I was in shock after watching this episode must have missed it on the original run.
the shockingly hate filled B plot goes like so.
the local morning DJ and artist ,chris,talks about his admiration for walt whitman
casually remarking about his sexuality.
the next scene is maurice screaming at the dj we hear his assault live on radio (oh the hilarity of a bigoted attack)
we see chris treated for a head injury by Joel and the radio station is now missing a front window.
maurice takes over the slot since he owns the station,but everyone in town hates him on the radio and tells him so.Maurice is unmoved since he believes chris did wrong by talking about the poet and must pay?????
Maurice goes off an a rant about how we need heroes and cant chop em off at the knees just to prove there like the rest of us.Because clearly being gay is the worst possible thing a hero can be right viewers;)
eventually chris comes to Maurice and APOLOGISES??? for daring to mention walt whitman was one of them.Flyboy carries on happy in his ***phobia and were supposed to clap and applaud.I watched the closing credits with my jaw on the floor in shock, did they just have the old astronaut bigot get an apology out of the dj?
"sorry i suggested it was okay to be gay maurice" "thats okay son your young and dont know any better"
I dont believe im judging an old show by modern standards I remember the period this show was made in very well and i still find it amazing that in the decade that gave us the words "politically correct" this kind of casual hate can be seen as entertainment.
I still like the show,but am amazed and a little disgusted by this little episode of it