Could Dougie be regressing further from the state he has been in? Hard to believe, right?
Well, we saw him efficiently tackle Ike the Spike (who did not trip himself as Mitchums had believed
), and then 3-4 parts later he can't catch a slow baseball. Actually, he never even made an attempt to catch it. So is it a case of:
- Dougie is regressing;
- The sequence is out of order.
- Nah, just sloppy writing!
- All of the above?
The only thing that comes to mind is that Ike should have tried repeatedly hitting him with a baseball to his head, that would have done it.
Well, prior to Ike Janey-E slapped him, and people were able to push him off the elevator, without him resisting. The difference in all of these AND the baseball is that Ike was a threat to his life and the lives of those around him. There was the electricity sound in the air when Ike approached, and I believe that it was implied Coop was hearing that just as he'd seen the lights to tell him to do other things. It was an intuitive flash that let him go into Full Cooper mode, and then fade down because nothing else needed that.
There have only been two other instances where someone has threatened Dougie with deadly force, when Rodney Mitchem drew a gun on him and the event in Ep 13. In both cases, a non-violent resolution was possible and happened due to something HE DID. He bought the pie, with TOAM's prompting. In 13 he was distracted by something that up until that point had never held interest to him, and it led to just the right action to defuse the situation.
Ike was special, because it was the only time when violence was the ONLY solution, and in that case he instantly knew how to handle things, and he did it all in a nonlethal manner.
What's going to be really interesting is Chantel and Hutch. I don't see any nonviolent way of dealing with them. And they have the added complication of being sent directly by the Doppelganger, who has the opposite effect on people Dougie-Coop does. If anything can counter this bubble of wonder and happiness created by Coop's presence, it would be direct agents from Doppelcoop.