M*A*S*H episode
“Give and Take”
Private Wasson
Private Kurland, played by Craig Wasson in the episode "Give and Take" in Season 11.
Season 11, Episode # 14
Number (#254) in series (256 episodes)
Guest star(s) Craig Wasson
Jim Lefebvre
Kellye Nakahara
Sagan Lewis
Jeff Maxwell
Dereck Wong
Alberta Jay
Network: CBS-TV
Production code: 9B09
Writer(s) Karen Hall
Director Jamie Farr
Original airdate February 14, 1983
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Give and Take was the 254th overall episode in the M*A*S*H television series, and the 14th of Season 11. Written by Karen Hall and directed by Jamie Farr, the episode aired for the first time on CBS-TV on February 14, 1983.

Plot synopsisEdit

Wounded Private Kurland learns a painful lesson from the enemy soldier he's critically wounded, while the thankless job of charity collection officer passes from one person to another.

Full summaryEdit

Among the newly-arrived wounded is a North Korean solider, shot by one of the G.I.s also at the 4077th. Before he goes under the knife, the G.I., named Kurland (Craig Wasson) tells B.J. the story--he had been shot, and while lying there wounded, he caught the North Korean trying to steal his boots.

Waking up in time, Kurland shot the North Korean soldier at point blank range, delivering a severe wound, something Kurland is proud of.

In Post Op, the North Korean is put alongside Kurland, who is aghast at a commie being allowed in the hospital. He softens when he sees how wounded the young man is, especially when he sees that the North Korean is suffering from severe frostbite--he was found, wounded, with his feet wrapped in bandages. Kurland offers the wounded man his extra blanket to help keep him warm. Margaret thanks him for the act of charity, but Kurland dismisses it, saying "Anything to shut him up."

Later, Klinger gives out candy bars to all the wounded, even the North Korean. The young man takes it, then offers it to Kurland, as a way to say thanks. Kurland accepts.

The next day, the North Korean solider takes a severe turn for the worse. Despite Hawkeye working on him a second time, he dies in Post Op a few hours later--right in front of Kurland.

Later, Kurland is ready to ship out, and Col. Potter hands him his boots. Upon touching them, Kurland begins to choke up, saying he now understands what the young man was trying to do--stealing Kurland's boots just to keep from freezing to death. Realizing he "would have done the same thing", he wonders how he'll ever be able to look at a pair of shoes again without thinking of this.

Potter tries to comfort Kurland, putting him arm around him, apologizing for their being "some wounds I just can't treat."

Research notes/Fun factsEdit

  • The B-plot is about Winchester, stuck with the monthly charity fund-raising job, pawning it off on someone else, and then each successive person trades it away once they learn how tough it is to raise the money.
  • Actor Craig Wasson also appeared in Nightmare on Elm Street 3 in 1988.
  • Craig Wasson and Michael McGuire (who played a Lt. Colonel in "Tell It to the Marines") would co-star as James Madison and George Washington in a movie called "A More Perfect Union" about the drafting of the U.S. Constitution.
  • The candy bar that Klinger gives to an Korean soldier is anachronistic because it has a barcode printed on the wrapper. The first product that was sold with a barcode was chewing gum by the Wrigley Company in 1974.

Recurring cast/Guest starsEdit