Though no specifics are given, Dangle mentions that a few deputies were killed in the crash last season. They include Kimball (Mary Birdsong), Garcia (Carlos Alazraqui) and Johnson (Wendi McLendon-Covey).
(opening of show)
Dangle: Oh, wow! Holy poop. I thought we got cancelled. No, that is the weirdest thing ever. I could have sworn for sure we were cancelled.
There is much speculation about why and how Wendi-McClendon Covey, Carlos Alazraqui and Mary Birdsong left the show. This was posted on Wendi's myspace page:
Recently I've been asked the same questions over and over, so I thought I'd better just address the subject here so I don't have to keep writing individual messages about it.
No, I'm not on Reno 911 anymore. No, I didn't leave on my own. No, I didn't see it coming. No, I wasn't the only one who was dismissed. No, it wasn't because we weren't doing a good job - in this business you don't necessarily get hired because you're good, and you don't necessarily get let go because you're bad.
Yes, I was on the set of The Office when I found out.
Yes, I was disappointed at first, but as Sophia Loren used to say, "Don't cry over anything that won't cry over you." Five seasons and a movie was a good run, and I'm surprised that it lasted that long. I'm grateful to have been a part of the show but believe me, it was really time to move on and play other types of weird women - maybe someone who wears a turtleneck!
We wrapped season 5 in April of 2007, so I've been away from the show for 2 years. It's a distant, bittersweet memory now.
So thanks to all of you for liking my character! Thanks for being so sweet to me.
Joe Lo Truglio, who was added to the cast as Deputy Frank Rizzo, used to co-star with Thomas Lennon, Kerri Kenney and Ben Garant on MTV's The State.
The music at the opening of the episode is similar to that of Seinfeld.