China Beach was a popular show that aired from April 26, 1988 to July 22, 1991. The show was about a group of nurses just trying to do their jobs in Vietnam. The theme for the series was "Reflections", a hit from 1968 by Diana Ross and the Supremes.
McMurphy now has three medals – one that was given to her by Dewey as he left the hospital to go home and the two that the VC Nurse (who had been awarded by mistake) left her as she was leaving-escaping the hospital.
In the opening of the "Hot Spell" episode everyone at China Beach is trying to beat the heat. McMurphy steps over a fence and stands in a lawn sprinkler. It is very clear that she is wearing shorts and combat boots, yet as she bends to get closer to the water source she is clearly barefoot.
According to Boonie "Chao Ong" is a greeting that means hello and goodbye.
At the end of the episode Dr. Richard recites to McMurphy the famous Shakespeare's Saint Crispin's speech from Henry V given at the Battle of Agincourt: "We few, we happy few, we band of brothers; For he to-day that sheds his blood with me shall be my brother."
When Beckett is first speaking to Sgt. Morgan, Beckett calls himself by the rank of "Private", but is wearing the rank of "Specialist 5", a higher grade than Private.
When Sgt. Morgan is introducing himself to Beckett, he specifies his rank as "Staff Sergeant" but is wearing the rank of "Sergeant", which is a lower rank.
This is the first ever episode in which the romance between Major Lila Garreau and Sgt. Pepper gets it's confirmation.
The events in this episode with McMurphy arriving in Vietnam precede any other. If the series were shown in chronological (rather than production) order, this would be first.