The senior staff's attempt to help a nurse enter medical school to become a doctor is complicated by her unwanted romantic advances towards Father Mulcahy. Only Charles is unaffected by a drought and water shortage.



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Alexandra Stoddart ...
Lt. Gail Harris


It is dry and smelly and the food is all being served creamed...even the wienies. The North Koreans are blockading water trucks. Chuckles is suspiciously clean. Father Mulcahy is helping a new nurse transfer, Lt. Gail Harris. Gail is studying for her medical aptitude test to apply for entry to medical school. "Eager" is mistaken for "officious," and Gail alienates several people at 4077; Margaret has spoken to her about it as her superior officer. As a man of the cloth, Francis John Patrick Mulcahy understands what it is like to be different. When Gail embraces "Johnny," it becomes a laughing matter for boorish Hawkeye. As the camp steer, Father confides in Hawkeye about the girl trouble. He is deeply upset Gail will quit her studies. Hawkeye agrees to talk to Gail... who goes off the rails: to Colonel Potter. The CO tells a stunned trio: "You stop talking about her, you stop hating her and you stop dating her!" Margaret proves she is becoming a better and more empathetic Head Nurse. ... Written by LA-Lawyer

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Comedy | Drama | War





Release Date:

29 October 1979 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone Sound Recording)


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Despite Gary Burghoff (Radar) being credited, he doesn't actually appear in the episode. See more »


Col. Sherman T. Potter: So I said, "Back up. Why do you want a transfer." She said she had an unhappy love affair. I said "with one of my doctors?" She said no, with my priest!
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Can't You Hug a Priest?
16 April 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There are two plot components here. First of all, the camp is really short of water and there is little relief in sight because of enemy combat on access roads. People are getting really testy and uncomfortable. Only Charles seems to be just fine. The other is a rather touchy nurse who has aspirations of being a doctor. She is defensive and hard to live with. She interrupt during surgery with advice, especially for Winchester. The one who has taken an interest in her is Father Mulcahy. His motives are pure but she suddenly starts to have feelings for him. At one point she grabs him and gives him a big hug. He is embarrassed and things get tense between them. She develops a real persecution complex, blaming everyone for her problems. Anyway, both plots are interesting.

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