I love my skin!
But is Elmo’s skin really red or just his fur?
One of the things that I love about this confession is how different it is from Jim’s speech in “Casino Night”. In The Office, Pam is engaged and has been engaged since BEFORE the Pilot. Jim has never met a non-engaged Pam but he still harbors romatic feelings for her. Not problematic so far, but Jim’s confession to Pam was one that expected an answer, a very specific answer. He wants Pam to tell him that she loves him too.
But at this time, Pam is not a character who makes huge, life-changing decisions in the spur of the moment. She needs time to think and process and talk to her mom and she tries to tell Jim how important their friendship is to her and he cuts her off and tells her to stop. Jim doesn’t want to hear anything other than the idealized script he has in his head. He becomes curt and a bit rude and leaves disappointed and mad just because Pam is trying to deal with this shocking news he’s dropped on her and doesn’t immediately run into his arms.
Jake, on the other hand, offers up his feelings to Amy without strings. He understands she is with someone else. He doesn’t expect anything and he acknowledges that he missed his chance and should have acted sooner. He doesn’t expect a response from her, just needed to tell her what he wished could have happened (using the past tense). He makes no demands on her future and the decision is left up to her. It felt more considerate of Amy’s situation (just starting a serious relationship) and made me love Jake’s character just a little bit more.
A) Fab commentary
B) “Romantic Styles” is one of the best things said on television this year
C) It’s so hard going back and watching The Office understanding that Jim’s kind of an asshole.
You can see the moment where Jessica Hecht remembers she can’t just kiss another woman in the background of a b-roll shot on a hit sitcom 1996, even though their characters are AT THEIR OWN WEDDING.
Anyway, “The One With the Lesbian Wedding” is possibly the most dated episode of friends up to this point. “Two women getting married!” is repeatedly a punchline. It really highlights how this show is two decades old.
Although I gotta give mad props for the casting of Marlo Thomas as Rachel’s mom. Just the right amount of clever.
Third, the actor is vulnerable. Great actors share the parts of themselves that most people keep hidden. They are always naked. (Some are literally naked, but I’m talking about emotional nakedness.) Bad actors are guarded. They don’t want to share the parts of themselves that are ugly, mean, petty, jealous, etc.
There are so many examples of actors being naked onstage and screen. My favorite is Rosalind Russell in the movie Picnic. She plays a middle-aged teacher who is in danger of growing old and dying alone. There’s a heartbreaking scene in which she begs a man to marry her. She goes down on her knees in front of him. She gives up every scrap of dignity inside her and lets the scared, hurting parts of herself burst out. These are the same scared, hurt parts that are inside all of us—the parts we work hard to hide.
This article does such a great job articulating the elusive hallmarks of “good acting” that I recommend it even though Keanu Reeves gets raked over the coals. I still love you, NuNu.
Watching What’s Your Number also resulted in me making this gif of Anthony Mackie miming handling multiple weens.
Me: Chris Evans is named Colin in this movie. It is breaking my brain. It’s like crossing the streams.
Collin: Crossing the streams is what toasts the marshmallows.
Me: It’s certainly toasting my marshmallows.
[I wrote about What’s Your Number? slightly more coherently on Bitch Flicks]