China Beach (1988–1991)

The World: Part 2 

After her father's funeral, McMurphy finds the decision to go back to China Beach very hard and instead goes to San Francisco to visit a colleague from Army nursing school, named Jan Wyatt,... See full summary »


John Sacret Young


William Broyles Jr. (creator), John Sacret Young (creator) | 1 more credit »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dana Delany ... Colleen McMurphy
Michael Boatman ... Pvt. Samuel Beckett
Nancy Giles Nancy Giles ... Pvt. Frankie Bunsen (credit only)
Marg Helgenberger ... K.C. Kolowski
Jeff Kober ... Sgt. Evan 'Dodger' Winslow (credit only)
Robert Picardo ... Dr. Dick Richard
Concetta Tomei ... Maj. Lila Garreau (credit only)
Brian Wimmer ... Cpl. Boonie Lanier
Megan Gallagher ... Wayloo Marie Holmes (credit only)
Kathy Bates ... Jan
Penny Fuller ... Mom McMurphy
John Laughlin ... Brendan McMurphy
Jodie Markell ... Pam Klinger
Megan Mullally ... Cindy
Kevin Geer ... Brian McMurphy Jr.


After her father's funeral, McMurphy finds the decision to go back to China Beach very hard and instead goes to San Francisco to visit a colleague from Army nursing school, named Jan Wyatt, who works with disabled vets in an army hospital, who takes McMurphy out for a night on the town with her two hippie roommates and a group of wheelchair bound vets. Written by Anonymous

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Drama | History | War





Release Date:

3 May 1989 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


One of the characters asks the vets "Kill any babies?" As early as 1966 U.S. Troops were being called "Babykillers" by some opposed to the war. On December 26, 1969 the "And babies" iconic anti-Vietnam War poster was released. The poster uses the now infamous color photograph of the My Lai Massacre taken by U.S. combat photographer Ronald L. Haeberle in March 1968. It shows about a dozen dead and partly naked South Vietnamese women and children in contorted positions stacked together on a dirt road. The picture is overlaid in semi-transparent blood-red lettering that asks along the top "Q: And babies?", and at the bottom answers "A: And babies." The quote is from a Mike Wallace CBS News television interview with one of the soldiers, Paul Meadlo, who participated in the massacre. This poster would haunt many vets after the war, insulting their service and equating all of them with the dishonorable actions of a few. Not until the era of Vietnam movies and China Beach did America begin to seriously attempt to embrace the Vets and repair the rift between the men who served there and the Country that sent them there and abandoned them after they got home. See more »


Paul: You believe in the war?
Nurse Colleen McMurphy: I believe in the guys.
Paul: What's it like?
Nurse Colleen McMurphy: It's hot.
Paul: No really
Nurse Colleen McMurphy: It's hot and sticky.
Mike: What do you care? You're gonna be carving ice blocks out of the frozen tundra for your igloo.
Mac: Pledging your allegiance to the Queen. Saluting the Maple leaf.
Paul: Hey look I believe in my country, I'm not a coward.
Nurse Colleen McMurphy: Hot, sticky, the kids, the smells, the sweet rain, laughter, blood under your fingernails that won't come out. I've held a boy as his life bled out. I turn out the lights at night and ...
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A Whiter Shade of Pale
Written by Gary Brooker, Keith Reid, and Matthew Fisher
Performed by Procol Harum
Played during Colleen's dance with Mac in the park
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