Season 5 Episode 6

Dramatic License

Aired Unknown Nov 02, 1996 on
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Duncan finds himself cast in a romance novel along with an old opponent. Duncan wants to know how much the author, Carolyn Marsh, knows about him, but his rival wants to kill her.

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  • The Immortal Romance novel

    After breaking up with her Immortal boyfriend, a woman starts a series of tawdry romance novels retelling his story. Events are twisted and distorted to goad him by making him an ugly, lampooned chariticure villain. Episode starts off as a parody of romance novels, becomes a parody of highlander, then becomes a parody of itself. When you insult the source material, you cease to be 'creative' and become a prick That's what this episode does to the series and the original movie. It stops being funny, but doesn't realize when it goes too far. And the music cues for the catfight scenes between the author and Amanda are annoying as hell. It was actually mostly fine and innocuous, until the author breaks down in front of Amanda and starts crying like a bad flashback to "My Best Friend's Wedding", at which point the joke becomes an insult. Instead of slapping her in the face and telling her to get her act together, Amanda takes pity on her like an ugly poodle and works to get her back together with her man.

    The writers of this episode have only 6 other credits to their names: so far all of them episodes of Highlander I've hated.moreless
Alastair Duncan

Alastair Duncan

Terence Coventry

Guest Star

Sandra Bernhard

Sandra Bernhard

Carolyn Marsh

Guest Star

April Telek

April Telek


Guest Star

Elizabeth Gracen

Elizabeth Gracen


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Terence: (to Amanda about Carolyn) She needs to have an accident, break her writing arm, have her jaw wired.
      Amanda: No, I'd use poison, maybe a big rock... how about a stake through the heart?
      Terence: I do like the way you think.

    • Duncan: Terence, I don't like it either, but you can't kill a mortal.
      Amanda: Says who?

    • Terence: (reciting) "As Duncan's lips crushed her to him, her hands went to his britches".
      Duncan: Kilt.
      Terence: Bastard! (hits Duncan) Don't come between us again.

    • Duncan: (about Carolyn Marsh) Where'd she go?
      Amanda: She left.
      Duncan: In the elevator?!
      Amanda: On her broom.

    • Amanda: You are and you always will be a big boy scout.
      Duncan: That's why you love me. (kisses her)
      Amanda: Do we? Love each other?
      Duncan: In our own way.
      Amanda: What way is that?
      Duncan: Amanda, you know this conversation never turns out well.
      Amanda: No, wait, what never turns out well?
      Duncan: When we try to dissect what we are.
      Amanda: You sound just like a man.
      Duncan: I am a man!
      Amanda: That is beside the point.
      Duncan: Amanda, what we have is incredibly special. It's just not mortal love.
      Amanda: So?
      Duncan: So, I want you to be honest with me. Can you do that? Hm?
      Amanda: Tell me, talk!
      Duncan: How many years could you see us, no, decades or centuries could you see us spending together? I'm not talking about every now and then, I'm talking about every day. Every hour.
      Amanda: What, you mean til one of us kills the other?
      Duncan: Exactly my point.
      Amanda: (exhales) It's just not fair. I mean, all a girl wants is a little romance. To be swept up her feat now and then. (Duncan literally sweeps her up her feet) Now, that's more like it.
      Duncan: I do love you Amanda. (They kiss)

    • Amanda: (After picking up MacLeod's credit card.) When the going gets tough, the tough go shopping.

    • Duncan: (reading) "Her hands reached for his kilt where they found..."
      Amanda: I didn't read that. (Amanda takes and reads the book) Oh so it's purple...the prose I mean.

    • Amanda: She called me a cheap whore and a thief - I was never cheap!

  • NOTES (3)


    • Amanda: A mane of flowing hair to rival Lancelot's charger.
      Duncan: Must be Fabio.
      This is a double reference, firstly to the knight Lancelot of Arthurian legend and secondly to the Italian actor/model Fabio Lanzoni, who appeared on the covers of many romance novels in the 1980s and '90s and is widely known for his long blond hair.

    • Man: Well, who's going to wear the kilt?
      This is a reference to the movie Braveheart which Duncan was asked to star in but he turned it down because he didn't want to wear the kilt.