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. Hawkeye’s first attempt to get rid of Young-Hi is by sending her on a truck to Seoul, but she gets off when the truck stops for gas and hitch hikes back to the 4077th.
Eventually Hawkeye, Jones and McIntyre decide to “demoosify” Young-Hi and teach her how to be a normal person. They soon meet the head of Young-Hi’s family, and discover that he is Young-Hi’s little brother Benny and that he immediately plans to sell her again. Initially, Young-Hi agrees with Benny out of loyalty to her family but 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 Spearchucker Jones receive a letter from her
Neither Frank Burns or 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 (Hawkeye) appears.
“The Moose” was the fifth episode, aired on October 15, 1972
Written by Laurence Marks and directed by Hy Averback.