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Scene Of The Week - November 6, 2016 + POLL

A weekly feature in which we're trying to find the most compelling, best acted, written, directed and just generally great, memorable scenes that we've seen in past seven days on TV.

FREQUENCY, "Seven Three", November 2, 2016, Actors: Riley Smith, Devin Kelley, The Scene: Julie tells Frank that their marriage is over
Justyna K:
Such a heartbreaking moment, but it was done so beautifully that I couldn't have chosen differently. Julie admits that she's afraid of the way Frank changed in the past couple of years and even though she still loves him and cares about him, she doesn't want his darkness to hurt their daughter and wants to protect her first. It's clearly hard and painful for Julie to end things between them but she's a mother trying to do the best for her child and from her perspective letting Frank go is the best choice she could have made in this situation. Frank tries to stay strong but he's heartbroken and can't even say a word or look at Julie when she's saying goodbye. The truth about their fates weighs heavily on him and he feels helpless as the time is running out. He survived the impossible but as a consequence the woman he loves will die soon and all he wants to do is to keep her safe. But his actions and behavior scare her and make them grow apart even further. It's such a tragic story, with Frank and Raimy living between two worlds, and it makes me wonder how different things would have been if Julie knew everything... Both Riley Smith and Devin Kelley are absolutely wonderful in the scene. You can clearly see the love and heartbreak between their characters and actors' powerful performances make this emotional, quiet and beautifully written moment one to remember. Kudos to cast & crew for their incredible work on the show!
Aimee Hicks: Every single moment in this episode was memorable. Each performer really brought it so picking just one scene was made that much harder, but this one was the standout because of how emotionally raw and honest the performances were. Devin Kelley and Riley Smith have managed to forge this beautiful chemistry between their characters that shows the love that brought them together in the first place while also highlighting the things pulling them apart. When Julie sought out Frank to break this awful news to him it was evident that it wasn’t something she wanted to do or even something that she did lightly. It broke her heart every bit as much as it broke Frank’s. She loves him, and probably always will, but in her mind, there is no way to get back to what they once had. The love is there, but the bond has deteriorated beyond a point she thinks it is fixable. That doesn’t mean she doesn’t love him because it’s brutally evident that she does, but in this moment she has to put Raimy first. Kelley made some very smart acting choices by coming into the scene seeming reserved and melancholy. Those choices really gave gravity to the tough position Julie was in. For Frank’s part, he knows he got a second chance at life yet no matter what he does he can’t find a way to get his family a second chance to be together. All the more heartbreaking is that he knows her time is rapidly fading and he feels helpless about not being able to secure her safety by stopping the Nightingale. There is a large amount of guilt weighing on him as well knowing that her life is on the line because he survived. He feels helpless knowing that at that moment there was nothing he could do for them or her. When he turned his back it was him accepting the full brunt of the reality pressing against him. He can’t look at her not because he’s angry at her, but because he feels as though he failed her. Smith was outstanding in this scene. Throughout it, Frank was desperately trying to hold himself together. The moment Julie left the tears started to trickle down his face as everything settled in. The whole scene was amazing, but the way Smith conveyed Frank’s pain as the tears started to flow clenched this scene as my favorite. The two performers were so connected despite the fact that Kelley had to deliver half of the scene to Smith’s back. Each of them delivered highly emotional work in such an honest way that this is the scene that stands out. Beautifully written and acted.

FROM DUSK TILL DAWN, "Dark Side of the Sun", November 1, 2016, Actors: Madison Davenport, D. J. Cotrona and more, The Scene: Kate helps the Geckos rob banks
Klutzy girl:
After escaping her possession from Amaru, Kate helps the Geckos rob banks. It's not something I saw coming but it was a twist I absolutely loved. She's changed so much since the series began and I love that she echoed Seth by telling the teller "You. Be cool". I'm even more excited to see what goes down in season four now that this has happened!

