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Season Nine: "Secrets"

Posted on Feb 15, 2012 09:52am

­I had been wanting to do an episode about the Real Life Superhero Movement for quite some time. But I also wanted to keep my job. So I didn't. But eventually, my lack of good sense overcame me, and I ran the idea by our showrunner, Gary Glasberg. I was pleased when he didn't fire me. I was even more pleased when he told that Wendy would be returning for my episode. I mean Wendy…and superheroes? This thing was going to write itself!

It didn't.

But that's okay, I'm used to it by now. But there were a few interesting knots to untangle in writing this episode. One, how to bring Wendy organically into the story so she didn't feel like a third wheel. Two, how to deal with the Superheroes respectfully – something that was important to me.

The Wendy Question was fairly easy to answer (well, after I had the answer, at least). She simply had left her teaching days behind her and had became a reporter – one with a prior working relationship with the DGW (Dead Guy of the Week).

As for the superheroes, that was a little trickier. After all, they wear funny costumes. They have funny names. They do some pretty crazy things. But if you understand what makes them tick…it doesn't seem crazy at all. And, of course, it's Donald "Ducky" Mallard who peeks inside their psychic clocks and tells us what time it is.

And speaking of clocks, I think our wardrobe department probably wanted to clean mine when they read this script. I think there was something like 8 superhero costumes they needed to create from scratch - making sure not to step on any copyrighted toes. Needless to say, I think they did a fantastic job. And maybe even had some fun once the shock wore off. I'm not exactly sure which costume was my favorite…but suffice it to say I have about half a dozen pictures of me and Allison McAtee (who did a fantastic job playing Spandaxia). Also, a special shout-out to Kevin Christy (aka ICU) and Lombardo Boyar (aka Felix Quintero aka Soulless). Those guys were as funny when the camera wasn't rolling as when it was.

And last, but not least, Perrey Reeves, who played Tony's old fiancée, Wendy. I was stoked when I heard she accepted the role, and thrilled when I actually saw her performing it. Pitch perfect. In fact, the whole cast really did a fantastic job. I hope you all agree.

Steven D. Binder, Co-Executive Producer