March 28, 2006
24 special guest stars
A lot of familiar faces have been popping up on 24 for the last week or two--at least they're familiar if your life revolves around TV and movies.
Last week's German agent Theo Stoller was played by the same actor who played Desmond, the Mama Cass-loving Dharma guy down in the hatch at the start of this season of Lost. Kiefer uses Theo Stoller to get access to this season's mega-fox secret agent Collette Stenger. Stana Katic, who plays Collette, has appeared on a bunch of dramas, including The Shield and The Closer.
Then this week, we were introduced to yet another pretty young thing (did the producers go out of their way this season to cast a lot of really beautiful women?), Shari Rothenberg, who is brought in to replace Edgar Stiles. Shari is played by Kate Mara, who played the 19 year-old Alma Jr. in Brokeback Mountain--the one who looked like a young Julia Roberts.
My favorite moment in last night's episode was shortly after Shari told Chloe about her previous sexual harassment accusation against creepy Homeland Security official Miles Papazian. Buchanan and Chloe are trying to figure out which city gas center is being targeted by the terrorists, and Shari tells Buchanan about her background in chemistry, nerve gas will be made inert by pressurized natural gas, meow meow meow, and then when Buchanan says "good work" and briefly puts his hand on her arm as he walks away--a completely innocent gesture--she flinches, gets a far-away steely look on her face, and says, "that wasn't right." Uh-oh.
From now on, we shall refer to Shari Rothenberg as DON'T TOUCH ME THERE!
Also note that Miles is played by Stephen Spinella, an openly gay actor who won two Tonys for his work in Angels in America, starred in the stage and film versions of Love! Valour! Compassion!, and And the Band Played On.
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