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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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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Margaret Get Her Day
17 March 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It has been stiflingly hot and everyone is one everyone else's nerves. The usual good- natured banter in the O.R. turns kind of ugly and Margaret goes after her nurses, assigning the extra duty, even though they have completed seventeen hours in surgery. Linda Kelsey, from the Lou Grant show, is a young bride whose husband gets 24 hours to see her, but she mouthed off to Houlihan and is confined to quarters. Hawkeyes and B.J. do what they can to circumvent this order and arrange a place for the husband to meet the wife. There is considerable tension here and eventually the chickens are going to come home to roost. It's interesting that Margaret is a sympathetic figure. She is portrayed as such a spartan. Well done and quite touching in many ways.

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