In this episode, Ray Zancanelli, played by Domenick Lombardozzi, is furious after learning that serial killer Damien (Jason Behr) has abducted his daughter. In his rage, he throws his signature American flag mug across the room, where it shatters against the elevator door.
Whenever there is a scene in which something gets smashed or shattered, the crew will make sure to have multiple copies of the item to allow for multiple takes. In the case of the American flag mug, the crew had three breakaway versions made, just to be safe.
Unfortunately, Domenick was so amped up for the scene that, when he set the mug back down on the desk after getting a feel for it, it crumbled to pieces. They were down to two American flag mugs.
At this point, the props department began to panic. The show shoots in Baton Rouge where it's slightly more difficult to find breakaway American flag mugs then it is in, say, somewhere like Hollywood.
Luckily, the props department discovered they had a couple of blank breakaway mugs they could use in a pinch. After two takes, and the last two American flag mugs being vaporized by an angry Ray Zancanelli, they had to resort to the blank mugs. Look carefully and you'll notice Domenick making sure to cover the area of the mug that should have a flag on it as he picks up the blank mug and hurls it.
Serinda Swan, who plays Erica Reed, is rarely without her dog Buddha. Buddha enjoys grabbing orange traffic cones from around the set and sneaking them back to Serinda's trailer, where he can chomp on them at his leisure.
Buddha with his toy of choice.
Production notes courtesy of Mike Fischer, Vanessa Hickey, and Andrew Shepherd.