Loretta Devine plays Marla Hendricks, a social studies teacher teamed up with Harvey Lipschultz.  She struggles with depression and takes is required to take medication in order to control it and be allowed to teach.  She is passionate about teaching but has difficulty understanding students' lack of interest in school.

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Marla Hendricks Plotline   

Our Thoughts on Marla

Audio Clips:  
Gotta take the meds They don't want to learn You aint been there! Cannibals?
Board meeting speech  

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Marla sticks up for Harvey
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Marla Hendricks Character Plotline:
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Episode 1 Episode 2 Episode 3 Episode 4
Marla is a teacher on the edge.  She teaches in the "dungeon", the toughest class in the school, but on this day Guber walks into her room to find it unoccupied.  Marla has written "Gone to kill myself, Hope you're happy" on the black board.  Harper finds her later and learns that she has stopped taking her depression medication.  She claims that taking them won't allow her to "feel" anymore.  She is put on suspension until she begins taking her medication regularly.
Episode 5 Episode 6 Episode 7 Episode 8
--No major plotlines for Marla in Episode 5-- Marla attempts to help console the students over the death of  a teacher by singing religious songs with them at an assembly.  Harper tells her it's against the law to do that but she refuses to stop bringing the wrath of Harper on her.
Episode 9 Episode 10   Episode 12
Marla, who teaches with Harvey tries to understand why he acts the way he does towards African-Americans.  He answers with more racial slurs and she can't figure it out.  However, when it comes time to defend Harvey's actions, she's there to stand up for him. --No Major plotlines for Marla in episode 12--
Loretta Devine trivia and Filmography:
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     Loretta has been in many films and television shows.  Did you know that she does the voice of Muriel Stubbs in the t.v. cartoon series "The PJs"?  

  1. Baby of the Family (2001) .... Delores
  2. Intimate Portrait: Lela Rochon (2001) (TV) .... Herself
  3. Book of Love (2000)
  4. What Women Want (2000) .... Flo
  5. "Boston Public" (2000) TV Series .... Marla Hendricks (Social Studies Teacher)
  6. Urban Legends: Final Cut (2000) .... Reese Wilson
    ... aka Leyendas urbanas: Corte final (2000) (USA: Spanish title)
    ... aka Légendes urbaines 2 (2000) (Canada: French title)
  7. Best Actress (2000) (TV) .... Connie Travers
  8. Freedom Song (2000) (TV) .... Evelyn Walker
  9. Punks (2000) .... Health Counselor
  10. Lillie (1999) .... Michelle
  11. Introducing Dorothy Dandridge (1999) (TV) .... Ruby Dandridge
  12. Operation Splitsville (1999)
  13. Jackie's Back! (1999) (TV) .... Snookie Tate (Jackie's Childhood Friend)
    ... aka Jackie's Back: Portrait of a Diva (1999) (TV) (USA)
  14. Breaks, The (1999) .... Floria
  15. Funny Valentines (1999) (TV) .... Dearie B.
  16. "PJs, The" (1999) TV Series (voice) .... Muriel Stubbs
  17. Alyson's Closet (1998) (voice) .... Raul's Mother
  18. Love Kills (1998) .... Sylvia Finkelstein
  19. Urban Legend (1998) .... Reese Wilson
    ... aka Mixed Culture (1998) (USA)
    ... aka Urban Legend (1998) (France)
    ... aka Urban Legends (1998) (USA)
  20. Down in the Delta (1998) .... Zenia, Annie's Caretaker
  21. Price of Kissing, The (1997) .... Jackee
  22. Don King: Only in America (1997) (TV) .... Connie Harper
  23. Lover Girl (1997) .... Coco
    ... aka Lover Girls (1997)
  24. Clover (1997) (TV) .... Everleen
  25. Hoodlum (1997) .... Pigfoot Mary
  26. Preacher's Wife, The (1996) .... Beverly
  27. Rebound: The Legend of Earl 'The Goat' Manigault (1996) (TV) .... Miss Mary
    ... aka Rebound (1996) (TV)
  28. Waiting to Exhale (1995) .... Gloria Johnson
  29. Hard Truth, The (1994) .... Nichols' Secretary
  30. Amos & Andrew (1993) .... Ula
  31. American Clock, The (1993) (TV) .... Irene
    ... aka Arthur Miller's The American Clock (1993) (TV)
  32. Caged Fear (1992) .... Judy
    ... aka Hotel Oklahoma (1992)
  33. Class Act (1992) .... Blade's Mom
  34. Livin' Large! (1991) .... Nadine Biggs
    ... aka Tapes of Dexter Jackson, The (1991)
  35. Stanley & Iris (1990) .... Bertha
  36. "Sugar and Spice" (1990) TV Series .... Loretta Fontaine

