We zip to John Fisher's office. Gene is sitting down, making small talk about Fisher's climb up the military ladder, while Ray stands with his back to the wall, just in case any random acts of buggery threaten to break out. As Sam casually inspects the contents of the bookshelves. he says, "I see you got a lot to lose here -- your honor, your family's respect -- but Robert Reeves -- by all accounts a family man and a good officer -- is dead." We cut to Gene, who is looking as though he keenly regrets putting on so much eyeliner that morning. As well you should, Gene. As well you should. Sam continues, "This isn't how we do things in the squad back where I come from, but if you just tell us what happened, nobody has to know why you did it." John looks around at Chris (still sporting many wounds), at Ray (still protecting his tushie from sudden sodomy), then at Gene. Then he says he won't give a blow-by-blow (as it were) of what happened over in 'Nam because "it's nobody's business" but the real problem was that "Bob wanted to bring it back here, into the world, where everything's different." Gene asks, "Where everything's different? Where you don't get to decide who lives and who dies, captain ... you think you couldn't live with homosexuality, but you could live with being a murderer? Over there, you killed to survive. You killed here because you didn't like a guy was queer!" John loses his temper and stands up, saying heatedly, "Bob thought he was living a lie when he got back. He thought that a man of integrity wouldn't fear what other people thought of him." Gene is irritated that John fears what people think of him, then adds, "Bob had courage." As John babbles that he didn't mean to kill Robert, Sam watches intently. Gene finally orders Chris and Ray to cuff John, then heads over to comment to Sam, "Gays in the military! Unbelievable. What next? They're going to want to get married?' Oh, ha, ha, it's so funny because our Nixoneolithic ancestors couldn't conceive of homosexuals as deserving of full civil rights! It's not like today at all!
Life on Mars
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Life on Mars