China Beach (1989): S02E08 – Cherry


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

China Beach reacts to Cherry’s shocking death. Wayloo Marie is troubled by nightmares and her footage of soldiers defending the base during the Tet Offensive is rejected by the TV station. Asked to report on heroism during Tet at a firebase, she is unable to muster the nerve to board the helicopter out. In the wake of the attack, Lila informs the women of China Beach they need to complete firearms training, which Wayloo Marie throws herself into. K.C., still battling heroin withdrawal, reveals to Lila that Cherry’s parents have requested that she escort their daughter’s body back to Iowa. Warned by Lila not to mar Cherry’s memory and urged by McMurphy to seek help for her addiction, she instead seeks out Cherry’s brother Rick, informing him of Cherry’s death. Rick offers her a month’s supply of heroin for her passport, which would allow him to re-enter the US and escape an inevitable court-martial. Beckett delivers food to Mai’s village and helps repair her home as their relationship deepens. Dodger is scheduled to be sent to Japan to continue his recuperation; he worries he’ll be discharged and sent back to the US, while McMurphy tries to hide his file, concerned he’ll be sent back to Vietnam and die in combat. Dodger tells her he wants to fight because of Cherry, while McMurphy unsuccessfully pleads for him not to return. K.C. and McMurphy handle Cherry’s personal effects, and K.C. is touched to find letters where Cherry called her a sister. She decides to escort the body back to Iowa after all and refuses Rick’s deal, urging him to turn himself in and face the consequences to honour Cherry.

China Beach Series

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

Production & Filming Details

  • Release Date: 01 February 1989.
  • Running Time: 46-47 minutes.
  • Rating: Unknown.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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