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China Beach

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by Donna Lemaster

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aired from: Apr 1988 to: Jul 1991 64 eps ABC 60 min stereo ________________

regulars:

  • Dana Delany as Colleen McMurphy
  • Nan Woods as Cherry White [ episodes 1 - 15 ]
  • Michael Boatman as Sam Beckett
  • Marg Helgenberger as Karen Charlene "KC" Kolanski
  • Jeff Kober as Dodger [ seasons 2-4, recurring in 1 ]
  • Robert Picardo as Dr. "Dick" Richards
  • Tim Ryan as Captain Bartholomew "Natch" Austen [ episodes 1 - 9 & 22 ]
  • Concetta Tomei as Major Lila Gureau
  • Brian Wimmer as Boonwell "Boonie" Lanier
  • Chloe Webb as Laurette Barber [ billed as special guest star, season 1 only ]
  • Megan Gallagher as Wayloo Marie Holmes [ season 2 only ]
  • Nancy Giles as Francis "Frankie" Bunsen [ seasons 2 - 4 ]
  • Troy Evans as Sergeant Bartholomew Pepper [ seasons 2 - 4 ]
  • Ricki Lake as Holly [ season 3 only ]

    recurring characters:

  • Haunani Minn as Hang
  • Elizabeth Lindsay as Mai
  • Ned Vaughn as Corporal Jeff Hyers [ episodes 19, 26-35, 62 ]
  • Derek De Lint as Dr. Bernard [ season 3 only ]


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      1st Season Spring 1988

    1. _"China Beach (1)"
      gs: James Cromwell [ Ambassador Weymouth ], Bobby Hosea [ "Sweet" Elroy ], Christopher Allport [ Mr. Endicott ], Gail O'Grady [ Georgia Lee ], Amy Yasbeck [ Stewardess (uncredited) ], Christopher Michael Moore [ Dr. Dum ], Richard Green [ Dr. Dee ], Rick Najera [ Daygio ], Xuan Xanh Vo [ Kim ], Joseph d'Angerio [ Manny Hinklefarb ], Linda Hoy [ Nurse Beaverbreak ], Bradford Bancroft [ Burned Soldier ], David H. Duensing [ Giggling Grunt #1 ], Geoffrey Thorne [ Giggling Grunt #2 ], Kimko Hiroshige [ Vietnamese Woman ], Robert Licea [ Amputee ], Doug Warhit [ Hickenhopper ], Paul Elman [ G.I. ]

      It's November 1967 and nurse Colleen McMurphy faces the last week of her tour of duty in Vietnam, dealing as usual with the dying boys, primitive conditions, and the sexual pressure from pilot Natch Austin. USO singers Georgia Lee and Laurette Barber arrive to entertain the troops in the base's new R&R center. Brand new Red Cross volunteer Cherry White also arrives, determined to find her brother, a marine no one can locate.

      b: 26 Apr 88 pc: _________ w: William Broyles Jr. and John Sacret Young d: Rod Holcomb
    2. _"China Beach (2)"
      gs: James Cromwell [ Ambassador Weymouth ], Bobby Hosea [ "Sweet" Elroy ], Christopher Allport [ Mr. Endicott ], Gail O'Grady [ Georgia Lee ], Amy Yasbeck [ Stewardess (uncredited) ], Christopher Michael Moore [ Dr. Dum ], Richard Green [ Dr. Dee ], Rick Najera [ Daygio ], Xuan Xanh Vo [ Kim ], Joseph d'Angerio [ Manny Hinklefarb ], Linda Hoy [ Nurse Beaverbreak ], Bradford Bancroft [ Burned Soldier ], David H. Duensing [ Giggling Grunt #1 ], Geoffrey Thorne [ Giggling Grunt #2 ], Kimko Hiroshige [ Vietnamese Woman ], Robert Licea [ Amputee ], Doug Warhit [ Hickenhopper ], Paul Elman [ G.I. ]

      McMurphy decides that she can't leave China Beach even though she is eligible to go home. Cherry and Laurette arrive- Cherry to look for her brother whom her family lost contact with and Laurette as a USO back up singer who gets promoted to lead when the lead singer can't cope with the war.

      b: 26 Apr 88 pc: _________ w: William Broyles Jr. and John Sacret Young d: Rod Holcomb
    3. _"Home"
      gs: Charles Cyphers [ General ], Ned Vaughn [ Dewey ], Elizabeth Lindsay [ Viet Cong Nurse ], Scott Harlan [ Jean Claud ], Ken Wright [ The Aide ], Jason Graae [ Music Soldier ], Patrick Johnston [ Soldier ], Carlos Lacamara [ Zapita ], Lisa LaCorte [ Singing Nurse ], Page Leong [ Mai ], Thu Tran [ Mimi ]

      Laurette auditions local entertainers to fill in the act and McMurphy struggles to overcome her feelings when a Viet Cong woman who was responsible for blowing up a friend is brought into the hospital for treatment.

