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Dr. Jay
Season 1, Episode 10
Production Code: 7810
Written by Jon Vitti
First Aired: June 29, 1994
List of Season 1 Episodes
L.A. Jay
A Day at the Races and a Night at the Opera

Dr. Jay is the 10th episode of Season One of the show The Critic. It is the 10th overall episode of this show.

Official DVD Summary[]

"While at the Cannes Film Festival Jay comes to the rescue when Duke is diagnosed with a terminal illness."


Jay is in Caan, France, where he is taping an episode of Coming Attractions and is attending the Caan Film Festival. Later on, Duke invites Jay over to his highly exquisite hotel room and requests Jay to introduce him at a presentation the following night. At the presentation, Duke shows off his latest invention: Phillipsvision, where the downer endings of dramatic movies are changed to happier endings.

This doesn't sit well with Jay, who voices his objections. Duke defends the technology, but while doing so, he clutches his chest and falls to the ground. He is immediately taken to a hospital, gets diagnosed with a rare condition and he is given only four years to live. Jay advises Duke to make the most of the time that he has left. Duke begins to do things such as making new words and having Jay writing his will.

However, Duke later decides to commit suicide. Jay talks him out it by offering to come up with a cure for his disease. Jay begins brainstorming several ideas, but the work soon takes a toll on him, as he appears on an episode of Coming Attractions looking worse for wear. Later that night, Jay is mixing chemicals (and Snapple) together and is testing them out on a hamster when he suddenly sneezes into the mixture. The hamster drinks the solution, and moves about in a very healthy manner.

Duke takes the serum and is instantly cured. That night, he throws a party celebrating his return to normal health. He thanks Jay and Jay asks for one thing in return: Duke has to get rid of Phillipsvision. Duke reluctantly does so.

In the end, it turns out that Jay's serum has also been used on some unsavory characters, such as a member of the Ku Klux Klan, a whale clubber and a trio of prisoners.