M*A*S*H: Season 5, Episode 5

The Nurses (19 Oct. 1976)

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The nurses go behind Margaret's back so that a fellow nurse confined to her tent can spend the night with her soldier husband who is paying her a surprise visit.



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Episode cast overview:
Nurse Gaynor (as Carol Lawson Locatell)
Patricia Sturges ...


The nurses go behind Margaret's back so that a fellow nurse confined to her tent can spend the night with her soldier husband who is paying her a surprise visit.

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Plot Keywords:

forbidden love


Comedy | Drama | War





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19 October 1976 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone Sound Recording)


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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One of Loretta Swit's favorites due to Maj Houlihan's interaction with her staff. See more »


Margaret: [chastising the nurses, as she holds back tears] Did you ever once show me any kind of friendship? Ask my help with a personal problem? Include me in one of your little bull sessions? Can you imagine what it feels like to walk by this tent and hear you laughing and know... that I'm not welcome? Did you ever once ever offer me a lousy cup of coffee?
Nurse: [Stunned at this show of emotion] We didn't think you'd accept.
Margaret: Well, you were wrong.
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References This Is Your Life (1952) See more »

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Feels like a spin off pilot
28 August 2013 | by (NY, NY) – See all my reviews

This is a terrific episode, but it's unusual in that it focuses on a group of nurses who we've never seen before. The fact that these characters are so strongly written, well defined and played by a good cast suggests to me that this episode might have been a spin off pilot for Margaret's character and the nurses. In addition, none of the usual nurses are seen. Based on the quality of the episode, a series based on these characters might have actually worked.

The main plot concerns Margaret's relationship with her nurses in general. The B-story focuses on Hawk and BJ helping one of the nurses to spend the night with her new soldier husband. There's even a C-story about another nurse becoming emotionally burned out.

The episode was written by Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, so it's not surprising it contains strong female characters. And even if it wasn't meant to be spin off pilot, it still works as a great episode from a great series.

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