|Lieutenant Barbara Bannerman|
Lt. Bannerman in "Ceasefire" (season 1 Episode #23).
|Job/Role in Unit:||Nurse at the 4077th M*A*S*H|
|First appeared in:||"I Hate a Mystery" (Season 1)|
|Last appeared in:||"Ceasefire" (Season 1)|
|Appeared on/or in:||M*A*S*H|
|Played by:||Bonnie Jones|
Lieutenant Barbara Bannerman was a nurse who made at least 4 appearances in season 1 episodes of the M*A*S*H TV series. The part of Lieutenant Bannerman was played by actress Bonnie Jones, at that time the wife of Producer Gene Reynolds. It is possible that she could have a few more uncredited appearances which have not been identified.
About Lieutenant BannermanEdit
Lieutenant Barbara Bannerman first appears in "I Hate a Mystery". Hawkeye has been ostracised by the camp after a whole lot of stolen items had been found in his locker. He wanders around the camp trying to find company and chats Bannerman up. He tries to appeal to her by saying, "You're one of the few people who can see things clearly without emotion or prejudice." She replies sharply, "I think you did it." Later, Hawkeye summons various MASH personnel to the mess tent to hear him unmask the real thief. We hear on the P.A. Hawkeye using her first name "Barbara", probably for the first and only time in the series.
In "Dear Dad", Barbara is seen in the mess tent wearing a Radar-style woolen cap. She reschedules her date with Hawkeye from 8 o'clock to 9 o'clock. This causes Hawkeye to reschedule his next date (with Lieutenant Becky) from 10 o'clock to 11 o'clock. Later, Barbara is seen in the her quarters with three other nurses, ginger Bayliss, Becky and an unnamed nurse played by Sheila Lauritsen.
In "Sticky Wicket", Barbara comes to remind Hawkeye that they have a date but Hawkeye is not interested, saying, "I got a case I just can't get out of my mind." She says, "I'm not interested in your mind at all." Hawkeye sends her away with Trapper and they decide to go and "miss a few movies together". She leaves telling Hawkeye that she would bring him some coffee later. This appearance is, strangely, not listed in the closing credits despite the number of lines and amount of on-screen time the character has.
In "Ceasefire" Barbara is seen at Klinger's cease-fire sale. She buys a red dress, one of Klinger's favorites, for $5 and Klinger throws in a free pair of high heels. Later, she is the third of three nurses that Hawkeye dumps with the line that he is married. He asks, "You don't mind?" She tells him: "Just check your sleeping bag for a land mine, lover!"