A bum is brought into Community General. Mark recognizes him as his former student George Lawson, once a brilliant medical mind, now a mental mess, who raves on about what sounds like ... See full summary »





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Lisa Akey ...
William Converse-Roberts ...
Ethan Foster (as William Converse Roberts)
Jonathan Brown ...
Daniel 'Smalls' Johnson ...
Brad (as Smalls)
Tim Van Pelt ...


A bum is brought into Community General. Mark recognizes him as his former student George Lawson, once a brilliant medical mind, now a mental mess, who raves on about what sounds like Father Seton, but his whole speech is riddled in some gibberish. Lawson is found again on the beach near the site of the murder on Richard Fielding and is arrested, but even his degree of schizophrenic paranoia and dysfunctional state do not constitute legal insanity. Jesse has a go at Lawson's slang-type associations. Ethan Foster, the widow Cynthia Fielding's lover, is told by his wife Sophie that she knows he is Richard's murderer, but she will spare their teenage son Elliot the shame of his father's trial if he signs over all his wealth and full custody in a divorce. When a prisoner starts choking while in George's cell, George correctly diagnoses the problem and instructs Steve on how to save him. Jesse figures out what George's gibberish really means, and his computer finds who fits Father Seton, ... Written by KGF Vissers

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2 November 2000 (USA)  »

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The title is a line of defense used in a court trial for capital offenses that insists that the accused is innocent by reason of insanity. Instead of jail time, the accused is sent to a mental institution so that he can not harm himself or society. See more »

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Schizophrenia, sex, suicide...Diagnosis Redrum...Sol Agnew Gore.
29 September 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This sobering episode centered around George Lawson, who is very disheveled and suffering from paranoid schizophrenia sadly. He also talks in anagrams, and was one of Dr Sloan's smarter medical students awhile back.

This was a sobering episode where Ethan Foster is cheating on his wife so he can marry Cynthia Fielding. Ethan is played by William Converse-Roberts, who has a resemblance to Ray Romano. The murder victim is Richard Fielding, who doesn't look like Joel McHale, even though Joel McHale plays him. We all know Joel achieved huge star status in Community several years later. What was really shocking was when Ethan committed suicide by walking into the ocean before the police could arrest him. I never saw that coming. Anyway, Ethan's wife is Sophie Foster, who is played by the gorgeous Kaitlin Hopkins.

Talking of anagrams, one amusing line in this episode, which was screened on 2 November 2000, is when Jesse tells Mark that a computer can solve anagrams!!

This episode was screened 5 days before the epic US presidential election between Gore and Bush Jr. Funnily enough, in this episode George calls himself Sol Agnew Gore, which is an anagram of George Lawson. Very clever and prescient because of the Gore link. Also, coincidentally, Scott Baio was in the main cast of Diagnosis Murder for its first 2 seasons (1993 to 1995), and who would have thought that over 20 years later he would be a prominent Trump supporter in the 2016 presidential election?

Peter Gregory, who played George Lawson, should have been nominated for an Emmy for his role. I think the producers should have considered a spin-off series for George, where each week he wanders around the country (like Route 66) encountering new characters, situations, and saving a life or two. The series could be called Sager Gone Owl, which of course is another anagram of George Lawson.

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