This barely scandalous joke wasn’t something new for the sequence, however the violent nature of the episode led to “And Then There Was Shawn” receiving the present’s first TV-PG-V score. According to Menell, Michael Jacobs had a method of pushing the boundaries with community executives. “He obtained away with much more stuff than most individuals as a result of he might actually browbeat some community executives at occasions to get what he needed.”
One main addition to the forged for “And Then There Was Shawn” in all probability helped Jacobs catch the community in the precise temper. Jennifer Love Hewitt, coming off Party of Five and on the top of her scream queen powers, visitor stars as new John Adams High pupil Jennifer Love Fefferman. Hewitt on the time was courting Will Friedle and it’s believed their relationship impressed her cameo.
“We possibly requested him to ask her, as a result of clearly she was in I Know What You Did Last Summer, so having her there simply provides horror movie credibility to it,” Menell says. “She was nice. She was such a terrific sport, and it was enjoyable having her on.”
McCracken concurs: “It was such a pleasure. It was a kind of issues that you just don’t understand how a serious star strolling in in your set, how they’re going to be, what their calls for are going to be, what their character goes to be like, what their disposition for the script’s going to be like, and she or he simply got here in full weapons blazing and simply had a blast and that made every part simply fantastic. She was sport for something.”
One factor that Hewitt was sport for was a giant makeout scene with Friedle’s Eric, which will or might not have been improvised. “I don’t suppose we wrote that in, I feel they only needed to do it and we let it,” Menell laughs.