While tertiary characters have certainly livened things up from time to time, it’s doubtful anyone’s favorite memories of the series focus on Russ Hanneman (Chris Diamantopoulos) or Jack Barker (Stephen Tobolowsky). Even Laurie Bream, played to perfection by Suzanne Cryer, was summed up nicely by her recent exchange with Erlich: “You and I have never had much of a rapport, have we?” All of these supporting players were valuable additions for their time, but they were, in the end, distracting from the core group of primo talent. We want more of these guys (and more of Monica).
Theater, film, and television actress Suzanne Cryer may be best known to audiences as the infamous “yada yada” girl from 'Seinfeld.' She was lucky enough to land this role soon after receiving her MFA in acting from the Yale School of Drama.
We start with Richard (Thomas Middleditch) balking at being ousted as CEO of his own company, a decision made by Laurie Bream (Suzanne Cryer), who replaced Peter Gregory at Raviga Capital Management. (By the way, Cryer is wonderful in this role and it would be great to see more of her; the writers clearly wanted to keep exploring the idea of a non-people person, possibly on the spectrum, pulling the strings and being a single-minded oddity, and they've succeeded with the Laurie character).