Judging Amy

Season 2 Episode 5

Unnecessary Roughness

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Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Nov 21, 2000 on CBS
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Unnecessary Roughness
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Amy seeks to have Lauren qualified as a "gifted" student; Maxine agrees to take a anger management class after going too far in insulting a coworker and accosting the boy who vandalized the Gray home; Amy dates a detective who's "out of her league"; Vincent agrees to be Donna's birthing partner; Amy presides at the sentencing hearing for a teenager who intentionally maimed a rival player during a hockey game.moreless

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  • Amy is such a snob in this episode. She has a standard. She will not date outside of her selective group. She thinks her talkative daughter is gifted. Everything she touches is special. The audience knows better.moreless

    6.2
    Maxine does it again. She keeps Amy in her place. Amy is so focused on being part of the elite, that she passes on good-hearted, interesting men. Too bad for her. The actor that played the detective in this episode was one excellent kisser in "Cheers." Let's ask Carla.



    Seriously, the two storylines have a common theme. Amy thinks she is too good for the detective and she thinks her daughter is gifted. She thought she was gifted. Oh, and she cannot get past Mrs. Schleevee. This person was her daughter's teacher LAST year. AMy still talks about Mrs. Schleevee not liking Lauren. Get over it already!



    Suddenly, Maxine shares with Amy that Vincent was the gifted child. Amy is so frustrated. Here she has succeeded and Vincent cannot pay rent for an apartment without a roommate. This episode really grounds Amy.moreless
  • Amy searches to have Lauren placed in the gifted program at her school.

    5.0
    Amy is quite shocked when Lauren tells her that one of her friends has been placed in the gifted program. This is understandable, as a mother she would logically wish that her daughter have a superior intelligence. But, Amy proceeds on a vendetta and seems childish.



    I suppose this is the way Amy is. Often childish and very stubborn (definitely a trait inherited from her mother), but in this episode it's very annoying. In most Judging Amy episodes, the episode is helped by Amy. However, this one is tough to watch because of Amy. Watching her run all over town obsessed with getting Lauren in the gifted program pretty much sucks.moreless
Amy Brenneman

Amy Brenneman

Amy Madison Gray

Dan Futterman

Dan Futterman

Vincent Gray (Episodes 1-51, 117- )

Richard T. Jones

Richard T. Jones

Bruce Van Exel

Jessica Tuck

Jessica Tuck

Gillian Gray

Marcus Giamatti

Marcus Giamatti

Peter Gray

Karle Warren

Karle Warren

Lauren Cassidy

Dan Hedaya

Dan Hedaya

Det. Tarnower

Guest Star

Ryan Janis

Ryan Janis

Andy Thomas

Guest Star

Adina Porter

Adina Porter

Hospital Tour Guide

Guest Star

Timothy Omundson

Timothy Omundson

Sean Potter

Recurring Role

Colleen Flynn

Colleen Flynn

Lolly Wetzel

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Amy says that Mrs. Schleewee hates Lauren and that she wants Mrs. Schleewee to be hit by a tractor. Amy is obsessing over a teacher that Lauren had LAST year. It previous scenes, it has been established that Vincent was released from the hospital in the fall, which is the beginning of a new school year.

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  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Episode Title:

      The title of this episode is "Unnecessary Roughness," which is a term used in sports when a player is rougher than required to make the point or to steal the ball.

    • While Vincent is taking a tour of the birthing unit of the hospital, the group has a discussion of "bad things" that can happen. Someone mentions 'eclampsia' and a woman says "That lady that died on ER had eclampsia." The actress who protrayed the patient on ER was Colleen Flynn, who plays the part of Amy's friend, Lolly, in this, and a few other, episodes.

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