When Cathy Whitaker finds out that her husband is staying late at work again, she decides to bring his dinner to him, only to find him swapping spit with another guy. Unable to process what she sees, she runs away and Frank is left to deal with problem: not knowing how to deal with his homosexuality.
In the 1950s, in an affluent society, homosexuality was treated as a medical problem often dealt with obscure medical processes or punishment. Frank is placed in a predicament because of his interest in men. To deal with his “disease”, he visits a doctor, Dr. Bowman, and he is determined to be treated so he can get his life back, his “normal” life. He mentally abuses himself due to the fact that he can’t find the attraction that he once possessed for his wife which causes him to be violent and introverted.