The director and producers met with several potential "Junos," but the determining factor was based on the availability of existing "stuffies" (dog dummies) since the poor pup gets run over in this episode. To build a stuffy from scratch would have taken too long, but luckily there were a couple existing stuffies in town. One option matched a german shepherd, and the other matched a terrier, so production worked backwards and auditioned some real life dogs that looked like the stuffies. Ultimately, they ended up casting a talented terrier named Boomer.
Juno stay! Staaaaaaaay!
Jere Burns, who plays the creepily composed Jake Abernathy (aka, the Man in Room 9) got his big break playing a very different kind of character. He starred opposite Judd Hirsch in the sitcom "Dear John," in which he played hilarious sleazeball, Kirk Morris. You may know him better from his more recent grim and gripping performances on Breaking Bad, Burn Notice, and Justified, but do you know how to pronounce his first name? Should you happen to meet him, make sure to say, "Hi, Jerry!"
Make sure you pronounce it correctly. Chances are he's standing right behind you.
Sheriff Romero, played by Nestor Carbonell, really saves the day for the Bates family. By creating an official story covering both Keith Summers' and Deputy Shelby's deaths, he gets Norma off the hook, but one question remains; seriously, is he wearing tons of eyeliner or what?
Gaze... so intense... getting... lost... in... his... eyes...
This question was posed by Carlton Cuse himself on a "Lost" press tour when he referred to it as the true mystery of the series. In this interview Carbonell denies wearing any kind of eye make-up with a laugh, saying, "When I was a little kid, I was about five years old and living in Mexico, and I remember my mom's friends would come over and say, 'Oh, look at his eyelashes!' I got such a complex about it that I ended up taking scissors to them once, and my mom stopped me and said, 'What are you doing?'" Happily, he has since come to terms with his eyes, saying, "What are you gonna do?"
Production notes courtesy of Terry Weaver, Andrea Fraser-Winsby, Tony Ng'ung'ui Kung'u, and Carmen Siegers.