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“Kim”
Kim
Kim is finally reunited with his mother. Most of the MASH personnel are delighted, except, maybe, for Trapper.
Season 2, Episode # 6
Number (#30) in series (256 episodes)
Guest star(s) Jamie Farr
William Christopher
Lesley Evans
Edgar Miller
Momo Yashima
Maggie Roswell
Network: CBS-TV
Production code: K-407
Writer(s) Larry Gelbart, Marc Mandel, & Laurence Marks
Director William Wiard
Original airdate October 20, 1973
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Kim was the sixth episode of Season 2 of the TV series M*A*S*H, and also the 30th overall episode of the series. Written by Larry Gelbart, Marc Mandel, and Laurence Marks and directed by William Wiard, it originally aired on CBS-TV on October 20, 1973.

SynopsisEdit

Hawkeye treats a young Korean boy whose village has been destroyed by artillery fire. Unable to trace his family, Henry wants to send him to Sister Theresa's orphanage. Trapper hates the idea and wants to adopt him and take him home to the States.

Full summaryEdit

Hawkeye treats a young Korean boy whose village has been destroyed by artillery fire. Despite the resourceful Radar's best efforts, the MASH is unable to trace the family of the boy. Henry wants to send him to Sister Theresa's orphanage. Trapper hates the idea and wants to adopt him and take him home to the States. So he writes to his wife asking for her support in the matter.

The boy becomes very popular. The MASH personnel take turns entertaining him. Hawkeye brings him along when he dates Nurse Mitchell during movie night. Margaret wants him to spend the night in her tent--even postponing her regular Thursday "discussions" with Frank. Trapper does magic tricks, and Klinger plays baseball with him.

Trapper's wife replies saying she and the rest of the family are enthusiastic about adopting the boy. Meanwhile Margaret and Frank bring him along for a picnic. While they are not looking, the boy wanders into a minefield. Trapper rushes in to rescue him but Hawkeye yells to him to stop while he fetches the maps of the minefield. Henry and Radar arrive with the maps, but Henry is so muddled that he gives Trapper directions using an old map of downtown Berlin. By the time Hawkeye and Radar finally find the right map, it shows that Trapper is stuck with mines 6 inches in any direction.

O'Brien turns up with his chopper trailing a rope ladder. He picks up both Trapper and the boy and brings them to safety, to the cheers of the MASH personnel. Just then, Sister Theresa turns up in a truck with a woman who is searching for her son--it turns out to be Kim's mother, much to Trapper's disappointment.

Later in the Swamp, Radar comes by to tell Hawkeye and Trapper that Kim's doing fine and will come to visit in the future. He offers Trapper information on another Korean boy that might need adopting, and the surgeons suggest adopting Radar instead.

Research notes/Fun factsEdit

  • O'Brien was first mentioned in Season 1 "To Market, to Market" and was first seen in the previous episode "Dr. Pierce and Mr. Hyde". There is no close-up scene of him in this episode.
  • Col. Blake makes a mention of having two kids. Earlier this season, however, his wife gave birth to his third child (a boy, "Radar's Report").

Guest stars/Recurring castEdit