      b: 27 Apr 88 pc: _________ w: William Broyles Jr. d: Rod Holcomb
    4. _"Hot Spell"
      gs: James W. Sudik [ American Businessman ], George Kee Cheung [ Phoung Kiet ], Michael K. Woods [ Agnone ], Estelle Bennett [ Old Woman ], Franklin Chiu [ Urchin ], David J. Partington [ Colonel ]

      KC agrees to ask about Cherry's brother as she sets up a deal to buy an antique vase. Laurette prepares to perform for visiting brass. Lila, KC, Laurette, McMurphy and Cherry share confidences as they wait out a mortar attack together.

      b: 4 May 88 pc: _________ w: Susan Rhinehart d: Beth Hillshafer
    5. _"Somewhere Over the Radio"
      gs: David Marciano [ Dee Jay ], Kenny Ransom [ Banks ], David Reynolds [ Pilot #1 ], Marion Kodama Yue [ Kim ], Scott Brittingham [ Lieutenant in Radio Room ], Tommy Morgan [ Serviceman #1 ], David Alan Novak [ Clerk ], Chuck Tambarro [ Pilot #2 ], Terrance Vorwald [ Operator #1 ]

      Lila, Cherry and Laurette find themselves pinned down with a combat squad whose leader is not dealing with reality. Back at China Beach, KC and a frightened Boonie prepare to mount a rescue mission. Dr. Richard is injured just before he's scheduled to leave for R&R in Hawaii with Beth Ann.

      b: 11 May 88 pc: _________ w: Ann Donahue d: Rod Holcomb
    6. _"Waiting For Beckett"
      gs: Jay Pickett [ Filmore Cross ], Marion Kodama Yue [ Kim ], Jonathan Perpich [ Lt. Price ], Real Andrews [ Patient #3 ], Edward Blanchard [ Donnie ], Duane Edwards [ Patient #1 ], Dom Magwili [ Mr. Cat ], Jedd Matthieu [ Radio Man ], Nancy Omi [ Bar Girl ], Debi Parker [ Bar Girl ], Andrew Rivas [ Patient #2 ]

      Cherry is taken in by a deserter who claims to know her brother, and who is pursued by a determined office from the CID. Laurette and Boonie try to help a stressed out Beckett get some sleep.

      b: 18 May 88 pc: 186375 w: Terry McDonnell d: Kevin Hooks
    7. _"Brothers"
      gs: Glenn E. Plummer [ Omar ], J.J. Jones Jr. [ Fluke Johnson ], Frederic Lehne [ Rick White ], Kevin Wixted [ Sad Man ], Marc Gilpin [ Sammy Coy ], Ernest Harada [ Fred Hirabayashi ], Ellie Maclure [ Den Mother ], Clay Wilson [ Opium Smoker ], Marion Kodama Yue [ Kim ]

      Laurette faces an important audition with laryngitis. Beckett battles the pressure of racial prejudice and financial coercion when he discovers someone has been using the body bags in his GRU. Dr. Richard returns from R&R in Hawaii disillusioned by the perceived changes in his wife. Dodger finally finds Rick, Cherry's long-lost brother.

      b: 1 Jun 88 pc: _________ w: Susan Rhinehart & Carol Flint d: John Sacret Young
    8. _"Chao Ong"
      gs: Gail O'Grady [ Georgia Lee ], Nancy Sinatra [ Herself ], Johnny Grant [ Himself ]

      Despite distractions, McMurphy and Natch finally get together. Laurette gets a chance to join another, bigger USO tour. McMurphy gets blamed for a body that disappears on her shift.

      b: 8 Jun 88 pc: _________ w: William Broyles Jr. s: John Sacret Young & William Broyles Jr. d: Christopher Leitch

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      2nd Season Fall 1988

    9. _"Lost and Found (1)"
      gs: Brian Smiar [ Unknown ], J. Kenneth Campbell [ Unknown ], Jana Marie Hupp [ Unknown ], Annabelle Gurwich [ Unknown ], Amy Michaelson [ Unknown ]

      Lila takes over command of China Beach and orders KC off the base. McMurphy finally lets herself admit how much she cares for Natch when she receives some disturbing news about him. Wayloo Marie Holmes, former Saigon weather girl, arrives at China Beach to handle her first journalism assignment, extolling the recreational facilities at the base.

      b: 30 Nov 88 pc: 186501 w: John Sacret Young & William Broyles Jr. d: John Sacret Young
    10. _"Lost and Found (2)"
      gs: Brian Smiar [ Unknown ], J. Kenneth Campbell [ Unknown ], Jana Marie Hupp [ Unknown ], Annabelle Gurwich [ Unknown ], Amy Michaelson [ Unknown ]

      Wayloo Marie becomes a casualty as she shoots her assignment. Frankie Bunsen arrives for temporary duty. McMurphy finds a badly injured Dodger.

      b: 7 Dec 88 pc: 186502 w: William Broyles Jr. & John Sacret Young d: John Sacret Young
    11. _"Limbo"
      gs: Amy Michaelson [ Unknown ]

