In a pivotal episode, the 4077 is suffering shortages in water and supplies; everyone is hot, cranky and on edge. Margaret is particularly hostile; she and four of her nurses are at each other's throats. One nurse, Lt. Baker, made a rude remark to Hotlips and has been confined to her tent. Margaret is tired of insubordination, snide comments, lies and attitudes she gets from her nurses. The nurses are tired of the lack of trust and the feeling of being ruled, regulated and reported to death by their Head Nurse. Young Mickey Baker was recently married and never had a honeymoon; her new husband suddenly appears at 4077. Lt. Tony Baker (Gregory Harrison) has to rejoin his unit in 24 hours, but he wants to surprise his bride. Tender-hearted Radar brings the issue before the Swamp doctors. An unauthorized, secret and hasty honeymoon is organized for the newlyweds; there is only one tent available and the situation is managed with subterfuge and lies. Margaret, Frank and Colonel Potter are ... Written by
[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?
[Stunned at this show of emotion]
We didn't think you'd accept.
Well, you were wrong.
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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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