"Second Skin" was directed by Tricia Brock, who has also directed episodes of Ugly Betty, Grey's Anatomy, 30 Rock, Gossip Girl, among other TV shows. She is returning to The Glades for the second time — she also directed "Second Chance" during Season 1. This is also the second time directing an episode of The Glades dealing with animals, and the second time "second" appears in a title she is filming. There seems to be a pattern developing here.
The dead body in the box of snakes was the first life-size male dummy developed by our special effects artist. The dummy in the box was covered with live snakes — some poisonous — and a couple of fake snakes. Thanks to our expert snake handlers, no people or snakes (real or fake) were harmed during filming.
You probably recognized actor C. Thomas Howell, who plays prisoner Peyton Robinson, from his extensive resume of work, including roles in The Outsiders (he played Ponyboy Curtis), Red Dawn, E.T., and Criminal Minds.
Did you notice all the tattoos on C. Thomas Howell's arm and neck? They were all created by our make-up department. Our talented crew used so much detail that Howell requested a few more just to see how they would look.
Yes, the snake that bites Jim is actually a rubber snake. Actor Michael O'Neill, who played Trent Staley, actually held a real non-venomous snake during the scene. But the real snake was swapped out for a fake one in between takes.
Michael O'Neill has guest starred on a number of TV shows, including the A&E series Criminal Minds, where he played Detective Yarbough in the episode "About Face." He was also on 24, which featured The Glades star Carlos Gomez (Carlos Sanchez).
The Pentecostal Church scenes were filmed at the Hollywood Women's Club, established in 1922 by the women of the City of Hollywood in Florida as an organization to promote community improvement through volunteerism. The club was designed as a meeting hall, in the style of a small craft home. It was changed in 1926 after a hurricane and built more structurally sound. It was finally completed in1927 and is still in use today.
You may have recognized actress Nicole Steinwedell, who plays Frannie Henderson, from her role on the A&E drama Breakout Kings. She played Philly Rotchliffer in the pilot episode.
Frannie's cafe was filmed at Anglins Fishing Pier on Commercial Blvd. The pier has the some of the most amazing beach and water views, one of the many reasons The Glades is filmed in South Florida.
The labels, signage, and even some of the paint on the walls and building are done by our in-house graphic artist, scenic painter, and scenic sign painter. Once a property is defaced for a scene, the crew must return and restore the property to its original condition. That's only fair, right?
Some of the small rooms that we film in, such as the interrogation room, have four walls, but one of them is called "the wild wall." It is equipped with wheels on casters so that it can be easily moved out of the way when needed.
The execution room was built on our soundstage. The research and set design was done by our talented production designer D.G. Moody and his art and construction department. The brick facade and steel doors were constructed entirely of wood. It's pretty amazing what these artists can do too give the illusion of reality.
Production notes courtesy of Marc Weinstein.