The X-Files #260: Diagnosis: Jimmy

ACTUAL DOCUMENTED ACCOUNT: While recovering in a hospital, Jimmy begins to suspect that his doctor is a wanted killer.

The episode splits its time between two stories, one light and fairly funny, the other which made me zone off every time I came up. Let's start there? The Gunmen on are on the U.S.-Canadian border out West trying to catch a poacher selling grizzly gall bladders to Chinese Triads, which sounds a lot more exciting than it actually is. Sure, there are some snow sequences that give the episode scope, but it's mostly just the guys watching other guys, and occasionally falling all over themselves or into traps (by rights, Langly should have lost a foot). Byers is highly motivated to catch this hunter, but his drive is cartoonish and limp. In the end, they're saved by, who else, Yves, who was working behind the scenes all along for no reason that's revealed. These Canadian actors got the chance to play "hating the cold", which was probably amusing, but you know how Jimmy has a scene in the hospital where he fights with another patient for control of the TV? I felt like that all through the episode as we kept switching to this tedious story.

Jimmy's hospital stay is also a little loony-tunes - the saucy/jealous nurse is particularly unprofessional, though the faces she makes when she intuits oblivious Jimmy's more than a little dumb are hysterical - but it's Jimmy. I'd almost say it's allowed. The crime he unravels is rife with coincidences, but he still gets to do some detective work from his bed, and show that he has some investigative chops. His superpower, however, is his earnestness, which he uses to turn a grumpy old man's life around. But it might all be trite without the jokes. Jimmy gets to power a few good ones, including the stuff with his memory-jogging diorama and his showing physical evidence over the phone. There's also a pee joke in there, if that's your groove. I also enjoyed the "sucker" call back and the presumed "Death Doctor" saying "Mr. Bond!" when unwigged and looking for all the world like a version of Blofeld.

It's just such a slim episode, you know? Half of it I don't care about, the other is padded with comedy bits that never really get resolved in a meaningful way (like the Nurse Marilyn subplot).

Dull nature protection on the wheat side, funny hospital hijinks on the frosted side.


Anonymous said...

Enjoyed this one a lot. How did the dialogue go again? It's been like fifteen years, but I still half remember it:

"Not when I've got THIS."

"... We're on the phone, Jimmy."

"It's a sucker. He puts them in his mouth ... and EATS them!"


Siskoid said...

Yeah, something like that. Haha.


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