Sunday, February 08, 2004

Joan of Arcadia - State of Grace 

Okay, so now Joan and Grace are free to pursue each other, right? What, I can dream, can't I? I've even won The Girl over to my camp. During the amazing scene in which Grace is apologizing, The Girl called out, "Kiss her!" at least three times.

I so enjoy Glynis and her faces. I just looked up Mageina Tovah, who plays Glynis, on IMDB. She was on Buffy in "Wrecked," credited as "Jonesing Girl." She must have been one of Rack's patrons. It all comes back to Buffy.

But now back to Glynis. I had to Tivo instant replay her lines in AP Chem several times. The whole scene leading up to the big kiss with Luke was amazing. I think my heart and breathing were racing as much as theirs. Michael Welch managed to convey the emotional transformation from "a mission of exploration" to "oh my god, smart chicks are so hot" impressively. The cutaway shot of Grace was perfect as well. She's like Yoda, sending young Luke off on his true path. Smirk, acknowledgement, approval, warm fuzzies (who knew she could do those?) - all in one quick shot.

The Grace-Joan relationship is just so well-played. They're both strong-willed and stubborn, they each have motivations the other one just can't quite fathom, they both latch on to concepts and get totally fired up. Joan usually backs down, though. Maybe it's that middle child syndrome of peacemaker. It was great to see her let her true emotions out (and boy did they come out) for once, and that this revelation was the one that opened Grace's heart and head to the concept of compassion and understanding.

Was Security Guard God Curtis Armstrong, who played Herbert Viola on Moonlighting?

Next week: Joan argues with Hippie Dog-Walker God (aka Amber's Dad God), and Kevin gets over his reticence big time.

Posted by Beth Henderson at 10:35 AM