By Amy Amatangelo, TV Gal ®
I hope everyone had a fabulous Thanksgiving. Here’s a few weeks worth of familiar faces and quotes.
Where Have I Seen Them Before?
Molly Cheek was the woman interviewing Jess for a job on New Girl (remember Jess cried because her dog was so small). She played Jason Biggs’ mom in all the American Pie movies.
Jennifer Hasty was Henry’s biological grandmother on Private Practice. She plays Boo’s mom Nanette on Bunheads.
Mark Christopher Lawrence was Unique’s dad on Glee. He was Big Mike on Chuck.
Luke Kleintank is Grace’s new boyfriend Connor on The Good Wife. He is Finn Abernathy on Bones and was Elliot on Gossip Girl. Haviland Morris was the member of AA who had to testify at the judge’s hearing. To me, she will forever be Caroline Mulford from Sixteen Candles.
Valerie Cruz is the CIA agent protecting Jess and the kids in the safe house on Homeland. Cruz is a very familiar face. In addition to several guest star appearances, she was Dr. Zita Alvarez on the cancelled Shonda Rhimes series Off the Map and Kathy Sullivan on Alphas. We will see her again this Sunday and my guess is that she’ll have a lot to do because that seemed like the least safe safe house possible. What was with all the windows?
TV Gal reader Tom recognized Gary Anthony Williams as the news reporter covering the Natesville Radish Festival on Raising Hope. He was Stevie’s dad on Malcolm in the Middle.
Mary Pat Gleason was the former spy who now ran a bed and breakfast on Scandal. She was Ida on The Middleman. Sam Anderson was the former spy turned doctor. He was Bernard (of Rose and Bernard fame) on Lost but , to me, he will always be the evil lawyer Holland Manners on Angel. Richard Gilliland was Barry, the lawyer for the hacker on Scandal. I always remember his as J.D. on Designing Women. In real life, he’s married to actress Jean Smart.
Michael Trucco is Nate Ryan, the brother of the man who invested in Jack’s bar on Revenge (otherwise known as the most useless story line of the season). Trucco was just seen as Robin’s boyfriend Nick on How I Met Your Mother. He’s also Justin on Fairly Legal. A few seasons ago, he was Kate’s boyfriend Detective Tom Demming on Castle and he was Samuel Anders on Battlestar Galactica.
L.Scott Caldwell was the wife of the man Sam’s mother was having a long-term affair with. She was Rose on Lost, Ricky’s foster mom Margaret on The Secret Life of the American Teenager, and Lydia’s mom Enid on Southland.
And yes that was Principal Belding of Saved By the Bell as one of the judges Marshall was presenting to on How I Met Your Mother.
Quotes of the Week
“I am hopelessly, irretrievably in love with her. More than she knows.” Barney to Nick about Robin on How I Met Your Mother. The show keeps pulling me back into this story arc.
“My mom is a little bit perky. . . She doesn’t have my dark side.” Jess on New Girl.
“Do you think I really care what happens to me anymore?” Brody on Homeland.
“A big shot from the big city with his fine credentials and heaven-may-care grooming doesn’t have the kind of power he’s accustomed to.” The prison warden to Saul on Homeland.
Have you heard a great quote or seen a familiar face, email me and let me know. And remember if you want to be part of my December TV swag giveaway, sign up to follow my blog. Everyone who is following by blog by December 1 will be eligible to win.