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Old School Cool: "Goodbye, Farewell and Amen" to an American Icon

35 years ago, Wednesday, we said "Goodbye, Farewell and Amen" to an American Icon - M*A*S*H. After 11 seasons and 256 episodes, the iconic series rolled off the airwaves. It didn’t just sputter out, it went out with a bang - drawing an audience of 121.6 million people. That is more than the Super Bowl.

While many of M*A*S*H's nurses are formally credited on the show, there were more than a couple times a nurse made an appearance but did not actually appear in the show’s credits. Here are the instances when unknown nurses appeared on screen, but were not credited for their role.

  • Season 1 - Yankee Doodle Doctor: Lieutenant Duane William Bricker is seen in the mess tent with a striking red headed nurse. This same uncredited nurse can be seen again in Season 2, "Divided We Stand", and Season 3, "The Consultant".
  • Season 2 - Divided We Stand: An unidentified nurse chats with a Corpsman whilst standing outside the Ladies Shower tent. While the actress is uncredit, it is speculated to be Lieutenant Peters, played by Mary Peters.
  • Season 3 - There Is Nothing Like a Nurse: Nurse "Lietenant Janet Baker" is featured several times in this episode - yet uncredited for the role. Some speculate, this role was played by Bobbie Mitchell. However, Bobbie Mitchell played Nurse Able in the same episode - ruling out this theory.
  • Season 3 - The Consultant: Through the course of this episode Hawkeye and Trapper work with several uncredited nurses.
  • Season 4 - The Novocaine Mutiny: As Frank is performing surgery, he is assisted by a "Nurse Johnson". While the show did feature Nurse Erica Johnson, played by Joan Van Ark, this episode's "Nurse Johnson" was played by a different actress and uncredited.
  • Season 5 - 38 Across: This nurse, identified only as “Baker”, is asked to take an X-Ray of Klinger. It is possible this uncredited nurse is Lynne Marie Stewart playing this unknown nurse.
  • Season 6 - Tea and Empathy: This episode features 3 uncredited nurses who all deliver simple lines like, “Yes, doctor.”

More details and photos of each of the uncredited nurses in M*A*S*H can be found here: http://mash.wikia.com/wiki/Unidentified_Nurses

Header photo source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:MASH_Cast_1977.JPG

Wesley Harding

Wesley Harding

Wesley is leads technology aspects for Carol Health. As an experienced developer, he's applying his knowledge of consumer experiences to healthcare. Bringing better care to those who need it.

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