Written by: Thom Edward Bray
Directed by: Vincent Misiano
Episode Number: 115
Original Broadcast Date: February 18, 2000
Guest Stars: John Goodman (Michael Wiseman), James Rebhorn (General Irving), Tim Hopper (Dr. Francis), Timothy Devlin (Special Agent #1)
Notes of Interest:
- In case you didn't get it the first, or second, or third, or nth time, the song on the piano is "Heart and Souls" - it explains the importance of that song in "The Insurance Man Always Rings Twice."
- This episode has to occur at least a week or so after "Film at Eleven." The only way I can justify Theo's 180 degree turnaround is that some time must have passed, and Michael's been on his best behavior since the bank fiasco - maybe since the threat's died down and Michael's making good on his promise not to do anything nuts, Theo is feeling a little guilty.
- In "On the Town", we learned that the project was funded by a select group of Senators, now it's in the hands of a Pentagon committee.
- Theo's solution for "jump-starting" Michael's brain with the paddles seemed weird as hell. Anyone out there with enough expertise to let me know if it's at least somewhat feasible?
- Ha! We finally get an explanation for what the townhouse is doing in Manhattan! Although the "hide-in-plain-sight" philosophy doesn't seem to be that effective.
- Continuity alert #1: Michael said in "The Insurance Man Always Rings Twice" that Lisa hates her parents. But if her father died of a heart attack, doesn't that just leave her mother to hate, or did her mother remarry?
- The flashbacks can't have occurred too long before Michael was hit by that train; unless he continued to have Dr. Francis write his prescriptions for the photosensitivity syndrome, Michael would have probably told his family physician after a while in order to obtain refills much more easily.
- The nameless agent has known Theo for years, which leads me to believe he's worked with the Doc for years - but doing what? And will they please give this character some sort of name? Of all the recurring characters, he's popped up the most.
- Continuity alert #2: At the end of "Over Easy," Michael and the Doc were in a taxi with plenty of police cars and flashing lights. If the flashing lights of a bunch of cop cars roused Michael here, why didn't they affect him then?
- According to a recent post on one of the mailing lists, it really was snowing like that when they shot that scene in front of the Wisemans' home. Aside from a little computer imaging to clean the snow up, all of that was the real thing.
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