GREY'S ANATOMY, "Why Try To Change Me Now", November 3, 2016, Actors: Marika Dominczyk, James Pickens Jr and more, The Scene: The OP scene
Marko Pekic:
That was freakishly intense. OMG, Marika is perfect and so terrifying, never seen her before but the way she changed the whole dynamic in GSMH was outstanding. The OP scene was one to remember, the way she cut the artery was just so bold and fierce. Loved it.

HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER, "Call It Mother's Intuition", November 3, 2016, Actors: Lauren Vélez, Liza Weil and more, The Scenes: Hargrove speaks at the AA meeting & Bonnie tells Frank to leave her alone
A Dahne:
The writers have done an excellent job of making Annalise's main antagonist this season a more fully formed character. They have given her more background story than most, which makes the character easier to relate to. What I particularly liked about this scene is that it not only tied into the episode theme but it also allowed Hargrove to come off a sympathetic but not perfect. She is flawed just like the other characters are but unlike most of the people who have gone up against Annalise, she isn't one-dimensional. For instance, Emily Sinclair last year came off as petty and vicious. When she died, no one cared. Hargrove is a much more nuanced character, who often comes off as better than Annalise is so many ways. This back story made her an even better character.
Marko Pekic: Liza has such a strong screen presence and the emotions she put into this scene were just overwhelming. Bonnie went against each fiber of her being and broke herself while telling a tearful Frank to go.

LUCIFER, "Monster", October 31, 2016, Actors: Tom Ellis, Rachael Harris, The Scene: Lucifer reveals his true face to Dr. Linda
Aimee Hicks:
This scene has to be one of the biggest jaw-dropping moments of the entire week. I had been hoping for a long time that Lucifer would eventually reveal himself to someone, but I wasn’t actually prepared for it to happen. The whole scene leading up to the big reveal showed off the expert way that Rachael Harris and Tom Ellis are able to bounce lines off of each other. Their scenes always have a bit of a poetic feel to them as the two performers volley dialogue off of each with incredible ease. This just felt like a normal therapy scene until Dr. Linda changed the conversation. As a good therapist, she knew that eventually, she’d have to force Lucifer to confront what she perceived to be his delusional life. When Harris wrestled control of the scene away from Ellis my curiosity peaked. I knew this scene was different, but I just couldn’t quite figure out where they were going with it. Then the big moment came and for the first time a human he genuinely cares about saw his true face. It was a shock to both characters. Dr. Linda wasn’t prepared for the truth nor could she handle it in the moment. Lucifer, for his part, was desperately hopeful for some understanding yet I don’t think he actually thought it would come. Some part of him expected the reaction he got and instead of getting angry at her for what I’m sure he perceived as a rejection he just got up and left. He’s been through so much recently that he’s just resigned that he’s not deserving of any sort of compassion. He has convinced himself that he’s the monster he’s always been vilified as and her reaction just seemed to confirm that for him. He didn’t even feel compelled to try and argue her shock with her. In the moment all he could do was leave and accept the reality that he likely just lost one of the few people he ever truly opened himself up to. Harris portrayed Dr. Linda as such a strong woman when she challenged Lucifer’s delusion then after the reveal she showed off raw human shock in such an honest way that Dr. Linda’s fear was palpable through the screen. Ellis, well I could write many pages of praise for him, but his acting was above and beyond even his own prior bests. The past few episodes have allowed him to really show off just how vast his range is. His acting was so honest that it was impossible to not sympathize with Lucifer throughout this entire episode, but particularly this scene. I can’t wait to see where the story goes from here after this big series-changing moment.
Prpleight: Lucifer shows the doc his real face. I had issues with the over-the-top Lucifer during the bulk of the episode (it didn’t feel organic to me) but when Tom Ellis is required to he brings a vulnerability and longing to the character that is absolutely captivating. The Doc’s reaction wasn’t completely unexpected, but the performance didn’t go the direction I expected. This scene was a nice flip-side for my other favorite scene when Maze did the same thing with Trixie and was met with open acceptance.

