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He did, however, have to prove his knowledge to the crew.
"My wife and I have started watching it [at the beginning], and pretty much -- we've missed a few, but basically I've been [a regular viewer]," Bakula tells Zap2it. "I got quizzed the first day when I showed up in the makeup trailer -- I said I've been watching the show, and somebody said, 'No you haven't.' I said, 'No, I have.' They said, 'OK, we're going to ask you a question: Who killed Carlos' mother?' I said, 'You mean Lupe Ontiveros? I worked with her a long time ago.' So I passed the test."
Bakula made his first appearance in the April 1 episode as Trip Weston, the lawyer who's defending Bree (Marcia Cross) as she faces trumped-up murder charges in the death of Gaby's (Eva Longoria) stepfather. Trip will start to discover what's behind the charges in Sunday's (April 29) episode, Bakula says.
"When she comes in and lays out the case in his office, he's basically like, who's going to believe you killed anybody, lady? Really?" Bakula says with a laugh. "My guy is kind of a hotshot guy and likes to take impossible cases. This just seems too easy."
But as he notes, few things on Wisteria Lane are what they seem. "Bree has a lot more that she's been hiding, and a lot of secrets I wouldn't have expected from her. I kind of made a judgment about who I thought she was in the initial episode, and it turns out she has a lot of skeletons. The nature of the trial proceeds in a way that she has to reveal some of her past to me, which is not necessarily pretty, and as you know that's hard for Bree."
Bree and Trip might also find themselves becoming a little more than client and attorney, Bakula says, despite two very different personalities. "We both admit we're cut from different cloths," he says. "We're not really simpatico very much at all philosophically. So we have an uphill battle."
Bakula will be in every episode through the May 13 series finale, and he says the mood on set in the final days of filming has been wistful, but everyone on the cast and crew are "in great spirits."
"There's good teamwork still going on, people care, it's a lot of fun," he says. "They're in this home stretch, and sometimes you can be around a situation where people are just dying to get off the boat, you know? It doesn't seem that way to me at all. ... It's pretty remarkable, and pretty great to be around it."
Here's a peek at Bakula and Cross together from Sunday's "Desperate Housewives." It airs at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.
Is an offer to guest star on the final five episodes of DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES an automatic yes for an actor, or is it something you had to think about?
Scott Bakula: In this case it was easy because I’m a fan of the show. My wife and I got hooked from the beginning and have pretty much watched for eight years. I’ve bumped into Marc Cherry periodically over the years and he would say, “We gotta get you on the show,” and I would say, “You’re right!” yet it just never happened. And basically I had written off that it would ever happen so when they called and asked if I wanted to do the last five, it just sounded perfect. Plus, it was working with Marcia, who I had worked with when she was a baby, twenty years ago on QUANTUM LEAP, so it all seemed like it was meant to be.
If there is one thing we’ve learned having spent the better part of eight seasons watching DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES is that everyone who comes to the show brings with them a secret or two!
I think what’s fun about him [Bakula referring to his character of Trip] is that we don’t really know what his motives are and we’re not sure what he’s up to, so I kind of played that a little closer to the vest and hopefully some secrets will be revealed as we go along. I can tease that there’s going to be a relationship with Bree, but I don’t want to talk about what form it’s going to take. Rest assured, things get interesting there.
It has been said that guest starring on any show is the hardest job in Hollywood, very much akin to being the new kid at a new school. What was it like on DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES?
It can be a challenge and it really depends on what the set is like and who you’re working with. I’ve had good experiences and not so good experiences and this one was just a joy because the set is a great set to work on. They’ve got a great crew there, there’s a great energy on the set and Marcia [Cross] was completely wide open and available to working with me. Either she was happy that I was there or she’s a good liar because we hit it off right from the beginning and that just makes all the difference in the world.
Was the tone on the set that much more special knowing that this was the end of the series?
The longest show I’ve ever done was four and a half years so I can only imagine what ending an eight year show is like. That family there, that group that they’ve lived with for almost more time than their real family for 8 years, there’s a huge history. Just with Marcia alone, what she has gone through, the explosion of her career, the fame of the show, her marriage, twins, just in her own private world… then multiply that by a couple of 100 people and it’s a huge deal. It’s just special to be a part of and to be around. It’s very emotional, and in this instance it’s in a good way. I’ve been around shows at the end where people are dying to get out of there and this isn’t that case.
Having been involved in quite a few series finales yourself, what do you think makes a good one and do you think DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES fans will be happy with how this one ends?
The end of shows are a nightmare for everybody because there is so much pressure to satisfy everyone which of course you can’t do. So I think what Marc has done, and I believe successfully, is that he has kind of gone back to his own inner muse and he’s writing what I think is going to be delightful to him. And since it’s his show and people loved it from the beginning, hopefully it will be delightful to a lot of people. Look, they’ve got five big storylines that they’re trying to wrap up, and five big storylines that they carry every week and that in and of itself is a huge challenge, but they’ve been up to the task or they would have been gone a long time ago
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“[Creator Marc Cherry] didn’t say that to me specifically, but I don’t know how it could not have been a part of his psyche,” Bakula tells The Hollywood Reporter of how the Nicollette Sheridan trial may have influenced the series' court drama. “Most writers take stuff and they mix it up into what they’re writing. So, it seems it’s ironically twisted that we would be doing a court case while he was dealing with his court issues.”It remains to be seen how the court experience is translated on-screen and Bakula says that viewers will have plenty of time to dissect the proceedings as the show doesn’t just skimp on Bree’s murder trial.
“It’s pretty drawn out and pretty extensive,” he says. “There’s enough courtroom coming up that everybody that had to shoot it and be in it were sick of it."
”There’s only so many ways you can shoot courtroom stuff too,” he continues. “We got in there and did the best we could and made it as interesting as we could. And they wrote it in way that I think definitely keeps it moving. But, of course, it's Desperate Housewives, so there’s surprises in court, there’s reveals in court and there’s gasping moments in court -- all kinds of really great court stuff, as you can imagine that Desperate Housewives would end with.”The actor -- who has charmed sci-fi audiences with his starring roles on Quantum Leap and Star Trek: Enterprise -- had talked to Cherry about appearing on the show for years and he had just about given up after hearing this would be its last season. So not only was he thrilled to get the call to guest star, but also he was happy to see the role he would play.
“It wasn’t like I would have taken any part,” he says. “But the fact that it was such a nice part and I think Trip is well written and there were possibilities for humor and for some sexuality and some relationship stuff with Marcia that comes into play, that makes it fun.”
So, clearly viewers can expect the action between Trip and Bree to extend beyond the courtroom. “I think it’s fair to say that there’s some exploration there,” Bakula teases.
Watch Trip and Bree try to find some common ground in the preview video below.
Scott Bakula has just signed a deal for a multi-episode arc to play an attorney on the ABC dramedy, now in its eighth and final season.
While ABC has not revealed too many details, Bakula is expected to play a lawyer hired to defend Bree (Marcia Cross) in a murder trial, reports TV Line.
Bakula was last seen on TV in the acclaimed-but-canceled TNT comedy, “Men of a Certain Age.”