      McMurphy continues her vigil by Dodger's bedside as he stays in a coma. KC agrees to get Boonie some black market penicillin for a native hospital in exchange for his help in building her a beauty salon on base.

      b: 14 Dec 88 pc: 186503 w: Carol Flint d: Dan Lerner
    12. _"X-Mas Chnbch VN '67"

      Christmas '67 brings a steady supply of casualties and a crazed Santa to China Beach.

      b: 21 Dec 88 pc: 186504 w: John Wells d: Mimi Leder
    13. _"Women in White"
      gs: Robin Strasser [ Unknown ], Dennis Bailey [ Unknown ]

      McMurphy fights jealousy, envy and fear when a confident woman doctor comes in from the States and takes over Dr. Richard and Dodger's case. Wayloo Marie tries to win a position as a armed forces tv reporter with a report on the war from a woman's point of view. Frankie debuts as a disk jockey

      b: 4 Jan 89 pc: 186506 w: Patricia Green d: Sharron Miller
    14. _"All About E.E.V."
      gs: Dennis Farina [ Unknown ], Steve Baldwin [ Unknown ], Richard Vidan [ Unknown ]

      A dashing lieutenant colonel parachutes into China Beach for some R&R and disrupts the lives of Lila, KC and Wayloo Marie. Dr. Richard and McMurphy play a game of sexual brinksmanship. Frankie falls for a GI who thinks he's Chuck Berry.

      b: 11 Jan 89 pc: 186505 w: Lydia Woodward d: Peter Medak
    15. _"Tet '68"
      gs: Guy Killum [ Unknown ], Thomas Mills Wood [ Unknown ], Megan Lee Ochs [ Unknown ]

      Wayloo Marie tries to keep reporting, McMurphy and KC are trapped in an officer's restroom, Beckett is held prisoner by Mai's brother and Dr. Richard and the wounded Dodger prepare to defend the hospital during the fierce fighting of the 1968 Tet offensive. Cherry comforts another Red Cross volunteer at a firebase.

      b: 25 Jan 89 pc: 186507 w: Susan Rhinehart and John Wells s: Susan Rhinehart d: Steve Dubin
    16. _"Cherry"
      gs: Frederic Lehne [ Unknown ], Dennis Bailey [ Unknown ]

      Wayloo Marie becomes intimidated by the war as its reality sinks in following Cherry's death. McMurphy tries to fight the bureaucracy to keep Dodger from going to Japan for more medical help. KC fights her heroin habit as she tries to locate Cherry's brother and prepares to accompany her body home to Iowa for burial.

      b: 1 Feb 89 pc: 186508 w: Susan Rhinehart d: Mimi Leder
    17. _"Crossing the Great Water"
      gs: Lee Mary Weilna [ Unknown ], Perry Lang [ Unknown ], Caroline Ho [ Unknown ], Marcia Magus [ Unknown ]

      Dr. Richard throws himself into helping a Vietnamese orphanage when his wife Beth Ann serves him with divorce papers. McMurphy tries to reconcile Dodger and herself to his uncertain future after his stay in Japan.

      b: 8 Feb 89 pc: 186509 w: Carol Flint d: Mimi Leder
    18. _"Psywars"
      gs: Kevin Scannell [ Unknown ], Mykelti Williamson [ Unknown ], Bill Calvert [ Unknown ]

      An Army psychiatrist visits the Five and Dime and touches off McMurphy's inability to deal with Natch's death. Wayloo Marie learns something about Boonie's past service in Vietnam.

      b: 1 Mar 89 pc: 186510 w: Glen Merzer d: Fred Gerber
    19. _"Where the Boys Are"
      gs: Ned Vaughn [ Jeff Hyers ], Marco Rodriguez [ Unknown ]

      As McMurphy's enforced R&R continues with the help of an 18-year-old medic, Boonie tries to recreate a combination spring beach frolic and senior prom. KC warns Boonie that Wayloo Marie has learned part of his story. A chopper pilot shows Frankie that joys of flying.

      b: 8 Mar 89 pc: 186512 w: Alan Brennert d: Michael Rhodes
    20. _"Vets"

      The accounts of life in Vietnam by real vets are intercut with scenes from old episodes showing how closely the show has mirrored reality.

      b: 15 Mar 89 pc: 186511 w: John Wells & John Sacret Young d: John Sacret Young
    21. _"Twilight"
      gs: Bobby Hosea [ Unknown ], Kevin McCarthy [ Unknown ]

      Wayloo Marie's digging results in a medal ceremony for Boonie and an unwelcome investigation into his lost jungle patrol. McMurphy sees Dodger again as he prepares to go back into action. Frankie befriends a captured deserter.

      b: 22 Mar 89 pc: 186513 w: Lydia Woodward d: Michael Fresco
    22. _"After Burner"
      gs: Jack Blessing [ Unknown ], Pat Skipper [ Unknown ], Yorgo Voyagis [ Unknown ]

