Five years after making his anarchic directorial debut The Bellboy, Jerry Lewis brought his authorial stamp to the immensely popular television drama series Ben Casey for an episode titled “A Little Fun to Match the Sorrow”. The plot focuses on a Patch Adams-like doctor, played by Lewis, whose unorthodox methods clash with Casey and the more traditional-minded neurosurgeons. Its notability as the first bit of television Jerry had written and directed aside, this episode is also an early representation of Lewis’ gift for adapting to more dramatic roles outside of his funnyman persona. The limitations of mainstream television aren’t exactly the place for Jerry’s more idiosyncratic flourishes as a filmmaker to seep through, making the episode more of an entertaining curiosity than a major work. Even so, fans of the director should still find plenty to love about this.