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Season 9, Episode 18:

Sunshine Days

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Written and directed by Vince Gilligan

"What I witnessed was Freaksville, man! My friend was murdered. Who would have thought this could happen at 'The Brady Bunch' house?"
Michael
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The agents investigate a telekinetic loner (Michael Emerson) who is obsessed with The Brady Bunch.


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  • Arc Words: "A to B to C". This is Doggett's and Reyes' method of thinking.
  • Casting Gag: The episode makes constant reference to The Brady Bunch, but one of the guest stars is David Faustino, who starred on Married... with Children, which was about as far from the former show as you could get.
  • Cast from Hit Points: A variation. Anthony/Oliver draws on his body's resources every time he uses his powers, to a point where he eventually risks unintentionally killing himself. Doggett eventually reasons that the only way for him to recover from the massive exhaustion that is slowly killing him is to stop using his powers.
  • Disney Villain Death: Blake and Michael, the two guys that break into Oliver's house are levitated, and then die after falling from the sky.
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  • I Just Want to Be Loved: Anthony/Oliver just wants a father figure who Dr. Rietz used to be until he left. He ultimately gets him back and is much happier.
  • Monster of the Week: A very sympathetic one in Anthony/Oliver.
  • Power Incontinence: Anthony/Oliver only has a very limited degree of conscious control over his powers, and he keeps constantly using them subconsciously, even as they begin taking a serious toll on his body to a point where it is starting to slowly kill him. Doggett realizes that the only time he isn't subconsciously using his powers is when he is relaxed or happy.
  • Reality Warper: Anthony/Oliver's powers. He has the ability to make anything he wants happen with a mere thought, but using it takes a toll on his health.
  • Shout-Out: There are numerous references to The Brady Bunch.

"Well, here's hopin' the TV stays off and he learns how to love the real world."
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