Mind Games/ABC/2014 (Bipolar)
Clark Edwards (Steve Zahn), a former psychology professor and human behavior expert with a bipolar disorder who teams with his scam artist brother, Ross Edwards (Christian Slater) to create Edwards & Associates based in Chicago, Illinois.
Their agency provides nontraditional solutions via lies, deceptions and manipulation to solve problems for a unique clientele. Edwards & Associates support staff included Latrell Griffin (Cedric Sanders), Megan Shane (Megalyn Echikunwoke), Samantha “Sam” Gordon (Jaime Ray Newman), and Miles Hood (Gregory Marcel).
While Clark Edwards is brilliant at “Jedi mind tricks,” he sometimes refuses to take his bi-polar medication because he feels “Drugs stop the music…Music is where all the ideas come from.” On one occasion, the lack of meds caused him to stalk his ex-girlfriend, send her 15 to 20 voice mails a day, 20,000-word emails, as well as throwing a brick through the window of the apartment she no longer lived in.
Initially, Clark was a respected professor until he had an affair with a student named Beth Scott (Katherine Cunningham) and got fired over it. Later, it’s revealed that his brother Ross (who was convicted of securities fraud) paid the student to seduce Clark to get him fired so they could start a business together. Beth was Ross’s girlfriend.
Their cases at Edwards & Associates involved such problems as:
- Cajole an insurance company into approving an expensive operation.
- Helping parents get their daughter out of a Cult.
- Convince a man to be a whistleblower at his job.
- An adulterer wants to get rid of his mistress and keep his wife.
- Convince a surrogate mother to change her mind and give up her baby.
- Get members of a rock band to reunite.
- Manipulate a bride-to-be with doubts to say “I do” using a near-death experience.
- Erase the memory of a priest who witnessed a crime.
The Wire/HBO/2002-2008 (Blind)
Butchie (S. Robert Morgan), “mostly blind” black man who runs his own bar in East-Side Baltimore and knows how to handle business. He also supplied Corrections Officers with the narcotics to sells inside prison.
Despite his blindness, Butchie knew what was going in the hood. He could find you a perp, a gun, a hideout, and a loan shark. Whatever you need. He was the ghetto’s version of E.F. Hutton; when Butchie talks, others listen.
Butchie was the advisor and confidante of Omar Little (Michael Kenneth Williams), a gay street thug whose gang makes a living robbing drug dealers to the tune of “Farmer in the Dell”.
When Omar left town to retire with his stolen loot, his rivals lured Omar back to Baltimore by torturing and murdering Butchie in his bar when he refused to give up Omar’s location. The perpetrators shot Butchie twice in the leg, smashed a bottle over his face and then shot a bullet to his head. Omar returned to town to get his revenge. Butchie’s last appearance was on episode “Not for Atrribution.”
Note: Actor S. Robert Morgan (like his character) is blind. He lost his sight to macular degeneration in his twenties.