China Beach

The WORST episodes of China Beach

Every episode of China Beach ever, ranked from worst to best by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The worst episodes of China Beach!

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

Last Updated: 9/4/2022Network: ABC (US)
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Somewhere Over the Radio
star
7.04
23 votes

#1 - Somewhere Over the Radio

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 5/11/1988

Lila, Cherry and Laurette find themselves pinned down with a combat squad whose leader is not dealing with reality. Back at China Beach, KC and a frightened Boonie prepare to mount a rescue mission. Dr. Richard is injured just before he's scheduled to leave for R&R in Hawaii with Beth Ann.

Directors: Rod Holcomb
The Unquiet Earth
star
7.13
8 votes

#2 - The Unquiet Earth

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired 9/20/1989

McMurphy and K.C. are kidnapped by the Viet Cong and taken underground into a warren of tunnels, where their captors expect McMurphy to operate on their wounded leader.

Directors: Michael Rhodes
Women in White
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7.23
13 votes

#3 - Women in White

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired 1/4/1989

McMurphy fights jealousy, envy and fear when a confident woman doctor comes in from the States and takes over Dr. Richard and Dodger's case. Wayloo Marie tries to win a position as a armed forces tv reporter with a report on the war from a woman's point of view. Frankie debuts as a disk jockey

Directors: Sharron Miller
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Magic
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7.25
4 votes

#4 - Magic

Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired 1/3/1990

McMurphy finds herself caught up in a triangle affair with Dr. Bernard and Vinnie; Holly tells Boonie how she feels about him; and Lila copes with the disappointment of losing command of China Beach to Otis.

Directors: Mimi Leder
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Hot Spell
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7.30
30 votes

#5 - Hot Spell

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired 5/4/1988

KC agrees to ask about Cherry's brother as she sets up a deal to buy an antique vase. Laurette prepares to perform for visiting brass. Lila, KC, Laurette, McMurphy and Cherry share confidences as they wait out a mortar attack together.

Directors: Beth Hillshafer
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Crossing the Great Water
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7.42
12 votes

#6 - Crossing the Great Water

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired 2/8/1989

Dr. Richard throws himself into helping a Vietnamese orphanage when his wife Beth Ann serves him with divorce papers. McMurphy tries to reconcile Dodger and herself to his uncertain future after his stay in Japan.

Directors: Mimi Leder
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Lost and Found, Part I
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7.43
21 votes

#7 - Lost and Found, Part I

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired 11/30/1988

Lila takes over command of China Beach and orders KC off the base. McMurphy finally lets herself admit how much she cares for Natch when she receives some disturbing news about him. Wayloo Marie Holmes, former Saigon weather girl, arrives at China Beach to handle her first journalism assignment, extolling the recreational facilities at the base.

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All About E.E.V.
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7.50
12 votes

#8 - All About E.E.V.

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired 1/11/1989

A dashing lieutenant colonel parachutes into China Beach for some R&R and disrupts the lives of Lila, KC and Wayloo Marie. Dr. Richard and McMurphy play a game of sexual brinksmanship. Frankie falls for a GI who thinks he's Chuck Berry.

Directors: Peter Medak
Quest
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7.50
4 votes

#9 - Quest

Season 4 - Episode 13 - Aired 6/25/1991

In 1976, McMurphy helps KC re-enter the country and find her daughter before heading out to Montana to visit Dodger, who's coping with a disabled father and raising his son Archie alone.

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Lost and Found, Part II
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7.54
13 votes

#10 - Lost and Found, Part II

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired 12/7/1988

Wayloo Marie becomes a casualty as she shoots her assignment. Frankie Bunsen arrives for temporary duty. McMurphy finds a badly injured Dodger.

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Psywars
star
7.54
13 votes

#11 - Psywars

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired 3/1/1989

An Army psychiatrist visits the Five and Dime and touches off McMurphy's inability to deal with Natch's death. Wayloo Marie learns something about Boonie's past service in Vietnam.

Directors: Fred Gerber
Promised Land
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7.56
9 votes

#12 - Promised Land

Season 2 - Episode 15 - Aired 4/12/1989

Beckett faces going home when his tour ends in April 1968, as the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr polarizes black-white relations in the nation and at China Beach.

Directors: Michael Rhodes
Who's Happy Now?
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7.57
7 votes

#13 - Who's Happy Now?

