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.
Working on the four-time wounded and highly decorated Private Weston, Frank asks Hawkeye if he is paid hourly; and Trapper serenades the O.R. Hawkeye notices all of Weston's bruises and injuries seem to result from brawling; Weston confesses he is gay. Frank finds out and wants to report Weston as subversive, unfit for duty and get him a Dishonorable Discharge. The guys know they cannot appeal to Frank's better self so they resort to the tried and true method: blackmail. Written by
This episode was one of the things that I loved about M*A*S*H. It definitely was ahead of its time by about 20 years due to the fact that gays in the military wouldn't become a hot button issue until the Clinton Administration in the 1990's. The thing I thought was interesting is that they treated the character of George as a regular person and not as the stereotypical effeminate gay man. Also, this helped give a little bit of insight into Frank's character. It reminded me of the furor over Larry Craig who was vehemently anti-gay until it was found out that he was a closeted gay man and this probably was the case with Frank as some episodes would indicate.
All in all this is one of the most thought provoking episodes in the series and it showed why M*A*S*H became a classic.
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