I'm with Sunshine23, and it's not because the character wouldn't have behaved that way....I would agree that the character had been through a lot that would make her look defeated and sad. My beef is that the actress just had to go around looking/acting defeated and sad, and we saw scene after scene after scene of Nicole speaking in a soft monotone voice, which sometimes meant she was scared, sometimes sad, sometimes beaten down emotionally, but so much the same. Even when she supposedly got more passionate, it was still more of the same, just a slight shade or two off and with a different motivation. I didn't see facial expressions that conveyed 1,000 words, or delivery of lines that imbued them with unexpected poignancy or power (like I did with Meryl Streep). Nicole's performance seemed very one-note.
Loved, loved, loved "Lie to Me"!! And yes, detectives use the microexpressions all the time to try to read the suspects, and the 'tells' can be valid. But not for all people, all the time. It's kind of like a 'lie detector test' (polygraph). When people fail, the TV shows will say it proves they were lying. No, all it proves is that they had a particular reaction...the detectives now need to pinpoint the reason for the reaction (for instance, some people who are having a secret affair will have reactions to questions on the polygraph, but it's because they are concerned about being discovered, not because they are lying).
Yes, that was super weird. Were they trying to hint that her boys will grow up to be abusers just like Perry was? Or was it inadvertent and just bad writing, that supposed 'good mother' Celeste used the same words as 'bad mother' ML to describe their boys?
Just as Nicole's acting seemed one-note in one direction. Laura's was even moreso in the other direction. She always seemed like a cartoon character this season (she was more fleshed out last season). From the first ep this season where she was a raving b at the school, we saw her week after week exploding at someone. Just a shrew (as the character was written).
I don't know why she kept Gordon around so long....I don't think it was because her heart was soft, but the writers sure didn't let us know what it was. They def didn't let us know why on earth she hadn't filed for divorce after the infidelity, which was on top of Gordon's monumentally disastrous financial decisions (which, like the infidelity, weren't one-time lapses of judgment, but ongoing poor decisions he made over and over and over again). There was absolutely no insight into what must be inner turmoil about what she was going to do regarding her marriage's future, which would have been fascinating to watch.
I would have much preferred that when Maddie immediately started in on the party celebration aspect, basically leaving behind the actual recognition of the sanctity of their (re-)union, that Ed just peaced-out, saying that she'll never change. It's always been about what Maddie can gain from Ed and the marriage, not what she can give.
I hated his proposal to renew their vows, especially since all we saw them do to work things out (and nothing else was referred to) was that one kooky marriage retreat and the one session with that therapist. He was cuckolded for months and months, so his life with his wife was a lie day in and day out with him for months and months, and his step-daughter was in on it. There's no way all that wasn't still weighing heavily on him. Plus he concluded some very, very unflattering things about Maddie and her motivations. But no problem, she prances around in her wedding dress, and all is right again. Fully understanding what the vows mean is one thing...living them out every day of her life is another. And other than in the near term, because she basically had a close call and almost lost everything, we haven't been given reason to believe that anything has changed for Maddie deep down where it matters.