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    Round 1

    Dear competitors and readers!

    This marks the start of the first round, in which eight actresses are competing with an episode of their judges' choice to advance.

    All players must review the episode submissions (Deadline: 31st of August). If we collectively finish our reviews earlier, the second round may begin earlier as well.

    I would like to emphasize that it is mandatory for registered players to write a review, but posters who do not have a player can write reviews and vote in the jury in the same way if they wish.

    I am launching the public vote now. The final result of the round will be based on the results of the public vote and the secret jury vote (the jury ranking must be sent to me in PM's) and we will have a short results show at the end of each round to see who will advance and lose out.

    The Submissions:

    Lauren Ash in Superstore @DameOctaviaSpencer
    S3.E9 / Golden Globes Party

    When Amy throws a Golden Globes party to prove how great she's doing post-divorce, she's forced to enlist Dina and Jonah's help when her barbecue goes awry. The party gets even more shaky, as does Amy's claim that her life is not in shambles, when she cannot figure out how to fix the television and is even unaware of her own wifi password. Meanwhile, Glenn and his wife Jerusha (Kerri Kenney) are forced to conduct some personal business at Amy's home, giving the guests yet another reason to want to leave. Also, Sandra brings boyfriend Jerry to the party, marking his first time in public since coming out of his coma, and Kelly feels left out when Jonah and the others laugh over stories from before she started working with them.
    Lisa Kudrow in Friends @HoneyDarling
    S4.E11 / The One with Phoebe's Uterus

    Chandler has not had sex with his girlfriend, Kathy, ever since they got together due to the former’s fear of not being able to “fill Joey’s shoes”. Monica and Rachel then offer Chandler some advice on improving his bedroom performance, leading to Kathy expressing her endless gratitude to Monica. Ross lands Joey a job as a tour guide at the museum, which ultimately results in the latter’s disappointment when he witnesses an existential class divide within the museum. His friendship with Ross becomes strained when the latter is not willing to sit with him in the lunch room due to their designation differences. Guilt-ridden by the lunch incident, Ross decides to make amends to Joey by rectifying the class divide in the museum the next day. Phoebe's brother, Frank Jr., and Alice have eloped and tried to conceive naturally many times, without any success. The couple then asks Phoebe to carry their baby. Phoebe’s birth mum decides to give her puppy to Phoebe for a few days to help the latter make her decision. Phoebe eventually decides to fulfil Frank Jr.’s and Alice’s wishes.
    D’arcy Carden in The Good Place @JotB
    S1.E7 / The Eternal Shriek

    Michael announces that his "retirement" will consist of eternal torture. Rather than tell the truth, Eleanor decides to "kill" Janet because only she can initiate Michael's retirement. She and Chidi argue over activating Janet's killswitch and Chidi ends up pushing the button while trying to stop Jason from doing so. Chidi agrees to keep their secret, even though it will make him miserable. Meanwhile, Tahani plans a somber retirement party for Michael; Michael then blames Tahani for distracting him from Janet but soon apologizes. Janet is rebooted with no memories and operates at diminished capacity. Michael announces he will remain in the neighborhood to investigate Janet's murder, which he says means there is a problem beyond himself. Eleanor tells Chidi she loves him, then admits to everyone that she is the problem because she was brought to the Good Place by mistake. In flashbacks, Chidi fibs that he likes a coworker's unattractive boots; he obsesses over the lie for three years and finally confesses after the coworker survives a difficult surgery.
    Tichina Arnold in Martin @QuentinBunuel
    S1.E23 / Jerome's in the House

    After Pam gets dumped by her boyfriend, she decides to go out on a date with somebody "different" out of sheer desperation. She decides to go out with Jerome, the player, even though Cole is trying to ask her out.
    Valerie Harper in The Mary Tyler Moore Show @TaranofPrydain
    S4.E2 / Angels in the Snow

    Ignoring the advice of her friends and co-workers, Mary dates a man seven years younger than herself.
    Rita Moreno in One Day At A Time @CarlJr
    S1.E3 / No Mass

    Wanting to spend more time with her children, Penelope suggests that the family skip church on Sunday, but Lydia objects. The argument escalates to Penelope wanting her mother to be less overbearing. Lydia disappears the next morning, turning the house upside down. After talking to Leslie, Penelope finds her mother at church. Lydia then confides in her daughter about her anxieties around her age and her potentially not being useful in the family anymore. Just when they start to reconcile, they get into another huge argument when Penelope says that she isn't even sure that she believes in God. They eventually find a common ground when Lydia explains that God kept her daughter safe every day while she was in Afghanistan, and Penelope talks about a hard day in Afghanistan when she was inspired by the tennis player Serena Williams. Meanwhile, Elena's goth friend, Carmen, begins spending all of her time at the Alvarez apartment.
    Jessica Walter in Arrested Development @Allstar
    S1.E1 / Pilot

