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"M*A*S*H" The Nurses (1976)

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Linda Bloodworth-Thomason (written by)
Larry Gelbart (developed for television by)
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TV Series:
Original Air Date:
19 October 1976 (Season 5, Episode 5)
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. | Full synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Joan Darling 
Writing credits
Linda Bloodworth-Thomason (written by) (as Linda Bloodworth)

Larry Gelbart (developed for television by)

W.C. Heinz  uncredited
Richard Hooker  uncredited
Ring Lardner Jr.  uncredited

Produced by
Allan Katz .... producer
Burt Metcalfe .... producer
Don Reo .... producer
Gene Reynolds .... executive producer
Cinematography by
William K. Jurgensen (director of photography) (as William Jurgensen)
Film Editing by
Stanford Tischler 
Art Direction by
Rodger Maus 
Set Decoration by
Bert Allen 
Production Management
Ted Butcher .... unit production manager
Mark Evans .... production supervisor
Joseph Silver .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Hawks .... assistant director
Camera and Electrical Department
Al LaVerde .... best boy grip
Music Department
Johnny Mandel .... composer: theme
Lionel Newman .... music supervisor
Robert Bain .... musician: guitar soloist (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Chris Haynes .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Walter D. Dishell .... medical advisor (as Walter D. Dishell M.D.)
Jay Folb .... story consultant
Larry Gelbart .... developed for television by

Series Crew
These people are regular crew members. Were they in this episode?
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Larry Gelbart  developed for television by

Cinematography by
Vilis Lapenieks 
Art Department
Michael Casey .... assistant property master
Kurt V. Hulett .... property man (season 8)
Sound Department
William Hartman .... sound editor
Don Isaacs .... sound editor (as Don V. Isaacs)
Edward Rossi .... supervising sound editor (as Ed Rossi)
Richard Sperber .... sound editor
Jean Coulter .... stunts
Tom Elliott .... stunts
Chuck Hicks .... stunts
Pat Romano .... stunts
Rick Sawaya .... stunt performer
Camera and Electrical Department
Curtis Foster .... rigging gaffer (1979-1980)
Dave Friedman .... still photographer
Michael Hofstein .... additional camera operator
Michael Hofstein .... aerial director of photography
Jim Sellars .... first assistant camera
Other crew
Rita Hudis .... technical advisor: medical
Lee Sollenberger .... animal handler
Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

26 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Photophone Sound Recording)

Did You Know?

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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Movie Connections:
References "This Is Your Life" (1952)See more »


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1 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Feels like a spin off pilot, 28 August 2013
Author: mideleon from NY, NY

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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