The Five: Guest Stars
Guest stars. Think of them as spiking the punch. Sure, it's bright red, tasty, and fun to drink already. But dump in that flask of rum and it gets even better. Of course, the type of rum makes all the difference. You start playing around with the cheap stuff that comes in the non-descript plastic container and costs less than a gallon of milk, then you're begging for a headache and hangover. But if you suck it up, mortgage the house a second time, and fork over the newly acquired funds for a juice-box sized bottle of the spiced stuff from an unpronounceable coastal Puerto Rican village... well, you're gonna have a good night.
That being said, five guest stars who didn't give me a headache and a hangover:
1.) Bob Saget [Himself, Entourage] - Saget guested as one of Vince's new neighbors midway through the second season. If we're to believe that Saget's part as himself was true to life, then he's a woman-loving, sex-crazed, brothel addict. As Turtle so wisely put it, nothing is more embarrassing than being "cock-blocked by Bob Saget".
2.) Emily Proctor [Ainsley Hayes, The West Wing] - From the first moment we met her when she ripped Sam apart on television, Ainsley Hayes won me over. She was just the right amount of smart and naïveté which made it fantastic to watch someone take her down a notch only to see her turn around and dish it right back. I'm overjoyed that she's on the short list of folks who will make another appearance before The West Wing wraps up.
3.) James Badge Dale [Timo Gavin, Rescue Me] - First off, what happened to him? He appeared in three episodes from the first season and we never heard from him again. Denis Leary's character has two brothers, but we mostly got acquainted with Johnny (played by Dean Winters). I thought JBD was a much better choice as the go-to brother when Leary had a cop question. I hope he makes a return in the upcoming third season.
4.) Scott Baio [Bob Loblaw, Arrested Development] - This is the one that spawned this column idea in the first place. You really can't go wrong, even if he was only in four (or was it five?) episodes of the third season. Bob Loblaw's Law Blog? Genius.
5.) Anthony Anderson [Antwon Mitchell, The Shield] - Is there a role that this guy can't play? I think he's a spectacular actor and while I have a hard time picturing him as anything other than the Burger Shack guy from Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, I totally bought him as a stone cold thug in The Shield. That one scene from the fourth season where Antwon stepped on Shane's face, forcing him to watch as Antwon shot that little girl... that was intense.
Okay, there are some of my favorites. I could have certainly kept going but I'll leave that up to you guys. Who else belongs in this group?