Judy Farrell as Nurse Able in "Goodbye, Farewell and Amen" in Season 11, the final episode of the M*A*S*H TV series.
|Rank||2nd Lieutenant (O-2), U.S. Army|
|Job/Role in unit:||Nurse at the MASH 4077th Surgical Hospital|
|Birthplace:||Oklahoma, as entioned in the "Goodbye, Farewell, and Amen" episode|
|First appeared in:||"As You Were" (Season 3)|
|Last appeared in:||'"Goodbye, Farewell, and Amen" (Season 11)|
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|Played by:|| Gwen Farrell (3 episodes) |
Judy Farrell (8 episodes)
Kellye Nakahara (2 episodes)
Sherry Steffens (1 episode)
Patricia Stevens (1 episode)
Lois Foraker (2 episodes)
Phyllis Katz (1 episode)
Bobbie Mitchell (2 episodes)
Lynette Mettey (1 episode)
Nurse Able was a minor recurring character who from Seasons 1-11 was played in a total of 21 M*A*S*H TV series episodes by various actress, in six of seven of the character's final appearances, in Seasons 6-11, the role was played by Judy Farrell. Nurse Able made her first appearance in the episode "As You Were", where she was played by Bobbie Mitchell.
About Nurse AbleEdit
The actress who had the most appearances as Nurse Able was Judy Farrell, the former wife of M*A*S*H co-star Mike Farrell; Judy first appeared in the role in “Out of Sight, Out of Mind”, where Nurse Able begs Hawkeye to come fix the furnace in the nurses’ quarters. Later, she lead a blind Hawkeye out of post-op after he nearly came to blows with Frank. She took him to the nurses’ quarters. Along with several of her fellow nurses, she had prepared for a trip to Tokyo in “Movie Tonight” but after seeing the fun that the rest of the camp was having, decided to stay.
She helped give Margaret a bridal shower in “Margaret’s Marriage” and in “Images” she helped convince Hawkeye and B.J. to talk to Margaret about giving Nurse Cooper a break. In “Ain’t Love Grand”, she tried to talk Hawkeye into going back to the Swamp during his fued with B.J. to no avail. She was one of the (many) nurses to enjoy Hawkeye’s vintage wine in “Taking the Fifth” after he tried to use it to get a date. And during the farewell dinner in “Goodbye, Farewell, and Amen,” she announced that she was going to be “the best darn nurse Oklahoma’s ever seen.”