1 Updates
Performers of the Week: Masters of Sex's Michael Sheen, Good Wife's Julianna Margulies
Photo Credit: TV Line

Performers of the Week: Masters of Sex's Michael Sheen, Good Wife's Julianna Margulies

Nov 2 2013, 9:16am CDT | by TV Line

A weekly feature in which we spotlight shining stars THE PERFORMER | Michael Sheen/> THE SHOW | Masters of Sex/> THE EPISODE | “Catherine”/> THE AIRDATE | Oct. 27, 2013 THE PERFORMANCE | We...

Filed under: news

YouTube Videos

 
 
 

1 year ago

Performers of the Week: Masters of Sex's Michael Sheen, Good Wife's Julianna Margulies

Nov 2 2013, 9:16am CDT | by TV Line

A weekly feature in which we spotlight shining stars

THE PERFORMER | Michael Sheen
/>

THE SHOW | Masters of Sex
/>

THE EPISODE | “Catherine”
/>

THE AIRDATE | Oct. 27, 2013

THE PERFORMANCE | We could write an entire book about how exquisitely subtle Sheen’s work is in this episode. (If it isn’t the hour that he submits for Emmy consideration, it sure as hell should be.) But instead, let’s focus on The Moment — the one in which he gives us our clearest picture yet of Bill and the one that continues to haunt us even days later.

Bill is in his office — only hours after his wife has lost their baby —trying to strong-arm his right hand, Virginia, into resuming their work that very evening. She, of course, won’t hear of it. Perhaps better than anyone, she sees through the stoic façade that he wears like a suit of armor. So, gently, she tells him what it’s painfully obvious that he would never tell himself: “It wasn’t your fault.”

By now, Sheen is allowing Bill’s mask to be lowered, little by little. It IS his fault, he argues, beating himself with every syllable, because he had mixed feelings about becoming a father. When he begins to really lose it, Virginia takes his hand — a rare moment of actual human contact for Bill, the poster boy for detachment. And that’s when It happens — the capital I “It.”

Sheen captures Bill’s horror at appearing vulnerable and expressing emotion so vividly, so viscerally that we’re crying even before the character allows himself to. “Close your eyes,” he begs Virginia, then closes them for her. He can’t let her bear witness to his sorrow, his regret, his humanity, ultimately. The undignified wails that follow are breathtaking — hands down, the rawest, realest representation of agony you’ll see on television this year.

We get misty just thinking about it.

Bill may not have wanted Virginia to see. And it may have been hard for us to watch. But we’re glad we didn’t turn away. Sheen’s work here is as good as it gets.

RELATED | Showtime Renews Masters of Sex for Season 2

THE PERFORMER: Julianna Margulies
/>

THE SHOW | The Good Wife
/>

THE EPISODE | “Hitting the Fan”
/>

THE AIRDATE | Oct. 27, 2013

THE PERFORMANCE | Last Sunday’s Good Wife marked one of those rare, delightful instances in which the hype leading up to an hour of television is not only matched, but actually exceeded by the breathtaking reality. Indeed, the writing, direction, acting and even the score of the aptly titled “Hitting the Fan” all combined to create one of the best episodes of television in recent memory.

Still, without Margulies’ deft, devastating lead performance, Alicia and Cary’s explosive exit from Lockhart-Gardner wouldn’t have packed the same gasp-inducing punch.

The first 14 minutes alone may have clinched Margulies her second Best Actress in a Drama Emmy (or at a minimum, guaranteed she won’t be the recipient of another head-scratching nomination snub): First, she registered the absolute shock of her boss and erstwhile lover Will Gardner (an insanely good Josh Charles) ragefully revealing he knew of her mutinous plans, sweeping her desk clean and demanding she exit the building. And then, almost imperceptibly, Alicia shifted into icy survival mode, refusing to follow Will’s orders, demanding he follow protocol for dissolving her partnership stake and buying herself (and her cohorts) some time in the process. Alicia’s subsequent flurry of phone calls and conversations to shore up Florrick-Agos’ future — all handled in a way to meticulously fend off future law suits — allowed Margulies to present yet another complex emotional response to the stress of her bridges with Will and Diane being set ablaze, while not yet having yet safely crossed over to her fledgling firm with Cary. By the time Alicia was escorted to the reception area by a pair of stern security guards, where Will scoffed at her explanation that the move wasn’t meant personally, it set the stage for Alicia’s heartbreaking and incredibly real flood of tears as the doors closed and the elevator descended to the lobby.

Margulies’ subsequent scenes through the hour (including a giddy and quite steamy bedroom romp with hubby Peter!) were just as exhilarating, but none moreso than her tense courtroom encounter with her former partners — including the vicious David Lee (Zach Grenier). “That’s right, walk away, Judas!” sneered her rival, after winning an injunction that prevented Alicia and Cary from courting Chum Hum, the multi-million dollar client they needed to make their Florrick-Agos a go. Alicia’s response — furious, incredulous and borderline bloodthirsty — was the kind of scene you’ll want to keep stored on your DVR so you can play it every few days for the next six months: “We’re coming after you — all your clients — every single one we worked to make happy while you swept in at the last minute to take credit. We’re taking them. And then you know what you’ll have? A very nice suite of offices.”

Oh no she didn’t! Oh, yes she did.

