Colonel Potter: You know, I never got the chance to tell you how much Margaret means to us. We couldn't run this place without her.
Alvin Houlihan: Well, that gal is the best thing that ever happened to me!
Colonel Potter: Is that so? Well, you sure have a funny way of showing it.
Alvin Houlihan: I beg your pardon?
Colonel Potter: Margaret's busted her britches trying to please you, but you don't seem to give a tinker's damn!
Alvin Houlihan: Forgive me, Colonel, but what business is that of yours?
Colonel Potter: It is my business because I care about her. That gal seems to think you have no use for her.
Alvin Houlihan: Well, I flew halfway around the world to see her, didn't I? That should say it all.
Colonel Potter: It doesn't say enough when all you can do is find fault.
Alvin Houlihan: What do you mean by that?
Colonel Potter: Well, for openers, walking out on her in the middle of O.R. didn't exactly boost her morale.
Alvin Houlihan (Looking away from Potter): That had nothing to do with Margaret!
Colonel Potter: Really? Then what did it have to do with?
(Alvin does not respond.)
Colonel Potter: Was it the doctors' Tom Foolery?
(Alvin still does not respond.)
Colonel Potter: Was it the blood?
(Alvin looks up.)
Colonel Potter (walks a step away and turns around again to face Alvin): Let me tell you something, Alvin, I've seen tougher birds than you who couldn't take it!
Alvin Houlihan: It shouldn't be happening to me.
Colonel Potter: You mean you'd sooner let her think she was a failure than admit you were about to lose your lunch? You'd rather crush her feelings than let on you're human like the rest of us?
Alvin Houlihan: Colonel. . .
Colonel Potter: You're so busy being 'Howitzer Al' Houlihan you can't even let your own daughter know you love her?!
Alvin Houlihan: Colonel, you raise your family and I'll raise mine.