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You Probably Didn't Recognize the 90's Sitcom Star on 'The Leftovers' This Week

By Dustin Rowles | The Leftovers | March 2, 2017 |


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Update: Brett Butler re-appeared in the second episode of the final season of The Leftovers, as well. It turns out, she was married to the Man in the Pillar.

“Can’t you give a man a little Grace.”

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I have no new theories to spin or questions to ask about last night’s terrific episode of The Leftovers, which took something of a break from the ongoing narrative to focus on Matt Jamison and his wife, Mary, who — despite being an a vegetative state — managed to get pregnant. According to Matt, she awakened from her state for a brief three-hour period, during which time they made love and she got pregnant, in spite of being infertile prior to the Departure. Others — including John Murphy — believe that Matt may have gotten very lonely one night and had sex with his wife without her consent.

Truthfully, I have no idea.

Here’s something else I had no idea about until Stacey Ritzen — former long-time Pajiba writer and current web culture editor over on Uproxx — apprised me of it. The old lady who gave Matt Jamison nearly $600 in exchange for him hitting her son with an oar and calling him “Brian” was 90’s sitcom star Brett Butler.

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No fucking way! From Grace Under Fire?

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Yup.

She’s only 57, but she is very convincing as hard-living elderly trailer trash. I have no idea why the dude insisted on being called “Brian,” however, or why he wanted to be beat with an oar. Different strokes, I guess.

One other note on the episode: In case you aren’t familiar with it, that final song that played over a naked Matt stepping into the stockade/crucifix to repent for God knows what was Regina Spektor’s lovely, acerbic “Laughing With.”



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