But that would have required effort and paying recurring guest star money so we can't have that! It's a shame because we have identified 3 or 4 different ways here that could have made this C- episode into a B+ and I don't think that the current writing staff is too incompetent to see it. So it must be some sort of combination of lack of effort, focus on areas other than quality, and mandates from above.
Have to admit that I missed her director credit. But the episode makes so much more sense now. It really has all the hallmarks of a Mariska directed episode. Mediocre staging, poor acting, Benson letting somebody else have some of the spotlight, And of course making the deification of Oliva Benson text rather than subtext. As far as actors directing their own shows, I don't think it's necessarily a matter of the actor's centrality to the series, but their ability to think about the show as a whole and not themselves.
Yeah that's not going to happen. I mean this is Benson who lectures JACK MCCOY about how to handle cases. We should just count ourselves lucky they haven't gone to the romantic tension between Benson and the ADA well...
I thought she had decent chemistry with Tucker, but yes MH really does have issues with portraying relationships rather romantic or otherwise. I mean if you can't make scenes work with Andre freaking Braugher the problem isn't the writing or the other actor.