On the whole I don't care much for USA's fluff series -- White Collar, Royal Pains, Fairly Legal. So when that last one came on after an NCIS rerun, I started to turn the TV off but saw a familiar face that made me stop. It belonged to Brian Markinson, whom I've mentioned here as one of those good actors who will never be stars. I saw him first on SG-1, then on Da Vinci's Inquest, where he had a recurring role. I think the last time I saw him was on Caprica in another recurring role -- he played the agent investigating the bombing that started the plot rolling. So I watched the whole episode of Fairly Legal; this time he played a man who suffered a head injury when hit by a truck and who underwent a deep personality change as a result.

Then in the last sequence of the episode, a new character was introduced, a man the heroine (Kate) had been looking for, a friend of her late father. I didn't recognize him at first, but it was Richard Dean Anderson. Seeing him again was both a pleasure and a shock. He is truly showing his age now. That narrow face of his is no more; I think he must still be on cortisone. He and Markinson acted together in the SG-1 episode, but not in this one. Google says RDA has signed on for a four- or five-episode story arc.

Then just to round things out, Kate's ex is played by Michael Trucco, who was Sam Anders in BSG, the resistance leader Starbuck married. USA owns SyFy, so they're both dipping into the same pool of actors. But I'm glad RDA is back in front of the camera, even if it is only for a short stint.

[This message has been edited by Barbara (edited 02-18-2011).]