Today’s cuppa: Irish breakfast tea
Here’s the full text of my syndicated feature on this week’s “Warehouse 13” (with Lycra, not Spandex) …
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.
the quintessential cool guy from high school, the jock,”
says. “He is the quarterback of the high-school football team. He was in the
eye of every girl.
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.
not the sharpest tool in the shed, but I like that.”
into Kurt at her high-school reunion, and although she winds up under the
influence of an artifact, sparks fly.
little surprised to see his old tutor, now all grown up.
bombshell in an unbelievable blue dress? Kurt Smoller’s high-school experience
isn’t all that different from Cody Rhodes’, even in the experience of seeing
someone you thought was cool and a great conversationalist turn into such a
total lovely package – I know the feeling.
“It came as
a complete shock for him.”
As for his
enjoy talking to the girl who sat next to him in creative writing.
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.”
Rhodes, about six months ago he was at a gas station in his hometown of
and there she was, on her way to see a theatrical performance.
Rhodes admits that he acted the perfect gentleman in
to be said on “Warehouse 13.”
know how to word this, but the prospects are pretty thin. Kurt was hanging out
with his guy friends. Upon seeing Myka, he doesn’t even realize it’s Myka
Bering and coordinates a very bad attempt at trying to get her attention. He
finds out it’s Myka Bering as the conversation ensues.”
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.
than a regard for Joanne Kelly.
Pete/Kurt interaction was fun to shoot,”
says, “because both of us were amateur wrestlers. He was in the
gave me a shirt from his old high-school team. I still wear that around.”
whether he and McClintock reminisced about wearing their wrestling singlets,
weird that guys enjoy Spandex?’ We were both quick to jump in and say, ‘It’s
not Spandex; it’s Lycra,’ which is no different, and it makes it no better, but
at least we said something.”
got to some wrestling,”
was slammed in Kurt Smoller’s face, and had it not been slammed, we might
actually have got a good old six-minute amateur wrestling match.”
All that is
left, then, is the question of a kiss (with Kelly, not McClintock).
to have the utmost respect going into their world,”
says, “and the potential that there might have been a kiss between myself and
Joanne Kelly. I have all the respect in the world for her, because she handled
me with kid gloves.
“I was very
nervous, more nervous than I’ve been for something in a long time.
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?
lot of that feeling.”