Performer of the Week: True Blood's Anna Camp

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THE SHOW | True Blood

THE AIRDATE | August 4, 2013

THE PERFORMANCE | After Sarah Newlin’s fight to the death with Tru Blood spokesbitch Ms. Suzuki, was there any doubt who would win the latest battle for Performer of the Week? Camp didn’t just careen from emotion (panic) to emotion (fury) to emotion (relief), she did it in the span of a single, hilariously horrifying scene!

First, the bible-thumping politico tried to keep her adversary out of the hep V lab by appealing to her sense of girl power… and got a knee to the lady balls for her efforts! After that, the line between sanity and madness blurred. “Are you adulterating my product?!” Ms. Suzuki wanted to know. “I could tell you,” Sarah replied, chirping like a cartoon character, “but then I’d have to kill you!”

As it was, Sarah would still have to kill Ms. Suzuki, lest she alert the FDA to her plan for the eradication of superhumankind. But, to her surprise — and our amusement — it isn’t as easy as it looks on TV to snap somebody’s neck! So a zany chase through the catacombs ensued, with both women teetering on impractical heels, their desperation growing with each step.

When, at last, Ms. Suzuki fell, making it possible for Sarah to bash her face into a grate (and conveniently allow the fangers below to lap at the dripping blood), we knew that the trip Steve’s ex was taking over the cuckoo’s nest was going to be of the one-way variety. By the time she finally finished the job — stabbing Ms. Suzuki in the back of the head with her own stiletto — and sobbed, “Thank you, Jesus,” all we could think was, “Thank you, Anna.” Thank you and wow.

HONORABLE MENTION | The Fosters‘ Teri Polo 

Polo may be best known for her work in the Meet the Parents franchise, but it was a different kind of parental confrontation on The Fosters’ summer finale that revealed the actress’ incredible depth of emotion. Filled with anxiety over her upcoming wedding to her partner Lena, Polo’s Stef was visibly confused and ashamed of her secret feelings — until she realized the disapproving voice in her head belonged to her dad, not her. As Stef told her father not to come to the nuptials unless he could support her, Polo was so full of heartache and resolve that we couldn’t fathom how anyone could not be proud of a daughter like her.