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"Word Salad Day" 2x21 March 28, 2006
Host Dana Greenlee; Co-host Tessa Auberjonois and Adrian LaTourelle
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A Story of emptying your bucket, the family cooperative, Dopamine- the
master molecule, passion or addiction, Pillow pants, value your melancholy
– and needing friendship.
Tease: Special guest co-hosts Adrian LaTourelle and Tessa
Auberjonois, co-stars in the episode as Evette Richardson and Chris Mott,
joined me and provided great behind-the-scenes insight. Tessa was one of
the wives in the polygamy case and is Rene Auberjonois' daughter. Adrian
played Chris Mott, Brad's client in the 'death by video game' storyline.
Adrian and Tessa are also married in real life.
Some highlights include:
- Their audition process
- What Mark Valley and Adrian LaTourelle decided about their characters
relationship before filming their first scene
- Why Adrian thought "Oh, my God" when filming with Candice Bergen
- What it was like acting opposite Rene Auberjonois or, as Adrian calls
- Who was the worst jokester of all during breaks in the courtroom scenes.
- What things Tessa learned from watching Julie Bowen work.
- Tessa's thoughts on polygamy
- Steve Eckhardt's tongue twister that had everyone in stitches
- The challenge of acting from the witness chair on television
- The benefits of acting the scene even when the camera is on another
First, I want to find out a bit more about our guest hosts Adrian and
Tessa, then all of us will deconstruct “WSD”. We’ll get Debb from Montreal
on the phone to revisit our
Parallel Univ/Trek in the courtroom. She’s found similar themes of
games taking over your life [Wesley Crushers ‘game’) and seven Star Trek
Alumni. Finally, we’ll merge into some BL news of the week.
Let’s take this by storyline: 1) The Practical side of Polygamy 2) Death
by videogame 3) Denny and Alan’s excellent adventure 4) Balcony.
Steven Eckholdt .... A.D.A. Richard Kelton
Christopher Carroll .... Judge Stephen Bickel
Joel Polis .... Attorney Eric Yavitch
Jesse D. Goins .... Dr. Anyar Marks
Tessa Auberjonois .... Evette
Margaret Welsh .... Alena
Craig Anton .... Ray Richardson
Adrian LaTourelle .... Chris Mott
Romy Rosemont .... Stephanie Beller
Kelly Connell .... Attorney John Hoberg
Francesca P. Roberts .... Judge Jamie Atkinson
Ken Land .... Dr. Samuel Williams
Ron Canada .... Judge Willard Reese
Jennifer Parsons .... Dr. Reesa Klaywig
Mark Knudsen .... waiter
Aja Evans .... Jessica
Marty Ryan .... jury foreman
Alyss Henderson .... pedicurist
Chat with Tessa and Adrian:
You’ve had many jobs as actors on stage, even together (“1984” in Seattle.
Live acting w/ archival video).
Meet at Yale?
Have either of you worked in a field outside of acting?
What style or context of acting do you prefer or plan to do in the future?
(tv, film, stage, drama, comedy)
Tell about the experience of casting for Word Salad Day. Did you decide
together to go for it? Did you audition?
Had either of you been on the BL set before?
Have you watched it much over the two seasons? Thoughts on David E. Kelley
side: “WSD” was directed by Jeannot
Szwarc; Written by Michael Reisz & Sanford Golden & Karen Wyscarver
Both: Jeannot’s been directing 35 years - Kojak and Night Caller, Jaws 2,
Somewhere in Time Chat about experience of having him direct you. Any
memorable direction that helped? Were the writers - Michael, Sanford,
Karne – around talking with you about the script?
1. Death by videogame
SB-5 Brad: Chris is an old buddy of mine from Annapolis. Right now he’s
founder and CEO of Alcove Games. Last quarter they posted a profit of five
hundred and two mil. [:56]
Adrian: Any insight that Mott went to Annapolis [Navy/Marine] and Denny
said Brad was at West Point [Army]. Friends or classmates?
Ellen Beller’s deposition w/Brad, Paul, Shirley, John Hoberg: coroner’s
report lists the cause of death as a myocardial infarction brought on by
physical exhaustion after 36 hours. Brad took a lot of flack for making
this point, but in keeping with looking at cause, not blame – and done
SB-6. Shirley: The report states that playing the game dramatically
increases the dopamine levels in the player’s brains.” ... Brad: “We’ll
simply comply… Fully.” [1:04]
Adrian: Impressions of the three cast members in your storyline: Rene (!),
Candice and Mark. (Tessa: please jump in with your thoughts as well.)
Attorney John Hoberg mentions Dr Samuel Williams study. Judge Reese allows
testimony. In the witness room:
SB-7 Chris: “Dr Williams is a psychologist we hired to consult …Alcove
Games is not gonna to be a scapegoat.” [:47]
Adrian: How much does Mott know? Brad doesn’t buy it. Talk about Ron
Canada as the judge. He was the judge in the cat-on-life-support case
(There’s Fire). And in Stick It in the police impersonation case.
Impressions of Kelly Connell as Attorney John Hoberg and Ken Land
(Williams) – both of whom were in Star Trek: Voyager.
SB-8 Hoberg, Dr Williams, Brad: the master molecule of addiction … Heroin
dealers don’t need to hire a marketing department. [1:55]
Side: The original script has Paul Lewiston doing the cross-examination of
Dr Samuel Williams.
