M*A*S*H episode
“The Moose”
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Spearchucker Jones and the others at the 4077th attempt to "demoosify" Young Hi.
Season 1, Episode # 5
Number (#5) in series (256 episodes)
Guest star(s) Timothy Brown
Virginia Ann Lee
Patrick Adiarte
Linda Meiklejohn
John Orchard
Craig Jue
Network: CBS-TV
Production code: J305
Writer(s) Laurence Marks
Director Hy Averback
Original airdate October 17, 1972
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The Moose was the fifth episode aired during Season 1 of the M*A*S*H TV series, also the series fifth overall episode and the fifth episode in production order. Written by Laurence Marks and directed by Hy Averback, it originally aired on CBS-TV on October 17, 1972.


Hawkeye Pierce wins a young Korean servant girl, Young Hi, off a visiting sergeant in a card game with the intention of freeing her. However, Young Hi thinks she now belongs to Hawkeye. He and the other doctors attempt to show her that she is free.

Full episode summaryEdit

Sergeant Baker stops by the 4077th with his "moose"; a Korean girl named Young Hi, whom he "bought" from her family for $500.00. Hawkeye is outraged and tries to convince Baker to let the girl go free. Eventually, he plays poker with Baker (and cheats with a little help from Radar).

Baker agrees to trade Young Hi for the debt he runs up. However, he explains to Young Hi that she now belongs to Hawkeye, rather than that she is free (as was Pierce's intent). Pierce first attempts to get rid of Young Hi by sending her on a truck to Seoul, but she gets off when the truck stops for gas and hitchhikes back to the 4077th.

Eventually Pierce, Jones, and Trapper decide to "demoosify" Young Hi and teach her how to be a normal person. They soon meet the head of Young Hi's family, Benny, and discover that he is Young Hi's little brother. He immediately plans to sell her again. Initially, Young Hi agrees with Benny out of loyalty to her family, but she then returns, having told Benny to "shove off".

In the end, Young Hi is enrolled in convent school in Seoul. In the last scene of the episode, Pierce, McIntyre, and Jones receive a letter from her.

Research notes/Fun factsEdit

  • When Benny shows up and says, "You bought Young Hi from Baker. Now you want to dump her. What's the beef? She goofing off?" Pierce replies, "The 'Dead End Kids' in Korea." The "Dead End Kids" were six young actors from New York, New York, who starred in the play and the movie "Dead End".
  • Though Larry Linville and Loretta Swit are listed in the opening titles, neither Frank Burns nor Major Houlihan appear in the episode. This is the fewest members of the show's main cast to appear in an episode apart from season 4's "Hawkeye" (in which only Alan Alda appears).
  • Another "moose" was seen in the fourth-season episode Of Moose and Men, though in that episode a "moose" was defined as a Korean girlfriend.
  • The term "moose" is derived from the Japanese word "musume" which means "daughter" or "young girl".

Guest stars/Recurring castEdit