Another Period: Natasha Leggero, Riki Lindhome talk Lillian's big day
Every week, Another Period creators and stars Natasha Leggero and Riki Lindhome, who play spoiled socialite sisters Lillian and Beatrice Bellacourt, take viewers behind the scenes and share insight into how they crafted each episode. Below, their thoughts on the ninth episode of the comedy’s second season, “Lillian’s Wedding.”
Lillian’s (and the Commodore’s) dream has come true: She’s about to marry a wealthy media mogul, a man named Laverne, who Leggero and Lindhome says was inspired by Anna Nicole Smith’s real-life, elderly husband. Laverne demands his grandson Bertram, played by guest star Andrew Rannells, also attend the wedding — and when Bertram arrives, both Lillian and Hortense aim to impress him, with the latter winning his heart. Lillian’s baffled, until she learns Bertram can’t see because of his glaucoma.
NATASHA LEGGERO AND RIKI LINDHOME: We heard that Andrew Rannells liked the show and we all adore him so when we came up with the character of Bertram, we thought of Andrew right away. With Laverne we didn’t know a lot of 100-year-olds, so our casting director showed us some choices and we went from there. [As for why Bobby Lee played the sea captain officiating the wedding], we were playing off the idea that Lillian needs to get married in 45 minutes, so we thought maybe a ship captain would be all that was available.
Meanwhile, Frederick returns to the manor after Taft blackmails him with compromising photos of him and Beatrice, causing him to accuse Beatrice of “tempting” him.
LEGGERO AND LINDHOME: Frederick has money and power and so he was never going to get in trouble for the scandal. The worst part is, he actually believes that it’s Beatrice’s fault. She had the kind of body that “forced men to want to do terrible things to her.” There have been countless examples where women get the blame for something that was both people’s fault.
Although Frederick eventually banishes Beatrice to the abbey, Beatrice can’t get her brother out of her mind. She begins singing a song called “F— You in Heaven,” implying she’d rather die than live another day caught in this scandal that keeps them apart.
LINDHOME: My favorite scene to shoot was the musical number. It was fun pretending to be in The Sound of Music and singing such a dirty song… My band Garfunkel and Oates wrote the music and lyrics. [My bandmate] Kate Micucci would come up to the set when we were shooting, and she and I would work on the song in one of the bedrooms. Basically, in the song, Beatrice sings about how she wants to kill herself because when she gets to heaven, she and Frederick can have sex as much as they want. It’s a foolproof plan.
At the abbey, Beatrice encounters Dodo (Paget Brewster), whose long absence didn’t have much of an effect on the dimmest of her daughters. Dodo has been a nun this whole time, staying out of the trouble of the manor and keeping hidden from the Commodore, who of course is still furious about how she gave away much of his fortune to charity.
LEGGERO AND LINDHOME: Oh yes, we had tons of [alternate] ideas [for how Dodo would return]. We had Paget faking her death and Peepers [played by Michael Ian Black] was digging up her grave. We had her living with The Marquis [played by Thomas Lennon]. We also had her getting off a ship and going into hiding in Ireland. The nunnery idea just seemed like the most fun… Beatrice now has new strong beliefs that she wants to forcefully push on Lillian, which she will attempt to do by the end of the season.
Finally, Leggero and Lindhome listed some of their favorite lines:
“Maybe wearing pants shouldn’t even be illegal for a woman, if her doctor approves.” — Bertram Fusselforth the Fifth (Andrew Rannells)
“This isn’t a tapered baguette cut! It’s just a classic baguette cut!” — Lillian
“I once took a bite of a Mexican fold sandwich — a taco, they called it — can you imagine?” — Dodo
Another Period airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET on Comedy Central.