Dopey sits down. As the opening credits draw to a close, a tweedy-looking man walks into the office next to where Matt is sitting. Matt takes a few dorky deep breaths, then walks into the office the man just entered. You didn't honestly think he'd be polite enough to knock first, did you? He is a Camden, after all, so he's had plenty of experience barging in where he's not expected. The tweedy guy just stares at him as Dopey launches into some nervous patter before finally sitting down. The guy wants to be called Doc. It is decided that Doc will ask Dopey a few questions to get him started. Doc's first question makes me wonder if he frequents MBTV: "What's with the hair?" That may be the funniest intentionally funny thing ever said on this show. Doc refuses to be pinned down to an answer on whether or not he likes Dopey's hair, but he says he thought the hospital had a policy mandating that staff members' hair had to be clean. Heh. Dopey explains that he puts product into his clean hair to make it look dirty. Well, duh -- Gwen and I were talking about that months ago in the forums. Doc endears himself to me totally when he remarks that Dopey can't be wearing his "best look." This makes Dopey defensive. That's unfortunate, because when Dopey gets defensive, he gets really chatty. He rambles on about Lucy and Mike Pierce for a while -- to Doc's intense boredom, no doubt. Maybe that's why Doc decides to liven things up a bit by playing a prank on Dopey, telling him to talk to a chair as if it were Lucy. Dopey doesn't fall for this trick, saying he'd feel foolish. And he doesn't already feel foolish sporting that stupid soul patch? Doc claims that one can learn a lot by not being afraid to be foolish, but Dopey still won't talk to the chair. If Doc really wants Dopey to talk to inanimate objects, maybe he should get him a mirror, like the one Matt talks to in the opening credits. Dopey wonders if he can be evaluated by someone else. Doc does that weird body-language thing where he answers that it's "entirely possible," but he's shaking his head at the same time. Matt's suggestion that they "start over" is met with what really is a very logical question: "Now, how would we do that?" Oh yeah, Doc has the whole quirky thing going on, in spades. So has everyone else already figured out that Doc is not really a doctor, that he's just some guy who wandered into the psychiatrist's office? This becomes even more evident when Dopey says, "I know nothing about anything," and Doc compliments him for it. The homage to J.D. Salinger would work better for me if Doc weren't so damn annoying.
Episode Report CardCate: A- | 345 USERS: C+
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