China Beach

Season 1 Episode 1

China Beach (1)

Aired Unknown Apr 26, 1988 on ABC
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Episode Summary

China Beach (1)
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.moreless

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  • Great Opening Episode

    The series-opening episode was actually a two-hour movie (subsequently broken up into two one-hour episodes for reruns that brilliantly sets the tone for the series. Mixing the brutality of war with glimpses of humor, the show sets itself up to follow the lives of military and non-military personnel located at the hospital/entertainment facility at China Beach Vietnam. Dana Delaney immediately grabs your attention as nurse Colleen McMurphy and she would go on to create one of the most complex and interesting female characters in TV history. Ms. Delaney would go on to win two Emmys for her amazing work.moreless
James Cromwell

James Cromwell

Ambassador Weymouth

Guest Star

Christopher Allport

Christopher Allport

Mr. Endicott

Guest Star

Gail O'Grady

Gail O'Grady

Georgia Lee

Guest Star

Jeff Kober

Jeff Kober

Dodger Winslow

Recurring Role

Bobby Hosea

Bobby Hosea

Sweetness Elroy

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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  • QUOTES (10)

    • 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!

    • Dr. Richard: What are you doing here?
      McMurphy: I love my work.
      Dr. Richard: You ok?
      McMurphy: Never been better.
      Dr. Richard: You couldn't stay away from me, admit it.
      McMurphy (startled): Don't you think that once you could pinch the left one?

    • McMurphy: 7 days left, 72 hours, 38 minutes. Just a rough approximation.
      Soldier: Man, you're so short I can't see you anymore. Take the rest of the year off!

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