Season 5 Episode 5

The Nurses

Aired Unknown Oct 19, 1976 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • With the exception of Mary Jo Catlett, none of the actresses who played nurses in this episode (Linda Kelsey, Carol Locatell, Patricia Sturgis) ever appeared again on M*A*S*H, either as nurses or any other character (exception being "Our Finest Hour", when the clip of Margaret expressing her feelings from this episode was re-played). Catlett also appears in "The More I See You" (season 4 ep 22).

  • Quotes

    • (Margaret enters the nurses' tent)
      Margaret: I hope that's not what I think it is.
      Walsh: No, Major, it's fudge.
      Margaret: Cooking in the tents is against regulations.
      Preston: Yes, Major. Have some?
      (Margaret walks over to the nurses and tastes the fudge)
      Margaret: Oh, that's really bad.
      (everyone laughs)
      Baker: How about a lousy cup of coffee?
      Margaret: I'd love it.

    • (Baker models a new nightgown)
      Baker: Mary Jo got it in Tokyo. (looking down the top) And I think it's a little big through here.
      Walsh: Look, I loaned you my nightgown. I can't loan you everything.
      Baker: You don't think it's too much, do you? I mean, I don't want to look overanxious.
      Preston: Oh, he might like that.

    • Baker: Hot Lips in our tent? That'll be like sneaking past a watchdog.
      Walsh: We'll cloroform her kibble.
      Preston: We'll rock her to sleep.
      Walsh: With a real rock.

    • (Klinger stops Baker in the compound)
      Baker: Uh, listen. Don't, uh, ask any questions, and, um...my lavender peasant blouse is yours.
      Klinger: With the matching scarf?
      Baker: Mm-hmm.
      Klinger: Pass.

    • (talking about Margaret)
      Frank: When I see her crawling across the compound on her hands and knees, you know what that'll mean?
      Hawkeye: She ate in the mess tent?

    • Walsh: C'mon, Major, you've ruled, regulated, and reported us to death.
      Margaret: You're in the Army, and the Army means discipline!
      Gaynor: We know that. But once, just once, could you show a little compassion?
      Margaret: And once, just once, couldn't you be honest with me? Last night was just another joke, another lie to Major Houlihan!
      Baker: How can we be honest with you? You're like a cat waiting for the mice to make a mistake so you can pounce!
      Walsh: Let's face it, Major, you don't trust us.
      Margaret: And do you trust me? You act like I'm the enemy!
      Baker: All right. If I had asked your permission last night, what would you have done?
      Margaret: I would have said no.
      Baker: See?
      Margaret: Not because it's against regulations, but because of the rotten way you've treated me!
      Baker: The way we've treated you? What are you talking about?
      Margaret: Did you ever show me any kind of friendship? Ask my help with a personal problem? Include me in one of your little bull sessions? Can you imagine what it feels like to... (starts sobbing) to walk by this tent, and hear you laughing, and-and know I-I'm not welcome? Did you ever once ever offer me a lousy cup of coffee?
      Baker: We didn't think you'd accept.
      Margaret: (straightening up) Well, you were wrong! (marches out of the tent)

  • Notes

    • The confrontation scene between Margaret and the nurses would be seen again in flashback in the episode "Our Finest Hour".

    • Joan Darling received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series.

    • Linda Kelsey would later go on to play reporter Billie Newman in the Mary Tyler Moore Show spin-off Lou Grant.

    • It was with this episode that we begin to see the softening of Margaret's character. She starts to show her more vulnerable side as well. This can also be seen as another by product of her breakup with Frank.

    • Gregory Harrison would later play Dr. George Alonzo 'Gonzo' Gates on Trapper John M.D., which was about Trapper John in a San Francisco hospital 20 years after being discharged from the Army.

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