Tonight's episode of "George Lopez" (8:30 p.m., ABC) tackles a serious topic: discrimination against Arab Americans.
But don't be afraid of that often-excruciating sitcom creature, the heavy-handed Very Special Episode. The show retains its usual Cosby-style light touch and ends on a bittersweet, ambiguous note, which makes it all the more compelling.
The episode, written by star Lopez and directed by Andrew Tsao, finds George in a moral dilemma. With his airplane parts company in the running for business from the federal government, his bosses, the Powers brothers, ask George to demote the head inspector, Hosni (guest star Jason Antoon), because of his Egyptian background, which they fear will prevent the firm from winning the contract.
Should George do the right thing and risk his career, along with the jobs of 20 underlings -- or do the practical thing and jeopardize his principles?