M*A*S*H: Season 6, Episode 22

Potter's Retirement (20 Feb. 1978)

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When Col. Potter learns of an informant feeding negative reports on his command bad enough to prompt an outside inspection, he decides to retire.


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Episode cast overview:
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Gen. Waldo Kent
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Kenneth White ...
Corporal Denning (as Ken White)
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When Col. Potter learns of an informant feeding negative reports on his command bad enough to prompt an outside inspection, he decides to retire.

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retirement | kentucky derby | See All (2) »


Comedy | Drama | War





Release Date:

20 February 1978 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone Sound Recording)


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Kentucky Derby Winner
2 April 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

On the eve of the Kentucky Derby (as everyone is involved in a party), Potter gets news from command that he is being reprimanded for his lack of discipline in the MASH unit. To make matters worse, the complaints are coming from inside the camp. Someone is a traitor. Potter decides he's had it. He becomes really military because he doesn't know who to trust. Potter announces to everyone that he is going to retire as soon as an inspection is complete. Of course, the most discontented person in the camp is Winchester. The boys try to find evidence of his activities. They find nothing; all they get is an earful from Charles. Of course, the sad thing is that he has all this rage when nearly everyone else adores him and his command. This is one of my favorite episodes.

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