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    • Hello Goodbye (2)
      Hello Goodbye (2)
      Season 4 - Episode 17
      7/22/91
      9.8
      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.
    • I Could Have Danced All Night ... But Didn't
      6/4/91
      9.8
      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.
    • Hello Goodbye (1)
      Hello Goodbye (1)
      Season 4 - Episode 16
      7/22/91
      9.8
      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.
    • Cherry
      Cherry
      Season 2 - Episode 8
      2/1/89
      9.8
      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.moreless
    • Vets
      Vets
      Season 2 - Episode 12
      3/15/89
      9.8
      The accounts of life in Vietnam by real vets are intercut with scenes from old episodes showing how closely the show has mirrored reality.
    • Juice
      Juice
      Season 4 - Episode 6
      11/10/90
      9.7
      In 1972, Dr. Richard takes a female colleague on a romantic trip to Florida, where they run across a hard-living McMurphy working at an orange-juice factory.
    • Skin Deep
      Skin Deep
      Season 3 - Episode 2
      9/27/89
      9.7
      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.moreless
    • Independence Day
      Independence Day
      Season 3 - Episode 5
      10/25/89
      9.7
      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.moreless
    • The World (2)
      The World (2)
      Season 2 - Episode 17
      5/3/89
      9.7
      McMurphy reassesses her life as she tries to decide whether or not to return to Vietnam following her father's death.
    • Tet '68
      Tet '68
      Season 2 - Episode 7
      1/25/89
      9.7
      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.moreless
    • The World (1)
      The World (1)
      Season 2 - Episode 16
      4/26/89
      9.6
      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.
    • China Beach (2)
      China Beach (2)
      Season 1 - Episode 2
      4/26/88
      9.6
      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.moreless
    • The Thanks of a Grateful Nation
      The Thanks of a Grateful Nation
      Season 3 - Episode 17
      2/28/90
      9.6
      Dodger tries to reintegrate his life as a civilian but finds himself drifting as he tries to make sense of his experiences in Vietnam.
    • Limbo
      Limbo
      Season 2 - Episode 3
      12/14/88
      9.6
      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.
    • X-Mas Chn. Bch. VN, '67
      X-Mas Chn. Bch. VN, '67
      Season 2 - Episode 4
      12/21/88
      9.6
      Christmas '67 brings a steady supply of casualties and a crazed Santa to China Beach.
    • Lost and Found (2)
      Lost and Found (2)
      Season 2 - Episode 2
      12/7/88
      9.6
      Wayloo Marie becomes a casualty as she shoots her assignment. Frankie Bunsen arrives for temporary duty. McMurphy finds a badly injured Dodger.
    • How to Stay Alive in Vietnam (2)
      How to Stay Alive in Vietnam (2)
      Season 3 - Episode 10
      12/6/89
      9.6
      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.
    • Psywars
      Psywars
      Season 2 - Episode 10
      3/1/89
      9.6
      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.
    • All About E.E.V.
      All About E.E.V.
      Season 2 - Episode 6
      1/11/89
      9.6
      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.
    • Where the Boys Are
      Where the Boys Are
      Season 2 - Episode 11
      3/8/89
      9.6
      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.
    • Rewind
      Rewind
      Season 4 - Episode 14
      7/9/91
      9.6
      In 1985, Karen begins a videotape project interviewing China Beach veterans about their experiences in Vietnam and their memories of her natural mother.
    • Waiting For Beckett
      Waiting For Beckett
      Season 1 - Episode 6
      5/18/88
      9.6
      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.
    • Women in White
      Women in White
      Season 2 - Episode 5
      1/4/89
      9.5
      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 jockeymoreless
    • Hot Spell
      Hot Spell
      Season 1 - Episode 4
      5/4/88
      9.5
      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.
    • Who's Happy Now?
      Who's Happy Now?
      Season 3 - Episode 4
      10/11/89
      9.5
      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.moreless
    • China Beach (1)
      China Beach (1)
      Season 1 - Episode 1
      4/26/88
      9.5
      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
    • Phoenix
      Phoenix
      Season 3 - Episode 19
      3/21/90
      9.5
      K.C. finds herself in the middle of a C.I.A. assassination plot, and dependent on McMurphy to vouch for her innocence.
    • Fever
      Fever
      Season 4 - Episode 5
      11/3/90
      9.5
      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.
    • The Gift
      The Gift
      Season 3 - Episode 21
      4/23/90
      9.5
      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.
    • One Giant Leap
      One Giant Leap
      Season 4 - Episode 7
      11/17/90
      9.5
      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.
