|Quentin Rockinghman, D.D.S.|
Rockingham, who's actually a Captain, poses as a Major with ICOR to lure a racist commander into resigning his commission in the Season 10 M*A*S*H episode "The Tooth Shall Set You Free".
|Rank||Captain (O-3), U.S> Army|
|Job/Role in unit:||Dentist|
|Eye Color:||Darl Brown|
|First appeared in:||"The Tooth Shall Set You Free" in Season 10|
|Last appeared in:||N/A, one time guest appearance|
| Series/Film |
|Played by:||Jason Bernard|
About Rockingham and Charles's toothEdit
While Winchester fearfully avoids getting his agonizing toothache treated, the other surgeons discover that a racist commander named Major Lawrence Weems (played by Tom Atkins) is sending his African-American soldiers disproportionally into dangerous duty.
To try to stop him from endangering the lives of other Black soldiers, Hawkeye, BJ and Colonel Potter devise a plan which included luring Weems back to the swamp to have a few drinks, hey are easily able to get him to divulge his motives in having black solidiers shipped out of his unit, either by discharge back to the states, or in a hurse. When Rockingham, who is also Black, and who also posed as a Major, and deputy Chief of Staff over personnell with ICOR Command (Hawkeye and BJ borrowed Charles's Gold oak leaf cluster), he was able to coax, rather, threaten Weems into resigning his commission by threatening the racist commander with a Courts Martial, and that he was also going to make a call to the JAG about the disproportionate numbers of African American casualties in his unit, as well as his motives in wishing to have them shipped stateside (meaning the ones that weren't killed) much sooner than other soldiers. After Weems leaves, Colonel Potter applaudes Rockingham's acting job, exclaiming "That's the best impersonation of a Major I've ever seen by a Captain!"
As the surgeons celebrate their moral victory over the embittered Weems, there's one more part to the plan--Major Rockingham's work on Charles's tooth! Winchester cowers in terror, but finally gives in and allows his tooth to get worked on, but, unfortunately at the expense of Rockingham, whose hand he bites, claiming that it was an accident, and that he had "primitive biting instincts"!