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Dante's Inferno 

Maxine becomes the acting mayor. When she supports a business decision half of the town opposes, she becomes the target of local sexist shock jock Chuck Dante, who constantly humiliates her and even calls for her death. She's soon shot.


Daniel Attias


David E. Kelley (created by)


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Skerritt ... Sheriff Jimmy Brock
Kathy Baker ... Dr. Jill Brock
Costas Mandylor ... Kenny Lacos
Lauren Holly ... Maxine Stewart
Holly Marie Combs ... Kimberly Brock
Justin Shenkarow ... Matthew Brock
Adam Wylie ... Zachary Brock
Fyvush Finkel ... Douglas Wambaugh
Kelly Connell ... Carter Pike
Ray Walston ... Judge Henry Bone
Charles Rocket ... Chuck Dante
Jordan Baker ... District Attorney
Don Stark ... Stubby Muller
Matthew Glave ... Deputy Bud Skeeter
Lisa Chess Lisa Chess ... Rebecca


Maxine Stewart is chosen as the new acting mayor of Rome and she immediately becomes highly unpopular despite her honest efforts to do what's best for the town. Her support for a highly controversial and extremely unpopular plan among the townsfolk, and especially the small business owners, to let a national chain store open one of its mega-stores on the town's main street creates a lot of enemies. Meanwhile, popular local shock jock Chuck Dante starts using his show to publicly smear, insult and humiliate Maxine and call her names. The town's rage over Maxine's support for the chain store brings Chuck many new fans and he becomes the voice of the people despite his crassness, open sexism and calls for violence against Maxine. Secretly, he doesn't care about her or the issues and is only using the town's rage to boost his ratings. Jill tries protesting against this kind of public behavior but her friend Rebecca simply points out that it's a Man's world. When Maxine is shot in her ...

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The title is based on the Inferno (Italian for "Hell") by Dante Alighieri, the first part of his fourteenth-century epic poem 'The Divine Comedy' telling of the journey of Dante through Hell guided by the Roman poet Virgil. See more »


References Dante's Inferno (1935) See more »

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Shock Jock Chuck
21 July 2013 | by Uknaija-744-437978See all my reviews

Maxine Stewart is appointed acting Mayor while Laurie Bey goes on Maternity Leave. One of her first actions in office is to request that Kenny calls her 'Mayor' as opposed to Maxine. Shock Jock Chuck Dante the radio host controversially campaigns for Max to be impeached. Jimmy believes that Max in office will help the passing of the new budget for the police department. A proposal for a new Multi-Mart stirs up tension as local business owners believe that it will put them out of business. Judge Bone as president of the Rome Historical Society also raises objections as it would be on the site of Rome's first homestead. Max has the casting vote in the decision of the Rome Council and her decision has electrifying reverberations.

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22 April 1996 (USA) See more »

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