The nurses return from evacuation to find that the doctors have left the camp a mess. Potter announces an inspection in two days, so Margaret and the nurses try to get everything reorganized. Nurse Kelly is mad at Hawkeye for ignoring her.
All the nurses have been evacuated and the doctors must handle incoming casualties by themselves, leaving the O.R. and everything else in a mess. When the nurses returns, Colonel Potter announces that there will be an inspection in two days, so Major Houlihan gets very busy getting everything back in order for this. Written by
Coming during the last season of this great series long run this episode turns its eye lovingly on one of its up to that point peripheral characters, staunch and stalwart Nurse Kellye.
As portrayed by Kellye Nakahara in a warm understated performance Nurse Kellye was always the competent and sympathetic ear for others but the viewers never find out much about her. That's remedied when she's finally had enough of not really being seen and lights into Hawkeye followed by an achingly tender scene when she comforts a wounded soldier.
Good as her tale is as with most M*A*S*H episodes there is a secondary story. This one having to do with Margaret and an unexpected inspection. By this time in the show Hot Lips, with Frank long gone, had been if not exactly defanged much more humanized and integrated into being one of the fellows. By bringing in a ball breaking female colonel she and the audience come to realize that she hasn't softened as much as she seems and the danger she risks of becoming hard if she doesn't watch herself.
The two stories together make for a terrific half hour of entertainment.
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