      McMurphy goes through the emotional wringer when Natch Austen returns to China Beach after six months as an MIA. Lila cares for the "pet" of a wounded G.I. Boonie and KC have trouble with the on-the-make hustler who's now in command of the Jet Set.

      b: 5 Apr 89 pc: 186514 w: Carol Flint d: Christopher Leitch
    23. _"Promised Land"
      gs: Don Cheadle [ Unknown ], Richard Tyson [ Unknown ], Mykel T. Williamson [ Unknown ], Bill Allen [ Unknown ], Aaron Seville [ Unknown ]

      Beckett faces going home when his tour ends in April 1968, as the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr polarizes black-white relations in the nation and at China Beach.

      b: 12 Apr 89 pc: 186515 w: Patricia Green d: Michael Rhodes
    24. _"The World (1)"
      gs: Penny Fuller [ Margaret Mary McMurphy ], Donald Moffat [ McMurphy ], John Laughlin [ Unknown ], Harold Russell [ Unknown ], Kevin Geer [ Unknown ], Jason Keene [ Unknown ], Kathy Bates [ Unknown ], Jodie Markell [ Unknown ], Megan Mullally [ Unknown ], Grand L. Bush [ Unknown ], Neil Gray Giuntoli [ Unknown ]

      Wayloo Marie prepares to return the world and a new job at BBC news. She's unexpectedly joined by McMurphy, who's returning to her unsettled family in Kansas following her father's heart attack.

      b: 26 Apr 89 pc: 186516 w: John Sacret Young d: John Wells
    25. _"The World (2)"
      gs: Penny Fuller [ Margaret Mary McMurphy ], Donald Moffat [ McMurphy ], John Laughlin [ Unknown ], Harold Russell [ Unknown ], Kevin Geer [ Unknown ], Jason Keene [ Unknown ], Kathy Bates [ Unknown ], Jodie Markell [ Unknown ], Megan Mullally [ Unknown ], Grand L. Bush [ Unknown ], Neil Gray Giuntoli [ Unknown ]

      McMurphy reassesses her life as she tries to decide whether or not to return to Vietnam following her father's death.

      b: 3 May 89 pc: 186517 w: John Sacret Young d: John Wells

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      3rd Season 1989

    26. _"The Unquiet Earth"
      gs: Liem Whatley [ Unknown ], Arsenio "Sonny" Trinidad [ Unknown ], Jim Jarrett [ Unknown ], Catherine Ai [ Unknown ], Vince Vaughn [ Jeff Hyers ]

      McMurphy and K.C. are kidnapped by the Viet Cong and taken underground into a warren of tunnels, where their captors expect McMurphy to operate on their wounded leader.

      b: 20 Sep 89 pc: 186803 w: Alan Brennert d: Michael Rhodes
    27. _"Skin Deep (a.k.a. Miss China Beach)"
      gs: Carlos Gomez [ Unknown ], Kimber Sissons [ Unknown ]

      McMurphy uses a little guilt and a little blackmail to get a reluctant K.C. to visit a wounded soldier whose face has been badly disfigured. Holly, the new doughnut dolly, challenges the nurses on behalf of the Red Cross Volunteers to compete in a Miss China Beach beauty pageant. Frankie is assigned to the motor pool and runs into Sarge Pepper, who's not very eager to have her there.

      b: 27 Sep 89 pc: 186801 w: Carol Flint d: Mimi Leder
    28. _"Dear China Beach"
      gs: Kieu Chinh [ Trieu Au ], Roger Hewlett [ Unknown ]

      Dodger is left with an Amerasian baby that is supposedly his son; McMurphy makes a poor patient when she comes down with dysentery; and Holly badgers everyone into answering the letters sent by seventh-graders from Colorado.

      b: 4 Oct 89 pc: 186802 w: John Wells d: Michael Rhodes
    29. _"Who's Happy Now?"
      gs: Tom Hodges [ Unknown ], R. Lee Ermey [ Unknown ]

      Dr. Richard worries over a craniotomy that has permanently altered a patient's mental capacity; Lila faces an inspection that will determine if she gets a key promotion; Sarge Pepper asks for some advice about courting Lila and K.C. finds herself in a very awkward position when a senior officer goes AWOL on her permanently.

      b: 11 Oct 89 pc: 186804 w: Lydia Woodward d: Fred Gerber
    30. _"Independence Day"
      gs: Elizabeth Sung [ Unknown ], Tom Sizemore [ Vinnie ]

      China Beach celebrates a soggy Independence Day with Boonie and Holly trying to keep everyone's spirits up, McMurphy dealing with a love struck private as she tries to sort out her feelings for Dr. Bernard, Lila and the Sarge discussing the future and Beckett and K.C. quarreling over registering the dead to vote.

      b: 25 Oct 89 pc: 186806 w: Susan Rhinehart d: Mimi Leder
    31. _"Ghosts"
      gs: Tom Sizemore [ Vinnie ]

