Bette

... Or Not to Be

Season 1, Ep 9, Aired 12/13/00
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  • Episode Description
  • When Bette finds out that Tim Curry is in town doing a stage production of William Shakespeare's "Hamlet," she pushes her way into the production, playing the part of his mother, Gertrude. Oscar can't stand Mr. Curry, due to an encounter he thinks he had with the actor while he was a cater-waiter in London, but agrees to help Bette learn her lines. Bette, however, is disinterested in learning the part and proceeds to ruin the rehearsals, forgetting her lines, letting her cell phone go off, and finally (accidentally) punching Tim in the crotch. So Tim suggests they move her character's death into the prologue -- and Bette obliges, working out a catchy production number with The Harlettes.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Bette Midler

    Bette Midler

  • Kevin Dunn

    Roy (episodes 1-11)

  • Lindsay Lohan

    Rose (pilot episode only)

  • Joanna Gleason

    Connie Randolph

  • James Dreyfus

    Oscar

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • Better Bette than the week prior, but not by much.

    By dramafreezone, Aug 03, 2005

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Notes (1)

    • The scene where Bette and Rose plan to watch Hamlet had to be shot several times. Bette would continually lean over and tickle Marinas bare feet, which were sitting in front of her. The filming was stopped and restarted three times, with Bette apologizing each time saying 'I'm sorry, I just couldn't resist!"

    Trivia (1)

    • According to the closed-captioning, Bette's cell-phone was supposed to ring "The William Tell Overture," but it must have been changed to a standard cell-phone ring in post-production.

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