MARVEL'S AGENTS OF SHIELD, "The Good Samaritan", November 1, 2016, Actors: Gabriel Luna, and more, The Scene: Robbie tells his brother the truth
Justyna K:
I wasn't quite sure what to think about Robbie Reyes at the beginning. He doesn't necessarily appear as the hero of the story, or even one of the good guys. But the more we find out about him, the more I realize how much the guy has grown on me in these few episodes of the season. The origin of his Ghost Rider story was revealed this week, when Robbie tells his little brother Gabe the entire truth about the night when they were attacked by the Locos gang. And as always, there's so much more to the story then one could have guessed. It was clear that Gabe was paralyzed as a result of the car accident, but as it turns out, Robbie, who blames himself for that day, actually died after being shot and thrown out the car... Only to be resurrected by the mysterious Ghost Rider who gave him a second chance and his power. The story itself is a powerful one, but it's the way Robbie tells it, the emotions he went through, as we hear the music in the background and see the shot of him slowly falling to his death - all of it together makes the scene such a memorable one. Robbie explains that at that moment he realized his brother will die because of him and all he wanted, all he begged for was Gabe's survival with a promise he will do anything to save him. And then Robbie died, and he heard a voice of a stranger who offered him another chance, to avenge his own death and those responsible for what happened to his brother, and he took it. That was the deal he made, with the devil, the Ghost Rider. And he hasn't stopped since... There were more than a couple of great scenes in the hour, like the final disappearance and the fight between the Ghost Rider and the new Director of SHIELD, but this emotional part when Robbie shares the truth with Gabe and Daisy is the one I wanted to highlight the most. The actors did a wonderful job, especially Gabriel Luna, and the special effects and the music in this moment were absolutely incredible. Kudos to cast & crew for an excellent work in the episode. Can't wait to see the next one!

PITCH, "Wear It", November 3, 2016, Actor: Kylie Bunbury, The Scene: Ginny breaks down
A Dahne:
Too often, celebrity meltdowns are used to drive internet hits and sell magazines. They are as over-the-top as the celebrities themselves. That's why I really liked how understated Ginny's meltdown was and why her teary confessional in the bathtub made it so much more powerful. She's just a kid trying to do what's right but not even sure if she likes where she's heading.

QUARRY, "nước chảy đá mòn", October 28, 2016, Actors: Logan Marshall-Green and more
The Scene: The massacre at Quan Thang (picked by DarkUFO)


SUPERGIRL, "Survivors", October 31, 2016, Actors: Chyler Leigh, Floriana Lima, The Scene: Alex and Maggie talk after Roulette is let go
Aimee Hicks:
This was a big moment in Alex’s evolution. I think at this point there is little doubt that Alex is the character coming out this season. For all of the last season she was part of storylines and at the core heart of the show, but she wasn’t ever really allotted her own chances to shine. As a result, Alex is probably the character who we know the least about. Sure, she’s a Danvers, Kara’s big sister, and a badass DEO agent, but we don’t know anything else about who she is as an individual. This season is about showing off the big-hearted warrior woman under all those other things. As such it would have been irresponsible of the writers to just toss her into a relationship with someone without giving more time to her evolution. Still, they need to keep adding layers to what this couple could be and this scene provided yet another layer. We have no idea if Alex has ever been with a woman before, but she seems to be accepting her attraction to Maggie without any big fuss which is a refreshing change from many other shows. Kudos to the writers for handling their early interactions like any other couple, which means that like every other couple on television their journey to being together won’t come without obstacles. In this case, their first big obstacle seems to be Maggie’s dating life. Considering the mystery date didn’t get a name I suspect she’s nothing serious, but in the eyes of love struck Alex it was a huge step back that likely sent her emotional walls slamming back up. She was just starting to let her guard down with Maggie and trusting her in a way she trusts very few people, so it’s going to take a bit of work on Maggie’s part to break those walls down again. This was a very vulnerable scene for Alex which Chyler Leigh perfectly captured. Alex was opening herself up and actively pursuing Maggie by asking her out for drinks. She was taking what she perceived as the next step in their journey together. Maggie has been the one making most of the moves up to this point. The fact that Alex put herself out there and got shot down hurts and that hurt was immediately evident through Leigh’s brilliant expressions. Floriana Lima does incredible work in this scene as well as she shows off Maggie’s blindness to Alex’s attraction. Maggie clearly likes Alex as well, it’s evident every time she smiles at her, but she’s struggling to understand Alex’s signals. As such she’s going on with her life until she can get a better read on Alex. That is certainly going to cause some issues going forward. It was just a beautifully acted moment of real life emotions between two actresses who clearly understand what their characters are going through. Kudos to the writers and actresses for giving this story so much realism and heart.

