Season 1 Episode 6

Bill and Gary's Excellent Adventure

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Aug 15, 2011 on Syfy
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While Bill and Gary take on a case of their own, Nina and Cameron grow closer.

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  • Gary is one hell of a well written, hilarious character

    Gary is one hell of a well written, hilarious character.

    He totally cracks me up.
  • Screwball comedy outshines harrowing kidnap subplot.

    A high-profile kidnapping case gives hotheaded Bill a shot at getting back into the FBI, if he can work quickly and furtively -- so he goes after the case using the only asset onhand ... the autistic Gary.

    It was a pleasure seeing the mismatched partners go at the case. On the one side, Bill was driven and ambitious to the point that he was, frankly, using Gary. Gary, for his part, what happy to play the cop that he so clearly is not. Bill is not, however, the consummate professional that he would like to be (he is on suspension for assaulting another agent), and Gary realizes belatedly that he is not suited for action, or even stealthy investigation, in the slightest. Their friction, between each other and with their own failed expectations, is the crux of this story. The workmanlike kidnapping plot (complete with twists of its own) serves the A-plot well.

    The other characters each had something to do, but, aside from a budding romance, didn't have a whole lot of growth. Which is fine. Everyone gets their moments in the series, and this episode, it was the titular characters' turn. (Bill, especially, was in need of some character development; we now have a better idea of what makes him tick.)

    The show is shaping up to be an X-Files-style mix of standalone episodes and larger-plot episodes. It's fine to take a break from Red Flag every now and then and focus on characters. It's a credit to this show that these "off-road" detours feel fresh and relevant. As long as they remember that these are characters with powers (and not the other way around), it will continue to charm. Well done.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Near the beginning of the episode, when Bill and Gary are looking for the prepaid cell phone/burner, Gary has the evidence bag in his hand, but after Bill retrieves the phone out of the sewer, Gary pulls the bag from his inside jacket pocket.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Rachel: There's too much traffic. Gary, we're going to have to run.
      Gary: No, we just ate. You're not supposed to run after you eat.
      Rachel: Please, Gary.
      Gary: It's a medical fact!

    • Cameron: So I was going to say that I was just in the neighborhood, but I think we both know that's BS. Because... I don't hang out in this neighborhood. Hell, I can barely afford to walk down the sidewalk.

    • Gary: Don't laugh.
      Bill: I'm--I'm not laughing.
      Gary: It's not fair.
      Bill: I'm laughing near you, I'm not laughing at you.

    • Sara: Why didn't you call someone before you went after that guy?
      Bill: Because I was...
      Persky: Because he wants to take credit for the arrest for himself.
      Bill: Oh yeah?
      Persky: Yeah. Trying to weasel your way back into the Bureau on my case. That takes balls.
      Gary: Ha. He said "balls." That's a good joke.

    • Bill: I told 'em.
      Rosen: You told them what?
      Bill: Come on, you know. So why don't you just say it? Go ahead, come on, I want to hear you.
      Rosen: But Bill...
      Bill: "Bill, you know, well, given the choice, uh, you've decided to stay. And, uh, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, science and..."
      Rosen: Well, sounds like me, minus the "blah, blah, blah." But you know, Bill, I'm a professional. I can gloat in private.

  • NOTES (2)


    • Title:

      References Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure, the 1989 movie comedy starring Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves as a pair of valley boys, whom in danger of flunking their school history finals, embark on a time travel adventure and bring back famous figures in history to get a passing grade.

    • Cameron: I saw Caddyshack like a hundred times.
      Referencing the 1980 movie starring Bill Murray as a demented groundskeeper at a country club who spends most of the movie trying to hunt down a gopher, to the point where he blows up parts of the golf course to get at it.

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