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Nick Fallin smiles -- really!

Tuesday, February 10, 2004

By Rob Owen, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Normally that wouldn't be a headline, but when we're talking about CBS's "The Guardian," it surely qualifies.

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Nick Fallin (Simon Baker) and Louisa (Lulu) Archer (Wendy Moniz) discuss a difficult case on 'The Guardian.'
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The corners of actor Simon Baker's mouth do turn up in tonight's episode, which marks, if not a lighter turn for the series, at least a warmer tone compared to some recent episodes.

Titled "All Is Mended," the episode begins with some bad news about the baby being carried by Lulu (Wendy Moniz), which prompts Nick (Baker), the father, to do some soul searching. Although the initial news is not positive, it leads Nick to a more human place. He even shows care and concern for others.

This turn takes the story of Lulu's pregnancy in an unexpected direction. Once again, "The Guardian" manages to find a new approach to a familiar plot.

Another story follows Jake (Raphael Sbarge), last seen having sex with guys, on a date with child advocate lawyer Kate Shaw, played by Courtney Stevens, wife of series creator David Hollander.

The episode, which airs at 9 p.m., also includes some images of Pittsburgh in the winter. Hollander said a "Guardian" second unit crew was not sent back to shoot those snow-filled establishing shots; rather, they were filmed by a Pittsburgher for use on the series.

Rob Owen can be reached at or 412-263-2582.

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