28) M*A*S*H (1980) A Harry Morgan Toast. Scripted?? but words were real. Amazing!

28) M*A*S*H (1980) A Harry Morgan Toast. Scripted?? but words were real. Amazing!

Margaret, come on in. Why don’t you sit here. Pierce, thanks for coming. B.J. Colonel. Klinger. Sir. Major. Sir. I know
I’ve been acting a little goofy lately, but there’s
a good reason. Colonel. What’s with her? I’d do the same
if you wouldn’t slug me. What does that mean? We’re worried
about you, Colonel. Colonel, you have
our total support. We’re behind you
all the way, sir. No matter what
the problem may be. Thanks, padre,
I appreciate that. I suppose. Now, if you’ll all put
the tear ducts on simmer I’ll lay out
the whole story. I guess you’re wondering
about the getup. Well, now that you mention it… Yup, still smells
like mothballs. It was a long time ago– 1917, to be exact… and I’ve put on a dozen
or so pounds since then. We were in France
under a heavy artillery barrage. My buddies and I laid low
in an old French chateau. We were quite a group,
the five of us. Went through hell together and lived
to get drunk about it. What a great bunch of guys. That’s us. I’m the one mugging
for the camera. Anyway, there we are
in this chateau. Stein finds
a cache of fine brandy and we sat up all night. The shells were screaming and we were singing
and toasting our friendship. Then we got down
to the last bottle. This, uh…
very bottle here. Any of you know
what a tontine is? Yes, a tontine is a…
pledge. Give that man a cheroot. The five of us made a pledge. We’d save this bottle. Let some legal eagle stow it
for us and whoever turned out to be the last survivor
of the group well… he’d get the bottle and drink a toast
to his old buddies. For good or bad, you’re looking
at the last survivor. I got the job
when Gresky passed on in Tokyo. He had the bottle sent here.
God rest his soul. Colonel, we thought
you were sick. I was sick. Just thinking
how all my friends are gone now. Felt a little sorry
for myself, too, getting up in years. But I’m looking at things
a bit different now. I’ve been a very lucky man. I’ve had some wondrous,
joyous times. That’s what counts. We were so alive back then. It was something. But, as much as my old friends
meant to me… I think you new friends
mean even more. So, I’d like you to share
this bottle with me. We’d be honored,
Colonel. Pass it around,
would you, Pierce? As I recall… it was mighty smooth
in ’17. It should be
magnificent now. Just one thing… I’d like to make
the first toast solo to my old buddies. Here’s to you, boys. To Ryan, who died in W.W.I,
the war to end all wars. To Gianelli,
who died in the war after that. To Stein,
the joker of the crowd, and to Gresky, my best friend,
who just passed away in Tokyo. You were the friends
of my youth, my comrades
through thick and thin, and everything in between. I drink to your memories. I loved you fellas… one and all. It’s still
mighty smooth. Okay, that’s the old,
now for the new… to love
and friendship.

100 thoughts on “28) M*A*S*H (1980) A Harry Morgan Toast. Scripted?? but words were real. Amazing!

  • My two favorite sitcoms of all times are Seinfeld and M*A*S*H. Two very different shows. One is about very shallow selfish people that don’t really contribute much to society. The other is about very deep caring people that give everything they have to help their fellow human beings. Both shows are masterfully done.

  • The final episode of MASH held the record for most number of viewers for many years. This scene tells you why.

  • Makes me think of my mom, who passed this year. we used to watch this show together when i was a kid. funny to see Hawkeye leaping out of the chair to get brandy lol. what a great show, especially when they got rid of the laugh track

  • Watched this show as a kid loved it then love it even more now. Didn't know much about Korean war till I googled battle of chosin reservoir. Bloody hell on earth

  • As I get older this scene gains more and more meaning. It was a great show from my youth. Also, it's kinda funny that Harry Morgan played that crazy colonel and then came back as diff character.

  • B.J. Hunnicutt was the most unfunny and superfluous character on M*A*S*H.
    That, combined with Mike Farrell's gigantic forehead, made him the most unwatchable character on TV.

  • Every episode had the human element and humanity woven into all its stories, something missing from today’s fare.

  • Great scene. I always thought that Harry got his emotions for this from essentially what happened in real life. Sort of a goodbye to his cast mates from "Dragnet" and a reaffirmation of his cast mates on M•A•S•H. Gets me every time.

  • In Britain MASH was shown without the laugh track. It seems ludicrous that it had one. The one time they left it on – record complaints to the BBC Duty Office. The subtlety of the humour, the brilliance of the writing and scenes like this – the last thing this utter genius needs is a laugh track.

  • This t.v. show was one of a kind. Even now it still means so much. I was but a child when it started and didn't understand it's true meaning or now profound impact on television as we know it today. From life unto death and back again WAR surely is hell. Salute and three cheers to the; dead, dying and the living. To those that came home from war and to those who never ever will, "Thank You! We love you, no matter what…."

  • A couple of times it sounded like Harry Morgan wasn't going to be able to get the lines out of his mouth that he would end up break down and cry.

  • look at the tears in David Ogden Stier's eyes. That wasn't acting. He was genuinely moved by Harry Morgan's performance. This is my favorite moment of the entire series.

  • Episode aired 21 January 1980. Season 8. Episode 18 titled: "Old Soldiers ". Harry Morgan (Colonel Sherman "T" Potter) toast to his old buddies! When Potter visits a sick friend in Tokyo, Hawkeye is in charge and the 4077th treats a group of refugee orphans.

  • MASH was more introspective and meaningful when it became The Alan Alda Show in the latter half of its run, but something was lost in the process. You can see here how utterly at home with their characters the actors are in this excellent scene.

