The Guardian

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  • Episode Guide
  • S 3 : Ep 22

    Antarctica

    Aired 5/4/04

  • S 3 : Ep 21

    Blood In, Blood Out

    Aired 4/27/04

  • S 3 : Ep 20

    The Vote

    Aired 4/20/04

  • S 3 : Ep 19

    Remember

    Aired 4/6/04

  • S 3 : Ep 18

    The Bachelor Party

    Aired 3/9/04

  • Cast & Crew
  • Dabney Coleman

    Burton Fallin

  • Raphael Sbarge

    Jake Straka

  • Simon Baker

    Nick Fallin

  • Alan Rosenberg

    Alvin Masterson

  • Charles Malik Whitfield

    James Mooney [Episodes 1-45]

  • show Description
  • The theme song to The Guardian is The Empire In My Mind as performed by Jakob Dylan of The Wallflowers.

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  • Quotes (2)

    • still angry

    • Lulu: You always used to say that Pittsburgh was a one horse town. Miss. Novack: Well, it is, but it's awfully good when you own the horse!

    Notes (28)

    • There's an offhand reference to Alan Rosenberg's love of golf (see Lifetime TV's bio under fast facts)

    • The standard crack from Judge Stanton that I haven't seen Masterson so upset since Nixon beat McGovern gains some meaning from the fact that Alan Rosenberg became a member of the radical civil rights group the Black Panthers during his student days (Lifetime TV bio Alan Rosenberg

    • Raphael Sbarge does not appear in this episode

    • Alan Rosenberg does not appear in this episode

    • Wendy Moniz is a cast regular in this episode but is not in the episode.

    • Here is what the title means: in loco parentis prep. (in loh-coh pah-rent-iss) Latin for "instead of a parent" or "in place of a parent," this phrase identifies a foster parent, a county custodial agency or a boarding school which is taking care of a minor, including protecting his/her rights. Thus, Boys' Town is legally in loco parentis to Johnny Boarder, aged 15, if and when he needs legal help."

    • Wendy Moniz is a cast member starting with this episode.

    • Loop Hole: What happen to the two boys that were also staying with James's Grandmother?

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    Trivia (6)

    • Burton Fallon stated that his sister-in-law's ad agency was the biggest in Pittsburgh with revenues of $2M. That amount wouldn't even make the Top 25 list. The largest ad agency in Pittsburgh has revenues in excess of $600M! I Pittsburgh isn't as big a market as LA or NYC, but, come on, its not East Podunk either and I would expect the writer (Pittsburgh native) to be aware of this.

    • Notice the reflection of the cameraman when Burton and Nick walk out of the hospital. You can see the cameraman´s reflection in the door.

    • The bus shown transporting "Gracie" is not a Pittsburgh bus. In Pittsburgh, the buses have the "PAT" (Port Authority Transit) logo prominently displayed.

    • When Lulu and Nick meet in the incline, you can see Nick covering up his dinner with a napkin just before Lulu arrives. Cleverly done, it´s very "nickish". Nick wouldn´t want Lulu to see his mess.

    • Lulu is trying to help a recently released inmate get back together with his wife who is intent on divorcing him. In the episode, the ex-con is revealed to have been incarcerated for shooting the owner of a liquor store. Since he had been in prison in Pennsylvania for this crime, presumably the crime occurred in Pennsylvania. The problem is that ALL liquor stores in Pennsylvania are owned by the state, so unless a way was found to shoot and wound a non-living entity, the crime is impossible. Obviously poor research by writers who tend to know too much about L.A. and New York and not much else.

    • When Tracy Middendorf (as Laura Donnellon) addresses the court, she quotes Nietzsche as saying "Family love is messy, clinging, and of an annoying and repetitive pattern, like bad wallpaper". However, the quote is actually from PJ O'Rourke. Every time this quote is listed on the Internet, it's in a group of similar quotes, and one from Nietzsche always seems to precede it in the list. The scriptwriters may have misread the author in the list when they did their research.

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    Allusions (1)

    • Episode Title: Mothers of the Disappeared Mothers of the Disappeared is a song by U2 from The Joshua Tree album.

  • Fan Reviews (8)
  • hiiiiii

    By sonimukeshrocks, Dec 02, 2014

  • loved it

    By KimberlyMulli, Jan 30, 2013

  • The it back

    By vernacloud, Jan 05, 2013

  • Oh my word

    By sassyj64, Oct 24, 2011

  • The Guardian centres on the rather socially inept character of Nick Fallin, a Pittsburgh lawyer who has been caught on drug charges and is sentenced to community service. The series follows Nick's growth and eventually his redemption.

    By smartieplum, Aug 07, 2009