Carry Off Doctor
So if you haven't watched a McBride movie yet "McBride: The Doctor Is Out... Really Out" is actually the 4th movie in the series. But the good news is that you don't need to have watched the first 3 to watch this one because in truth each of the movies works on their own merits. Yes you may not understand the history of relationships between the 3 central characters and dog Jess but it doesn't spoil the viewing pleasure. And "McBride: The Doctor Is Out... Really Out" is a pleasure especially with Stephen Tobolowsky cast in an important character and bringing even more humour to what is an already amusing set up.
Harry Evers (Stephen Tobolowsky - Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous) is so annoyed that his psychiatrist George Prescott (Richard Fancy) said he wasn't in a fit enough state to have custody of his children that Harry decides to pay him a night time visit. Unfortunately in trying to demonstrate how distraught he is he accidentally puts a bullet in Prescott and believing he's killed him calls McBride (John Larroquette - Wedding Daze) for help. When Mike checks things out there is definitely a bullet in Prescott but he is suspicious that Prescott may have already been dead when Harry accidentally shot him. To make matters worse when the police show up Prescott's body has mysteriously gone leaving Mike and his associate Phil (Matt Lutz) the job of discovering what happened to Prescott as well as who may have killed him before Harry is charged with his murder.
Out of the first 4 "McBride" movies "McBride: The Doctor Is Out... Really Out" definitely has the most jokey tone starting with the comedy of errors as Harry trips and shoots an already dead George Prescott. It is fun and whilst John Larroquette delivers much of that humour it is embellished further by the fun casting of Stephen Tobolowsky as the nervous Harry. And it gets funnier as whilst McBride interviews other psychiatrists who have reason to have killed Prescott we have Phil scouring a hospital looking for Prescott's dead body which almost has a touch of "Weekend at Bernie's" about it as the body gets moved about by a medical intern behind Phil's back.
In truth "McBride: The Doctor Is Out... Really Out" is really about the daftness of what goes on rather than McBride actually solving the crime and as such if you watched this because of it being a "murder, mystery" you could end up disappointed. Then again the actual crime solving side allows for a collection of recognizable faces to appear in small parts such as Gigi Rice who during the 90s appeared in "The John Larroquette Show". Plus there is Sydney Penny as psychiatrist Daphne and it is hard not to be captivated by Penny as whilst she was attractive when she was a child star she is even more attractive in this.
The one thing which "McBride: The Doctor Is Out... Really Out" is missing is progression because nothing really happens to build upon what we already know about McBride, Phil and det. Roberta. And on the same not there is no progression on the old house which McBride is doing up which is a shame as part of the fun of the "McBride" movies has been the on going storylines surrounding the three central characters.
What this all boils down to is that "McBride: The Doctor Is Out... Really Out" is another enjoyable entry in the "McBride" series of TV movies and whilst it has some issues it is most certainly more amusing than the previous movies thanks mainly to the casting of Stephen Tobolowsky.