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'Mental' nostalgia recap: Dr. Gallagher goes to court

Season 1 | Episode 6 | “Rainy Days” | July 3, 2009

No, this isn’t a crossover between Burn Notice and White Collar (sadly). The sixth episode of Mental just happens to guest-star Willie Garson as Jack’s patient of the week. Leonard Steinberg has been maybe ready to jump off the roof of Wharton Memorial for the last nine hours, so Jack has been kicked out of bed to convince him to find something else to do. Still looking well put together despite being half-awake and out in the rain, our hero’s idea of problem-solving involves a couple of sandwiches. Take that, hostage negotiator.

Morning comes, and Jack is as bright-eyed and bushy-tailed as ever, attempting to balance a soccer ball on his head, when Malcolm invites him to the Wharton staff poker game. And by “invites,” we mean “tells him he’s hosting it.” He can then gearshift from that to telling hot-shot prosecutor Marcie Crane (Lori Heuring, Alias) that he’s the new expert witness for the defense, whether she wants him to be or not. She’s accusing one of his patients of murder and he’s making blood-drinking jokes. Crane needles Jack throughout a deposition, but afterward, Jack needles her by making her see the kid she’s trying to put away.

We check in with Leonard long enough to learn that the roof-jumping was an attempt to avoid the wrath of his bookie (so naturally, Jack wants to meet the guy), before it’s time for some legal action. Crane’s opening statement is stunted by her noticing Dr. Gallagher in the gallery. She then chats him up outside the courtroom, telling him the trial is already over. He says if that’s the case, she had no reason to offer a plea bargain after his deposition. Her lack of rebuttal tells Jack there’s something going on, and he asks the defense attorney how much time he has before disappearing like a fox.

Back at the hospital, Leonard’s bookie is waiting in Jack’s office. This is actually a good thing, because Jimmy is played by Sung Kang (best known as Han Lue from The Fast and the Furious franchise). Since he likes to use a hammer as his weapon of choice, Jack sent Arturo out to get one and gives it to him before arguing that Leonard’s gambling problem is really a mental problem. Furthermore, Jimmy might have a sleep disorder that they could help him with, and since Leonard is a CPA, he could also fix Jimmy’s tax issues. Everyone is aware that Jack is reaching. More important, he really shouldn’t be handing out weapons.

As strange as that is, it’s almost stranger to see Jack actually being serious when he returns to testify in court. Thankfully, that’s only one brief scene before everyone is critiquing the décor at his place (or lack thereof—can someone buy this man some more furniture?). Plus, Arturo puts his foot in his mouth again by asking about Jack’s sister. And Ryan Moore (Warren Kole) invites himself, much to Veronica’s dismay. What follows is the most awkward poker game ever, ending with more adultery and Jack eating all the frozen yogurt.

Leonard is convinced that he’s cursed and ought to spend some time in a gamblers’ support group, thanks to losing a bet with Dr. Gallagher over a deck of cards (a rigged bet, of course). Meanwhile, Jack’s cross-examination turns into an argument with Crane that leaves him looking for Advil. As if that’s not bad enough, she continues to prod him outside of the courtroom, but by this point we’re aware that the defendant may not be the only one with a mental issue.

The prosecutor is diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder, and then Jack tells Arturo that the murder suspect wasn’t actually guilty—but that’s irrelevant now, as he died in his holding cell after being wrongfully convicted. “That’s when we hatched the plan,” he says, “to reenact the trial.” So basically, half of this episode has been a ploy. Not only that, but since it didn’t work, they’re going to do it all again. Either Wharton Memorial has a tremendous amount of resources, or Jack Gallagher has too much time on his hands. Probably both.

You have to hand it to the guy; it’s clear that there’s literally nothing he won’t do for his patients, from getting himself arrested to now staging a full-on murder prosecution. Perhaps that’s what’s most endearing about Jack—he’s not just breaking the rules to be cavalier, but you can see that everything he does comes from a genuine compassion for the people depending on him. Plus, he apparently avoided the flu that’s claimed Chloe for the second straight week, while Nora and Carl are both nowhere to be found (the latter not being missed one iota). This guy is a genius, and he’s a tremendously lovable one at that. Let’s just hope he doesn’t wind up needing a lawyer.

Mental is available on DVD.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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