Thursday, May 17, 2012 Days of our Lives Outstanding Lead Actress Alison Sweeney -- Sami Brady
Sami gets advice from EJ on how to rectify having impulsively run out on Will after he told her and Lucas he was gay. She leaves determined to apologize and make things right, but when she overhears Will say that he confided in Marlena, she freaks and lashes out at him. Things get even worse when she let's slip that she discussed Will's being gay with EJ, and Will leaves. Sami worries about the damage she's done to her relationship with her son.
I thought this was a good episode for Sweeney. There's a good amount of range, she handles everything well, and I don't think she goes overboard at any point. She managed to make me feel sympathy for Sami even as I was wanting to slap her, and I think it helps that the episode plays on all the important dynamics in Sami's life (her relationships with EJ, Lucas, Will and Marlena). Bryan Datillo and Chandler Massey were also great in this and the previous episodes, but Datillo doesn't get enough focus and Massey has definitely had episodes where he gets to do more than this.
Monday, May 21, 2012 Days of our Lives Outstanding Supporting Actress Suzanne Rogers -- Maggie Horton
Maggie confronts Victor after overhearing him say that she can never find out the truth. He tries to brush it off as a joke, and she gets angry and storms out. He later confesses that he helped perpetrate the theft of her eggs that led to Daniel's conception years ago, and apologizes, expecting forgiveness. Maggie is taken aback at the news and both hurt and angry at Victor's actions and his lies. He accuses her of using the situation as an excuse to lash out, and she tells him that she's not coming home tonight.
Suzanne Rogers always delivers when she gets the chance, and this was no exception. The way she played these scenes was excellent, a perfect balance of strength, pain, and restrained fury.
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 Days of our Lives Outstanding Supporting Actress Renee Jones -- Lexie Carver
After she collapses at the police station, Abe takes Lexie home and calls Daniel over to examine her. In confidence, Lexie tells Daniel that she can feel her body starting to shut down, and they agree she may only have days left to live. She takes a few moments to express her deep sorrow and how unfair her situation seems, crying on Daniel's shoulder. She resolves not to tell anyone how bad her condition is and puts on a happy face when Abe comes back.
Renee Jones plays these scenes so perfectly, in my opinion. In addition to nailing the well-written dialogue she has with Daniel, she also does an excellent job with the changes in energy level. I really hope Jones will submit herself for consideration next year, because she's already got episodes to make her competitive.
Tuesday, May 29, 2012 Days of our Lives Outstanding Lead Actor James Scott -- EJ DiMera
Lexie asks EJ to relinquish his position as mayor and support Abe getting the job again. EJ tells Lexie that his work is all he has, and when she presses him, he admits that he's not biologically Stefano's son, or her brother. She tells him that he's her brother, no matter what any biological markers might say, and urges him to be patient with Stefano. They talk about their family, and Lexie says she believes that fate brought EJ into their lives. EJ says he can't give up being mayor, but he agrees to drop the vote-tampering charges against Abe and Jennifer.
These scenes were well written, and James Scott played them really well. Renee Jones made for an excellent scene partner, and the two played off one another like real relatives. I liked that there wasn't open weeping, but a lot of the episode is heavily emotional. I also like that there are light moments, and I like getting EJ's vulnerable side.
Friday, June 1, 2012 Days of our Lives Best Directing
On a dark and stormy night, Stefano is confronted in turn by EJ, Abe, John, Hope, Will, Bo, Kate, and Marlena, raging against him for his various misdeeds over the past few months and years. (Among them: being indirectly responsible for Lexie's brain tumor; nearly killing John, Marlena, Bo, Hope, Carrie, and Rafe in the safehouse explosion; blackmailing Will into busting up Sami and Rafe's and EJ and Nicole's marriages; leaving Kate penniless while also trying to prevent her from getting work; and so much more.) Later, someone returns to the mansion and pulls the trigger.
The show looked great, the effects were well done, and the stylized, compelling format worked really well with the story.
Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Kelly Sullivan as Kate Howard/Connie Falconeri
Kate channels her 17-year old self and recounts the night she was raped by Joe Scully's son, Joe Jr. She also reveals the reason she stood Sonny up the night she planned on leaving town with him.
EXCEPTIONAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! IF YOU HAVENT SEEN THIS EPISODE OR THIS PERFORMANCE YOU ARE MISSING OUT!!! SHE HAS THAT EMMY WRAPPED UP. She's been sensational ever since Kate's D.I.D. story kicked off and I have loved every minute of it. Today was her moment. I dare compare it to Jonathan Jackson's drunken rant a couple of years ago.
Outstanding Supporting Actor Bradford Anderson as Damian Spinelli, GH and Outstanding Younger/Supporting Actress Jen Lilley as Maxie Jones, GH
Spinelli and Maxie have a showdown ending their friendship, then have seperate heartfelt conversations with Mac and Patrick respectively.
These two were very convincing in these scenes. They captured their characters' emotions on the end of the friendship, and showed good range from yelling at each other to quieter scenes in the aftermath.
Outstanding Lead Actress Kelly Monaco (Sam McCall)
Sam confronts Jason about having John beaten up that caused him to not be able to bring her and her baby to the hospital. Jason tries to tell Sam that he was at the hotel to tell her that he wanted to be a part of her son's life. Sam tells Jason to leave.
Wednesday, June 20, 2012 Days of our Lives Outstanding Supporting Actor James Reynolds - Abe Carver
Abe is devastated by Lexie's death, and he, Theo, EJ, Hope, and Bo begin trying to adjust to life without her.
I thought this episode was stronger than the one before it, which is mostly a lead-up to the big moment at the end where Lexie dies. Reynolds does a great job with the grief, and I like that this episode includes interactions with friends and family.
July 9, 2012 General Hospital Supporting Actor Jason Thompson as Dr. Patrick Drake
Maxie and Lulu confront Patrick about the pills he's been taking.
He already has plenty of episodes from the first half of the year that are stronger than this one but I think he still deserves a mention for doing such strong work. Julie Marie Berman was good here too. Maybe for people who don't watch regularly (i.e. Emmy voters) these scenes would play as an effective reel for her but I just couldn't get over the fact that this is none of Lulu's business.