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Season 1 Episode 9

... Or Not to Be

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Dec 13, 2000 on CBS
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Episode Summary

... Or Not to Be
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

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  • Better Bette than the week prior, but not by much.

    I've heard the rumors of Bette battling with the 'brass'. If this was my show, I wouldn't just be battling, I'd be strategically aiming scud missles at those execs. I'd actually zone into the exact area where Bette accidentally kicks guest star Tim Curry in this episode.

    It was delightful to watch two such big hams like Midler and Curry battle for the prize for biggest mugger in this show. Not many can pull it off without making the audience wretch enmass.

    Well, we might not be wretching yet, but that could be that we're too shocked right now to do so.

    While this offering fared little better than the previous one, it still isn't good tv. It's good Bette Midler yes (but when isn't it?)

Bette Midler

Bette Midler

Bette Midler

Kevin Dunn

Kevin Dunn

Roy (episodes 1-11)

Lindsay Lohan

Lindsay Lohan

Rose (pilot episode only)

Joanna Gleason

Joanna Gleason

Connie Randolph

James Dreyfus

James Dreyfus


Marina Malota

Marina Malota

Rose (episode 3+)

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • 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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  • 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!"