|Major Reginald Ross|
Bernard Fox guest stars on M*A*S*H as Major Ross in the episode "Tea and Empathy" in Season 6.
|Rank:||Major (O-4), British Army|
|Job/Role in Unit:||Unit commander who visits wounded members of his troops at 4077th M*A*S*H|
|Home:||Same as birthplace|
|Hair Color:||Black, Greying|
|Birthplace:||Leeds, England, UK|
|First appeared in:||"Tea and Empathy" (Season 6)|
|Last appeared in:||N/A, one-time appearance|
|Appeared on/or in:||M*A*S*H (TV series)|
|Played by:||Bernard Fox in Guest appearance|
About Major Ross and his unitEdit
When Major Ross arrives to visit his troops. a British unit, he insists that the 4077th doctors are "molly-coddling" his men, and that they are ready to return to active duty. Hawkeye and B.J. refute this, and it gets a little nasty, ending with Hawkeye telling Ross to "get your 'bloody butt' out of here"!
Ross returns to visit his men. Klinger rushes to the Swamp to tell Hawkeye that Ross is back, and Hawkeye runs to Post-Op, prepared for another fight, except, when he walks in, he sees that Ross is sitting with his men, with them all reading letters from home and telling stories. Ross now seems like one of the guys, and all the soldiers seem in high spirits. What's going on here?
Ross asks Hawkeye to talk outside, and its then Ross admits this whole thing was a plan--he has found that if he acts like his wounded men are actually fine, they know subconsciously that they'll be okay, which helps speed their recovery. Ross, who maintains in his approach that "sometimes, it's better to slap a hand, than to hold it", admits that his approach may seem callous, but as Hawkeye witnesses, it seems to work.
Hawkeye admits Ross was right, but points out that another British condition--giving wounded soldiers tea--leads to peritonitis. Ross is aghast--not have tea?--but says he'll mention it to his superiors.
Both men satisfied, Ross heads back into Post-Op, and Hawkeye goes back to the Swamp to get some sleep.