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"Squid Pro Quo" / Season 2 Episode 25
May 9, 2006
The ambitious but back-stabbing Marlene Stanger (Parker Posey), also known
as "The Squid" - the only animal believed to be able to kill a shark -
joins the firm, and Denise Bauer wonders if there's enough room for the
both of them. Meanwhile, when Denny Crane is pitted in court against his
son, attorney Donny Crane (Freddie Prinze, Jr.), their politically
different viewpoints come to the surface as they seek justice in a case
about a woman who lost her baby at an inadequately supplied clinic in
Nepal. And, after Paul Lewiston's daughter, Rachel, returns from rehab,
Brad Chase hopes they can pursue a relationship.
Directed by .... Jim Bagdonas
Written by .... Janet Leahy & Lawrence Broch
Marisa Coughlan .... Melissa Hughes
Jayne Brook .... Rachel Lewiston
Freddie Prinze, Jr. .... Donny Crane
Parker Posey .... Marlene Stanger
Amrapali Ambegaokar .... Kavita Pokharel
Jenny OíHara .... Judge Kimberly Ohlund
Ray Proscia .... Paul Schwimmer
Purva Bedi .... translator
Harsh Nayyar .... Dr. Barati Waibi
Chris Moynihan .... Derek Roth
Don McManus .... Atty. John Lennox
Jennifer Lynne Wetzel .... Tina Moran
Laura Carson .... foreperson
Joe Conti .... bailiff
April Rios and Ashley Rios .... Fiona
Image credit: © 2006 ABC / Danny Feld
Images taken April 10-13, 2006; abcmedianet.com
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Dr Harati Waibi: Even thought itís legal in Nepal, our clinic made the
decision not to in order to receive US funding. However, we hung up a
poster that said, ďWe Believe That A Woman Has A Right To Control Her Own
Denny Crane: Objection, misleading. Women canít control their bodies.
Theyíre either menstruating or lactating.
Denny Crane: This is completely disrespectful. You donít come home to papa
by suing his government.
Donny Crane: Someone has to, Dad. Our policy is denying thousands of
people life-saving medical care, based on the personal religious views of
our leader. Nothing says democracy like imperialism.
Denny Crane: Why canít you for once come to town and we just toss the pig
skin? Thatís American.
Derek Roth: Now, anytime someone tries to Google my name or my company,
Rothís Plumbing Supplies, instead of finding my website, yours is the
first site that comes up. My sales have dropped forty percent since that
Denny Crane: Alright. What are we doing in Mexico?
Paul Schwimmer: Thatís where President Reagan first enacted the policy in
1984. He enacted it as a reaction to forced abortions in China as a means
of population control.
Denny Crane: Chinese, MexicanÖ *To jury* Whoís getting hungry?
Donny Crane: So donít you find it curious that in our Administrationís
quest to stop abortion, weíre actually restricting free speech which is a
hallmark of democracy?
Denny Crane: Objection. Irrelevant and unpatriotic.
Derek Roth: And she said I have no sense of humor. I make jokes all the
Atty John Lenox: Those arenít jokes. Theyíre puns and puns arenít funny.
Derek Roth: Well, thatís just your o-opunion.
Denise Bauer: Oh, good Lord.
Did You Know... ?
Trek in the Courtroom
2x25: Squid Pro Quo
Humanity on Trial
The Emotional Debate
Star Trek Alumni: Ray Proscia/Paul Schwimmer and Don McManus (Attorney
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Six Degrees of the Guest Star
as Marlene Stranger - labeled the "Indie Queen", Posey has performed in
nearly 50 mostly independently-produced films since her first screen
credits in 1993. In 1997, she won acclaim - including a special
recognition award at the Sundance Festival - for her performance in The
House of Yes, which also featured Freddie Prinze, Jr. She has also
appeared in several of Christopher Guest's famous mockumentaries,
including Waiting for Guffman (1996), Best in Show (2000), A Mighty Wind
(2003), and the upcoming release, For Your Consideration. On TV, she first
made a name for herself on daytime drama As the World Turns (1991-2) and
later was nominated for a Golden Globe award - along with Shirley MacLaine
- for Hell on Heels: The Battle of Mary Kay (2002). Often cast in
antagonistic roles, Posey will play one of villain Lex Luthor's sidekicks
in this summer's Superman Returns.
Prinze, Jr as Donny Crane - Prinze makes his first appearance of the
season after also portraying Denny's not-quite-adopted son on two episodes in season
1. The son of the late actor/comic for whom he was named, Prinze has been
in the spotlight ever since he opted for a show business career. In fact,
according to IMDb, he has more appearances as 'himself' (talk shows, award
shows, etc) than in acting roles. His films to-date - such as I Know What
You Did Last Summer (1997), She's All That (1990), Down To You (2000), and
Scooby-Doo (2002) - have been mainly aimed at younger audiences to take
advantage of his pin-up star good looks. His TV credits include episodes
of Family Matters (1995), Frasier (2002), and Friends. Currently, he stars
on his self-created ABC sitcom Freddie.
Moynihan as Derek Roth - Moynihan featured in the mockumentary A
Mighty Wind (2003) with Parker Posey and will also appear with her in
another Christopher Guest spoof, For Your Consideration. Moynihan's TV
credits include recurring roles on The Hughleys and According to Jim, and
he was one of the stars of the short-lived American version of Coupling
- Bagdonas previously directed 2x06, "Witches of Mass Destruction". In his
long career in show business, Bagdonas has worked his way up through the
ranks, starting out as a camera operator, then moving on to cinematography and
finally getting his first directing credit in 1991 for the TV series Silk Stalkings. Prior to this season, he also did cinematography and directing
work for David E. Kelley on Chicago Hope. Bagdonas also had a brief acting
career, appearing in the 1977 film Meatcleaver Massacre.
Thanks to Sue for this research and writing. For more acting Six Degrees for every
guest star in this episode,
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May 9, 2006 "Squid Pro Quo"
Households: 9.33 million; 6.3/11. 10pm: 6.2/10 (2.6); 10:30pm:
6.5/11 (2.8); 2.7 in 18-49; #3 in the hour. Last week: 10.4 million (#2),
7.4/12; A18-49: 3.1/ 8 (#2)
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Parker Posey gets killer role in 'Boston Legal'
Hollywood Reporter By Nellie Andreeva
Parker Posey will star in three episodes of ABC's drama "Boston Legal."
She will play Marlene Stanger, a recent transfer from another firm. Nicknamed
"The Squid" after the only animal in popular mythology that can kill a shark,
Stanger is a BlackBerry-carrying politico looking to make partner.
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May 9, 2006:
Households: 9.33 million; 6.3/11. 10pm: 6.2/10 (2.6); 10:30pm: 6.5/11 (2.8);
2.7 in 18-49; #3 in the hour. Last week: 10.4 million (#2), 7.4/12; A18-49:
3.1/ 8 (#2)