      K.C. avoids dealing with unpleasant memories of her father stirred up by a trunk of his belongings; Dr. Richard faces his ex-wife's remarriage with a "black wedding"; Beckett ends his relationship with Mai; and McMurphy learns more about Dr. Bernard's life.

      b: 8 Nov 89 pc: 186807 w: Toni Graphia d: Michael Fresco
    32. _"With a Little Help From My Friends"
      gs: Jean Pierre Nguyen [ Unknown ], Mitch Pileggi [ Unknown ], T.E. Russell [ Unknown ]

      Holly is shaken when it appears that Hang is connected to the VC and has been using their friendship to gain information; Frankie is seriously injured by a booby trap; and McMurphy aids Dr. Bernard at a civilian clinic.

      b: 15 Nov 89 pc: 186808 w: Josef Anderson and Carol Flint d: Michael Toshiyuki Uno
    33. _"China Men"
      gs: Ned Vaughn [ Jeff Hyers ], Elsie Sniffen [ Unknown ], Thomas Haden Church [ Unknown ], Lyndie Denier [ Unknown ]

      Dodger and Hyers square off after a battlefield incident; McMurphy spends an uncomfortable evening with Dr. Bernard's sophisticated civilian friends; and Boonie gets a surprise from the sexy Asian singer all the men in camp are longing for.

      b: 22 Nov 89 pc: 186805 w: Josef Anderson d: David Burton Morris
    34. _"How to Stay Alive in Vietnam (1) (a.k.a. How to Survive in Vietnam (1))"
      gs: Lisa Banes [ Unknown ], Ned Vaughn [ Jeff Hyers ], Robert LaSardo [ Unknown ], Dr. Haing S. Ngor [ Unknown ], Dorian Harewood [ Otis ], Le Tuan [ Unknown ]

      Beckett and a civilian photographer temporarily join Dodger's patrol; McMurphy gets to know a wounded POW.

      b: 29 Nov 89 pc: 186809 w: Georgia Jeffries d: Fred Gerber

      NOTE: The story is interspersed with the characters speaking directly to the camera about their experiences surviving in Vietnam.
    35. _"How to Stay Alive in Vietnam (2) (a.k.a. How to Survive in Vietnam (2))"
      gs: Lisa Banes [ Unknown ], Ned Vaughn [ Jeff Hyers ], Robert LaSardo [ Unknown ], Dr. Haing S. Ngor [ Unknown ], Dorian Harewood [ Otis ], Le Tuan [ Unknown ]

      The wounded Cambodian POW befriended by McMurphy is taken away by the South Vietnamese for interrogation as the photographer Cat pursues the story of his defection and a new commander arrives to take over the base, leaving Lila and K.C. unsure of their positions.

      b: 6 Dec 89 pc: 186811 w: Georgia Jeffries d: Steven Dubin
    36. _"Magic"
      gs: Tom Sizemore [ Vinnie ], Dorian Harewood [ Otis ], Erik Fredricksen [ Unknown ], Chantara Nop [ Unknown ]

      McMurphy finds herself caught up in a triangle affair with Dr. Bernard and Vinnie; Holly tells Boonie how she feels about him; and Lila copes with the disappointment of losing command of China Beach to Otis.

      b: 3 Jan 90 pc: 186810 w: John Wells d: Mimi Leder
    37. _"Nightfall"
      gs: Dorian Harewood [ Otis ], Nobu McCarthy [ Unknown ], Lily Ai [ Unknown ], Catherine Ai [ Unknown ]

      K.C. feels responsible for the death of a Vietnamese prostitute she sent out and takes things into her own hands when Otis refuses to investigate the matter.

      b: 10 Jan 90 pc: 186812 w: Lydia Woodward d: Christopher Leitch
    38. _"Souvenirs"
      gs: Brian Fong [ Unknown ], Tony Monte [ Unknown ], Kieu Chinh [ Trieu Au ]

      Dodger reaches the limit of his endurance and decides to leave Vietnam and faces a mountain of paperwork as he tries to get permission to take his Amerasian son home with him.

      b: 17 Jan 90 pc: 186813 w: John Sacret Young d: John Sacret Young
    39. _"Holly's Choice"
      gs: Edward Blanchard [ Unknown ], Mary Tanner [ Unknown ], Lexie Bigham [ Unknown ], John K. Linton [ Unknown ]

      Holly has had an abortion and as her friends at China Beach try to deal with it, the circumstances that led up to it are gradually revealed.

      b: 30 Jan 90 pc: 186814 w: Carol Flint d: Christopher Leitch
    40. _"The Rumor of Peace"
      gs: Carlos Cervantes [ Unknown ], Robert LaSardo [ Unknown ], David Youse [ Unknown ]

      China Beach reacts to the rumors of peace floated by Beckett and Frankie during their pirate radio broadcast.

      b: 7 Feb 90 pc: 186815 w: Josef Anderson d: Neema Barnette
    41. _"Warriors"
      gs: Tom Sizemore [ Vinnie ], Robert LaSardo [ Unknown ], Don Cheadle [ Unknown ]