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, "You Decided That I Was Worth Saving", November 4, 2016, Actors: Michael Malarkey, Nathalie Kelley and more, The Scene: Sybil forces Enzo to turn off his humanity
Marko Pekic:
I adore NATHALIE! Sybil is so freaking devious. The way she plays games with the main guys is just so amusing. Loved the intensity and emotional stakes in the scene.

THE WALKING DEAD, "The Well", October 30, 2016, Actors: Melissa McBride, Khary Payton
The Scene: King Ezekiel tells Carol his backstory (picked by DarkUFO)


THIS IS US, "Career Days", November 1, 2016, Actors: Milo Ventimiglia, Justin Hartley and more, The Scenes: Jack talks to Randall about being different & Kevin bonds with a stranger over his dad's death
Klutzy girl:
This was a hard decision to make because the show is always amazing but the scene where Jack tells Randall that he loves him no matter what and wants him to stand out because he's exceptional was perfect. The Pearsons are great parents - they make mistakes like everyone else - but sometimes they stumble. After doing so earlier in the episode, Jack sits Randall down and tells him that it's okay to be different. I just love the show and this family so much.
A Dahne: Kevin bonds with a complete stranger over his dad's death. Kevin is generally the least sympathetic of the Big 3 for me. He's often self-centered and always needs attention. However, the last 2 episodes helped place those character flaws into more perspective for me. Watching how excited a kid Kevin was about getting to put together a model with his dad was sweet and a little heartbreaking. Listening to him tell a stranger that when his dad died, he got rid of all of those models really affected me. It's not the first time I have felt for Kevin but it was one of the strongest.

WESTWORLD, "Contrapasso", October 30, 2016, Actors: Ed Harris, Anthony Hopkins, Thandie Newton and more, The Scenes: Ford and the Man in Black talk in the bar & Maeve wants to talk
Darth Locke: I had suspected from the get go that there is something unresolved between these men, but Dr. Ford, despite showing great power through both Teddy's "Samaritan Reflex" kicking in to protect Ford and Ford's ability to control the speed of their environment with such ease, claims to not understand what the Man in Black is seeking on this particular visit--I personally don't buy that given such muscle-flexing, but none the less, we're half through the season and we're finally getting to see some interesting connections and interaction between characters we have yet to! Anthony Hopkins and Ed Harris were superb in their dialogue exchange--and even James Marsden did such a marvelous job in displaying the on-going agonizing and suffering, designed-purpose, of Teddy Flood! Also picked by DarkUFO
Prpleight: Maeve wants to talk. It seemed a very innocuous scene…one of the company techs (he does surgery to repair the android hosts after damage) is trying to learn to program a bird. He finally gets it working and is happily watching fly around the room until it lands on Maeve’s hand. Problem is, Maeve was shut down and apparently turned herself back on. Given what she’s already figured out…the direction this talk has the potential to take could have major affects on the story.


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