  37. Parent Trap III (1989) (TV) .... Thelma
  38. Little Nikita (1988) .... Verna McLaughlin
    ... aka Sleepers, The (1988)
  39. Sticky Fingers (1988) .... Diane
  40. Murder of Mary Phagan, The (1988) (TV) .... Annie Maude Carter
  41. "Different World, A" (1987) TV Series .... Stevie Rallen (1987-1988)
  42. Colored Museum, The (1986) (TV)
  43. Anna to the Infinite Power (1983) .... Ms. Benson (Schoolteacher)

Minor t.v. appearances

  1. "Ally McBeal" (1997) playing "Nora Mills" in episode: "I Will Survive" (episode # 3.17) 4/17/2000
  2. "Family Law" (1999) playing "Gloria Rivers" in episode: "Playing God" (episode # 1.19) 3/20/2000
  3. "Moesha" (1996) playing "Steph" in episode: "It Takes Two" (episode # 4.18) 4/27/1999
  4. "Clueless" (1996) playing "Sean's Mother" 1999
  5. "Linc's" (1998) playing "Cult Leader" 1999
  6. "Touched by an Angel" (1994) playing "Tonya Hawkins" in episode: "Amazing Grace (Part 2)" (episode # 3.21) 2/25/1997
  7. "Touched by an Angel" (1994) playing "Tonya Hawkins" in episode: "Amazing Grace (Part 1)" (episode # 3.20) 2/23/1997
  8. "Ned and Stacey" (1995) playing "Mrs. Duncan" in episode: "Reality Check" (episode # 1.9) 11/13/1995
  9. "Picket Fences" (1992) playing "Marla Melrose" in episode: "Close Encounters" 2/3/1995
  10. "Reasonable Doubts" (1991) playing "Valerie Hall" in episode: "Hard Bargains" (episode # 1.2) 9/27/1991
  11. "Reasonable Doubts" (1991) playing "Valerie Hall"(episode # 1.1)
  12. "Murphy Brown" (1988) playing "Nurse Hawking" in episode: "Bitch's Back, The" (episode # 2.25) 5/7/1990


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Our Thoughts on Marla:
Tim's thoughts:

     Well, Marla may seem a bit nuts at times, but I think she makes a lot of sense too.  She has that common sense/street smart sort of intelligence.  She is often at odds with Harvey, and with his off the wall ideas playing opposite her, she sometimes looks like a genius.  The idea that she needs medication to control her depression will probably come into play more as the series progresses.  The fact that she wrote "I've gone to kill myself.  Hope you're happy" on the blackboard doesn't make her crazy, it just illustrates the frustration teachers face everyday.  

     I like her frankness,  I  think putting her with Harvey was a great idea and I hope she gets more air time in the future.


Jen's Thoughts:

   Marla's character is one of my favorite parts of this show.  I love her snappy come-backs, and the way she interacts with Harvey in the classroom.  If I were to choose one of the Winslow High faculty as a teaching mentor it would probably be her.  She has a high-energy way of teaching her classes that really keeps the students' attention engaged.  In the future I'd  like to see her dealing one-on-one with a troubled student to see how she handles it..  And I'd also like to see more of her personal life outside the school. 



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