    • Crossing the Great Water
      Crossing the Great Water
      Season 2 - Episode 9
      2/8/89
      9.5
      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.
    • After Burner
      After Burner
      Season 2 - Episode 14
      4/5/89
      9.4
      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.
    • Lost and Found (1)
      Lost and Found (1)
      Season 2 - Episode 1
      11/30/88
      9.4
      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.moreless
    • Through and Through
      Through and Through
      Season 4 - Episode 15
      7/16/91
      9.4
      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.
    • The Unquiet Earth
      The Unquiet Earth
      Season 3 - Episode 1
      9/20/89
      9.4
      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.
    • With a Little Help From My Friends
      11/15/89
      9.4
      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.
    • Ghosts
      Ghosts
      Season 3 - Episode 6
      11/8/89
      9.4
      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.
    • Holly's Choice
      Holly's Choice
      Season 3 - Episode 14
      1/30/90
      9.4
      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.
    • China Men
      China Men
      Season 3 - Episode 8
      11/22/89
      9.4
      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.
    • How to Stay Alive in Vietnam (1)
      How to Stay Alive in Vietnam (1)
      Season 3 - Episode 9
      11/29/89
      9.4
      Beckett and a civilian photographer temporarily join Dodger's patrol; McMurphy gets to know a wounded POW.
    • Dear China Beach
      Dear China Beach
      Season 3 - Episode 3
      10/4/89
      9.4
      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.
    • Twilight
      Twilight
      Season 2 - Episode 13
      3/22/89
      9.4
      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.
    • Escape
      Escape
      Season 4 - Episode 4
      10/27/90
      9.4
      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.
    • One Small Step
      One Small Step
      Season 4 - Episode 8
      12/1/90
      9.3
      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.
    • Souvenirs
      Souvenirs
      Season 3 - Episode 13
      1/17/90
      9.3
      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.
    • You, Babe
      You, Babe
      Season 4 - Episode 3
      10/13/90
      9.3
      In Saigon in 1967, KC gives birth with McMurphy's help and gives the baby over to a foster mother.
    • F.N.G.
      F.N.G.
      Season 3 - Episode 20
      4/16/90
      9.3
      In November 1966, fairly new guys Colleen McMurphy and Dr. Richard find themselves learning the ropes when they arrive at China Beach.
    • The Big Bang
      The Big Bang
      Season 4 - Episode 1
      9/29/90
      9.3
      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.
    • Quest
      Quest
      Season 4 - Episode 13
      6/25/91
      9.2
      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.
    • Somewhere Over the Radio
      Somewhere Over the Radio
      Season 1 - Episode 5
      5/11/88
      9.2
      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.moreless
    • 100 Klicks Out
      100 Klicks Out
      Season 4 - Episode 11
      6/11/91
      9.2
      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 1975, a cynical McMurphy tries to prevent further child abuse in New Mexico.
    • Chao Ong
      Chao Ong
      Season 1 - Episode 8
      6/8/88
      9.2
      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.
    • History Part II-She Sells More Than Sea Shells
      10/6/90
      9.2
      Still in 1985, Karen learns how her natural mother, KC, coped with her pregnancy by turning to Boonie for help.
    • Magic
      Magic
      Season 3 - Episode 11
      1/3/90
      9.2
      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.
    • Promised Land
      Promised Land
      Season 2 - Episode 15
      4/12/89
      9.2
      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.
    • Home
      Home
      Season 1 - Episode 3
      4/27/88
      9.2
      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.
    • The Always Goodbye
      The Always Goodbye
      Season 4 - Episode 12
      6/18/91
      9.2
      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.
    • Brothers
      Brothers
      Season 1 - Episode 7
      6/1/88
      9.1
      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.moreless
    • The Call
      The Call
      Season 4 - Episode 9
      12/8/90
      9.0
      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.
    • A Rumor of Peace
      A Rumor of Peace
      Season 3 - Episode 15
      2/7/90
      9.0
      China Beach reacts to the rumors of peace floated by Beckett and Frankie during their pirate radio broadcast.
    • Nightfall
      Nightfall
      Season 3 - Episode 12
      1/10/90
      9.0
      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.
    • Skylark
      Skylark
      Season 3 - Episode 18
      3/14/90
      8.9
      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.
    • Warriors
      Warriors
      Season 3 - Episode 16
      2/14/90
      8.8
      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.
    • Strange Brew
      Strange Brew
      Season 3 - Episode 22
      4/30/90
      8.5
      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.
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