|Nurse Ginger Bayliss|
Odessa Cleveland as Lt. Ginger Bayliss in M*A*S*H episode "Dear Dad...Three" in Season 2
|Job/Role in Unit:||Nurse at the 4077th M*A*S*H|
|First appeared in:||"Pilot" (Season 1)|
|Last appeared in:||'"Margaret's Marriage" (Season 5)|
|Appeared on/or in:||M*A*S*H|
|Played by:||Odessa Cleveland|
Lieutenant Ginger Bayliss was an African-American Army nurse who was a recurring character on the television series M*A*S*H, on which she appeared for 20 episodes from 1972 to 1974; and then 2 episodes in 1977. She was played by actress Odessa Cleveland.
Memorable scene in Season two (1973)Edit
In one memorable episode, called "Dear Dad...Three (TV series episode)" (#2.9) Ginger was faced with the arduous task of dealing with a racist patient (Sergeant Condon played by Mills Watson later of NBC-TV's Sheriff Lobo series) for whom she was used to supply a pint of blood. Trapper John (Wayne Rogers), partly as a gag, and to teach Condon a lesson on race, with Hawkeye (Alan Alda) paint the soldier's face with brown paint to have him think that the blood he had made him change colors, Ginger, while treating him, sees his face painted to look black and says "They got you down as white...Good work, baby!" Sgt. Condon says, "what the hell are you talking about!? Get outta here!!, Ginger answers back, Soldier, I am a Lieutenant in the U.S. Army!!! You may be trying to pass (as black), but watch your mouth!!!