Season 5, Episode 8: Playing with Matches

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Aired: Monday, January 7, 2002

Rating: 6.6/10


Full synopsis by TK

Teleplay by David E. Kelley
Story by David E. Kelley & Roberto Benabib & Constance M. Burge
Directed by David Semel

Guest starring
Mariah Carey as Candy Cushnip
John Michael Higgins as Steven Milter
Albert Hall as Judge Seymore Walsh
Jeremy Garrett as Tim Boyle
Nell Carter as Harriet Pumple
Jami Gertz as Kimmy Bishop
Jacqueline Bisset as Frances Shaw
Renee Goldsberry, Vatrena King, Sy Smith as singers
Joe Colligan as Atty. Ronald Spaner
Bret Loehr as boy
Sean G. Griffin as minister
Featured music
"Hey! Jealous Lover" by Frank Sinatra, performed by James Marsden (opening song)
"Last Dance" by Donna Summer, performed by Vonda (the boy sings)
"Matchmaker, Matchmaker" from "Fiddler on the Roof," performed by Nell Carter et al
"Worst That Could Happen" by Brooklyn Bridge, performed by Vonda (Jenny and Frances talking at the bar)
"Last Dance" by Donna Summer, performed by Vonda (Ally and John talking at the bar)
"Young At Heart" by Frank Sinatra, performed by Vonda (wedding montage)
"You Make Me Feel Like Dancing" by Leo Sayer, performed by Nell Carter (Harriet sings at wedding reception at the bar)
"Lead the Way" by Mariah Carey (ending song)

From Mike Most (Visual FX Supervisor): Calista can and did skate in the scene, but the figure skating routine was performed by a terrific skater named Amber Corwin. I believe she finished #5 in the last US Nationals. The skating routine was choreographed by Randy Gardner (of Tai Babilonia and Randy Gardner Olympic fame). That was a fun day for a lot of the crew, in part because a number of them are hockey players (there was a quick pick-up game during lunch).

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