The BEST Episodes of China Beach

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 18, 2020

Network: ABC (US)

The trials of a weary nurse, her friends and colleagues in a Vietnam War field hospital.

The Always Goodbye

#1 - The Always Goodbye

Season 4 - Episode 12 - Aired Jun 18, 1991

The arrival in Bangkok in 1969 of a hard-drinking McMurphy and a young private disrupts KC's carefully developed new life and brings back unwanted memories.

star 8.83
6 votes
Directors: Gary Sinise
Writers: Lydia Woodward
I Could Have Danced All Night ... But Didn't

#2 - I Could Have Danced All Night ... But Didn't

Season 4 - Episode 10 - Aired Jun 4, 1991

McMurphy meets a sympathetic drummer at a 1983 wedding and recalls the 1969 wedding of Lila and Sarge Pepper, as well as the end of her relationship with Dr. Richard.

star 8.60
5 votes
Writers: Cathryn Michon
Fever

#3 - Fever

Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired Nov 3, 1990

In 1970, McMurphy returns home to Lawrence, Kansas to make peace with her mother and try to settle down into civilian life, but finds both goals beyond her grasp.

star 8.57
7 votes
Writers: Lydia Woodward
Hello, Goodbye (2)

#4 - Hello, Goodbye (2)

Season 4 - Episode 17 - Aired Jul 22, 1991

McMurphy agrees to attend a China Beach reunion planned by Boonie and recalls her last day in Vietnam, and travels to Washington DC with the others to visit the Vietnam Memorial. Karen comes to terms with the ghost of her absent mother, KC.

star 8.57
7 votes
Writers: John Wells
Juice

#5 - Juice

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 10, 1990

In 1972, Dr. Richard and his nurse take a romantic trip to Florida, where they run across a hard-livng McMurphy working at an orange-juice factory.

star 8.50
6 votes
Writers: John Sacret Young
Where the Boys Are

#6 - Where the Boys Are

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Mar 8, 1989

As McMurphy's enforced R&R continues with the help of an 18-year-old medic, Boonie tries to recreate a combination spring beach frolic and senior prom. KC warns Boonie that Wayloo Marie has learned part of his story. A chopper pilot shows Frankie that joys of flying.

star 8.40
10 votes
Directors: Michael Rhodes
Writers: Alan Brennert
Vets

#7 - Vets

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Mar 15, 1989

The accounts of life in Vietnam by real vets are intercut with scenes from old episodes showing how closely the show has mirrored reality.

star 8.40
5 votes
How to Stay Alive in Vietnam (1)

#8 - How to Stay Alive in Vietnam (1)

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 29, 1989

Beckett and a civilian photographer temporarily join Dodger's patrol; McMurphy gets to know a wounded POW.

star 8.40
5 votes
Directors: Fred Gerber
Writers: Georgia Jeffries
Skin Deep

#9 - Skin Deep

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 27, 1989

McMurphy uses a little guilt and a little blackmail to get a reluctant K.C. to visit a wounded soldier whose face has been badly disfigured. Holly, the new doughnut dolly, challenges the nurses on behalf of the Red Cross Volunteers to compete in a Miss China Beach beauty pageant. Frankie is assigned to the motor pool and runs into Sarge Pepper, who's not very eager to have her there.

star 8.33
6 votes
Directors: Mimi Leder
Writers: Carol Flint
Dear China Beach

#10 - Dear China Beach

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 4, 1989

Dodger is left with an Amerasian baby that is supposedly his son; McMurphy makes a poor patient when she comes down with dysentery; and Holly badgers everyone into answering the letters sent by seventh-graders from Colorado.

star 8.33
6 votes
Directors: Michael Rhodes
Writers: John Wells
Hello, Goodbye (1)

#11 - Hello, Goodbye (1)

Season 4 - Episode 16 - Aired Jul 22, 1991

McMurphy agrees to attend a China Beach reunion planned by Boonie and recalls her last day in Vietnam, and travels to Washington DC with the others to visit the Vietnam Memorial. Karen comes to terms with the ghost of her absent mother, KC.

star 8.33
6 votes
Writers: John Wells
F.N.G.

#12 - F.N.G.