      McMurphy is in an emotional and ethical turmoil when she delivers Vinnie's buddy from death but he falls into a terminal coma; and Frankie finds herself in charge of a squad of grizzled grunts.

      b: 14 Feb 90 pc: 186816 w: Martin M. Goldstein & Neal Baer s: Dottie Dartland d: David Soul
    42. _"The Thanks of a Grateful Nation"
      gs: Tom Bower [ Unknown ], Bobby Hosea [ Unknown ], Helen Hunt [ Sissy ], Doug Savant [ Unknown ], Richard Herd [ Unknown ]

      Dodger tries to reintegrate his life as a civilian but finds himself drifting as he tries to make sense of his experiences in Vietnam.

      b: 28 Feb 90 pc: 186817 w: John Wells d: Mimi Leder
    43. _"Skylark"
      gs: Ruby Dee [ Unknown ], Joe Seneca [ Unknown ], Robert LaSardo [ Unknown ]

      A pair of ballroom dancers bring a note of grace and harmony to the uneasy relationship between McMurphy and Dr. Richard while completing a mysterious mission of their own.

      b: 14 Mar 90 pc: 186819 w: Lydia Woodward d: Fred Gerber
    44. _"Phoenix"
      gs: Kevin Kilner [ Unknown ], Tai Thai [ Unknown ], Le Tuan [ Unknown ]

      K.C. finds herself in the middle of a C.I.A. assassination plot, and dependent on McMurphy to vouch for her innocence.

      b: 21 Mar 90 pc: 186820 w: Toni Graphia d: Mimi Leder
    45. _"F.N.G."
      gs: Debra Stricklin [ Unknown ], Tim Griffen [ Unknown ], Wings Hauser [ Lt. Colonel Miller ], Scott Jaeck [ Unknown ], Kerry Noonan [ Unknown ]

      In November 1966, fairly new guys Colleen McMurphy and Dr. Richard find themselves learning the ropes when they arrive at China Beach.

      b: 16 Apr 90 pc: 186821 w: Carol Flint d: John Sacret Young
    46. _"The Gift"
      gs: Barbara Babcock [ Unknown ], Marcia Magus [ Unknown ], Gerrit Graham [ Unknown ]

      McMurphy finds herself under suspicion when a wounded G.I. she doesn't remember names her as his beneficiary. Lila has mixed feelings about an old friend who now outranks her and has arrived at China Beach to do a recruiting film about Army nurses.

      b: 23 Apr 90 pc: 186822 w: Josef Anderson d: Michael Katleman
    47. _"Strange Brew"
      gs: Gary Farmer [ Unknown ], Clancy Brown [ Unknown ], Mark Tassoni [ Unknown ], Robert Knepper [ Unknown ], Penelope Windust [ Unknown ], Arlen Taylor [ Unknown ], Susan Fassig [ Unknown ], Michael Griffen [ Unknown ], Eric Burdon [ Himself ], Katrina and the Waves [ Themselves ]

      With everyone else away for a distant USO show, K.C. and McMurphy indulge in an alcoholic binge that takes them to a dreamy landscape where a Native American guide tries to help them heal past and present wounds.

      b: 30 Apr 90 pc: 186818 w: Fred T. Yakovich d: Michael Fresco

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      4th Season 1990

    48. _"The Big Bang"
      gs: Scott Jaeck [ Dr. Singer ], Debra Stricklin [ Jan ], Wings Hauser [ Lt. Colonel Mac Miller ], Finn Carter [ Linda Matlock Lanier ], Colleen Flynn [ Dr. Colleen Flaherty Richard ], Christine Elise [ Karen Lanier ], Richard Green [ Doctor ], David Hollander [ Jake ], Oscar Jordan [ Grunt ], Sean Doherty [ Kid ], Shannon Farrara [ Gillian Lanier ]

      In 1985, a reunion between Boonie and Dr. Richard stirs up memories of their first meeting in Vietnam in 1966. It also brings up questions for Boonie's 18-year-old adopted daughter, Karen.

      b: 29 Sep 90 pc: 187041 w: John Wells s: John Sacret Young & John Wells & Lydia Woodward & Carol Flint d: John Sacret Young
    49. _"History Part II-She Sells More Than Sea Shells"
      gs: Christine Elise [ Karen Lanier ], Connie Marie Brazelton [ Angie ], Wings Hauser [ Lt. Colonel Mac Miller ], Finn Carter [ Linda Lanier ], Scott Jaeck [ Dr. Singer ]

      Still in 1985, Karen learns how her natural mother, KC, coped with her pregnancy by turning to Boonie for help.

      b: 6 Oct 90 pc: 187042 w: Carol Flint s: John Sacret Young & John Wells & Lydia Woodward & Carol Flint d: Mimi Leder
    50. _"You, Babe"
      gs: Vic Polizos [ General Duchesne ], Kerry Noonan [ Nellie ], Kieu Chinh [ Trieu Au ], Ellen Crawford [ Julie ], Richard Lineback [ Jim ]

