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Old 09-10-2007, 12:02 PM   #7
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I agree that that there are unresolved plot holes which keep this episode from being excellent. But. This episode really gets to me on the level of the performances. I had only remembered seeing the chopped up syndicated version and so when I watched the DVD, I was blown away. The actress playing Monroe was phenomenal. Her Monroe was deeply layered, flawed, and heartbreakingly lonely. She had completely bought into the idea that the only thing anyone could possibly want her for was the myth of Marilyn Monroe. Over the years I've seen a lot of Monroe character performances (biographies and so on), but this one is one of the few Marilyn-as-three-dimensional-person stories I can recall. This episode leaves me feeling so sad for this woman - like Sam, I just want to hug her and be her friend - so I consider it a success.

Unfortunately, I think people get caught up in the idea that it's a "gimmick" episode, hating it on principle, and overlook the exquisite performances.
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