He is the love call of evolution, he is sex and life and appetite...or so Hawkeye likes to think. The Swedish delegation sends Dr. Inga Halvorsen (Mariette Hartley) to the 4077 and Hawkeye immediately tries to hit on her; Inga wants to talk medicine. The next day in OR, Inga shows Hawkeye a new procedure to preserve mobility in the hip. Hawkeye is miffed when Inga is the main attraction. Margaret dresses him down, claiming Hawkeye cannot relate to strong, capable women as people but only sex objects. Her manner and words belie all of the feelings she has for Hawkeye. Chuckles insists Hawkeye is upset at the thought of learning from a woman, but when Inga corrects Chuckles in Post Op, Chuckles flies into a rage. When Inga is the one to initiate sex with Hawkeye, he is off put and says something insulting. BJ talks about his marriage with Peg as a partnership and even Col. Potter tries to help Hawkeye find cohesion in his thought process. "Why do men make it so hard to be who we are?" ... Written by
Alan Alda won an Emmy for writing this episode. See more »
When Inga arrives, Klinger tells her that it takes two doctors to sign the Section 8 forms and that he's short 2 doctors. Hawkeye and BJ could and would sign those forms (in fact Hawkeye signed several) so this would not be a problem. In earlier episodes it always took 3 doctors to sign, so with Hawkeye and Trapper John having signed it still required Henry or Frank to sign. Now the need for Inga to sign is gone, with only 2 doctors needed. See more »
The opening clip of "Inga" had Captain Pierce preparing for his rendezvous with Nurse Inga Halverson. Captain Pierce -- in his usual self -- had one thing in mind. admiration of Inga Halverson. Without any warning, Nurse Inga Halverson -- from the Swedish Red Cross -- arrived at the 4077th to fulfill her job as a female surgeon ... all while on temporary assignment. Captain Hunnicutt and Major Winchester then introduced themselves to Nurse Halverson.
During Act One, Nurse Halverson demonstrated a new surgical technique to reconstruct the knee while in surgery. Captain Pierce became surprised about the way she showed him in surgery. He acted dumbfounded about the way how a woman performs in surgery ... even if he did not admire her professionalism as a nurse. In addition, Major Houlihan chided Captain Pierce for maintaining his own ego ... specifically about one's sex ... and not about one's reputation.
In Act Two, Captain Pierce was not acting considerate of her feelings about her profession. Meanwhile, Major Winchester was observing a nurse administering the medicine on time to a patient in the post-operative section of the 4077th. The problem: the patient endured a severe allergic reaction of penicillin. The conflict: Major Winchester scolded a nurse for not having an emergency tray. The nurse used a syringe to administer adrenalin to stop the possibility of brain damage to the patient. In all actuality, Actress Mariette Hartley performed brilliantly in her role as Nurse Inga Halverson. She endured a crisis -- in her role -- of how people make her work miserable as a nurse. People did not understand that a woman's perspective as a nurse consisted more than the admiration of her body. Rather, admiration of a woman consisted of integrity, professionalism, dependability, consideration, wit, and honesty in the medical world. A Fat 13 Out Of 10!! An A++!!
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