    Michael anticipates becoming the new president of his father's homebuilding company, having put up with his family for years in order to achieve it. Instead, the position is given to his mother, Lucille–just before his father George Sr. is arrested by the SEC. When his family proves unable to run the company, Michael reluctantly returns to help. Meanwhile, Gob's magic career is derailed and George Michael develops a crush on his cousin Maeby.
    Annie Murphy in Schitt's Creek @Yuna
    S5.E8 / The Hospies

    Johnny and Stevie attend the regional hospitality awards, while Moira does everything in her power to stop Alexis from auditioning for Cabaret. After pursuing a long weekend with Emir, he breaks up with her instead, leaving Stevie upset. Johnny takes her home instead of staying for the after-party. After Alexis' disastrous audition, Moira offers Stevie the lead in Cabaret.
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    So do we review in this thread or PM alongside the ranking?

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    I watched the Tichina Arnold submission last night and started D'arcy Carden's. So far not disappointed can't wait to work my way through all of them

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    Quote Originally Posted by Allstar View Post
    So do we review in this thread or PM alongside the ranking?
    Review in this very thread

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    I know most of the submissions already and they're all pretty good, definitely a great bunch of actresses. Gonna try to get to re-watching asap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Allstar View Post
    I know most of the submissions already and they're all pretty good, definitely a great bunch of actresses. Gonna try to get to re-watching asap.
    Looking forward reading your reviews!

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    Review: Lisa Kudrow (Friends) in "The One with Phoebe's Uterus"

    In this episode, Phoebe is asked to be a surrogate mother. When neither her friends nor her biological mother burst into joy at the news, Phoebe becomes insecure about the idea, but at the end of the episode she convinces herself that she will do what is expected of her for the sake of her brother's happiness.

    There’s an incredibly little time for an actor in such large cast sitcom, so Kudrow had a very hard time selling the depth of the situation. As Courteney Cox had the funniest scene, David Schwimmer had the showy speech and Sherri Shepherd's guest spot went very well as well, I didn’t feel that Kudrow had succeeded until the end of the episode - in the last few minutes I found Phoebe’s reaction and making such a serious decision quite touching. She favored the happiness of others even when everyone around her encouraged her to be selfish.

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    Starting with my biased (but tbh not actually THAT biased) review

    Review: Jessica Walter (Arrested Development) in "Pilot"

    A tough challenge for anyone in the cast who's not the narrative anchor Michael Bluth is to keep up with the show’s rapidly moving design in which joke and plot are churned out very fast and find a way to integrate oneself in the episode’s rhythm and then, ultimately, manage to sell each short-lived moment as memorable as possible. I find the entire cast of ‘Arrested Development’ quite successful at that but probably none as much as Jessica Walter portraying television blueprint (or bluthprint lol ok sorry) Lucille Bluth.
    The pilot is an excellent showcase for Walter’s ability to be the highlight of every second she gets. Perhaps one of her most famous quotes and moments, delivered right in the first minute of the show, perfectly sets up and defines her entire being.

    Lucille's annoyance with getting upstaged by a gay protest results in a hilarious display of self-ironic mockery – one where her selfish anger is felt extensively but the comical genius is provided all the same through the flamboyant nature of intonation and mimicry she had just voiced to allegedly despise so much. Subsequently, her ridiculous but nonetheless real fury finds an outlet in her daughter when Lucille Bluth, suddenly seemingly rational, condescends on her daughter’s looks. Walter’s delivery of said moment in such a matter-of-fact style, highlighted through a rapid change from the previously heightened mood to a sudden self-imposed objectivity sells the comedy sharply in a smart acting choice.

    In just three seconds Walter has instantly defined Lucille Bluth as a foremost self-fixated, sharp-tongued, and controlling woman.
    And, for all it counts, the show’s intentionally frantic (but poignant) editing is stopped carefully for Walter to deliver her anger and succeeding bite in just one shot, something I find to be extremely important and supportive of actors’ abilities and here truly proves the actresses’ skill in making the most out of every frame she's allowed to house in.

    Even outside that one moment of acting brilliance, Walter gets different highlights, from her ridiculously overstated physical comedy in the eye-wink gag to the shrill jumps and shrieks of joy and self-reverence when her husband ends up choosing her as the new CEO. All of which, once more, underline Lucille’s self-interest displayed in such a uniquely designed and instantly hilarious theatrically mannered performance.
    Last edited by Allstar; 06-26-2022 at 10:58 AM.

