I'm a big fan of Diagnosis Murder, and Drill for Death is a veritable feast for fans of MASH, M*A*S*H and Trapper John, M.D.!!! We see the casting of Elliott Gould and Sally Kellerman from MASH; Loretta Swit, Jamie Farr and William Christopher from M*A*S*H, and Christopher Norris from Trapper John, M.D. (which legally is a spin- off from MASH, not M*A*S*H). Actually Jamie and Christopher were also in AfterMASH, so technically Drill for Death reunites actors from four MASH universe series.
Unfortunately in this episode Loretta, Jamie and William don't share screen time together, but there is a scene where Loretta and Jamie share screen time, but they don't exchange lines with each other.
Sally, Loretta and Christopher play characters on the nursing staff of General Community, Elliott and William play patients, and Jamie plays the director of state emergency services. Christopher Norris plays a nurse administrator who is very, very ambitious and wants everyone's job above her title. This happens in the midst of an emergency drill, which is compounded by two real emergencies.
A subplot is Jesse Travis and his romance with Nurse Hilliard (Kim Little) and their plans to rush off to spend the weekend in Carmel. Unfortunately this doesn't happen, because Nurse Hilliard is exhausted at the end of a busy day and falls asleep in the staff lounge. This kind of reminds me of a M*A*S*H episode where Hawkeye was desperate to head off for a hot weekend with a hot nurse, but he falls asleep when Klinger is ready to drive him to the airport.
Season 5 really abounds with reunion or special casting type episodes: Malibu Fire (ep 3), Must Kill TV (ep 9), Discards (ep 10), and Food Fight (ep 23).
If Diagnosis Murder was really bold, they could have had a special episode featuring Michael Douglas and Sharon Stone, in an episode where Steve Sloan wakes up to find a bloodied ice pick beneath his bed after a hot one night stand. Michael and Sharon could have played up their Basic Instinct roles.
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