While the show’s attempted depth before, too often it’s been forced in like a foot too small for a shoe. But this time, the program spoke volumes about how homophobia has no place in our world. Ed’s navy pal and former commanding officer Wally Durham comes for a visit and his modus operandi is to insult everyone, sort of Don Rickles-style, but meaner. And he’s even targeting Tim, the housekeeper until he finds out he’s homosexual, then wants nothing to do with him. Ed says nothing, Tim quits. Ed tells Henry it’s just Navy stuff, guys insulting each other, the manly thing to do. Henry tells him the real manly thing to do is offer Tim an apology and tell Wally off. And that’s just what happens by the end of the show, as Ed brings in Tim’s gay men’s chorus to sing "Anchors Aweigh," Wally complains and Ed tells him to just leave his house if he can’t handle someone or in this case, a bunch of guys being gay.
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