgery, Syn Paik impresses Potter but almost blows his cover by doing things a little too differently. Obviously the scheme could not last for too long and due partly to Margaret's suspicions, he is soon exposed and Potter is obliged to send him away as a P.O.W. For fuller details, see the episode summary at the article for the episode "The Korean Surgeon".

As Syn Paik is leaving, he comes to say goodbye to B.J., Hawkeye and Radar. He tells them to cheer up because the war cannot last forever. Encouraged by his optimismn, Hawkeye suggests that perhaps they could get together after the war, for a few beers. Or even "share some rice wine", Syn Paik counters. Radar thinks that is a good idea and may be Syn Paik could also recommend a few good Chinese restaurants. Syn Paik replies that he knows one or two but unfortunately they are all in Chicago!

Syn Paik-North Korean uniform-Korean surgeon

Syn Paik in his North Korean uniform, before the transformation. Note the shoulder boards. Depending on whether you see a line of 4 or 3 small stars, he is either a Captain or a Senior Lieutenant (North Korea has 3 lieutenant grades).

Syn Paik 2-Korean surgeon

Syn Paik, ex-Cho-wan Ho says goodbye after his cover is blown. Compare this shot with the one where he meets Margaret. Notice he has taken off his rank and other insignia. It is fortunate he remembered to do so, otherwise he could be shot as a spy.

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