July 5, 2019 at 11:52 am #1202963298
Friday, July 5, 2019
Best Guest Performer: Inga Cadranel (Harmony, General Hospital)
Jason visits Harmony in jail. He is pretending to be a lawyer, she plays along but actually knows that he is Jason Morgan/Jason Quartermaine – all about him! He fills her in on the murder of her husband. She gives a tremendous performance in her scenes as she slowly realizes that Shiloh isn’t who she has thought he is…July 10, 2019 at 5:39 pm #1202970031
This aired some weeks ago, but I was quite moved by it and it’s stayed with me:
Tuesday, June 4, 2019
Outstanding Drama Series
Outstanding Lead Actress: Tamara Braun
Outstanding Lead Actress: Laura Wright
Outstanding Supporting Actress: Vernee Watson
Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series
Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series (Denise Van Cleave)
Outstanding Music Composition/Direction for a Drama Series
Honorable mentions: Eden McCoy, Maurice Benard, William Lipton, Billy Miller
Upon arriving in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Kim gets reassurance from Drew when she questions whether she’s strong enough to bid Oscar a final farewell and scatter his ashes at Mt. Kilimanjaro. Josslyn, still grappling with Oscar’s loss, seeks guidance from Carly, Sonny and Cameron. Carly and Sonny visit their late son Morgan’s grave. Knowing that she may be Jordan’s last hope, Stella uses all her powers of persuasion to convince “Ryan” to donate his kidney to Jordan.
I like how this episode carefully balanced the many heavier, emotionally-laden and heartfelt moments (such as those between Kim and Drew, Joss and Cameron, Carly and Sonny) with the mystery set up right at the start in Ryan’s hospital room, over who came in and administered the injection into Ryan’s IV (and the reason why) which subsequently caused him to have an allergic reaction; and with this element of suspense that guided the remainder of the episode, heightened by the possibility of an underlying plot to switch out Ryan’s body with Kevin’s. The build-up of scenes (cleverly shot by Denise Van Cleave) during which Stella tactfully pleads her case (in what is an absolutely delicious monologue delivered to perfection by Vernee Watson) and is finally able to secure Ryan’s kidney for Jordan, was exciting yet (surprisingly) also comedic (I couldn’t help but chuckle when “Ryan” quips, “having a kidney removed without anesthesia would be less torturous than listening to [Stella]” to which Dr. Finn acerbically replies, “Oh, so you’d like to forgo the anesthesia?”).
Anna Theresa Cascio et al. crafted here what I find to be one of GH’s best scripts of the year, and with profound lines like the one spoken by Cameron when he urges Joss to not give up practicing with her guitar, “Music lets you say the things you don’t have the words to say”, one doesn’t have to search far to see why. The masterly dialogue between Carly and Joss detailing a mother’s sage advice to her daughter about approaches in dealing with her grief, juxtaposed with the conversation between Kim and Drew where she describes the difficulties she’s faced so far on her journey in coming to terms with Oscar’s loss, was beautifully written and performed particularly by Laura Wright and Tamara Braun.
Another highlight in this episode: the heart-tugging piano piece that begins immediately following Kim’s admission that she knew losing Oscar would be the most painful, unimaginable experience of her life for which she didn’t know how to prepare herself, where Kim relates, “I’m not the kind of person who likes to get caught off-guard. I am a doctor. I like to traffic in procedure, in facts. This isn’t about me being a doctor. I’m a mother… who lost her son.”
Of course, a personal highlight was my favorite theme scored to the scene where Joss discloses to Cameron that she doesn’t want to “move on or get over Oscar” but “remember him exactly the way he was and is”. Hats off once again to the GH music team! The ethereal music accompanying everyone’s discovery of the season’s first fireflies made for an exquisite touch, and I love how the writers brilliantly tied in the symbolism of the firefly with both Morgan and Oscar’s memory. Interestingly, right on the day this episode aired I also spotted the first fireflies illuminating the woods along my backyard throughout the night, so it was one of those peculiar real-life parallels that served as yet another reminder, however small it may be, that life really does move in huge, strange circles.July 11, 2019 at 10:54 am #1202971018
Thursday, July 11, 2019
Best Supporting Actress: Suzanne Rogers (Maggie, Days Of Our Lives)
Maggie finds a bottle of booze hidden under the couch and is tempted to drink a glass; Sarah catches her and they have a heart to heart where Maggie tells of how hard it has been to lose 30 years of sobriety and how she is tempted to drink on a daily basis. This would be a good addition to her earlier scenes of this storyline.July 18, 2019 at 9:40 am #1202982969
Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Best Supporting Actress: Beth Maitland (Traci, The Young and the Restless)
Traci and Cane go out to a launch party for her book and are dressed up for the occasion. I am citing Beth for the final scene where she talks about why she hasn’t been relationship oriented since the death of her beloved daughter Colleen. Very sweet and affecting (:July 21, 2019 at 10:25 pm #1202989227
^^^ I concur, Beth Maitland was splendid in that final scene. I would also go ahead and cite Jess Walton, whose return visits, no matter how short, are always such a treat. Jill’s conversation with Billy about Delia really got to me, and Jess just aces the part where Jill encourages Billy to be the man that Delia taught him to be. Jason Thompson was excellent here and throughout this entire episode as well. He does such a wonderful job conveying so much emotion with his eyes alone, and Billy’s sense of loss is really palpable. And, of course, Heather Tom! She did a fantastic job directing this episode! I love how she’s already developing her own very distinct style. Heather just continues to wow and inspire me!
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