Bobby's in his office on the phone with someone involved in the custody hearing, and we discover that until further notice, Bobby has the kids on Wednesdays and weekends. That's cool -- he can use them to pick up chicks but can give them back when they get boring. Neil walks in as Bobby hangs up the phone, and gets sucked into some "housecleaning" (a.k.a. "signing forms") so it at least looks like they talk to the patients once in a while. More arty camera work, with Bobby chopped in half by the door frame -- they must have hit some B-level film school and hired up all the Danish wannabes for a pittance. Neil wants to know, "What's up with Rickle?" Bobby says -- duh! -- that Rickle's acute schizophrenia is acting up again, and goes into some long medical mumbo-jumbo explanation of Rickle's current state. Bobby then gets fed up with his pen, and throws it at the wall. Bobby throws like a girl. Cutting right to the point, Neil asks Bobby if he's saying that Rickle is not fit, and Bobby tells Neil that it's perfectly natural for him to be obsessing, since the guy did stab his pregnant wife. Maybe Neil will go all Mad Max in an upcoming episode. It must be huge pain in the ass to work with psychiatrists every day -- two questions and Bobby's got Neil's mental state all figured out, thank you very much. Neil manages to deny that he's obsessing for twelve milliseconds and then admits that he is, saying, "I've passed him half a dozen times this morning. I can't seem to let it go," pacing and sounding like someone from a Cagney film. Bobby reminds Neil that Rickle is sick, and Neil tells him that, while he knows this to be true, it doesn't really help; Bobby tells Neil he reacted like a human, Neil says he could have killed Rickle in that moment, and then Bobby pipes up with, "Welcome to the Dark Side!" in a sunny tone. Thank you, Satan's tour guide. Launching into Dark Side 101, Bobby tells Neil, "You'll think that you've processed the rage. Know that it'll be back. You'll intellectualize it away. It'll be back. You'll tell me you're fine, you'll feel fine, and it'll be back. Trust me, it will be back." Neil's rage is The Terminator. I think Ted Levine may have a long career in voiceovers -- he's simultaneously commanding and soothing (just the right combination to sell things nobody needs. Buy it. It's good). Bobby tells Neil that if he had strangled Rickle, he'd be out a job. Neil confirms that he is, in fact, aware of the murder = bye-bye policy, and Bobby looks at him like he's not fully convinced.
Episode Report CardChuck: D | 1376 USERS: C+
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