The Lone Gunmen (2001) – Diagnosis: Jimmy, and Tango de los Pistoleros

John Shiban puts Jimmy (Stephen Snedden) front and center with Diagnosis: Jimmy, which first aired on 20 April, 2001.

When Jimmy ends up in the hospital following a skiing accident while he’s helping the boys, he finds himself immersed in a hunt for a killer, all from his hospital bed, in a riff on Hitchcock. He continues to be oblivious about most things, including a nurse, Marilyn (Shawn Batten), who has a lustful eye on him, and he believes that a deadly doctor, featured on America’s Most Wanted is now working in the hospital is in, and Jimmy knows who the next victim will be.

Meanwhile, Byers (Bruce Harwood), Frohike (Tom Braidwood) and Langly (Dean Haglund) are trying to get the goods on an illegal poacher who is hunting and killing grizzlies to funnel their organs to the Chinese market. This one is personal for Byers, and while they may check in on Jimmy now and again, the story threads remain fairly separate, and there are a lot of laughs to be had on both sides.

Saying that, it’s kind of sad to see the Gunmen being portrayed as so inept all the time. They’ve been writing the paper for twelve years, they should be a lot better at a lot of these things than they already are. I get that it’s for entertainment, but sometimes it doesn’t feel like the series gives the boys the credit and respect they deserve.

That doesn’t mean the show isn’t fun, it just isn’t as good for the characters as it is the viewer.

Tango de los Pistoleros written by Thomas Schnauz first aired on 27 April, 2001, and puts Yves (Zuleihka Robinson) front and center. It also tells us why Frohike hates being in Florida. The boys have followed Yves there, trying to get ahead of her for once, and find out what she’s up to.

For some reason, Yves has entered a tango contest, partnering up with Leonardo Santavos (John Vargas), and the guys learn that he’s selling military secrets, and the dance competition is where the trade will take place. As Yves attempts to stay focused on the mission, she finds herself developing feelings for Leonardo (they do dance well together).

And Frohike hates being in Florida, because he has a reputation. He’s a tango legend known as El Lobo, and he may be the only chance to stop the trade… if only they knew who the buyer was, and what format the secret is being transported in.

There’s some goofy and fun moments throughout the episode, and it’s nice to see a bit of an emotional story for Yves, and despite Frohike’s reputation, he doesn’t really do a lot of dancing in the episode… though the other guys do in a very funny sequence.

With three episodes to go, we’re coming up on the end of the series, which is too bad, because I don’t think it ever really found its feet, meandering as it did between comedy and conspiracy.

Still, the truth is out there.

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