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Claus and Effect 

A missing department store Santa Claus turns out to be a brilliant mathematician who dropped out of college after having a crisis of conscience.


Bobby Roth


Hank Steinberg (created by), David Amann | 2 more credits »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony LaPaglia ... Jack Malone
Poppy Montgomery ... Samantha Spade
Marianne Jean-Baptiste ... Vivian Johnson
Enrique Murciano ... Danny Taylor
Roselyn Sanchez ... Elena Delgado
Eric Close ... Martin Fitzgerald
Josh Heine Josh Heine ... Glen Beckett
Lisa Waltz ... Monica Beckett
Dedee Pfeiffer ... Donna
Lindsey Haun ... Zoe Fuller
Meredith Eaton ... Brenda Spivak (as Meredith Eaton-Gilden)
Jim Piddock ... Dr. McNeil
Jordan Lund ... Russell Beeman
David Gianopoulos ... Armand Mutsakis
Steve Tom ... Brad Harris


A young department store Santa is missing as he does not show up for work. It turns out that he is a skilled mathematician/computer programmer who has been working on a special algorithm for a university. Unfortutaely, this algorithm will cost jobs at a factory in his girlfriend's hometown. He has quit the university as well and gets involved in a scheme to win at black jack by counting cards. Sam is still trying to resolve the problem of eliminating her baby's father from the picture. Written by Dave Goldhirsch

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Shame about Rosalyn Sanchez' accent
25 January 2020 | by guidokuwasSee all my reviews

She's been given a script to talk and pretend she's a real New Yorker speaking all the slang etc.. but with a heavy Hispanic accent. Sometimes so heavy I have to put the subtitles on to understand her. Not believable. Not a believable performance. It was better before she joined.

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13 December 2007 (USA) See more »

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