M*A*S*H: Season 2, Episode 22

George (16 Feb. 1974)

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A decorated GI confides to Hawkeye that he was beaten by his own unit for being gay but Frank Burns is outraged when he finds out from another source and tries to have the soldier dishonorably discharged.

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A decorated GI confides to Hawkeye that he was beaten by his own unit for being gay but Frank Burns is outraged when he finds out from another source and tries to have the soldier dishonorably discharged.

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Cpl. Walter "Radar" O'Reilly: [examining Lt. Col. Blake's ear] Wow!
Lt. Col. Henry Blake: What? What is it? What do you see?
Cpl. Walter "Radar" O'Reilly: I can't describe it... it's almost like a little Nativity scene...!
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An Episode Ahead of It's Time & Place
24 July 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

While this is not a classic episode of this series this is an interesting topic for a 1975 television episode. The subject is a gay soldier in the military. In actual Korea, he would not have existed without being totally in the closet as in the 1950's and beyond, gays were not allowed to be openly gay in the military. In 1975, this issue is one not often dealt with by many shows yet.

This episode tip toes lightly but give viewers the message that discriminating against people because they are gay is wrong. In doing so, it is way ahead of most society in 1975. In fact, if you look back at other sitcoms made after this, they usually are still making fun of gay people & not confronting this issue which is what this episode does.

One series mold this does fit is that Frank Burns (Larry Linville) is very often portrayed as being on the wrong side of issues personally. In this case, he is the bad guy trying to get George tossed out of the military for being gay. In the real Korea, he would have succeeded, but here he doesn't.

I was surprised when I recently viewed this episode as I had forgotten about it. It is not the first time gay had come up as a subject on this series but it is the first time I know of it was the central theme.


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