China Beach (1989): S03E08 – China Men


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

Dodger and Hyers clash after a battlefield incident where Hyers refuses to cover Dodger on his dash to reach an injured soldier. When Dodger’s unit returns to combat, he leaves Hyers on the helipad. Boonie is smitten by the singer of a band who visits the Jet Set for a casino night – much to Holly’s disappointment, as she struggles to hide her feelings for him. Boonie brings the singer back to his quarters, but severely injures his abdomen and groin during a late-night bombing. McMurphy is invited to dinner by Dr. Bernard, but she is frustrated by his high-society guests exclusively speaking French and disappointed when Bernard asks his colleague to put his son to bed, not McMurphy. She leaves to find Vinnie waiting outside for her and accepts his ride back to base. When he asks what she wishes for, she tells him fudge brownies with nuts, a bubble bath, and satin sheets to sleep on; they share a kiss as he departs. Hyers recounts a story to McMurphy from his teens about his friend running away in fear when he was beaten by a man outside a roller rink. Hyers tries to apologise to Dodger and Dodger warns him to stay out of combat. Later, while drinking with McMurphy, Hyers admits he was the one who ran away and needs to stand up to Dodger now. He tries to buy Dodger a drink and challenges him to a fight, ending with Dodger beating him easily. When the bus carrying the band hits a landmine, Boonie and the hospital staff discover the singer is trans. Boonie is embarrassed and does not know how to react, but he accepts her apology for concealing it from him. During a night bombing, Hyers reveals to McMurphy his reticence for combat: while hunting with his father as a child, he witnessed a man die from a gunshot wound. McMurphy is approached by an MP who claims she needs to speak with a colonel. There, she is surprised by Vinnie, who has followed through on her wish for brownies and a hot bath. Dodger returns from the bush with a slew of wounded soldiers. In need of a medic, he assists Hyers boarding the helicopter to head back into the field.

China Beach Series

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

Production & Filming Details

  • Release Date: 22 November 1989.
  • Running Time: 46-47 minutes.
  • Rating: Unknown.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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