Episode #615, "Dead Again"
When we found out before season six started shooting that Kathryn Han ("Lily") was pregnant in real life, we decided to capitalize on this with our Lily/Bug/Jeffrey Brandau triangle. And what seemed perfect from the get-go was that Lily would give birth toward the end of our season in the morgue - this birth contrasting with the death we see here every week. In this scene amidst the chaos of Lily going into labor in the morgue, Nigel is distracted momentarily from his impending presentation and gets caught up in the excitement. We all had great fun with this moment, but felt we needed to keep Nigel's great comedy from overpowering the birth. Watch »
Episode #614, "In Sickness And In Health"
We had a great time in this episode with what we like to call "Happy Jordan." We based this on so many people who bravely take a near death experience and turn it into a positive in their life. We wanted to throw as tough an emotional story as we could at Jordan to see how she'd react in this new frame of mind. In this moment, Nigel and Dr. Macy have very different reactions to happy Jordan - and we gave a little homage to Mary Richards and Lou Grant of "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" with our dialogue about spunk, playing off the great Joan Jett song that kicks off our episode. We had to trim this out for time, but hated to lose the moment.
Episode #613, "Post Hoc"
After Nigel and Woody have found the Homeland Security seal on Bug's door, this moment brought Macy and Nigel back to the morgue to search for meaning. We love this moment where Macy reassures himself that Nigel diddn't do anything against the law, but in the final cut we all agreed that with the stakes so high for Bug, Nigel's behavior would not be questioned.
Episode #612, "Sleeping Beauty"
This scene directly preceded Nigel revealing that he has bought a huge aquarium to house fish for Jordan. In the script, we wanted to make sure all our characters kept track of where Jordan was in her surgery. But in the end, the moments between Bug and Nigel about the fish told the story much more powerfully, and we felt this scene was unnecessary.
Episode #611, "Faith"
In the script, this scene followed directly after the discovery of the bullet on the bus. On its own, it's a very nice scene with great production value, but in the contest of the episode, it felt repetitive—much of the information we learn here is disucssed in both the scene on the bus just before it, and the scene that follows when Bug and Macy bring the bodies into the morgue.
Episode #610, "Fall From Grace"
In this moment, Nigel and Bug hover patronizingly over Dr. Macy, falsely believing that he has a meningioma in his brain, but too afraid to confront him directly, particularly since they only discovered this "information" by snooping. When the episode as a whole came together, we fel there was too many of these moments where Nigel and Bug worried about Dr. Macy, so this one was edited out to keep the story moving along.Watch »
Episode #608, "Hubris"
There were no scenes deleted from this week's episode, but we dug up this little moment from our season premeire ("Retribution") that didn't make the final cut. After escaping capture in Washington D.C. and witnessing the suicide of the Judge, Macy finally has a quiet moment to give Jordan a hard time for punching him in the stomach as part of the ruse for getting into the Judge's office. You'll notice them walking against a background of a "green screen" - if this had made the final cut, you would see Washington D.C. seamlessly in the background. In the end, we felt this personal moment slowed down our story drive, and it was trimmed out. Watch »
Episode #607, "Isolation"
When we decided to do an "Outbreak" type episode, we struggled with the fact that it's very difficult to justify all of our people coming out of this unscathed. We had already discussed a health crisis for Jordan this season, and this seemed the perfect way to launch it - she escapes one deadly disease, only to discover she has another. In this little moment toward the end of hte episode, Jordan has been told she doesn't have the deadly hantavirus, but realizes something is really wrong with her. We filmed two versions of this realization - the subtler one that is in the episode and this one, which was
trimmed out. Watch »
Episode #606, "Night Of The Living Dead"
We didn't have any deleted scenes from episode 606, but we did find this. In this scene, Nigel summons Lily and Garret to the forensics laboratory to show off his latest discovery. It's what the actors are wearing, or should we say, not wearing, that makes this scene so memorable.
Episode #603, "33 Bullets"
There were no scenes deleted from this episode, but here is the way Lu's death sequence was originally scripted. In this sequence Lu's death happened off screen and was revealed to the audience when it was revealed to Woody. In the final edit, we decided it was more powerful to see her death on screen.
Episode #602, "Shattered"
There were no scenes that were deleted from episode 602, but we did find this. It is the original last moment between Jordan and Lu. It was scripted to remind viewers of a season five episode ("Mysterious Ways") in which Jordan surprised Lu with a kiss. Although we loved this moment, it was trimmed from the final cut because we felt it undermined the seriousness of Dave being arrested. More »
Episode #601, "Retribution"
This scene between Bug and Lily was originally part of a sequence at the top of Act Three in which everyone in the morgue works to decipher what's on Judge Gordon's laptop. It came right before the argument between Lu and Woody in the break room. (In fact, Woody exits the top of this scene with his coffee to go to the break room where he is confronted by Lu). In the original cut of the episode, however, outside pressure from Lu was lacking at the top of Act Three, which necessitated our moving up the Woody/Lu confrontation. This Bug/Lily scene was an unfortunate casualty.