William Holmes Varden, who, with his wife Olive, has been coming to the Chez Louisiane for years, drives off a bridge in the rain while intoxicated, and the family retains lawyer Jan Rudy, ... See full synopsis »



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Episode credited cast:
Frank Parrish
Sy 'Bubba' Weisberger
Hanna Griffin (as Daphne Maxwell Reid)
Francesca P. Roberts ...
Frances E. Williams ...
Miss Marie
Bertha Griffin-Lamour (credit only)
Big Arthur
Charles Lampkin ...
Tiger Shepin
Reverend Tyrone Deal
William Thomas Jr. ...
Cool Charles
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sister #2
Insurance Co. Lawyer
Jan Rudy


William Holmes Varden, who, with his wife Olive, has been coming to the Chez Louisiane for years, drives off a bridge in the rain while intoxicated, and the family retains lawyer Jan Rudy, who was raised by Olive, to sue the restaurant on the grounds that they let him leave the premises and drive while intoxicated. Unfortunately, the restaurant does not have nearly enough insurance. Bubba advises Frank to let the insurance company lawyer handle the matter, but then he begins to investigate and discovers that William, who worked all his life as an "odd jobs yard man," knew he was dying of lung cancer and had no life insurance to take care of his large family living in the projects of New Orleans, so, figuring that the restaurants insurance would pay off, staged his own suicide. Bubba appeals to Olive, reminding her, among other things, that whenever somebody got married or buried, the Chez was there, even when people couldnt pay up front, and when the "Civil Rights trouble" began, ...

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5 October 1987 (USA)  »

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I Am Your Worst Nightmare Come True
31 December 2009 | by See all my reviews

Now missing from this cast list is, oddly enough, Conchata Farrell as the lawyer who goes up against Frank and his lawyer fellow, can't recall the character's name now.

An elderly black man had been killed in a car crash. Frank's bar ws being sued as having served the man too many drinks.

Farrell was the lawyer representing the man's family. Looking like a Sunday school church pianist, Farrell played the southern woman with no southern accent but did all the behavior, mannerisms and intelligence perfectly.

She believed Frank, who likewise was a lawyer, had no understanding of much of what she was saying, until she was informed he did know.

From there, she revealed that the man killed in the crash had a widow, Olive Varden (Beah Richards guest Emmy win).

Olive Varden had worked for Farrell's family for years.

Farrell: (Laughing) "I spit up on her," (then serious) "My mother died in her arms," From there, Farrell goes into a blinding calm and serious delivery of how she is going to take them for everything they got to provide for Olive Varden, and Frank's lawyer knows this woman can do it.

This episode then proceeded into how frank's Lawyer, a rather inept man, managed to figure out that Mr. Varden had indeed premeditated his suicide to provide for his family.

With Beah Richards' performance of how "at the Chez, they always treated you like ladies and gentlemen" it is divulged that her late husband was a foolish man and he did it deliberately.

No idea why Farrell isn't listed for this episode.

quite honestly, I thought she got a guest Emmy nod here as well, but it seems she didn't.

This appearance did lead to her LA Law tenure.

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