China Beach (1988): S02E04 – X-Mas Chn. Bch. VN, ’67


Introduction

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.

Outline

Dr. Richard hopes to attend a hotly anticipated USO show featuring Bob Hope as Christmas preparations are underway, but he and McMurphy spend 24 hours in triage as a holiday cease-fire fails to materialise. Through a Christmas drawing from his son, he also learns that his wife has begun to see another man. The doctors and nurses treat soldiers, orphaned children, a baby chimpanzee, and an armed Santa Claus during the night; a short staff presses Lila into service as a triage nurse. Frankie joins Beckett on temporary duty in Graves Registration. Cherry comforts a soldier whose squadmate dies while waiting for care. Beckett assists Mai, the Jet Set barmaid, with the proper burial of her cousin, a major in the ARVN. Boonie surprises everyone with snow. McMurphy and Richard share a moment in his tent, nearly kissing before the pair are interrupted by the base Christmas party.

China Beach Series

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

Production & Filming Details

  • Release Date: 21 December 1988.
  • Running Time: 46-47 minutes.
  • Rating: Unknown.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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