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While Felicity Huffman wrangles with legal issues, husband William H. Macy digs into spring

Actor William H. Macy shopped at Anawalt Nursery in Los Angeles on Tuesday for plants and garden hose pipes as wife Felicity Huffman pleaded guilty in the college cheating scandal.
Actor William H. Macy shopped at Anawalt Nursery in Los Angeles on Tuesday for plants and garden hose pipes as wife Felicity Huffman pleaded guilty in the college cheating scandal. (Clint Brewer/Vasquez-Max Lopes via BACKGRID)

While his wife, actress Felicity Huffman, has been spending quality time with lawyers after being implicated in the college admissions scandal, William H. Macy has kept a low profile.

Just a day after Huffman released a statement saying she would plead guilty to a charge that she paid $15,000 to have a proctor correct answers on her daughter’s SAT test, Macy tackled a more mundane task: stocking up on spring plants and garden equipment.

Given the options, it looks like he got the better end of the deal.

The star of Showtime’s “Shameless,” Macy wore sunglasses and a straw hat, and was snapped on Tuesday picking out flats of leafy greens and coiled red hoses at a home improvement store in sunny Los Angeles. Huffman wasn’t spotted at the garden center, perhaps because she had pressing legal issues to attend to. On Tuesday, her Boston attorney, Martin F. Murphy, filed a motion in US District Court requesting that Huffman’s next court appearance be moved up to May 21 from May 24.

According to a plea agreement, the actress will admit to a count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud in connection with a college admissions scam that has ensnared dozens of wealthy parents across the country.

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Some parents allegedly paid to have their children’s tests scores corrected and boosted, while others have been accused of bribing coaches to recruit their children as athletes — often for sports the students never even played.

In a statement this week, Huffman expressed regret for her role in the scheme and said that her daughter knew nothing of it.

“I want to apologize to the students who work hard every day to get into college, and to their parents who make tremendous sacrifices to support their children and do so honestly,” she wrote.

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Also on Tuesday, Netflix postponed the release of Huffman’s new movie, “Otherhood,” from April 26 to Aug. 2, according to Variety. Patricia Arquette and Angela Bassett also star in the film, which is directed by Golden Globe- and Emmy-winning writer Cindy Chupack.

HAYLEY KAUFMAN


Material from the Globe was used in this report. Hayley Kaufman can be reached at hayley.kaufman@globe.com.