The Lone Gunmen

Season 1 Episode 8

Maximum Byers

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Apr 13, 2001 on FOX
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Maximum Byers
Byers and Jimmy become inmates at the Texas Department of Corrections and help an innocent man facing an execution on death row. Will our boys be able to free the innocent man before it's too late?

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  • Dead Man Walking The Green Mile With A Shawshank Slingblade

    This is an odd one. It begins with a completely random, incongruous Elvis impersonator "bit" that has nothing to do with the rest of the episode, excepting that it gives the writers an excuse to use "Jailhouse Rock" as a soundtrack when Byers and Jimmy enter the Big House.

    Thereafter, virtually every cliche from every major prison movie is employed as the Gunmen embark on an unlikely mission to save a wrongfully convicted man. When did the Gunmen become the A-Team, mercenaries for hire? And why is Yves involved (again) when she has no discernible connection to the case? I know, I know, the real reason is so that she can do her best Daisy Duke impression for us, but in terms of her character, it makes no sense.

    I like the mini video monitor that they slip to Jimmy in the Cheetos bag. They really should have used more gadgets and gizmos like this in the series. I am confused as to how the Gunmen know categorically that Atherton is innocent, but I suppose that you just have to accept that they do. I have a feeling that there was more to the Pfeiffer character than is revealed in the episode since he doesn't get a lot of screen time and his motivations seem murky.

    And again, I don't really "get" the title. Why "Maximum Byers?" Why not "Maximum Jimmy?" It seems that the writers ended up just alternating the character names for each episode in an arbitrary but equal way, although Langly never got any love before the series was cancelled.moreless
Darren E. Burrows

Darren E. Burrows

Douglas Robert Pfeiffer

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Robert LaSardo

Robert LaSardo


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Badja Djola

Badja Djola

Spike/Wallace Crendell Atherton

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    • The tunes for this episode were Elvis classics. Jimmy does a decent rendition of (You Ain't Nothin' but a) Hound Dog, and the boys are behind bars to Jailhouse Rock.

    • Lost from this episode are clips from two or three scenes involving backstory on Doug Pfeiffer. When Alberta comes to LGM HQ, she shows the Gunmen a small, rather expensive collectors figurine. She explains that her son, when he was young, knew that she loved them, and so he would save up his money and buy a new one for her every week. In the scene where Byers first approaches Pfeiffer in the infirmary, the figurines are mentioned as something Pfeiffer's mother had said about him. In the scene where Pfeiffer calls Byers over to talk, he says that he wants to talk about the figurines, then says that he didn't buy them for his mother -- he'd stolen all of them -- and hence had never been the person his mother thought he was.


    • John Wesley:

      John Wesley Hardin was a famous Texas gunfighter of the Old West, supposedly the one with the most confirmed kills. He spent a good portion of his life behind bars.

    • John Dillinger:

      Dillinger was one of the most infamous and popular criminals of the early 20th century. In this episode, though the Dillinger was Jimmy. John Dillinger was gunned down by the FBI outside a movie theatre in Chicago.

    • Title:

      The title might be a play on Maximum Bob, a novel by Elmore Leonard, about a Florida hanging judge. It was also a summer replacement series starring Beau Bridges.