In The Grinder episode “For the People,” we meet Lenore Sanders, mother of Dean (Rob Lowe) and Stewart (Fred Savage). Her unannounced visit throws everyone off. Dean is set into a panic since Lenore has never approved of his lifestyle, so he convinces Claire (Natalie Morales) to pretend to be his fiancée. And Lenore’s ex-husband Dean Sr. (William Devane) is prompted to jump back into the dating scene. Hilarity ensues.
Lenore is portrayed by Anne Archer. She is known for her roles on Privileged (Laurel Limoges), Ghost Whisperer (Beth Gordon), It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (Barbara Reynolds), The L Word (Lenore Pieszecki), Boston Public (Patricia Emerson), Falcon Crest (Cassandra Wilder), and Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (Carol). Archer is also recognized for her roles in the films Fatal Attraction (Michael Douglas’ wife), Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger (Harrison Ford’s wife), and the Robert Altman film Short Cuts (Claire, Fred Ward’s wife), among others. The Grinder airs Tuesdays at 9:30pm on FOX.