RELATED | Good Wife Creators on What’s Next for Alicia and Will

HONORABLE MENTION NO. 1 | Dayton Callie (Sons of Anarchy): Never before has a Sons character so succinctly and so brutally put Katey Sagal’s ruthless biker babe Gemma Teller in her place as Callie’s Wayne Unser did this week. Considering Unser typically acts as the butt of the joke (when he’s not getting his butt kicked), it was immensely gratifying to finally see him on the winning end of an interaction. His goal: to dissuade his longtime friend from retaliating against her daughter-in-law. After his flattery strategy proved fruitless, Unser gave Queen G some long overdue tough love — and Callie nailed every beat of the takedown. Whether or not the message sunk in is immaterial. She needed to hear it. And so did we.

HONORABLE MENTION NO. 2 | Caitlin FitzGerald (Masters of Sex):  Speaking of how spectacularly good the latest Masters of Sex was, we’d be remiss is we didn’t also shine a spotlight on FitzGerald. As Libby fought two battles at once — to accept the loss of the baby she so badly wanted and to get her husband to act like a husband — her portrayer hinted at reserves of strength and even defiance that suggest her character’s evolution is only just about to begin. We’re not only impressed, we’re intrigued.

Source: TV Line

 

Don't miss ...

 

blog comments powered by Disqus

Latest stories

Will Bill Cosby Sanctions Give Rape Accusers Their Day In Court?
Will Bill Cosby Sanctions Give Rape Accusers Their Day In Court?
What will happen if civil lawsuits emerge?
 
 
IPad Air Giveaway 2014 is Online
IPad Air Giveaway 2014 is Online
Our sister site I4U News is giving away a brand new iPad Air or if you can wait an iPad Air 2. This is an $499 value.
 
 
Most Popular TV Series of 2014
Most Popular TV Series of 2014
The most popular TV series released in 2014 include such incredible shows as True Detective and Fargo.
 
 
True Blood Arrives in its Wacky, Sexy Final Season
True Blood Arrives in its Wacky, Sexy Final Season
The vampire series True Blood has arrived in its wacky final season. Director Stephen Moyer and his wife Anna Paquin, who played Sookie, also pose 'Nude' for the cover of Entertainment Weekly.
 
 
 

Latest from the Network

Walmart, Best Buy, Amazon and Sam's Club Black Friday 2014 Sales are Live
The big retailers cannot wait this year and launched Black Friday 2014 sales as early as Friday. These sales are the real deal offering deals that are advertised in Black Friday 2014 Ads. On Friday Walmart Black Friday...
Read more on Black Friday Countdown
 
Pune FC seal semifinal berth in King's Cup
Thimphu, Nov 23 (IANS) Pune FC thrashed Assam State Electricity Board FC 5-0 in a third round Group-B encounter to seal their place in the semi-finals of the 2014 King's Cup at the Changlimithang Stadium here Sunday....
Read more on Sport Balla
 
Australia the team to beat at World Cup: Vaughan
London, Nov 23 (IANS) Former England captain Michael Vaughan Sunday said that having hit upon a rich vein of form against South Africa, Australia have emerged as the front-runners and will be the team to beat at the...
Read more on Sport Balla
 
Taylor Swift to receive Dick Clark Award
Los Angeles, Nov 23 (IANS) Singer Taylor Swift has been named as the first recipient of Dick Clark Award For excellence at 2014 American Music Awards (AMAs). The 24-year-old, who is enjoying a great year with her...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Australia displace India as top ODI team
Dubai, Nov 23 (IANS) Four-time World Champion Australia Sunday returned to the top of the One-Day International (ODI) Team Rankings, displacing India, after defeating South Africa 4-1 in a five-match series, as per the...
Read more on Sport Balla
 
Iraqi court sentences Sunni politician to death
Baghdad, Nov 23 (IANS) An Iraqi court Sunday sentenced a former Sunni lawmaker to death on a criminal charge, an official said. "The Central Criminal Court issued today a verdict of death penalty for the former...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Amzon Black Friday 2014: $3.99 Blu-ray Movies
Black Friday 2014 Sales events are underway since Friday with the Amazon Black Friday 2014 Deals Week and the Walmart Black Friday Pre Sale. Walmart matched several advertised Black Friday 2014 deals of competitors on...
Read more on Black Friday Countdown
 
Best Buy Black Friday 2014 sale launched with $3.99 Blu-ray Movie
Like Walmart and Amazon, Best Buy kicks off their Black Friday 2014 sale early. You can already buy Best Buy Black Friday deals advertised in the Best Buy Black Friday 2014 ad today online at bestbuy.com. There is no...
Read more on Movie Balla
 
Messi delighted with new La Liga scoring record
Madrid, Nov 23 (IANS) Lionel Messi has made footballing history, scoring a hat-trick against Sevilla which made him the highest scorer in the history of the Spanish La Liga. Messi's 252nd, 253rd and 254th goals...
Read more on Sport Balla
 
Tatum, Carolin to co-direct 'Leonard Peacock'
Los Angeles, Nov 23 (IANS) Actor Channing Tatum and filmmaker Reid Carolin have been roped in by the Weinstein Company to co-direct and produce the film "Leonard Peacock", an adaptation of Matthew Quick's YA book "...
Read more on Celebrity Balla