THE PERFORMERS | Kaley Cuoco and Sharon Stone
THE SHOW | The Flight Attendant
THE EPISODE | “Brothers & Sisters” (Could 12, 2022)
THE PERFORMANCE | Whereas final week’s episode was heartbreaking, given Cassie’s fall(s) off of the wagon, this week’s journey again house was devastating, as Cassie and her estranged mom endured a really sudden, contentious reunion.
Forward of stated reunion, Cuoco had already delivered a uncooked, sorrowful studying of Cassie’s letter to her and Davey’s not-so-dearly departed dad — so we had been already in her nook, hoping that any kind of “win” was coming. However when Lisa greeted her children with a growled, “Jesus, Davey. You mighta given me a heads-up,” we knew one other emotional experience was upon us.
Cassie did her finest to set a genial tone, however all Lisa might discuss was how her daughter and her buddies used to throw home events and steal from her. “Now that we’re all caught up,” Lisa snarked, “what are we gonna discuss on our Christmas telephone name?”
However a lot extra catching-up was to be accomplished, as mother and children relocated to the kitchen and Cassie overheard Lisa bemoaning her presence. That is the place Cuoco and Stone dove arduous into the fabric at hand, poking at previous, unhealed wounds and blurting out powerful phrases.
“I’m sorry for being a s—ty daughter, particularly after dad died. I used to be a dysfunctional, alcoholic teenager,” Cassie admitted. When that sparked zero response, she added that “taking duty for my life and my actions is a giant a part of my journey now,” and apologized once more for not being “kinder” as a child.
And mother simply…. didn’t… care.
“Is that it? As a result of if that’s it, I don’t suppose we’re addressing the problem right here,” Lisa stated, as Stone crossed over to face beside T.R. Knight’s Davey, giving the sense of an intervention. “No person’s mad at you for what you probably did whenever you had been little” within the wake of the daddy’s drunk-driving demise. “It’s what you do as an grownup that issues,” Lisa asserted, earlier than rattling off situations of Cassie’s crappy, grown-up antics. “You suppose an apology is simply going to wax all of it away!”
All through this dialogue, Stone made clear that Lisa was armed for bear and had years of stuff to get off her chest. Cuoco in flip depicted Cassie as confused and wounded, somebody who actually thought an “I’m sorry” would sanitize a sordid previous.
Issues bought particularly furry as Lisa confirmed that her daughter was nonetheless no stranger to drink. Cassie contended that “it’s arduous to show it off,” after which tried to show the tables and ask why it’s that Davey, who truly moved away from house, bought a free go? “You’re supposed to develop and study and transfer on,” Lisa shot again.
Cassie acknowledged that “Dad made me really feel particular and never f–ked up” and that her time spent with him “disenchanted” Mother. “Thats horrible, and I’m sorry,” she once more provided. When Cassie then requested what she has to do to show she is getting higher…. nicely, that arrange Stone and Cuoco’s greatest gut-punch of a second. Lisa cupped her sobbing daughter’s face to say, “Cassie, honey, I really like you. I do. However I don’t such as you. At all.” And with a candy pat on Cassie’s cheek that segued right into a harsh slap, Lisa excused herself to “go to work,” abandoning an apoplectic Cassie and capping a difficult-to-watch, but gripping, nine-minute sequence.
HONORABLE MENTION | In Episode 2 of Hacks‘ sophomore season, Ava Daniels walked on eggshells, suffering from the guilt she felt about her duplicitous deed. Hannah Einbinder exhibited a twister of sentiments, vacillating between being an over-compensating “Sure Girl” and persevering with her spiral of disgrace. When she lastly got here clear, the actress made us really feel her character’s regret with mournful eyes and physique language — particularly as her boss compelled her to learn the e-mail out loud, phrase for excruciating phrase. Within the closing moments, Einbinder continued driving us by way of the emotional whiplash, as Deborah seemingly let her off the hook. However that candy aid was merely a brief balm: She then realized Deborah was suing her for breach of contract. Whereas Ava actually deserves no matter’s coming to her, it was Einbinder’s finesse that made all of it so efficient.
HONORABLE MENTION | We’d like solely three phrases to explain our response to Gray Damon‘s visceral efficiency in Thursday’s Station 19: We. Have been. Gutted. The tour de power deserves greater than three, nonetheless. Far more. After the episode began with him channeling Jack’s nervous pleasure on the prospect of assembly the brother he’d by no means identified he had, the actor conveyed in small gestures and tics his character’s disbelief and unspeakable harm at studying that he had much more siblings, all of whom had been stored and raised by Mother and Dad. Later, Damon all however opened a vein as Jack unleashed his anguish at having been “handed from predator to predator” in foster care, all as a result of his mother and father… “They didn’t need me,” he sobbed. Gorgeous work — uncooked, actual and admirably weak.
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