|Major Lawrence Weems|
Major Weems, a racist commander is forced into resigning his commission, when confronted by Captain Rockingham, who poses as a Major with Army I-COR in the Season 10 M*A*S*H episode "The Tooth Shall Set You Free".
|Rank:||Major (O-4), U.S. Army|
|Job/Role in Unit:||Commander, 358th Combat Engineers Command|
|Hair Color:||Greying, Black|
|First appeared in:||"The Tooth Shall Set You Free" in Season 10|
|Last appeared in:||N/A, one time guest appearance|
|Appeared on/or in:||M*A*S*H|
|Played by:||Tom Atkins|
While Charles fearfully avoids getting his agonizing toothache treated, the other surgeons discover that Weems 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 includes luring Weems back to the swamp to have a few drinks. They are easily able to get him to divulge his motives in having black soldiers, whom he admits he does not want to have in his unit, shipped out sooner and rotated faster than the other soldiers, either by discharge back to the states, or in a hearse. When Potter, who aids the other surgeons in the deception, pretends to applaud Weems on his attempts to have black soldiers shipped out of his unit, saying "Well, aren't you a shrewd cookie!", after Weems responds, "Everything was fine until Uncle Sam burned the toast!" and that he "wasn't the kind to just sit back while others try to upset the natural order of things", and that "the government can order them on (me), but not tell (me) what to do with them", Weems is in for a rude surprise!
When Captain Quentin Rockingham, who is also black, and who was posing as a Major, and the deputy Chief of Staff over personnel with Army I-COR Command (Hawkeye and BJ borrowed Charles's Gold oak leaf cluster), confronts Weems, he is able to coax Weems into resigning his commission by threatening the racist commander with a Court Martial on him, and that he would also 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. When Weems responds "When my CO sees this, he's going to wonder why!", Hawkeye answers, "You can say it was for personal reasons", and BJ then adds "Or you can say that it was for personnel reasons!"