TV academy members have just a few weeks to watch all of the Emmy episode submissions for the 2018 nominees before final voting takes place August 13-27. Which of this year’s Best Drama Actress contenders has submitted the strongest episode: Claire Foy (“The Crown”), Tatiana Maslany (“Orphan Black”), Elisabeth Moss (“The Handmaid’s Tale”), Sandra Oh (“Killing Eve”), Keri Russell (“The Americans”) or Evan Rachel Wood (“Westworld”)? You be the judge! Below, we list the nominees’ episode descriptions and provide links for where you can watch all of the submissions online.
Claire Foy (“The Crown”) as Queen Elizabeth II
Episode: “Dear Mrs. Kennedy“
Airdate: December 8, 2017
Description: Queen Elizabeth II and Jackie Kennedy (Jodi Balfour) take a private tour of Buckingham Palace. They commiserate over their shared dislike of the media spotlight and love of puppies. The queen feels like she is middle-aged now and is jealous of the American First Lady. She uses some of those feelings to play political games with Ghana.
Tatiana Maslany (“Orphan Black”) as Various Characters
Episode: “To Right the Wrongs of Many“
Airdate: August 12, 2017
Description: Maslany played Sarah Manning and her many clones one last time. Sarah and Art have a final stand against Neolution while Helena (also Maslany) is ready to deliver her baby with assistance from Sarah and Art. The audience sees the happy moments for each of the surviving clones in a fast forward ending.
Watch: BBC America
Elisabeth Moss (“The Handmaid’s Tale”) as June Osborne/Offred
Episode: “The Last Ceremony“
Airdate: June 20, 2018
Description: June/Offred falsely thinks she is going into labor and the handmaids take their traditional roles for the event. She would like to be transferred to another district after the birth. June is summoned into the master bedroom with the Commander (Joseph Fiennes) and Serena Joy (Yvonne Strahovski) where she is raped by the husband and wife.
Sandra Oh (“Killing Eve”) as Eve Polastri
Episode: “I Have a Thing About Bathrooms“
Airdate: May 6, 2018
Description: MI5 officer Eve Polastri is fresh off a terrifying experience with serial killer Villanelle (Jodie Comer). She has taken a mole to a safe house but inadvertently gets him killed when Villanelle breaks into her house to talk with her and takes her phone.
Watch: BBC America
Keri Russell (“The Americans”) as Elizabeth Jennings
Episode: “The Summit“
Airdate: May 16, 2018
Description: Soviet spy Elizabeth Jennings has been posing as a nurse to a terminal woman. When her husband fails to help her commit suicide, Elizabeth must finish the job. She has been using a young governmental worker to bug his boss’ office. When he figures out her plan, he confronts her in the car. She could kill him off but lets him go instead.
Evan Rachel Wood (“Westworld”) as Dolores Abernathy
Airdate: April 29, 2018
Description: In this flashback-heavy segment, Dolores is seen in three different timelines. She and Arnold (Jeffrey Wright) are in the outside world during the time Westworld was being developed and sold. She and the younger William (Jimmi Simpson) have differences before the corporate takeover. She and other hosts continue to build their new army for a rebellion.
Watch: HBO GO
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