      In Saigon in 1967, KC gives birth with McMurphy's help and gives the baby over to a foster mother.

      b: 13 Oct 90 pc: 187045 w: Susan Rhinehart and Cathryn Michon s: John Sacret Young & John Wells & Lydia Woodward & Carol Flint d: Mimi Leder
    51. _"Escape"
      gs: Kenny Ransom [ Lynwood "Deadman" Crawford ], Gilbert Lewis [ Reverend Beckett ], Scott Jaeck [ Dr. Singer ], Everett Lamar [ Dookie ], Raynor Scheine [ Cromwell ]

      While attending his father's funeral in 1985, Beckett reflects on his childhood and his tour of duty in Vietnam with the Graves Registration Unit.

      b: 27 Oct 90 pc: 187043 w: Paris Qualles s: John Sacret Young & John Wells & Lydia Woodward & Carol Flint d: Christopher Leitch
    52. _"Fever"
      gs: Penny Fuller [ Margaret Mary McMurphy ], Kerry Noonan [ Nellie ], Joanna Lipari [ Nurse Webb ], Drew Pillsbury [ Ralphie ], Christine Carman [ Mindy ]

      In 1970, McMurphy returns home to Lawrence, Kansas to make peace with her mother and try to settle down into civilian life, but finds both goals beyond her grasp.

      b: 3 Nov 90 pc: 187044 w: Lydia Woodward s: John Sacret Young & John Wells & Lydia Woodward & Carol Flint d: Diane Keaton
    53. _"Juice"
      gs: Colleen Flynn [ Dr. Colleen Flaherty ], Gavan O'Herlihy [ Noon Gantry ], Andrew Buckley [ Chaplain ], Joseph M. Hamilton [ Unknown ]

      In 1972, Dr. Richard and his nurse take a romantic trip to Florida, where they run across a hard-livng McMurphy working at an orange-juice factory.

      b: 10 Nov 90 pc: 187046 w: John Sacret Young s: John Sacret Young & John Wells & Lydia Woodward & Carol Flint d: John Sacret Young
    54. _"One Giant Leap"
      gs: Morgan Weisser [ Everett Jr. ], Kathy Molter [ Unknown ], Vanessa Bell Calloway [ Sweet Hula ], Charles Holman [ Soldier ], April Grace, Gloria Reuben, Wynonna Smith [ The Palm Fronds ]

      In 1969, China Beach watches from afar as the first men land on the moon. McMurphy simmers jealously as Dr. Richard falls for a new nurse. Beckett entertains a group of USO singers in his G.R.U. hut. A disturbed Boonie meets with a tragic accident.

      b: 17 Nov 90 pc: 187047 w: Josef Anderson s: John Sacret Young & John Wells & Lydia Woodward & Carol Flint d: Michael Katleman
    55. _"One Small Step"
      gs: Finn Carter [ Linda Matlock ], Michael Bowen [ Stepakoff ], Alan Boyce [ Kinnelt ], Sarah G. Buxton [ Dottie ], William Gallo [ Ricco ], Bernard White [ Goldman ], Rosalind Cash [ Greene ], Alan Haufrect [ Dr. Harbert ]

      Suddenly back home and missing one leg, Boonie begins a slow and painful re-entry into civilian life with the comfort of a loving nurse.

      b: 1 Dec 90 pc: 187048 w: John Wells d: Steve Dubin
    56. _"The Call"
      gs: Viveca Lindfors [ Ilsa ], Brian Markinson [ Del ], Scott Lawrence [ Eddie ], Basil Wallace [ Rashid ], M.K. Harris [ Darrin ], Michael Aron [ Gunner ], Tico Wells [ Bobby Seale ], Kristine Blackburn [ Meg ], Steve Franken [ Judge Hoffman ], John Apicella [ William Kunstler ]

      Frankie returns to Chicago in 1969 to try her hand at being a standup comic but runs into the tragically funny trial of the infamous Chicago Seven. Back in Vietnam, McMurphy tries to help Dodger convince some Montagnard tribes people to evacuate their homes.

      b: 8 Dec 90 pc: 187049 w: Paris Qualles & Cathryn Michon d: Robert Ginty
    57. _"I Could Have Danced All Night ... But Didn't"
      gs: Adam Arkin [ Joe Arneberg ]

      McMurphy meets a sympathetic drummer at a 1983 wedding and recalls the 1969 wedding of Lila and Sarge Pepper, as well as the end of her relationship with Dr. Richard.

      b: 4 Jun 91 pc: 187050 w: Cathryn Michon s: Carol Flint d: Michael Fresco
    58. _"100 Klicks Out"
      gs: Shay Astar [ Karen ], Kieu Chinh [ Trieu Au ], Jesse Borego [ Hector ], Randolph Mantooth [ Joaquin ], Page Leong [ Cam Noi ], Patrick John Hurley [ O'Bannion ]

