The Lone Gunmen

Season 1 Episode 6

Madam, I'm Adam

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Mar 30, 2001 on FOX
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Madam, I'm Adam
The Gunmen try to help a man who claims his whole life, including his house and his wife, has been stolen from him because he was transported by aliens from a parallel universe. But the Gunmen soon find out that there is a more logical explanation...

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  • I'd rather be covered in lavender-scented udder cream. And I hate lavender.

    The plot for this one starts well enough: two men seem to be sharing one life (or at least one house and various proclivities) without knowing it - interesting, right?

    Well, actually, no. It seems as though one man (the titular Adam) has been brainwashed into thinking he's leading a perfectly normal life in a perfectly normal house with a perfectly normal wife, when actually he's hooked up to a virtual environment while suspended in a big tub of blue goo.

    "Well, okay," you might say, "brainwashing people in tubs of goo, that's interesting, right? Sort of Matrix-y?" Again, no. What has promise in theory just doesn't translate here, and in fact, the plot quickly devolves into midget jokes (yes, that's right: midgets. Didn't I mention the midgets?) and perverted sexual humor.

    Now, don't get me wrong; I'm as fond of midgets as the next gal. The thing is, storylines including midgets can be classy (hello, CSI!) or...not. "Madam, I'm Adam" is definitely one of the "or not" variety. In fact, guess where Sadie, the main guest-starring midget, lives? That's right, in a trailer! And, to up the class factor, her deceased father was, get this, a midget wrestler! Isn't that hiiii-larious?

    There's light-hearted humor, and then there's this episode, which tries for light-hearted and fails, and tries for humorous and also fails.moreless
  • UFO Tofu

    This is the first episode in this short-lived series that really isn't very good. It feels like a bad, bad remake of "Humbug" from The X-Files, what with the one-eyed salesman and his, ahem, height-impaired girlfriend. There is also a remarkable amount of "potty" humor that seems out of place, even for the Gunmen. In the opening teaser, for example, we watch as Adam takes a dump while reading a magazine, followed by the actual owner of the home walking into the recently befouled bathroom, catching a whiff of Adam's internal perfume and breaking out the Lysol. Utter hilarity! Later, Adam explains to the Gunmen that the goo in his sample bottle was lodged up deep in every imaginable bodily orifice of his and Langly complains about having sore nipples. More hilarity! Guffaw...

    Although the storyline at first seems interesting, the epidode is so poorly written with so many gaping plot holes that even John Shiban would be embarassed to claim credit. Just how does one saw through the entire wall of a house with a jigsaw, anyway?moreless
Stephen Tobolowsky

Stephen Tobolowsky

Adam Burgess/Charlie Muckle

Guest Star

Debbie Lee Carrington

Debbie Lee Carrington

Sadie Muckle

Guest Star

David Bloom

David Bloom

Weary Man #2/Tom Shantz

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Nitpick: The blade in the reciprocating saw that Adam Burgess was using was FAR too short to cut through the full thickness of the wall. Also, even with the right length blade, it would take well over an hour (if not longer) and several blade changes as they dulled to make a cut that big. Further, the saw he was using was a cordless type meaning he would also have to change and recharge batteries often.

  • QUOTES (1)

  • NOTES (2)


    • Alien Abductions:

      Chris Carter promised an episode this season that would spoof a certain "network drama" and this has all the earmarks of an X-Files spoof: alien abductions, electronic implants, etc.