The Great Right Hope
Episode 1.3 - April 14, 2009
Lee Tergesen played Clint, a boxing instructor
and sperm donor, a guest role in this ABC series that stars fellow "Oz"
alum Bobby Cannavale, who plays Cupid (aka Trevor).
According to a press release from ABC:
In this episode Marshall, a sweet but
bullied teenager, turns to Trevor to fix up his left-wing mom,
Hallie (Constance Zimmer), with his boxing instructor, Clint
(Lee Tergesen), the sperm donor who made Marshall's birth
possible. They are compatible in every way until Hallie
discovers that Clint is a Republican and she breaks off their
reviewer at AfterElton.com sums up the episode like so:
Trevor becomes involved in the life of a
bullied teen named Marshall (played by actor Colton James).
Marshall is hoping to hook his single mom up with his boxing
trainer, [Clint] who's played by Lee Tergesen.
The date does not go well. Marshall's mom is a "Liberal" and his
boxing trainer is a "Republican." We know this because those
words are repeated over and over, and because the trainer and
his friends are for "The War" and the mom and her friends are
The mother is ... outraged when her son uses the [boxing]
training to beat up a bully in school. She blames the trainer
for her son's violent response, and tells him to stay away from
her son, but Marshall protests, because you see, the trainer is
actually Marshall's biological father.
... Mom decides to give [Clint] a second chance, until the
school calls and informs her that her son has been involved in
another fight. ... When she arrives at the school, she finds out
that Marshall has been beating up the thugs who have been
bullying him -- for being gay.
Mom is surprised at Marshall's gay declaration (but she kinds
knew already), and is shocked when he says that [Clint] has
known all along that Marshall is gay, and completely accepts
him. Well, mom realizes that not all "Republicans" are
homophobic, and decides to give trainer another chance.
As you can tell from my gently mocking description, this isn't
exactly groundbreaking material. But it does get an up arrow for
being sweet, and pleasant, and because its heart is in the right