Season 3 - Episode 20 - Aired Apr 16, 1990

In November 1966, fairly new guys Colleen McMurphy and Dr. Richard find themselves learning the ropes when they arrive at China Beach.

star 8.29
7 votes
Writers: Carol Flint
Twilight

#13 - Twilight

Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired Mar 22, 1989

Wayloo Marie's digging results in a medal ceremony for Boonie and an unwelcome investigation into his lost jungle patrol. McMurphy sees Dodger again as he prepares to go back into action. Frankie befriends a captured deserter.

star 8.22
9 votes
Directors: Michael Fresco
Writers: Lydia Woodward
Limbo

#14 - Limbo

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Dec 14, 1988

McMurphy continues her vigil by Dodger's bedside as he stays in a coma. KC agrees to get Boonie some black market penicillin for a native hospital in exchange for his help in building her a beauty salon on base.

star 8.21
14 votes
Directors: Dan Lerner
Writers: Carol Flint
Warriors

#15 - Warriors

Season 3 - Episode 16 - Aired Feb 14, 1990

McMurphy is in an emotional and ethical turmoil when she delivers Vinnie's buddy from death but he falls into a terminal coma; and Frankie finds herself in charge of a squad of grizzled grunts.

star 8.20
5 votes
Writers: Martin M. Goldstein, Neal Baer
A Rumor of Peace

#16 - A Rumor of Peace

Season 3 - Episode 15 - Aired Feb 7, 1990

China Beach reacts to the rumors of peace floated by Beckett and Frankie during their pirate radio broadcast.

star 8.17
6 votes
Directors: Neema Barnette
Writers: Josef Anderson
The Call

#17 - The Call

Season 4 - Episode 9 - Aired Dec 8, 1990

Frankie returns to Chicago in 1969 to try her hand at being a standup comic but runs into the tragically funny trial of the infamous Chicago Seven. Back in Vietnam, McMurphy tries to help Dodger convince some Montagnard tribes people to evacuate their homes.

star 8.17
6 votes
Directors: Robert Ginty
Writers: Cathryn Michon, Paris Qualles
You, Babe

#18 - You, Babe

Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 13, 1990

In Saigon in 1967, KC gives birth with McMurphy's help and gives the baby over to a foster mother.

star 8.14
7 votes
Writers: Cathryn Michon, Susan Rhinehart
With a Little Help From My Friends

#19 - With a Little Help From My Friends

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 15, 1989

Holly is shaken when it appears that Hang is connected to the VC and has been using their friendship to gain information; Frankie is seriously injured by a booby trap; and McMurphy aids Dr. Bernard at a civilian clinic.

star 8.13
8 votes
Writers: Carol Flint, Josef Anderson
Tet '68

#20 - Tet '68

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Jan 25, 1989

Wayloo Marie tries to keep reporting, McMurphy and KC are trapped in an officer's restroom, Beckett is held prisoner by Mai's brother and Dr. Richard and the wounded Dodger prepare to defend the hospital during the fierce fighting of the 1968 Tet offensive. Cherry comforts another Red Cross volunteer at a firebase.

star 8.08
12 votes
Writers: John Wells, Susan Rhinehart
Souvenirs

#21 - Souvenirs

Season 3 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 17, 1990

Dodger reaches the limit of his endurance and decides to leave Vietnam and faces a mountain of paperwork as he tries to get permission to take his Amerasian son home with him.

star 8.00
5 votes
Writers: John Sacret Young
History: Part II: She Sells More than Sea Shells

#22 - History: Part II: She Sells More than Sea Shells

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 6, 1990

Still in 1985, Karen learns how her natural mother, KC, coped with her pregnancy by turning to Boonie for help.

star 8.00
6 votes
Writers: Carol Flint
One Giant Leap

#23 - One Giant Leap

Season 4 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 17, 1990

In 1969, China Beach watches from afar as the first men land on the moon. McMurphy simmers jealously as Dr. Richard falls for a new nurse. Beckett entertains a group of USO singers in his G.R.U. hut. A disturbed Boonie meets with a tragic accident.

star 8.00
6 votes
Writers: Josef Anderson
100 Klicks Out

#24 - 100 Klicks Out

Season 4 - Episode 11 - Aired Jun 11, 1991

The imminent fall of Saigon reunites KC with her daughter as she struggles to get the little girl out of Vietnam and safely to America and a waiting Boonie. In the 1980s, a cynical McMurphy tries to prevent further child abuse in New Mexico.

star 8.00
4 votes
Directors: Mimi Leder
Writers: Susan Rhinehart
Cherry

#25 - Cherry

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Feb 1, 1989

Wayloo Marie becomes intimidated by the war as its reality sinks in following Cherry's death. McMurphy tries to fight the bureaucracy to keep Dodger from going to Japan for more medical help. KC fights her heroin habit as she tries to locate Cherry's brother and prepares to accompany her body home to Iowa for burial.

star 7.91
11 votes
Directors: Mimi Leder
Writers: Susan Rhinehart