Saw the House premiere in which Hugh Laurie and Robert Sean Leonard are the only regulars who appear. Do the other castmembers get paid for episodes they aren't in?
—EK, Los Angeles, via the Answer B!tch inbox
Well, that depends on a few factors, including how big the show is, how famous the stars are, how famous the stars think they are, and the exact ball-size ratio of the show's producers vs. the stars' agents.
If that ratio favors the producers, then actors may not get paid for certain episodes in which they don't appear. In fact, the producers may try humiliating little tricks on the actors, too—tricks viewers can spot if they know where to look...