Lee Tergesen played Steve Dorigan, a recurring character in this
Levinson/Fontana police drama that aired on UPN.
Only six of the series' 13 one-hour episodes aired in the U.S.
before the show was canceled.
The supporting cast featured many familiar faces from
"Oz," as that show was being produced by Tom Fontana at
the same time. ("The Beat" aired between seasons 3 and 4
The leads were police officers Mike Dorigan (played by Derek
Cecil) and Zane Marinelli (Mark Ruffalo). Lee's character was a
fire marshal and the older brother of Mike Dorigan.
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(Thanks, Ana Paula, for
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BEAT" EPISODE GUIDE:
Lee-centric summaries of the series
|1.1 The Beat Goes On
- No Lee.
|1.2 They Say It's Your Birthday
Lee appears early in the episode as his character, Steve Dorigan, investigates
a fire at Zane's apartment. It was set by Zane's wacko girlfriend,
Beatrice (Heather Burns), but Zane refuses to tell. Mike, -- Steve's brother
and Zane's partner -- is at the scene, too.
Steve teases Mike
about setting a date for his wedding to Elizabeth (Poppy Montgomery).
This episode also marks a guest appearance by Richard Belzer --
Detective Munch from "Law & Order: SVU" and
At arson scene 1
More arson scene
|1.3 Three Little Words
Steve goes to see his brother's future bride, Elizabeth, at
the hospital where she works. He's charming and supportive and
offers to throw an engagement party.
Talking to Elizabeth
|1.4 Can I Get A Witness?
Mike goes to Dorigan's Pub (which is run by Mike and Steve's Uncle Connie) for the
engagement party, but it's been
canceled. Steve greets him outside, explaining that a pipe had burst
and the place was flooded. Steve takes the opportunity to press Mike
about what he knows about the arson at Zane's apartment, but Mike
Outside Dorigan's Pub
|1.5 Cueca Solo
Mike stops by Steve's office to discuss the massive wedding guest
list. Steve mentions that he still hasn't heard from Zane and says that someone
matching Beatrice's description was seen leaving Zane's apartment
when the fire started.
Turning his attention to the guest list, he
crosses off a couple of dead relatives. (Of Great Aunt Bridget,
Steve says, "She was 93 -- hit by a boat.") Steve also
mentions he has "big plans" for Mike's bachelor party.
He's assuming that he'll be best man. However, later in the show,
Mike asks Zane to be his best man.
Working on the guest list
1.6 Someone To Watch Over Me
At Dorigan's Pub, Mike breaks the news to Steve that he's picked
Zane to be his best man. Steve seems OK with it. Then he starts
reminiscing. Busts Steve chops a little.
The next night, Steve corners Zane at the pub and questions him about the
arson. Uncle Connie gives Steve a hard time about being in the bar
two nights in a row. Asks him if he's getting a divorce. "If
you left that sweet lady, I'd break both your legs!" Uncle
Connie threatens. Steve calms Uncle Connie. He then tells Zane that
a witness saw a young woman who looked like a "corn-fed,
prepubescent Japanese porn star" (yep, that's Beatrice) leaving the scene of the
arson. Zane wants Steve to drop it because "the arsonist has
apologized and is trying to get her life back together."
Not the best man
Steve questions Zane
1.7 Every Beat of My Heart - No Lee.
1.8 Get It On (Bang the Gong) - No Lee.
1.9 Call on Me
[Thanks to Anne for the
summary to this episode]:
Lee's scene in this episode takes place at a restaurant called La
(In "real life," La Nonna was a restaurant on 13th Street
in New York that Tom Fontana had part ownership in.)
In the scene, the families of Mike and Elizabeth have gathered for dinner to
discuss the upcoming wedding. Steve is there with his wife, Darcy (Jessica Hecht).
Mike and Elizabeth are tense because they have had a fight and have called off the
wedding. But they haven't told anyone yet.
One of Elizabeth's family mentions the wedding at the Plaza. Mike's mother seems surprised.
Steve gestures to Mike that they need to talk. They go over the bar and
Steve scolds Mike for not telling their mother that the wedding
would be at the Plaza. Mike tells him that the Plaza is no longer an issue.
Steve asks if he's moved the wedding back to the chapel at St. Patrick's, which were all the members of the
Dorigan family have wed, including Steve.
Mike tells him no, it's not going to be at St. Pat's.
Steve gets annoyed and says, "If you don't tell her, you're showing her no respect." Then he goes on to criticize Mike for choosing to be a cop instead of firefighter like all the other members of the family. Mike says sarcastically that he's sorry he didn't want to be burned
up in a fire "like dad."
Steve harps on St. Pat's some more and intimates that it's not good enough for Mike. Mike points out that it's not just about him. It's about two people who love each other and have to respect each other's wishes. The scene switches back and forth from Steve and Mike
in the bar to the table, where Elizabeth is saying similar things to
the remaining family members. Separately, Elizabeth and Mike realize that they still love each other. Elizabeth gets up, goes to Mike and he follows her outside, where they talk and make up.
Good scene for Lee. He gets to be charming, angry, indignant, and concerned all in one scene.
1.10 Dark End of the Street - No Lee
1.11 Gimme Shelter - No Lee
1.12 Tangled Up in Blue
Mike and Zane respond to a call at a smoky apartment. They pull
a man from the apartment and Mike manages to extinguish a fire that
had ignited on the stove. Later, Steve-the-fire-marshal offers his
expert opinion: "Aluminum pot on high heat is going to melt
down like Chernobyl."
Later, there is a grand re-opening of Dorigan's
Pub. (A cop committed suicide there and Uncle Connie closed the
place for a while.) The scene opens with some of the cops and Steve
shooting pool. Steve is listing the five best actors: "Pacino,
DeNiro, Brando, Nicholson and Sean Penn." One of the cops, Rei
Morales (David Zayas -- Alvarez from "Oz") starts to name
the five best actresses: "Marilyn Monroe, Jayne Mansfield, Loni
Anderson, Pamela Anderson..." Steve cuts him off and says,
"So, the best actress has to have a D-cup?" It's all mainly just a
good camaraderie scene juxtaposed against Mike having a big, fancy night
1.13 Come As You Are
Steve appears briefly early in the episode after a fire started
in the wastebasket of the police squad room. He gives the all-clear.
Later, he's at Mike's bachelor party at --
where else? -- Dorigan's Pub. Cigars, big sandwiches, porn tapes and
strippers. The guys are laughing over how Mike proposed. It was in
the kitchen... "We were having sex," Mike explains.
"And it just sort of came out." Steve follows this up with
"Oh, you mean 'will you marry me' came out!" Laughs all
Meanwhile, Elizabeth is having fine food and
wine at her bachelorette party. There, Darcy (Steve's wife)
announces she's pregnant.
Back at the pub, Steve has a marvelous scene
where he relates Darcy's news to Mike. At first, he seems slightly
dismayed. "We hardly have enough time for one another now.
Just the other day she was saying 'where's the spark, where's the
flame?' Hey, I'm a fireman!" Now they'll be having a
child. He tells Mike how dumbfounded he was at the news. He was
kicking himself for not saying a word to Darcy. His mood
shifts between being fearful, self-deprecating, awestruck, then very much
in love. "I have to go find my wife!" he declares,
exiting the party.
That's the end of Lee's part. There's a lot
more drama to the show, of course. Lives and relationships hang in
the balance at the close of the final episode.
the all clear
Steve tells Mike