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Performer of the Week Betty Gilpin in Mrs. Davis
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THE PERFORMER | Betty Gilpin

THE SHOW | Peacock’s Mrs. Davis

THE EPISODE | “The Final Intercut: So I’m Your Horse” (May 18, 2023)

THE PERFORMANCE | Simone’s absurd yet profound quest in the Peacock series has been entertaining to say the least, and that’s due in large part to Gilpin’s divine performance as the wry nun Simone. And while the actress impressed from the very beginning, she was truly transcendent in this week’s surprisingly grounded finale.

After following a bizarre, song-filled clue to the titular algorithm’s creator, the journeying nun was hit with a baffling truth: her trek to destroy the Holy Grail wasn’t a noble request but rather Mrs. Davis misinterpreting copy for Buffalo Wild Wings — the popular restaurant chain it was developed for. Gilpin seamlessly shifted from disbelief to exasperation, her contorted face capturing her character’s growing discontentment with perfect clarity as Simone processed the infuriating news.

Later in the hour, Simone found herself at the precipice of life and death as she prepared to drink from the Holy Grail, the final step in her grand mission that could either kill her or leave her unscathed. In a touching farewell, Gilpin infused her character’s parting words to Mother Superior with beautiful serenity, putting up a brave face before leaping into the unknown.

Taking that fateful sip also meant releasing her paramour Jay, who served as a literal interpretation of her faith in Jesus. We were moved by their heartbreaking goodbye, with Gilpin’s shaky voice and tear-stained face driving home the emotional weight of that bittersweet parting.

In the next moment, Gilpin’s dramatic and comedic chops were on full display as the Holy Grail exploded, the actress wailing, laughing, and crying in stunning succession.

We’ve always been firm believers in Gilpin’s incredible talent, but her exceptional work in the wacky series has converted us into lifetime devotees. Praise be.

Scroll down to see who scored Honorable Mention shout-outs this week…

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