China Beach

ABC (ended 1991)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 4 : Ep 17

    Hello Goodbye (2)

    Aired 7/22/91

  • S 4 : Ep 16

    Hello Goodbye (1)

    Aired 7/22/91

  • S 4 : Ep 15

    Through and Through

    Aired 7/16/91

  • S 4 : Ep 14


    Aired 7/9/91

  • S 4 : Ep 13


    Aired 6/25/91

  • Cast & Crew
  • Dana Delany

    Colleen McMurphy

  • Marg Helgenberger

    K.C. Kolowski

  • Concetta Tomei

    Lila Garreau

  • Robert Picardo

    Dick Richard

  • Brian Wimmer

    Boonie Lanier

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  • show Description
  • 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.

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (71)

    • Becket: Now I'm turning white just when black is beautiful.

    • Dodger: I used to talk. Cherry: When was that? Dodger: When I was a kid. Cherry: Well, how old are you now? Dodger: 19. Cherry: You couldn't be… Dodger: What's your name? Cherry: Cherry. Dodger: What's your real name? Cherry: That's it. Dodger: Cherry? Cherry: Yeah Dodger: Cherry… how old are you Cherry? Cherry: 19. Dodger: How'd you get to be such a kid?

    • Boonie: Sweetness! You smell bad! Sweetness: I don't smell bad. I stink!

    • Laurette: Whoa, competition number one.
      McMurphy: I'm just one of the guys.
      Laurette: Right, hair like silk, body like Monroe and a heart probably as big as all America. Check. Double check.
      McMurphy: I'm just one of the guys.

    • Cherry: Are you with the Red Cross too? K.C.: Graduated.

    • Lila: … most of all girls: Welcome! And have a wonderful, wonderful, wonderful war!

    • McMurphy: Don't you ever quit? I am not getting involved with a pilot! Again… Natch: Forget involvement. Forget him. McMurphy: I'm trying! Natch: I'll help! McMurphy: But will you still love me tomorrow? Natch: Who says there is a tomorrow?

    • Georgia-Lee: This is a great opportunity for us. Laurette: To get discovered Georgia-Lee: To serve our country. Laurette: To meet some hunks… Georgia-Lee: Did you come willingly or did you get kicked out of the country? Laurette: I would have gone to jail to get out of the Holiday Inn at Peyolee P.A. George Washington didn't become a star there. George Washington froze there at Valley Forge… and nobody thawed out since. Come to think of it, prison is not a bad idea. Where else can you get such a large captive audience? Except Vietnam!

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    Notes (74)

    • The episode won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Costuming for a Series.

    • Robert Picardo and guest star James Cromwell would later be reunited in the film Star Trek: First Contact.

    • The episode won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Costuming for a Series.

    • Both of the major guest stars in this episode returned later on in recurring roles. Ned Vaughn who plays Dewey in this episode returns as Jeff Hyers, and Elizabeth Lindsay who plays the VC Nurse in this episode returns as Becket's girlfriend Mai in the second season.

    • Tim Ryan is credited but doesn't appear.

    • Robert Picardo is credited but doesn't appear.

    • Tim Ryan is credited but doesn't appear.

    • Chloe Webb and Tim Ryan make their final appearance.

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    Trivia (10)

    • 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.

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    Allusions (2)

    • This episode's title refers to the song Somewhere Over the Rainbow from The Wizard of Oz (1939).

    • Episode title derives from a Joe Cocker song "With a little help of my friends" which is a song that McMurphy and Laurette sing for children wounded by land mines when Laurette leaves the series in episode "Chao Ong" which means "Goodbye" in Vietnamese. Similar as in "Chao Ong", this episode has Hang and Holly perform the song "Blowin' in the Wind" by Bob Dylan as Hang is about to be taken away by Vietnamese MP's hence leaving the series.

  • Fan Reviews (11)
  • Great series

    By bms29bms, Mar 17, 2013

  • What I know!!

    By aphroditekiss, Apr 09, 2008

  • China Beach was one of the few shows about the Vietnam War experience that ever got it right!

    By koberfan, Feb 17, 2007

  • I loved this show for the most part, but toward the end it seemed to change and I watched it less.

    By U4ric, Jul 23, 2006

  • What an aewsome show

    By chrisbd1, Nov 18, 2005

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