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Pvt. Nick Gillis
Private Nick Gillis
Cyril O'Reilly as Pvt. Nick Gillis in the Season 7 episode "A Holy Mess".
M*A*S*H character
Vital information
Rank: Private (E-2). U.S. Army
Job/Role in Unit: AWOL solider who, after talking with Hawkeye, B.J. and consulting Father Mulcahy, seeks Sanctuary in the the 4077th Mess Tent after a Sunday church service
Hair Color: Black
Eye Color: Blue
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 165 lbs.
Family/Personal Information
Born: Not Mentioned
Birthplace: ????
Nationality/Race: American/Caucasian
Spouse(s): ????
Relatives/Children: ????
Appearances
First appeared in: "A Holy Mess" (Season 10)
Last appeared in: N/A, one-time appearance
Appeared on/or in: M*A*S*H
Played by: Cyril O'Reilly in Guest appearance
Private Nick Gillis was a character who appeared in the Season 10 episode of the CBS-TV series M*A*S*H titled "A Holy Mess". The part of Pvt. Gillis was played by actor Cyril O'Reilly.

About Pvt. GillisEdit

When Gillis wanders into the Mess Tent and sits down next to Hawkeye and B.J., he seems nervous and sullen, so they ask him if he wants to talk. He's reticent at first, but when they invite him back to the Swamp for drinks he accepts. Gillis opens up to Hawkeye and B.J. He admits that he's AWOL, and then tells them why: he just found out from a friend that his wife has had a baby--even though he's been in Korea over a year.

When Gillis, upon the surgeons' suggestion talks to Father Mulcahy after the camp Sunday services, Gillis' commander, Lieutenant Spears (David Graf) steps in and demands that Gillis come with him. Gillis refuses, and, grasping, claims he has a right to Sanctuary, since he is, in effect, inside a church.

Father Mulcahy agrees with Gillis' point of view, and grants him Sanctuary. Col. Potter is dubious, but goes along with Mulcahy until he can get further instructions from command.

He and Lt. Spears calls the Judge Advocate General. In the meantime, Mulcahy and Gillis get to know each other. He tries to show sympathy for Gillis, but warns him that, after thirty days, AWOL becomes Desertion.

Eventually, the JAG rules against Mulcahy. But Mulcahy still won't relent, saying he will only follow the advice of Command Chaplain at I-Corps. Lt. Spears can't believe what he's hearing, and insults Mulcahy, which Potter angrily slaps down. Word from the Command Chaplain arrives, and Potter agrees with the Army--the Mess Tent is not a church, therefore no Sanctuary. But Mulcahy still disagrees.

When Spears, fed up with Gillis's stance, sends in some MPs to get him, Gillis panics, and grabs his rifle, preparing to fire. Mulcahy gutsily grabs it, knocking the barrel into the air. The gun goes off, causing everyone to hit the dirt, and Gillis ends up pointing it at Mulcahy.

Mulcahy, aghast, stares Gillis down, eventually getting him to give up the gun, only after urgently saying "A faith of convenience is a shallow faith". He does, and collapses into tears in Mulcahy's arms.

Later, we learn that Gillis is being treated by Dr. Sidney Freedman, and he's "being treated like a casualty, not a criminal."

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