'Warehouse 13': WWE Star Cody Rhodes Eyes Joanne Kelly, Almost Wrestles Eddie McClintock
Here's the full text of my syndicated feature on this week's "Warehouse 13" (with Lycra, not Spandex) ...
In an episode airing Aug. 24, Cody Rhodes guest stars as Kurt Smoller, the former captain of the football team at Secret Service agent Myka Bering's (Joanne Kelly) high school. Little does he know that Myka has grown up to be half of a team - with fellow Secret Service agent Pete Lattimer (Eddie McClintock) - that chases down mysterious artifacts that have a strange and often dramatic effect on those around them.
"Kurt is the quintessential cool guy from high school, the jock,"
"But it's cool, because it's not black and white. With Kurt Smoller, it's really more of an area of gray. It wasn't just, 'I'm the cool kid. I can't talk to the Myka Berings of the world,' because Myka Bering was his tutor in algebra.
"So he's not the sharpest tool in the shed, but I like that."
Myka runs into Kurt at her high-school reunion, and although she winds up under the influence of an artifact, sparks fly.
Kurt's a little surprised to see his old tutor, now all grown up.
"All grown up,"
"It came as a complete shock for him."
As for his own experience,
"Without realizing it," he says, "I always had a smile when I walked into the class. She was a year younger than me. I was a senior; she was a junior."
Then, says Rhodes, about six months ago he was at a gas station in his hometown of
Although Rhodes admits that he acted the perfect gentleman in
"At this high-school reunion,"
Fans of the show might wonder what Pete's reaction is to all this, since he's usually very protective of his partner. Well, that has a lot to do with the effect of the artifact, which is better revealed in the episode.
"The actual Pete/Kurt interaction was fun to shoot,"
As to whether he and McClintock reminisced about wearing their wrestling singlets,
But was there wrestling?
"It almost got to some wrestling,"
All that is left, then, is the question of a kiss (with Kelly, not McClintock).
"I wanted to have the utmost respect going into their world,"
"I was very nervous, more nervous than I've been for something in a long time.
"The best way I can put it - she took charge. She took the reins. You know those episodes of television that are a little uncomfortable and a little awkward, but you can't turn away?
"There's a lot of that feeling."