China Beach (1988): S01E02 – Hot Spell


China Beach is an American dramatic television series set at an evacuation hospital during the Vietnam War.

The title refers to My Khe beach in the city of Đà Nẵng, Vietnam, nicknamed “China Beach” in English by American and Australian soldiers during the Vietnam War. The ABC TV drama aired for four seasons, from 1988 to 1991.


A heatwave ripples through China Beach. K.C. agrees to help Cherry look for her brother as she prepares to purchase a priceless vase on the black market. Laurette prepares for a performance singing World War II-era music for a visiting general on Lila’s request. McMurphy shows Cherry the body of an AWOL soldier who was bound and executed in a Da Nang alley, but Cherry is relieved that is not her brother. A mortar attack forces Cherry, K.C., Laurette, Lila, and McMurphy into a bunker, where they share stories of their past and grow closer. Cherry disrupts K.C.’s buy for the vase, which turns out to be a fake.

China Beach Series

You can find a full index and overview of China Beach here.

Production & Filming Details

  • Release Date: 04 May 1988.
  • Running Time: 46-47 minutes.
  • Rating: Unknown.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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