China Beach (1989): S02E14 – Afterburner


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

McMurphy is stunned when Natch reappears six months after his shootdown with another POW, having survived and escaped a jungle prison camp. Natch tells her he wants to divorce his wife and continue his tour to be with McMurphy, but is shocked to discover that his wife is pregnant. He initially keeps the information from McMurphy, only for his talkative POW friend to inadvertently reveal it to her. Lila cares for an injured soldier’s pet leopard cub and bonds with the animal before it is shipped to the US After requesting an assistant for the Jet Set, Boonie is instead assigned a new boss, a sergeant in the employ of a mysterious black market businessman named Turner. The sergeant adds slot machines to the bar and tries to broker a deal with K.C. to run the profits through her salon. When Turner visits China Beach, Boonie informs him the sergeant is skimming profits, causing the sergeant to be transferred and Boonie to smash the slots. Turner visits K.C., who was once employed as a prostitute by his organization, and offers her a business role in Bangkok that she declines. Before Natch leaves, McMurphy tells him they can no longer speak and need to move on. Later, she and K.C. burn memories of Natch and Turner on the beach.

China Beach Series

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

Production & Filming Details

  • Release Date: 05 April 1989.
  • Running Time: 46-47 minutes.
  • Rating: Unknown.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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