This was the last episode to reach the air the first
Cast and Crew
Nestor Carbonell as Tom Montero
Viola Davis as Hannah Crane
Ioan Gruffudd as Lukas Gold
Kristin Lehman as Lee May Bristol
Eric Schaeffer as Darwin McNeil
Hector Elizondo as Martin Constable
Shannon Walker Williams as Voxy
Guest starring Bree Turner, Kevin J. O’Connor, Jessica
Blumenfeld, Matt Battaglia, and Freda Foh Shen.
Written by Ellie Herman.
Directed by Ron Lagomarsino.
Created by Ed Zuckerman.
A Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Lose originally
aired on March
30, 2004. This was the fourth and last episode to air
in the original
We’ve got four plotlines about messed up love. The
major plotline is
the dramatic case involving a “flowers for Algernon”
type of story,
where a man’s wife is fighting in court to have him
incompetent so that she can force him to lose an
his intelligence that will likely kill him in a small
amount of time.
The secondary plotline is one of the funniest cases
I’ve seen on the
series, in which a man sues a woman for emotional
damages when he
sobers up enough to realize the woman he slept with
has a decorative
penis. The third plotline is dealing with Darwin’s
emotional hangup on a computerized assistant,
instigated when Tom
Montero has an upgraded version installed in his
office. The fourth
plotline is a minor one, with Lee May trying to find a
disconnect from her feelings toward a married
“Who is the President of the United States?”
“See? He knows what’s going on!”
The secondary plotlines should have continued a bit
longer. We’ve seen
the “flowers for Algernon” thing before, and it
have been such an overwhelming portion of the episode.
The originality feels low. The case with the
surgery was an idea I haven’t seen before, but the
main plot of the
episode is far from it. (I’ll say it again: “flowers
I give it 3 out of 6.
The effects are the usual convincing
subtleties. In fact,
the CGI skyline was the only effect I can think of. I
give it 6 out
The stories were well written, with
My only complaint is that we’ve seen the major
plotline many, many
times before. I give it 5 out of 6.
The acting was very good. O’Connor really
sold a hard role.
Turner and Battaglia did nice work when playing
stereotypes for the comedic plot. Schaeffer really
depth to Darwin this week, too. (It’s unfortunate
that the episodes
were aired so badly out of order; this really needs to
be the second
last in the sequence.) I give it 5 out of 6.
The emotional response was fairly good.
There was some
boredom with the rehashed main storyline, but the
all hit the marks. Even the major storyline had some
moments. I give it 5 out of 6.
The production was very well done. The
subtlety in the sets
involved in the surprise party were especially nice to
see. My only
concerns are in the editing, which left too much of
plotline for the final act. I give it 5 out of 6.
Overall, this was probably the funniest
episode of the
series. I give it 5 out of 6.
In total, A Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Lose
receives 34 out
Next week’s episode is the one with the most powerful
dramatic storyline in the series.