M*A*S*H

Season 5 Episode 5

The Nurses

7
Aired Unknown Oct 19, 1976 on CBS
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8.3
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  • One of the best episodes of pivotal season five, The Nurses shows the continued evolution of the character of Margaret Houlihan.

    10
    Season Five of M*A*S*H could be subtitled 'The Evolution of Margaret Houlihan.' Like most of the other main characters, Margaret went from the contradiction of the passionate-but-by-the-book Hot Lips to a more rounded person. The change began in season four as she reassessed her relationship with Frank, but became more pronounced in this season with breaking up with Frank, and her engagement and marriage to Donald Penobscot. In this episode, she lets her guard down and tells her nurses how she feels about their treatment of her.

    After a contentious OR session and an argument in their tent, Nurse Baker(Lou Grant's Linda Kelsey) gets put on restriction just as her soldier husband(Trapper John, M.D.'s Gregory Harrison) arrives to have the honeymoon they never had. Hawkeye and BJ hear of this and make him a quarantined soldier and put him in Margaret's tent so they can have a night of passion. This forces Margaret to bunk with the other nurses, and they help Baker to sneak out and even lend her a nightgown. However, Margaret finds out and the other nurses rally behind her in one of the most memorable scenes of the whole series. Margaret tells them that she would not have let Baker go, but not because it's against regulations; but because that they never included her in their circle. She has the most memorable line: 'Did you ever once ever offer me a lousy cup of coffee?!' However, when Col. Potter asks about what happened, she covers for the others and you can see her become more open.
  • nurse bakers husband pays a visit to the camp

    9.9
    this is a very good episode of mash where we see nurse baker is sent to her tent. at which time her husband arrivals at the camp to see her. he can only stay for 24 hours. while there margarent gets into a fight with the nurses. hawkeye and bj plan to get baker and her husband together. they meet up at margarents tent. she is spending the night in the nurse tent. when margarent catches baker returning to the tent in the early morning she throws the book at her. the nurses want to know what will happen to her. they find out that hotlips is upset that she is never invited to have a cup of coffee or spend time with the nurse. here we start to see a different side to her. a softer side. this is one good episode.
  • "The Nurses" is a particularly fine episode. Written by Linda Bloodworth, it shows the development of Margaret Hoolihan from the jerk that she has been to a realistic person, who once in a while is willing to bend the rules.

    10
    "The Nurses" was a particularly first-rate episode. Written by Linda Bloodworth, it shows the development of Margaret Hoolihan from the creep that she has been to a realistic person, who once in a while is willing to bend the rules. Over the first four seasons Margaret shows kindness only to children and patients, but rarely to the nurses or the doctors. This episode marks a turning point in her development. The character, Margaret, displays vulnerability and Loretta Swit demonstrates wonderful acting when she chokes up in her speech with the nurses toward the end of the episode. It is wonderful for once to see emphasis placed on the women of the 4077. This unexpected episode was a delight to see.
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