Per Variety, director Eric Laneuville was hired to helm several episodes throughout the second season. He is said to have “butted heads with multiple actors,” but, during the filming of episode nine in October, he allegedly caught the ire of Crawford who had grown “increasingly frustrated” while shooting a scene at a Los Angeles public pool which production had failed to lock down for filming. The constant background noise from a group of children playing in the pool “repeatedly interrupted filming.”
During the middle of a take, Crawford allegedly went ballistic on the assistant director. He is said to have screamed, “Shut the f**k up! Goddamnit Newman, f**king they’re right here! Get somebody in here with a f**king walkie and shut ’em the f**k up! Or did we not pay for this f**king place? If we did, shut ’em the f**k up!” The assistant director reportedly then “walked off set” and resigned his position on his way out.
The next day, Crawford and Laneuville reportedly argued over how to shoot a scene involving a car accident. Tensions escalated to the point where Laneuville “metaphorically threw up his hands and let Clayne and the stunt coordinator deal with the whole scene,” as reported by Variety. Laneuville then quit the show the next morning, leaving the show’s editor, Matt Barber, stuck with the task of directing the rest of the episode. Warner Bros. reportedly used $40,000 from Crawford’s paycheck to compensate Barber for his work.