Nessen, looking very unenthusiastic about having to listen to Frank Burns in "Post Op" (Season 5).
|Rank:||Corporal (E-4) U.S. Army|
|Job/Role in Unit:||Patient at the 4077th MASH|
|Height:||unable to estimate|
|Weight:||unable to estimate|
|First appeared in:||"Post Op" (Season 5)|
|Last appeared in:||N/A, guest appearance|
|Appeared on/or in:||M*A*S*H (TV series)|
|Played by:||Alan McRae, in guest appearance|
The wounded Corporal Nessen arrives on the ambulance bus, he is wounded and delirious and puts up a struggle when Hawkeye tries to examine him during triage and needs to be calmed down by his medic, Corporal Moody who has accompanied him on the bus to the MASH.
Later, while recovering in post-op, while the other patients are telling their stories to the MASH staff, Nessen unfortunately gets Frank Burns, and he is forced to listen to Frank Burns' stories instead. Frank tells him how his wife has changed--he only gets cookies a couple of times a month now. So he thinks she has been fooling around. He hired a private investigator to follow her but came up with nothing. So he began to suspect the P.I. was also her lover and hired another P.I. to follow him. Ignoring Nessen's complaint that he is very tired, Burns tells another story about how he was the first to spot an unidentified rash which he was going to call ""Burn's Blight". He was all set to "make the lecture circuit" and pick up a fat research grant ... and then the patient recovered.
Frank invites Nessen to tell his story. "We have orders to be compassionate," he tells Nessen. Nessen doesn't want to say much, only that he doesn't want to fight anymore: he has seen enough death and wants to go home. Frank Burns isn't very compassionate and tells him to tell that to the chaplain. "There's no law that says I have to sit here and listen to you bleeding hearts," Frank quips.