GIF and a Graf: Lea Michele Just Stole Scream Queens
Much like Rachel Berry never really could blend in with the chorus on Glee, it was obviously only a matter of time before we learned that Lea Michele’s newest Ryan Murphy creation, Hester Ulrich, would never just play second chair crazy on Scream Queens. Emma Roberts’ impeccably vicious Chanel Oberlin has been the star thus far, but Ms. Michele started her takeover in earnest last night as she was transformed into Chanel #6. The ultra-outcast Hester is disarmingly uncomfortable all cinched up in that complete torso brace, but without the hardware there is nothing left to hide Hester’s raw and awkward ambition. Michele’s keen ability to overact while staying within the confines of her character brought a hilarious mechanized quality to Hester as she sashayed into her life as a Chanel, calling her new master “Mommy” and insisting that the severe bodily pain incurred by ditching the back brace is all worth it as long as she gets to hold the Kappa president’s hair back during “Purge Nights.” We thought Chanel #5’s declaration about being “Eiffel Towered” by two frat bros and calling her sorority sisters “gashes” was going to be the highlight of the night. But Hester Ulrich’s “Yesssss” over becoming Chanel’s new hair-holder stole the show and says everything we feel about the new best way to spend our Tuesday nights.
The second season of Brooklyn Nine-Nine ended with a cliffhanger that separated the beloved Captain Holt from his detective squad and left everyone else on edge waiting for a new captain to appear. Picking up where last season left off, Peralta (Andy Samberg) and Santiago (Melissa Fumero) are working through their feelings for each other, getting made fun of, and deciding how to proceed. The romantic tension wasn’t ever that compelling, and the show is much better when focusing on workplace antics instead of delving into schmaltz. They’re going for it—and that’s great—but if that becomes the focus of the show instead of background detail, that’ll be a shame. Much, much better is the predicament Holt (Andre Braugher) finds himself in with NYPD Public Relations, promoted by his nemesis into a job he’s never supposed to escape from. But Gina (Chelsea Peretti) is once again an episode MVP inspiring Holt not to give up, which leads to yet another fantastic Holt one-liner as he gets ready to deliver a community engagement speech to a gaggle of children who just want to meet the NYPD’s new pigeon mascot. It’s unclear whether the third season will bring Holt back to the Nine-Nine anytime soon, but Braugher and Peretti play off each other so well that it’s not a bad thing to keep the ensemble separated at least for an episode or two.
Last night’s Masters of Sex season finale began with Bill Masters (Michael Sheen) on the ropes. (It was a dream or a vision or something.) After a season of, as his wife Libby (Caitlin FitzGerald) put it “spinning a million plates all the time,” everything in his life has come crashing down. Virginia (Lizzy Caplan) is taking off with Dan Logan (Josh Charles) and leaving him behind. The police are investigating him for prostitution for giving rent money to one of the sex surrogates in his study and for showing an anatomy book to one of his son’s classmates. (The 1960s, everyone!) And the aforementioned problems are now putting his new book with Virginia in jeopardy. He thinks he can fix it—because he’s Bill and he has a huge ego—but no matter how fast he moves he cannot outrun (or outsmart) his life. So when Libby, who thankfully has been given more and more agency throughout the season, asks him “When is it gonna stop?” he has no answer. (The answer, as the rest of us learned, came at the conclusion of the episode.) See you next season, Masters of Sex!