M*A*S*H (1972–1983)
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Communication Breakdown 

During a newspaper shortage, Charles gets newspapers from home, refuses to share them, and incurs the wrath of the whole camp. A patient and a soldier are Asian brothers on opposite sides of the war.


Alan Alda


Karen Hall, Karen Hall (story editor) | 1 more credit »




Episode complete credited cast:
Alan Alda ... Capt. Benjamin Franklin 'Hawkeye' Pierce
Mike Farrell ... Capt. B.J. Hunnicutt
Harry Morgan ... Col. Sherman T. Potter
Loretta Swit ... Maj. Margaret 'Hot Lips' Houlihan
David Ogden Stiers ... Maj. Charles Winchester
Jamie Farr ... Cpl. Maxwell Q. Klinger
William Christopher ... Father Francis Mulcahy
Byron Chung ... Lt. Yook
James Saito ... Park
Jeff Maxwell ... Pvt. Igor Straminsky
Kwang Baek Kwang Baek ... Kim (as Kwang Ho Baek)
Kellye Nakahara ... Lt. Kellye Yamato, RN
Roy Goldman ... Goldman
Jo Ann Thompson Jo Ann Thompson ... Nurse Jo Ann (as Jo Anne Thompson)
Abigail Nelson Abigail Nelson ... Nurse


Stop the presses! Charles has just received a load of newspapers from back home and the camp, being without a newspaper for weeks, are determined to share Charles'. He is reluctant, but agrees--only after he's read them all of course. But when he finds a newspaper missing, he wages war on the camp and they, in turn, wage a war of practical jokes on him. Written by <Explorerds6789>

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Plot Keywords:

newspaper | directed by star | See All (2) »


Comedy | Drama | War







English | Korean

Release Date:

30 November 1981 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone Sound Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Winchester claims that the missing paper is from May 5th. However, the paper that Father Mulcahey is reading contains a headline that is from November 11th 1952. See more »


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Once Again a Lack, Alas Alack
27 April 2015 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

The camp is beset by a shortage of newsprint. It seems that instead of South Korea, all publications have been sent to South Dakota. During the dearth, everyone is edgy. Charles, who has the Boston Globe sent to him by his family, first class, gets a week's worth of newspapers. He chooses to hoard these. The unfair thing is that he only asks to read the papers first and then let the others have them. One day, however, he suspects that someone has stolen one of them and gets on the intercom and offends the entire camp. Reprisals take place and lots of rather cruel practical jokes.

A more serious plot has to do with a North Korean soldier being brought in for stomach wounds. It turns out he is being guarded by several South Korean soldiers, one of whom is his brother. They were separated by issues of survival. They cannot talk lest they are both imprisoned. Hawkeye works out a solution.

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