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired 10/11/1989

Dr. Richard worries over a craniotomy that has permanently altered a patient's mental capacity; Lila faces an inspection that will determine if she gets a key promotion; Sarge Pepper asks for some advice about courting Lila and K.C. finds herself in a very awkward position when a senior officer goes AWOL on her permanently.

Directors: Fred Gerber
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The Big Bang
star
7.57
7 votes

#14 - The Big Bang

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired 9/29/1990

In 1985, a reunion between Boonie and Dr. Richard stirs up memories of their first meeting in Vietnam in 1966. It also brings up questions for Boonie's 18-year-old adopted daughter, Karen.

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Holly's Choice
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7.60
5 votes

#15 - Holly's Choice

Season 3 - Episode 14 - Aired 1/30/1990

Holly has had an abortion and as her friends at China Beach try to deal with it, the circumstances that led up to it are gradually revealed.

Brothers
star
7.61
18 votes

#16 - Brothers

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired 6/1/1988

Laurette faces an important audition with laryngitis. Beckett battles the pressure of racial prejudice and financial coercion when he discovers someone has been using the body bags in his GRU. Dr. Richard returns from R&R in Hawaii disillusioned by the perceived changes in his wife. Dodger finally finds Rick, Cherry's long-lost brother.

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Home
star
7.61
31 votes

#17 - Home

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 4/27/1988

Laurette auditions local entertainers to fill in the act and McMurphy struggles to overcome her feelings when a Viet Cong woman who was responsible for blowing up a friend is brought into the hospital for treatment.

Directors: Rod Holcomb
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The World, Part II
star
7.63
8 votes

#18 - The World, Part II

Season 2 - Episode 17 - Aired 5/3/1989

McMurphy reassesses her life as she tries to decide whether or not to return to Vietnam following her father's death.

Directors: John Wells
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China Beach (1)
star
7.63
65 votes

#19 - China Beach (1)

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 4/26/1988

It's November 1967 and nurse Colleen McMurphy faces the last week of her tour of duty in Vietnam, dealing as usual with the dying boys, primitive conditions, and the sexual pressure from pilot Natch Austin. USO singers Georgia Lee and Laurette Barber arrive to entertain the troops in the base's new R&R center. Brand new Red Cross volunteer Cherry White also arrives, determined to find her brother, a marine no one can locate.

Directors: Rod Holcomb
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Skylark
star
7.67
6 votes

#20 - Skylark

Season 3 - Episode 18 - Aired 3/14/1990

A pair of ballroom dancers bring a note of grace and harmony to the uneasy relationship between McMurphy and Dr. Richard while completing a mysterious mission of their own.

Directors: Fred Gerber
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Strange Brew
star
7.67
6 votes

#21 - Strange Brew

Season 3 - Episode 22 - Aired 4/30/1990

With everyone else away for a distant USO show, K.C. and McMurphy indulge in an alcoholic binge that takes them to a dreamy landscape where a Native American guide tries to help them heal past and present wounds.

Directors: Michael Fresco
Escape
star
7.67
6 votes

#22 - Escape

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired 10/27/1990

While attending his father's funeral in 1985, Beckett reflects on his childhood and his tour of duty in Vietnam with the Graves Registration Unit.

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Through and Through
star
7.67
6 votes

#23 - Through and Through

Season 4 - Episode 15 - Aired 7/16/1991

In 1985, an increasingly angry Colleen torments herself and her husband until she discovers she's suffering from post-traumatic stress syndrome and seeks help to deal with the memories of her final weeks in Vietnam.

Directors: Mimi Leder
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Waiting for Beckett
star
7.71
17 votes

#24 - Waiting for Beckett

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired 5/18/1988

Cherry is taken in by a deserter who claims to know her brother, and who is pursued by a determined office from the CID. Laurette and Boonie try to help a stressed out Beckett get some sleep.

Directors: Kevin Hooks
Ghosts
star
7.71
7 votes

#25 - Ghosts

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired 11/8/1989

K.C. avoids dealing with unpleasant memories of her father stirred up by a trunk of his belongings; Dr. Richard faces his ex-wife's remarriage with a ""black wedding""; Beckett ends his relationship with Mai; and McMurphy learns more about Dr. Bernard's life.

Directors: Michael Fresco
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