Sam (Scott Bakula) reports as the host of a tabloid talk show, and he sniffs out a dangerous story with another reporter (DeLane Matthews). Earl: Alan Oppenheimer. Saxton: Jerry Hardin. Tim: Michael Heintzman. Rick Upfield: Marcus Giamatti. Gruel: Don Gibb. Foreman: Victor Talmadge. Esther: Barbara Tarbuck. Al: Dean Stockwell.