  • He says 1917, yet the AEF saw very little combat in 1917. The shit started to hit the fan for the Americans in 1918. Minor point. Great show.

  • MASH, I dare say, is in a category all by itself. A true show that made you sincerely go through the gauntlet of emotions. Smiling, laughing, crying your eyes out and you meant every laugh and tear and felt like what they went through was happening to a close friend of yourself. Who couldn't relate in some way at one time or the other to what they went through at one point in an episode. Trying to turn something bad and get through it. To steal and paraphrase and steal a line from this scene, we love YOU guys and drink to you for the memories YOU brought us. We were lucky to be the fly on the wall. Never will be a series quite like this and I thank God for that. Often duplicated never repeated. As well it shouldn't.

  • Love this scene dearly. Has anyone seen the outtakes from this? I remember seeing it years ago. After they finish taking an emotional sip there's pause and Morgan says "well, that tastes like s**t!" And the whole group breaks up.

  • Some of the best television writing of its time. And brilliantly acted, not just by Harry Morgan, but by the whole ensemble. A mature, touching episode.

  • Harry Morgan nails it here, but man, the writing on the show got very obvious as the run went on. Why not just call them McIrish, Wopadago, Jewy, and Polackski?

  • When I watched that for the first time I was a senior high school. WWI seem light years away. It was inconceivable to me what that was was like. The kick in the pants for me is, more time as passed since that aired and now (2019), than between 1917 and whatever year they are depicting here. Damn that makes me feel old and I don't even have a bottle of brandy!

  • MASH, I could watch it over and over again. It never ages. Loved the cast and the stories. Just brilliant. I don't think there's been a show quite like since. Always manage to tear up when Radar would come in and announce Henry's death. Just a really great show.

  • One of the greatest shows ever made. So many fun moments, so many somber moments, with performances so on point it's as if they were actually there.

  • Harry Morgan was a superb actor, whether playing minor roles early in his career or lead characters in the later years. His talent will, hopefully, still grace screens (in whatever form they take) long after all who are reading this are gone.

  • M.A.S.H. is still a as great a show today…as it was back in the 70's. Watching it now…a drunk Colonel Potter standing down an M.P. because Haweye crashed the peace talks. Harry Morgan was a classy actor in everything he appeared in. They don't make show like that anymore.

  • I watched that show and never missed an episode.
    An INCREDIBLE scripted toast delivered by an INCREDIBLE actor.
    I cried uncontrollably at the last episode.
    NO writer, nor group of actors could today deliver such an ABSOLUTELY amazing show.

  • I like McClean Stevenson as the first commander of the 4007th, but he was bumbling, played for laughs. I loved the transition to Harry Morgan and a more dignified, polished and professional commander.

  • I remember when McLean Stevenson left the show, I wondered if they could find someone able to replace him. When I learned who his replacement was, I stopped worrying, because Harry Morgan had been one of my favorite actors, all the way back to Pete and Gladys.

  • This felt like a very personal scene. It was a pleasure to watch and was beautifully acted. The writing was brilliant. FYI,
    Harry Morgan died in 2011.
    Following Morgan's death, Mike Farrell, who played B.J. Hunnicutt opposite Morgan in M*A*S*H, released a statement. I came across it, so hear it is:

    *He was a wonderful man, a fabulous actor and a dear and close friend since the first day we worked together. As Alan Alda said, he did not have an unadorable bone in his body. He was a treasure as a person, an imp at times, and always a true professional. He had worked with the greats and never saw himself as one of them. But he was. He was the rock everyone depended on and yet he could cut up like a kid when the situation warranted it. He was the apotheosis, the finest example of what people call a ‘character actor’. What he brought to the work made everyone better. He made those who are thought of as ‘stars’ shine even more brightly. The love and admiration we all felt for him were returned tenfold in many, many ways. And the greatest and most selfless tribute to the experience we enjoyed was paid by Harry at the press conference when our show ended. He remarked that someone had asked him if working on M*A*S*H had made him a better actor. He responded by saying, 'I don’t know about that, but it made me a better human being.' It’s hard to imagine a better one."
    A wonderful testament to his ability as an actor and his personality as a human being!

  • How have we gone from this, as the "standard" we saw on TV, to Kardashian/reality/housewives of XYZ garbage? HOW??

  • i love this show,and i have never seen this one! thanks for posting,one of the best shows to ever be on television!

  • So many scenes bring tears to my eyes…
    veterans know this show was a very real depiction of a war…
    And sometimes the cast didn't really have to 'act'.

  • My brother in law's grandfather just passed away. He was a Korean vet like my Grandfather who died in 99. We 20 and 30 year olds stood around at the viewing of the body and swapped the old war stories they told us. The old soldiers never spoke of great exploits. They liked to tell of the pranks they pulled on their fellow soldiers and so on. We are able to bury these men in peace and what a blessing it is.

  • M*A*S*H is one of the best series there was. the show has aged extremely well. and there were scenes like this and many more throughout the series that still resonates with people today. A timeless classic.

  • Grew up on this show. 10 years ago my ailing mom was about to watch a MASH rerun with dad. She went to the bathroom so she wouldn't miss any of it although they had seen every episode many times. She didnt come back.

  • Once in a great while though rarely…TV produces absolute magic…This is one of those times…One of the greatest heartfelt and realistic scenes ever…Beautiful

  • I think what makes a show great is a good balance of comic relief and seriousness. Having both make each one that much more powerful and meaningful.

  • ah yes… "the friends of my YOUTH"………..nothing more to say…………………I'm still here(don't know why)

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