Episode 1.6 - June 13, 2009
Lee Tergesen plays the kingdom's Health
Minister in this episode of the short-lived NBC-TV series "Kings,"
which is set in a modern-day time frame but is based on the Biblical
story of King David.
The show ran for 13 episodes on NBC, and the
season was released on DVD Sept. 8, 2009.
Ian McShane plays King Silas Benjamin, the
equivalent of the Biblical King Saul.
Here's a synopsis of Lee's storyline in this
Touring a hospital along with the Health
Minister, Princess Michelle (played by Allison Miller) learns that
two patients -- a mother and son -- have been put in isolation
because they show symptoms of plague.
Princess Michelle and the Health Minister
approach King Silas (Princess Michelle's father) about quarantining
their city, Shiloh. The King won't do it until it is certain that
the mother and son truly do have plague. The Health Minister later
confirms the diagnosis, and King Silas turns to Rev. Ephram Samuels
(played by Lee's former "Oz" costar, Eamonn Walker) for his help to
warn the citizens.
Via radio address, Rev. Samuels -- a
counterpart to the biblical prophet Samuel -- asks the citizens of
Shiloh to close their doors and light a candle in their windows
until sunrise in hopes that the plague will pass them by.
The citizens of Shiloh obey the curfew. In the
morning, the Health Minister tells King Silas that the death toll is
10 instead of ten million because of the quarantine.