Adrian: Lots of courtroom filming. What did you guys do to amuse
yourselves between takes?
SB-9 Closing arguments: Atty Mark Neuman: “When I was fifteen, I smoked
cigarettes …” Brad compares to a real meth addiction [2:13]
Mrs. Beller at the conclusion – if her look at Brad could kill….
SB-10 Verdict Judge Reese: “The defense’s motion for summary judgment is
granted.” Chris: “So, Champ, where can I buy you dinner?” [:50]
2. The Practical side of Polygamy
SB-1 Evette Richardson: I’m at 149 Edgar Street … So, it’s time for a
Tessa: The quick back and forth is pretty funny. Difficult? Tell us about
Margaret Welsh, your ‘wife’ Alena.
SB-2 Evette: It’s not religious. It’s practical. I’m a dietician at Mercy
Hospital. And what does every working mother always plead? “I wish I had a
Tessa: Ever feel that way? Judge Atkinson ‘sounds wonderful!’ Alena: It’s
about the sex. Ray nods happily.
SB-3 Denise to Dr. Klaywig: What is the divorce rate in this country? … we
just haven’t institutionalized it yet. [:58]
Tessa: Tell us about shooting courtroom scene. Several small children.
Thoughts on Julie Bowen? Steven Eckholdt? Francesca Roberts (Judge
Atkinson has been in 4 BL eps). Francesca also had one appearance on It's
Like, You Know... (1999) with fellow your ‘opposing counsel’ Steven
Craig Anton as Ray? Jennifer Parsons as Klaywig had a 2-episode stint on
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine in 1995. (short bios on last page)
Script: A.D.A Richard Kelton gives closing; slippery slope “Why not go
down to a hospice and marry fifty terminally ill women so they can have
your health benefits? If a billionaire could marry a thousand women and
claim them all as dependants on his tax return”
Tessa: Would you mind explaining what you remember of Denise’s close: “We
have single mothers, single fathers, two mommies, two daddies, ex-wives,
ex-in-laws, you name it.” Perhaps writers quiet way of addressing issue of
Civil unions, domestic partnerships, same-sex marriagne as a legal
SB-4 Foreman: We the jury, find Ray Richardson… Guilty. [:28]
Side: In the original script the verdict for Denise's case was, "Not
guilty", but then a twist was added. Also, the name of the Judge
originally was Lauren McCoy.
Tessa – would you mind relating the alternate ending and maybe lending
your thoughts on why the change? Perhaps Denise’s closing had said it all
already – or ‘judgments notwithstanding’ are rare and may be too dramatic
Original ending: Foreman: Not guilty.
Denise and Ray finally exhale. Alena and Evette hug their children. Before
the gallery murmurs grow too loud, Kelton rises and addresses Judge McCoy.
A.D.A. Kelton: Your Honor, the Commonwealth moves for a Judgment
Notwithstanding the Verdict.
Denise spins. The gallery quiets. Judge McCoy weighs Kelton’s motion
Judge Lauren McCoy: Being a mother myself, I know first hand how difficult
it is to raise a family.. And our country’s limited short sighted
definition of what a true ‘family’ is simply baffles me. However, our
country and our legislature has codified that definition, at least as it
pertains to legal marriage. It is the place of the people, not this court,
to revise that definition. Then. As a matter of law, Mr Kelton’s Motion
for a Judgment Notwithstanding the Verdict is hereby granted. The
defendant is hereby remanded into custody until sentencing next week.
Denise Bauer: Your Honor!
Judge Lauren McCoy: I’m sorry, Mr Richardson, there is nothing I can do.
This court is adjourned.
Gavel slams. Denise Bauer: To Ray and his wives. This isn’t over.
Deleted scene: Tessa – perhaps continue and explain this cut scene and
your thoughts on why its gone? Maybe the bargaining/date discussion
between Denise and Kelton was the substitute? This scene came after Denise
met with Kelton to hear his offer of a settlement and she’s taking it to
the RIchardsons – all before the verdict.
Denise is in her office with Evette, Alena and Ray.
Evette Richardson: But what about… our life? We’d have to get an
annulment, then live in sin, in order to live legally?
Alena Richardson: And what if, say, I was the one who annulled our
marriage and God forbid Ray ended up in the hospital. I’d have not
visitation rights. I’d have no right to consent for his medications, we
couldn’t even ride in the ambulance.
Denise Bauer: I know it’s a tough choice, but the alternative is risking
Ray going to jail. And as so often happens when one is sent to jail, their
job is not necessarily waiting for them when they get back.
The trio takes this in a good long beat, then…
Evette Richardson: No.
Alena Richardson: No.
Ray Richardson: Those friggin’ monogamists are discriminating against us,
and we won’t stand for it!
Denise Bauer: Guys, are you…?
End of Part 1 END MUSIC: - Tammy Wynette "Stand By Your Man" with
episode sound bites edited in
Part 2 of 2 [http://www.boston-legal.org/audio/Boston-Legal-2x21-WordSaladDay-2.mp3]
1. Denny and Alan's Excellent Adventure
6. Trek in the Courtroom
March 28, 2005 "Word Salad Day"
END: Theme - Tammy Wynette "Stand By Your Man" with episode sound
bites edited in
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