“The Conners” episode “The Wedding of Dan and Louise” aired in October 2021 in the show’s 4th season. And while a powerful tornado did ultimately crash the ceremony, some fans were more concerned about the guest list and how it seemed to lack star power.
Executive producer Bruce Helford explained why Chuck and other key characters were missing from Dan’s big day. In an interview with TV Line, Helford pointed to Pickens’ full-time role on “Grey’s Anatomy,” where he has played “Chief” Dr. Richard Webber since the show’s inception in 2005, as the main reason for his absence. “James Pickens Jr., for instance, has this really hardcore schedule over on ‘Grey’s Anatomy,'” Helford explained. “There would have been a lot of those people, but they weren’t available. We also had in mind that we didn’t want to crowd the stage during COVID.”
Although the Chuck character didn’t get any screentime in the wedding episode, producers made up for it later in the season when he was heavily featured in the episode “Messy Situation, Miscommunication, and Academic Probation.” In the episode, Chuck’s home is thrown into a tailspin after his wife Anne-Marie suffers a stroke. In a poignant scene, Dan stops by Chuck’s house and the two men commiserate over what it feels like to lose a wife, and fans were really able to see how the best friends’ bond stood the test of time.