Klinger summons Colonel Potter to a 3:00 a.m. mystery phone call and the Colonel rushes to Tokyo General. The CO leaves Hawkeye in charge. Betty Halpern, widow and Red Cross matron, brings a troupe of refugee children through the 4077; they need care and inoculation. Under the benevolent command of Hawkeye, the children run amok and the 4077 staff run with them. Potter returns, in a taciturn mood, barking and looking for a package which is supposed to be delivered to him. All of his friends and officers are worried about their CO; and when they all receive envelopes, they are manic. But, Sherman Tecumsah Potter is veteran of both World Wars and Korea. Here's to 1917 and five buddies: Ryan, Gianelli, Stein, Gresky and the young man mugging for the camera. Written by
The title is from General Douglas MacArther's speech before Congress, "Old soldiers never die, they just fade away." See more »
As Col. Potter finishes his toast to his fallen friends, a close-up of Charles and Klinger shows Charles holding his glass of brandy in the palm of his hand with his fingers pointing upward to hold it. In the following shot, Charles is holding his glass from the side with his fingers wrapped around it. See more »
[Klinger has delivered letters to all the senior staff as per Col. Potter's order]
"You are invited to my tent tomorrow night at 1900 hours. Cordially, Sherman Potter. PS: That's an order." I don't understand.
[entering from another room]
You won't believe what was left on my door.
The crowd thickens.
Let me guess, does it look like this?
You got one?
We all did.
[entering from outside]
Hello, all. Say, I just received the most peculiar...
[they all hold up their own letters]
Oh... does anyone know...
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This episode of M*A*S*H is the finest story and acting I've ever seen on television film. Each time I watch it, a lump comes to my throat, and I hold back tears for its humanistic beauty. The scene of Col. Potter drinking a solo toast to his friends is heartwarming and sad at the same time. The ad libs, double entendres, and wisecracking are kept to a minimum, and the long periods of silence among the cast are the most memorable on film. Watch Harry Morgan's hand trembling as he holds up the glass, I don't believe that was scripted, either, it was Morgan immersing himself in the depth of the character's role. I have the episode recorded for posterity, and filed among my most precious personal possessions. There's never been, before or since, better drama put on film. Watch it and see if you don't agree!
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