I have to ask this question: Why is that when Michael J. Fox makes an appearance on any television program now, his characters now have to have some kind of impairment?
When I heard that he would be making a guest appearance on Rescue Me next season I turned to my husband and asked him if he wanted to take bets on what was going to be wrong with his character – what ailment or disease was he going to have this time?
On Scrubs, he had OCD. On Boston Legal, he had cancer. And now, a few days later, I find out that his character on Rescue Me will be wheelchair bound.
Maybe it’s just a coincidence but I have to wonder. Is it that MJF wants it that way so he can subconsciously remind viewers that there is something wrong there? Is it the writers who think they have to ‘cover’ for his physical mannerisms caused by Parkinson’s Disease?
Don’t misunderstand – I’m not criticizing. On Boston Legal his character’s cancer was a major plot point. On Scrubs his character’s OCD lead to a very moving scene in post-op. And if MJF wants to remind viewers of why he just doesn’t look and move like he used to, it makes sense. I’m just nosy by nature and I’d like to know if this is by design or just some strange coincidence.