This episode begins with Purcell, Ruiz and two other men manning a machine gun post at night time on Firebase Ladybird. Purcell keeps reading a Dear John letter over and over again that his girlfriend sent him. He believes that she broke up with him because "I've got blood on my hands". Purcell takes the watch, and he spots a Viet Cong soldier crawling in through the wire. The base is under attack, and during the onslaught, one of the men manning the machine gun post with Purcell is killed. Purcell takes the man's death badly... feeling really negative after the Dear John letter. Sgt. Anderson tells him to let it go... but Purcell can't. He's got a bad feeling now. The platoon later that day are searching a nearby hamlet when tensions are raised and Purcell, on instinct, shoots a runner. It turns out to be a young boy... much to Purcell's horror. When the platoon are evacuating a wounded member of the platoon, Lt. Goldman runs into an old flame. He arranges to meet up with her soon, and the chance arrives when Goldman and Purcell decide to the help the sick baby of the mother whose son Purcell killed. Purcell seeks forgiveness, and this is the only way he can see himself getting it. Purcell rekindles his romance with his woman, as they both make promises for a future that seems unlikely. "Nowhere to Run" is a pretty good episode of "Tour of Duty" concentrating on my favourite character of the platoon, Danny Purcell. However, the episode is somewhat shadowed by a factor that would inevitably destroy the show in the second series: Woman! Now, I'm no sexist, I just don't agree with the little romantic subplots that would be going on in "Tour of Duty" when it should have just concentrated on the men in the field. The women were all introduced as love interests for some of the men in the second series in order to raise viewer numbers. So unfortunately, "Nowhere to Run" is a warning of what was to come, as Goldman rekindles his romance with his girlfriend whom we sure haven't seen the last of. Things are to get worse for Purcell later on in the first series however as he ends up hooked on heroin.
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