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And…Scene!… and SEEN. Behind the Scenes of The Mysteries of Laura
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Posted: 9/28/2015 12:00:00 AM

By Cherisse Challenger


Even though Intrepid has been transformed into an iconic New York City museum and has been decommissioned for many years (after serving in World War II and the Vietnam War and surviving five kamikaze attacks), there are many preserved and authentically restored spaces on the ship.

The hit TV show The Mysteries of Laura with Debra Messing came aboard Intrepid to shoot scenes in some of these cool spaces! The episode called for Messing’s character to investigate a crime aboard an active-duty aircraft carrier during Fleet Week. Scenes were shot on the mess deck, in the fo’c’sle and on the flight deck. Messing’s very handsome costar Laz Alonzo also joined her in the scenes

Fun fact about the episode: the director was Michael Schultz, best known for classic movies like Car Wash with Richard Pryor and one of my all-time favorite movies in the entire world and galaxy, The Last Dragon

How did I find this out, you ask? I was on the flight deck watching the crew set up and noticed a few dark clouds overhead. In passing, I said to a crew member, “I hope it doesn’t rain today, because if it does it’ll make my hair get as puffy as Sho’nuff’s!” The crew member was clearly a fan of The Last Dragon—he knew exactly what I was talking about and laughed hysterically at me. He then told me that the director on that day’s shoot was also the director of The Last Dragon and that I should meet him.

Never one to miss an opportunity, I walked right up to the director and told him how much I love his work! We chatted in between takes about all the other great film, TV and theater productions he has worked on and what it was like to work with Richard Pryor and Quincy Jones! It was a great day, and the episode was shot without a hitch. 

Here are a few behind-the-scenes shots from that day. See if you can name the spaces on Intrepid where they were filmed!