      The imminent fall of Saigon reunites KC with her daughter as she struggles to get the little girl out of Vietnam and safely to America and a waiting Boonie. In the 1980s, a cynical McMurphy tries to prevent further child abuse in New Mexico.

      b: 11 Jun 91 pc: 187051 w: Susan Rhinehart d: Mimi Leder
    59. _"The Always Goodbye"
      gs: Kieu Chinh [ Trieu Au ], Pat Skipper [ Turner ], Cynthia Gouw [ Loretta ], Richmond Hoxie [ Arnie Beachem ], David Newsom [ PFC Leslie Maltbie ], Kelsey and Kirsten Dohring [ Karen Lanier ]

      The arrival in Bangkok in 1969 of a hard-drinking McMurphy and a young private disrupts KC's carefully developed new life and brings back unwanted memories.

      b: 18 Jun 91 pc: 187052 w: Lydia Woodward d: Gary Sinise
    60. _"Quest"
      gs: Shay Astar [ Karen ], Robert Knepper [ Squeaky Carver ], Richard Jaeckel [ Dad Winslow ], Joseph Gordon-Levitt [ Archie Winslow ]

      In 1976, McMurphy helps KC re-enter the country and find her daughter before heading out to Montana to visit Dodger, who's coping with a disabled father and raising his son Archie alone.

      b: 25 Jun 91 pc: 187054 w: John Sacret Young & Angela Ventresca s: John Sacret Young d: John Sacret Young
    61. _"Rewind"
      gs: Christine Elise [ Karen Lanier ], Wings Hauser [ Lt. Colonel Mac Miller ], Amy Steel [ Maria ], Shannon Farrara [ Gillian ], Coleby Lombardo [ Lanier Jr. ]

      In 1985, Karen begins a videotape project interviewing China Beach veterans about their experiences in Vietnam and their memories of her natural mother.

      b: 9 Jul 91 pc: 187053 w: Carol Flint & John Wells d: Mimi Leder
    62. _"Through and Through"
      gs: Adam Arkin [ Joe Arneberg ], Ned Vaughn [ Jeff Hyers ], Vondie Curtis-Hall [ Bill ], Ford Rainey [ Owen ], Lorinne Vozoff [ Norma ]

      In 1985, an increasingly angry Colleen torments herself and her husband until she discovers she's suffering from post-traumatic stress syndrome and seeks help to deal with the memories of her final weeks in Vietnam.

      b: 16 Jul 91 pc: 187055 w: Carol Flint d: Mimi Leder
    63. _"Hello Goodbye (1)"
      gs: Adam Arkin [ Joe Arneberg ], Finn Carter [ Linda Lanier ], Colleen Flynn [ Dr. Colleen Richard ], Christine Elise [ Karen Lanier ], Kathy Molter [ Unknown ], Megan Gallagher [ Wayloo Marie ], Troy Evans [ Sarge Pepper ], John Slattery [ Dr. Bob ], Neal McDonough [ Lurch ], Joseph Whipp [ Top ], Troy Searcy [ Malcolm Beckett ], Tyrone Tan [ Archie Winslow ], Jensen Daggett [ Jennifer Arneberg ]

      McMurphy agrees to attend a China Beach reunion planned by Boonie and recalls her last day in Vietnam, and travels to Washington DC with the others to visit the Vietnam Memorial. Karen comes to terms with the ghost of her absent mother, KC.

      b: 22 Jul 91 pc: 187056 w: John Wells s: John Sacret Young & John Wells & Lydia Woodward & Carol Flint d: John Sacret Young
    64. _"Hello Goodbye (2)"
      gs: Adam Arkin [ Joe Arneberg ], Finn Carter [ Linda Lanier ], Colleen Flynn [ Dr. Colleen Richard ], Christine Elise [ Karen Lanier ], Kathy Molter [ Unknown ], Megan Gallagher [ Wayloo Marie ], Troy Evans [ Sarge Pepper ], John Slattery [ Dr. Bob ], Neal McDonough [ Lurch ], Joseph Whipp [ Top ], Troy Searcy [ Malcolm Beckett ], Tyrone Tan [ Archie Winslow ], Jensen Daggett [ Jennifer Arneberg ]

      McMurphy agrees to attend a China Beach reunion planned by Boonie and recalls her last day in Vietnam, and travels to Washington DC with the others to visit the Vietnam Memorial. Karen comes to terms with the ghost of her absent mother, KC.

      b: 22 Jul 91 pc: 187056 w: John Wells s: John Sacret Young & John Wells & Lydia Woodward & Carol Flint d: John Sacret Young

      NOTE: The song played during this final episode is "I Can Let Go Now" by Michael McDonald.

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    Editor's Note (3/98): I am saddened to report that Donna died unexpectedly last month. I will try to answer any questions regarding this series, but since I've only seen a couple of episodes I probably will not have an answer for you.

    The theme for the series was "Reflections", a hit from 1968 by Diana Ross and the Supremes.


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