Sound ambiguous? That'sexactly the point — at leastas star Julia Louis-Dreyfussees it. After revealing a keyplot detail, she steps back:"You'd better not [write]that, because it gives itaway," she says, laughing.Instead, she offers this:"Something nasty happens."
The nastiness involves asexual mishap that threatens her burgeoning relationshipwith her son's teacher,Mr. Harris (Blair Underwood).And that relationship willbe sealed with a kiss. Anyone who's been watching could've seen this coming. "I alwaysenvisioned it as a romanticrelationship," says series creatorKari Lizer. "Blair has suchweight, so we started writingin that direction."
The potential new coupleis confronted with an unexpectedobstacle standing —or possibly crawling — intheir way, and every characteris affected. The bondbetween Old Christine'sex- husband, Richard (ClarkGregg), and his girlfriend,New Christine (Emily Rutherfurd),"is a little iffy," Lizersays, "and [Old] Christinehas her own, bigger issueswith Richard by the end."
In fact, Old Christine'srelationship with Richard hasnever been rockier. "Thepremise is she has a verycivilized divorce, but thatdoes get in the way of herpursuing romantic interestsbecause her ex-husband isaround a lot," Lizer says.
But one question can be answered:Underwood will beback next season, and Lizercouldn't be happier. "Blair'sa man," she says. "It's asexy thing and also funny forJulia to play." Louis-Dreyfusagrees: "He's a charming guy,and it's fun to play all flummoxed.It's easy for me tomake a fool of myself in frontof him. That comes naturally."
If CBS renews Old Christine at next week's upfronts,fans can look forward tofurther embarrassment. "I'dlike to have more humiliatingmoments," Louis-Dreyfussays boldly. "Humiliation isthe word of the day."