Christina Applegate’s appearance as Jen – “Dead to Me” last season 3

THE ACTOR | Christina Applegate

THE SHOW | dead to me

THE RESULT | “We have reached the end” (November 17, 2022)

THE PERFORMANCE | Before we even saw the series finale of Netflix’s dark comedy, Applegate had already turned in some of her funniest and heartiest work in the previous nine episodes of Season 3. But in Episode 10, aka the show’s swan song, the beloved TV vet surpassed her own very high bar while delivering the best performance of her career.

The prospect of Jen from Applegate losing her partner literally Crime Judy (Linda Cardellini) has cancer dead to me‘s final season with uncharacteristic emotional weight and, in turn, allowed the Married with children Alum and comedic powerhouse to show off her considerable dramatic skills (while also nailing zinger after zinger). This was especially true in the finale, where Judy succumbed to her Stage 4 diagnosis.

As the episode began, Jen was in very strong denial that Judy’s time was up. But Applegate masterfully guided her alter ego into the dangerous acceptance phase in tiny, heartbreaking steps, the first of which came when Jen faced the ’66 Mustang that took her husband’s life. When Jen refused Judy’s instruction to use a golf club to “beat the shit out of the PTSD-inducing vehicle,” Applegate subtly lowered her character’s vigilance long enough for Jen to quietly and tearfully fire off the most healing of truth bombs: “How could I hate it? It brought you to me.”

When Judy later tore the band-aid off completely and revealed to Jen that her three-week vacation would become a “permanent” one for her, Applegate allowed us to see Jen at her most vulnerable and emotionally present. Jen clung to her BFF for her life as tears streamed down their faces, telling Judy, “You’ve changed my life.” Applegate’s ability to ground the moment with a beautifully restrained combination of pain and gratitude only added to that to its resonance.

Applegate recently suggested doing so diversity that her MS diagnosis could force her into early retirement dead to me possibly her last role. Out of selfishness we hope this is not the case. As this episode – and the entire season – has shown, she’s only just beginning to harness her considerable powers.

christina-applegate-performance-dead-to-me-final-season-3AWARD | The series finale of the Walking Dead (summarized here) was characterized by good performances, particularly from Melissa McBride, Lauren Cohan and Jeffrey Dean Morgan. But Christian Serratos still managed to stand out, giving us a farewell to Rosita that was alternately excitingly wild and amazingly vulnerable. When Coco’s mother rescued her from Hell from the Commonwealth’s nursery, the actress transitioned into supercharged action hero mode, but added an underpinning of emotions that made Rosita’s frenzy seem all too real. (Is someone’s heart Not still in her throat from her fall into the Horde?) Then, when the badass beast revealed to Eugene that she had been bitten, Serratos softened the sadness of the moment with an understated dignity that made Rosita’s inevitable end all the more poignant.

Titans 4x05AWARD | With greater power comes greater responsibility. And how TitansRealizing that with greater responsibility comes frankly impossible choices, Kory immersed Anna Diop in some of her best material in a long time. When Kory and Rachel attempted to save Sebastian Sanger’s bacon by hiding it until the prophecy was over, Kory was challenged by her former mentor, Zadira, to fulfill her destiny and instead kill Mother Mayhem’s son. Diop, who now embraces Kory’s agency like no season before, conveyed both her alter ego’s determination and inner struggle — especially as Kory glimpsed an idyllic…then post-apocalyptic future. As Mayhem himself made his way to the diner to retrieve her child, Diop once again embodied Kory’s power, albeit in a battle that was unfortunately lost.

SEAL Team Alona BuckleyAWARD | AJ Buckley and Alona Tal both delivered and then some Marine Special ForcesSeason finale that brought Sonny and Stella together for the first time since Clay’s death. Buckley got our waterworks going when Sonny stood in front of Clay’s headstone and assured his late best friend that he would keep his promise to take care of Stella and little Brian. Then, when Tal joined Buckley on the scene, the actors let you feel their characters’ shared grief and near-unspeakability. Tal later capped her own fine performance when Stella assured Jason that she didn’t begrudge him the Navy Cross he was to receive, as his exploits allowed Clay to come home and be a father — if only for a while Time. Both Tal and Buckley took their years on the show and their characters’ rich history and turned them into something tragically beautiful.

Which performance(s) knocked your Socks out this week? Tell us in the comments! Christina Applegate’s appearance as Jen – “Dead to Me” last season 3

Lindsay Lowe

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