The nursing staff feels the too-strict pressure from Margaret when she refuses to allow Lt. Baker (Linda Kelsey, last at right) to have visitation with her husband in the episode "The Nurses".
| Season 5, Episode # 6 |
Number (#103) in series (256 episodes)
|Guest star(s)||Linda Kelsey |
Mary Jo Catlett
|Original airdate||October 19, 1976|
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The Nurses was the 103rd episode of the CBS-TV series M*A*S*H, and, also the sixth episode of the fifth season of the series. Written by Linda Bloodworth and directed by Joan Darling, it first aired on October 19, 1976.
The nurses go behind Margaret's back so that a fellow nurse confined to her tent can spend the night with her soldier husband who is paying her a surprise visit.
Full episode summaryEdit
With temperatures rising outside and inside, an argument breaks out between the nurses and Hot Lips. It gets so ugly that it spills over into violence, with Hot Lips confining Nurse Baker (Linda Kelsey) to quarters for the duration.
Unfortunately, right after that, Baker's new husband, a G.I. named Tony, arrives in camp to visit his new wife--they haven't even had the chance to have a honeymoon yet.
Hawkeye and B.J. have them meet in the Swamp, and they take it upon themselves to give the two a night together, Hot Lips be damned. They contrive a story about Tony having the plague, and needing to be quarantined for 24 hours--in Hot Lips' tent.
Col. Potter is suspicious, but Hawkeye and B.J. bluff their way through it successfully enough for Potter to agree to the quarantining...for now. Hot Lips is mad, and gets madder still when Potter tells Hot Lips she can spend the night in the Nurses' Tent.
Unfortunately, the next part of their plan was to have Frank try and romance Hot Lips in the Swamp, giving Baker the chance to sneak out. But when Frank refuses--out of some sense of misplaced pride--Hawkeye and B.J. realize they've "crapped out."
Hot Lips bunks down with the nurses, but Baker tries to slip out anyway. She manages to get out and spend the night with her husband, as planned. But just as she crawls back into her own bed, Hot Lips is there, awake, waiting for her.
The next morning, this leads to a confrontation, and Baker reveals what she was doing, and how the whole thing was a sham. Hot Lips is enraged, but breaks down when she reveals that part of the reason she's so hard on them is because she's always felt ostracized by them--they never invited her to talk, or even offered her "a lousy cup of coffee."
The nurses are stunned into silence. Hot Lips storms out, headed to the O.R. to take care of incoming wounded.
Col. Potter demands to know what happened to the solider who supposedly had typhoid, and when Hawkeye and B.J. give a hastily-thought out, clearly B.S. answer, he calls their bluff.
He tells Hot Lips that they've been the victim of some trickery, and if she wants to press charges, he'd understand. Hot Lips takes a long look at her nurses, and refuses, saying its a matter between her and them. Potter accepts this, and they all go to work.
Later, the nurses are back in their tent, winding down. Hot Lips comes in with the next day's assignments, but instead of it being another confrontation, they offer her a "lousy cup of coffee", which Hot Lips gently accepts.
- None of the actresses who played nurses in this episode ever appeared again in the series (with the exception of clips in "Our Finest Hour". None of the actresses who would play recurring roles as nurses throughout the series (Jan Jorden, Kellye Nakahara, Gwen Farrell, Judy Farrell, JoAnn Thompson, or Enid Kent) were in this episode.
- It was never explained why they had to use Margaret's tent for the quarantined patient, and not the VIP tent, as in other episodes.