M*A*S*H (1972–1983)
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The Nurses 

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:
... Capt. Benjamin Franklin 'Hawkeye' Pierce
... Capt. B.J. Hunnicutt
... Col. Sherman T. Potter
... Maj. Margaret 'Hot Lips' Houlihan
... Maj. Frank Burns
... Cpl. Walter 'Radar' O'Reilly
... Cpl. Maxwell Q. Klinger
... Father Francis Mulcahy
... Lt. Mickey Baker
... Nurse Walsh
... Nurse Gaynor (as Carol Lawson Locatell)
Patricia Sturges ... Nurse Preston
... Lt. Tony Baker


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 LA-Lawyer

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Comedy | Drama | War





Release Date:

19 October 1976 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone Sound Recording)


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


Margaret: I will not tolerate drunkenness.
Nurse Gaynor: Major, I already did my duty. Seventeen hours overtime and three cardiac arrests. You can't upset me. I'm numb. I don't even feel sad with burn patients that look like mummies. That's why I'm drinking... to feel something.
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References This Is Your Life (1952) See more »

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Margaret Get Her Day
17 March 2015 | by 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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