China Beach (1988): S01E06 – Chao Ong


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.


McMurphy admits her feelings for Natch and the two finally get together. However, she gets blamed for a body that disappears on her shift. She is suspended until the soldier reappears, explaining he had been temporarily paralyzed after eating an exotic fish. Laurette gets a chance for a bigger USO tour when Nancy Sinatra (guest starring as herself) and Johnny Grant Johnny Grant (guest starring as himself) come to China Beach. Ignored by Georgia Lee, now a backup singer for Sinatra, and unable to meet with Grant, Laurette plans to build a ladies-only club while McMurphy schemes to give Laurette’s tapes to Grant. Offered a spot on the USO tour, Laurette hesitates to leave Boonie and McMurphy, but she moves on from China Beach after finishing the club for Cherry, K.C., and Lila.

China Beach Series

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

Production & Filming Details

  • Release Date: 08 June 1988.
  • Running Time: 46-47 minutes.
  • Rating: Unknown.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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