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The fact that Chase was briefly in such good company makes the sharp decline he experienced not long after Fletch all that more pointed. This nadir lasted for more than 15 years and included Nothing But Trouble and Cops and Robbersons. Chase’s earlier work appears superb by comparison, with Fletch standing as a pillar in his relatively short post-SNL heyday.

But exile is not always permanent, and Chase is enjoying a twilight resurgence — he is solid on the current NBC sitcom Community, had an enjoyable cameo in Hot Tub Time Machine, and will appear in the much-anticipated Polish brothers indie spectacle Stay Cool. Still, the characters he is now cast to play feel like dullards that Fletch would have torn to shreds.

The hunter has become the hunted. As Fletch himself might say to the older Chase, “Maybe you need a refresher course!”

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