Following last season's amputation of Dr. Arizona Robbins's leg on Grey's Anatomy, characters with missing limbs will be introduced on three of Fox's upcoming series: the futuristic drama Almost Human, the military sitcom Enlisted and the thriller Sleepy Hollow (there's a headless horseman, remember?).
But Lifetime's Devious Maids gets a leg up on the competition with its militant one-legged Russian house manager, Odessa Burakov (Mad Men's Melinda Page Hamilton). "I played [the real Don Draper's widow] Anna Draper, who had a pronounced limp from polio," Hamilton says. "But this is my first time as a character with a prosthetic leg."
In an episode airing mid-August, Odessa will drop her severe facade and open up about how she lost her limb. "You learn that Odessa had dreams of being an artist, like Carmen [Roselyn Sanchez]," Hamilton says. "She was a prima ballerina through her mid-twenties, when she had a medical challenge that is now coming back to haunt her."
But viewers shouldn't feel too much sympathy for Odessa, who never loses her sadistic edge. "All I can say is, she can be pretty vicious with that prosthetic."