|Pop Culture Gadabout|
Wednesday, November 01, 2006 |
( 11/01/2006 03:33:00 PM ) Bill S.
HEADY STUFF – Had a strange disconnected feeling watching last night's Boston Legal: most specifically related to its resolution of the ongoing Michael J. Fox plotline. Playing a billionaire dying from lung cancer, Fox's Daniel Post had disappeared after several guest shots earlier in the season – only to have his lady lawyer spouse Denise (Julie Bowen) learn last night that he died during a risky lung transplant. One of the subplots to BL's Halloween ep, then, involved Denise's attempts at tracking down her late husband's body – which had been chopped up and shipped all over the country by organ thieves – ultimately winding up in a New England Haunted House where Danny Boy's head had been put on display as part of the horrors. Far fetched? Decidedly – and the moment where Bowen and co-star Candace Bergen discover the head, shrieking in each other's faces like they were trying out for the sequel to 1941, totally sunk it.
And, yet, considering the flap that has flown around Fox's recent political appearances in favor of stem cell research, that part of me which regularly has difficulty differentiating reality and really dumb television kept blurring together. One of the plot points surrounding Daniel's character has been his willingness to try anything – no matter how ethically dubious – to fight his cancer. Bergen's sniping brings this point home at one point, noting the irony of a man who was willing to buy another man's lung ultimately being scavenged by organ thieves. "Good thing they didn't show the character's actual severed head," I thought, imagining it showing up on any number of poli-websites today as a cautionary warning on what happens when you Push the Bounds of Medical Science Too Far . . .