Bodies Add Up on 'Numb3rs'
"7th Heaven," this is not.
The episodes are clearly inspired by the numerous stories about teachers falling for their students, the most notorious being that of Mary Kay LeTourneau (though, of course, murder and robbery wasn't part of the real-life story). Dickens, though, was careful not to judge her character.
"What worked for me was just to try to understand the characters and why the things they're doing make sense to them," says Dickens, who played whore-turned-property owner Joanie Stubbs on HBO's "Deadwood." "Then there's no judgment in it about whether I'm doing the wrong thing. Crystal doesn't really see that she is doing the wrong thing."
At least in Friday's episode, Dickens and Gallagher spend most of their time away from the regular "Numb3rs" cast, while
"It was interesting shooting a crime drama," Gallagher says. "Kim and I would go in and shoot first thing in the morning -- we'd enter the crime scene, kill people and get out of there. Then we'd wait while the other actors would go to the same location and [film] the investigation. ... It was like a tag-team scenario."
Filming two episodes back-to-back, and getting to shoot and blow stuff, up, made Dickens feel like she was "doing a little movie."
"I worked a lot with Diane Farr, who's just a phenomenal actress and person," she says. "By the time we were finished with episode two, I was like, 'Don't I get to come back?' I got a little attached to the part. A lot of times as a guest star, you're like the new kid at school. ... [But] it was a great experience."
Gallagher, too, says he had a great time, and he's hoping that his "Numb3rs" role will help show people that he has a little more range than what he showed in his 10 seasons on "7th Heaven."
"It's been 10 years that I've been doing this safe thing, and now there are no rules again anymore," he says. "It's a little discomforting, but ... it's nothing I wasn't absolutely looking forward to. Now I get to redefine what my career means."