In the Murphy Brown episode “The Coma and the Oxford Comma,” Murphy (Candice Bergen) does her best to land an exclusive interview with Corky’s (Faith Ford) beauty pageant friend Holly Mackin Lynne (guest star Brooke Shields) who just woke up from a 10-year coma after her husband Charles (Stephen Plunkett) allegedly pushed her down a flight of stairs. When not at the hospital trying to jog Holly’s memory about the “accident,” Murphy has a debate with her grammatically correct new secretary Mary Kate (#97).
Grammar-stickler secretary Mary Kate is portrayed by Obie Award-winning actress Joanna Adler. She’s known for her roles on American Crime Story (Mary Ann Cunanan, mother of Versace’s killer Andrew Cunanan), Divorce with Sarah Jessica Parker (Vendela), The Sinner with Jessica Biel (Captain Anne Farmer), Orange Is the New Black (Chaplain Royce, SEE LINK ABOVE), Devious Maids (Opal Sinclair), Are We There Yet? (Mrs. Phillips), and in the 2003 Jack Black film School of Rock (Summer’s mom), among others. Murphy Brown airs Thursdays at 9:30 pm on CBS, right after Mom and right before S.W.A.T.