THE PERFORMERS † Kaley Cuoco and Sharon Stone
THE SHOW † The stewardess
THE EPISODE † “Brothers & Sisters” (May 12, 2022)
THE PERFORMANCE † While last week’s episode was heartbreaking given Cassie’s fall(s) from the wagon, this week’s trip was back home devastatingwhile Cassie and her estranged mother endure a very unexpected, controversial reunion.
Prior to that reunion, Cuoco had already delivered a rough, sad read of Cassie’s letter to her and Davey’s not-so-loved late father—so we were already sitting in her corner, hoping some sort of “victory” would come. But when Lisa greeted her children with a growl, “Jesus, Davey. You might have given me a warning, ‘we knew we had another emotional ride coming our way.
Cassie tried her best to put on a friendly tone, but all Lisa could do was talk about how her daughter and her friends were throwing house parties and stealing from her. “Now that we’ve all caught up,” Lisa snapped, “what are we going to talk about on our Christmas phone call?”
But loads of there was more catching up to do, when mother and children moved into the kitchen and Cassie heard Lisa moan at her presence. This is where Cuoco and Stone dived difficult the material at hand poked into old, unhealed wounds and blurted out harsh words.
“I’m sorry I was such a daughter, especially after my father died. I was a dysfunctional, alcoholic teenager,” Cassie admitted. When that didn’t provoke any response, she added that “taking responsibility for my life and my actions is a big part of my journey now,” and apologized again for not being “kinder” as a kid.
And mom just…. didn’t care.
“Is that it? Because if it is, I don’t think we’re raising the issue here,” Lisa said, as Stone crossed over to stand next to TR Knight’s Davey, which gave the feeling of an intervention.” No one is mad at you for what you did when you were little” in the wake of the father’s death under the influence. “It’s what you do when a grown up that matters,” Lisa claimed, before picking up the cases of Cassie’s crappy, grown-up antics. “You think an apology just polishes everything away!”
During this dialogue, Stone made it clear that Lisa was armed for the bear and had… year of stuff to get off her chest. Cuoco, in turn, portrayed Cassie as confused and wounded, someone who really thought a “sorry” would clear a sordid past.
have things mainly hairy while Lisa confirmed that her daughter was still no stranger to drinking. Cassie claimed that “it’s hard to turn it off”, then tried to turn the tables and ask why Davey, who had actually moved from home, got a free pass? “You are” supposed to grow and learn and move on,” Lisa shot back.
Cassie acknowledged that “Dad made me feel special and didn’t ruin it” and that her time spent with him “disappointed” Mother. “That’s terrible, and I’m sorry,” she offered again. Then when Cassie asked what to do to prove she was better…. Well, that caused Stone and Cuoco’s biggest gut-punch of a moment. Lisa held her sobbing daughter’s face and said, “Cassie, honey, I love you. l to do† But I don’t like you. Bee all† And with a sweet pat on Cassie’s cheek that turned into a hard slap, Lisa apologized to “get to work,” leaving an apoplectic Cassie and closing a hard-to-watch, but poignant, nine-minute sequence.
FAIR MENTION † The powerful and layered performance of Jessica Biel as the titular character in Hulu’s Candy was convincing despite her Mrs. Roper wig and oversized glasses, not thanks to them. It was through these glasses that we saw the sinner Alum’s smiley mien changes with the moods of her murderous character to reveal lust, guilt, deceit, rebellion and ultimately, blood-soaked volcanic rage. Why was Candy so angry? Did she spleen because of restrictive social mores, her husband’s sexism and neglect, or had Betty really tried to kill her? Unfortunately, when it comes to the real case, we’ll never know. Thanks to the filmmaker’s five-part turn as an attention-hungry suburban alpha mom who wielded an ax to brutally kill her boyfriend and free herself, Biel’s rerun of Candy is the most terrifying fictional yet.
FAIR MENTION † In episode 2 of hacking‘ second season, Ava Daniels walked on eggshells, tormented by the guilt she felt over her double-hearted act. Hannah Einbinder displayed a tornado of feelings, wavering between being an overcompensating “Yes Woman” and continuing her spiral of shame. When she finally got clean, the actress made us feel her character’s remorse with sad eyes and body language — especially since her boss forced her to read the email out loud, word by unbearable word. In the closing moments, Einbinder continued to guide us through the emotional whiplash, as Deborah seemingly let her go. But that sweet relief was only a temporary balm: she then learned that Deborah was suing her for breach of contract. While Ava certainly deserves what lies ahead, it was Einbinder’s finesse that made it all so effective.
FAIR MENTION † We only need three words to describe our reaction to Gray Damon’s visceral performance in Thursday’s episode Station 19: We. Goods. stripped. The tour de force deserves more than three, though. Much more. After the episode began channeling Jack’s nervous excitement at the prospect of meeting the brother he’d never known, the actor conveyed in small gestures and tics his character’s disbelief and unspeakable pain upon learning that he had more brothers. and sisters, all of whom had been loved and raised by Mom and Dad. Later, Damon nearly opened a vein when Jack let go of his fear of having “moved from predator to predator” in foster care, all because his parents… “They didn’t want me,” he sobbed. Beautiful work – raw, real and admirably vulnerable.
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