M*A*S*H: Season 9, Episode 7

Your Retention Please (5 Jan. 1981)

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When an pushy retention officer comes to the camp to persuade staff to extend their terms of service, Klinger, distraught at his domestic situation, is persuaded to do so.



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Episode credited cast:
Sgt. Joe Vickers
Sgt. Barney Hutchinson
Jeff Maxwell ...
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Frank Pettinger ...


When an pushy retention officer comes to the camp to persuade staff to extend their terms of service, Klinger, distraught at his domestic situation, is persuaded to do so.

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Comedy | Drama | War





Release Date:

5 January 1981 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone Sound Recording)


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Col. Potter has been reading the book Ride the Man Down since season 4. See more »


The recruitment officer leaves to file Klinger's reenlistment paperwork, but the process is seemingly incomplete until Colonel Potter has Klinger swear an oath. The oath is actually the Presidential Oath of Office, which somehow undoes the entire process, despite the paperwork already being filed. See more »


Colonel Sherman T. Potter: Okay, I got something to tell you and I don't want to hear so much as a titter, a snicker or a guffaw from anybody.
Captain Benjamin Franklin Pierce: You hear that Charles?
Colonel Sherman T. Potter: Subject of this meeting is... The Army.
[Looks expectantly at Pierce, Hunnicut and Winchester, who sit quiet]
Colonel Sherman T. Potter: [Quietly] So far, so good.
[Regular voice]
Colonel Sherman T. Potter: I have been directed to address you on the possibility of making the Army your career.
Captain Benjamin Franklin Pierce: [Pierce, Hunnicut and Winchester all burst out in laughter. Potter crosses his arms and waits for the laughter to stop] I'm ...
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References Your Hit Parade (1950) See more »


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Written by Jimmy Kennedy and Will Grosz
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Laverne and Klinger and so on and so Forth
22 April 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Klinger gets a Dear Max letter from someone he is no longer married to anyway. His ex- wife, Laverne, has divorced her second husband and has now hooked up with Max's best friend (former that is). Who should show up in camp but a recruiting officer, played by Barry Corbin. Of course, Klinger is totally in the dumps and has given up on life. All he can think about is the wife he doesn't have anyway. And, of course, he decides to fall for the recruiting line where the army is his best friend. He re-enlists and Potter swears him in. For six years, yet. There is also a subplot about a male nurse who gets no respect or rank. In an interesting twist, he went into the army as a private, while women go in as second lieutenants. Of course, there are some interesting twists that we need to wait for. A pretty decent offering.

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