JUST SHOOT ME/NBC/1997-2003 (Man Fakes Mental Retardation)
Donnie (David Cross), a full-grown man who fakes his childlike “slowness” to get his family to wait on him hand and foot.
Donny spends his day’s watching TV, and rambling such silly phrases as “Chicken pot, chicken pot, chicken pot pie-e-e-e-e!” and “My doggie smiles with his tail.”
When Donnie’s older brother, Elliott (Enrico Colantoni) invited a beautiful coworker named Maya Gallo (Laura San Giacomo) to a family get together, Donny approached her, revealed his ruse and then hit on her for a date while whispering in confidence “This is the sweetest scam in the world.”
Donnie’s affliction began when he was 18-years-old and only one day away from starting his job at the plant. To keep from accepting life’s responsibilities, he faked a head injury by falling out of a tree while looking for a Frisbee tossed by Elliott (who blames himself for the accident).
After Donnie’s deception is finally uncovered, he sighs, “Crap now I got to get a job.”
Donnie tried to become normal and even got a job selling insurance. But the pressure got to him and he again faked incapicitation after being hit over the head. Now his mother feigns over him and Donnie is just loving it. He rationalized taking advantage of his mother because she needs to be needed.