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    Review: Lisa Kudrow (Friends) in "The One with Phoebe's Uterus"

    While ‘The One with Phoebe's Uterus’ is arguably most famously known for Courtney Cox’s educative orgasm scene, the dramatic crux of this installment is provided by Lisa Kudrow’s Phoebe who is confronted with the prospect of carrying the baby of her brother and his newly wed wife as a surrogate mother.

    It is true that large casts make it hard for any one actor to stand out, but this only means they have to make the most of their time, we are judging supporting characters, after all. Here, the dramatic core of her episodic arc demands Kudrow to display a rather different facet than commonly seen for Phoebe and I believe, with the time given, she does display sufficient dramatic range to sell believability. Say, the ways her eyes refuse to ever stand still, always banging on the edge of one of her eyelids, when consulting about the dilemma with her birth mother is a great display of how Phoebe is constantly overthinking her situation, even when those around her seem to assume differently. It is also very much in character with the highly exuberant theatrics that Kudrow has drawn Phoebe with (although usually displayed in comedic scenes) and proof that, at least to me, she’s always seemed to be the one member of the cast to truly think about how to round out her performance. In contrast, her final moment of choice is sold in a bit of an overstated fashion but still authentically enough with a genuine touch of sweetness.

    That being said, I think where Kudrow fails a little in this installment, and perhaps somewhat because the writers have let her down here, is the comedic section. ‘Uterus’ is not without its funny attempts for Phoebe but Kudrow struggles to infuse any of them with the aforementioned extravagance her character oftentimes needs to sell the laughs provided. Perhaps this is an intentional choice because of the lingering internal struggle but Kudrow’s performance here, even the dramatic moments, are very much outwardly presented that this point ended up standing out to me.
    Last edited by Allstar; 06-26-2022 at 05:39 AM.

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    Thank you Allstar for starting your reviews, I love 'em!

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    Review: Lauren Ash (Superstore) in "Golden Globes Party"

    Lauren Ash is, undoubtedly, a highlight in ‘Superstore’, if not, arguably, the highlight when it comes to comedic delivery. I can’t think of any other actor in this series to enter the frame and, most certainly, being able to live up on a comedy’s premise of making me laugh. Her turn in ‘Golden Globes Party’ is a good example of how she carries this responsibility competently.

    I admit that I do not think Ash has a particularly remarkable moment in this episode when it comes to her acting abilities but that is largely not because she isn’t up to that task but simply just due to the fact that she isn’t provided with a moment that demands that much of her. If it sounds like criticism, it’s not. Everything she does is so assured and flawless that her turn in ‘Golden Globes Party’ confirms just how lived in and surprisingly organically staged Lauren Ash’s performance is as Dina Fox – an introduction to her inarguable consistency that might make it an ideal first submission.

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    Review: Rita Moreno (One Day at a Time) in "No Mass"

    I originally wanted to pick Rita Moreno, and this submission is a wonderful showcase for why. Moreno is quite honestly outstanding in ‘No Mass’ and is allowed to reveal her large variety of competencies as she steals one scene after another. Admittedly, she is allowed to as this is an episode that revolves around her entirely, as opposed to some other supporting turns, but, of course, this is what makes it a very smart submission.

    From the moment Moreno as Lydia Riera rips open her bedroom curtains and, quite literally, dancingly enters the living room like it is her own theater stage to Celia Cruz’ ‘Azúcar Negra’, she dominates this episode. This first scene is an extremely lively and exceptionally entertaining portrayal of Lydia that marries Moreno’s physical prowess and comedic abilities at one. Later on, when the dramatic part of this submission dials in, Moreno cleverly chooses to gradually build up the frustration and fears seated within her character – from the first to the second quarrel between mother and daughter sandwiching an initial touching compromise inside the church, to an even more moving final reconciliation between the two matriarchs in the end. At first, Moreno displays a quieter range and then progressively amps up the emotions with each succeeding scene so as to save the best for that final reveal of faith as her accompanying guiding lifeline and, fittingly, back the most pivotal moment with the strongest emotional force. It speaks to her experience and her status as a veteran actress to know how to construct a performance within one half hour so efficiently to a result that provides each moment with just enough passion, but not so much that more crucial moments later on would fail to live up to the preceding ones. And it’s all the more impressive to remark that she does sprinkle the rather dramatic turn in this episode with quite a lot of natural comedy in between.
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