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EW Community MVP of the Week: Kyle MacLachlan

MVP of the Week | Week of May 7–13

The EW Community was built by and for people who love television. And we, the writers of the EW Community, especially love it when we get to witness brilliance in our favorite medium. Every week, we are blown away by a few showstopping performances.

In this regular column, “EW Community TV MVP of the Week,” we honor the actors who gave this week’s most commanding performances.

MVP of the Week:

Kyle MacLachlan as Calvin Zabo
Agents of SHIELD,
“S.O.S”

Photo credit: ABC

Kyle Maclachlan has been the surprise of the season on Agents of SHIELD. While it was a relief to finally know who Skye’s (Chloe Bennett) dad was, it was sad and horrifying to find out he was a murderer. Throughout the first half of this second season, we watched as Cal’s temper flew into outrage and fits of murder. Then we learned a bit of his backstory: He saw Skye’s mother’s murder, and then lost Skye to SHIELD.

During the second half of this season, even more of his character’s journey was revealed. Cal may be a monster, sure, but he’s a monster with a heart. On his and Skye’s “best day ever,” we got to see the softer side of Cal. He’s just a man who wants his family back. In the finale, we got to see Cal “Hulk out”—and he was terrifying! It was also revealed that he was forced to do all these crazy things because Skye’s mother, Jaiying, made him do it.

Kyle is absolutely this week’s MVP, because in Agents of SHIELD‘s two-part finale, Kyle demonstrated humor, sadness, madness, remorse, and joy. I cried as he told Coulson the truth about Jaiying. All this time, Cal was just a man trying to do what was right for his family. Ultimately, he chose to protect Skye and the world by ending Jaiying’s life. I have always loved Kyle MacLachlan, and after his character’s brilliant journey on Agents of SHIELD, I love him even more! –Lauren Gallaway

Also Notable:

Anna Chlumsky as Amy Brookheimer
Veep,
“Convention”

Anna Chlumsky

It’s been a long, hard presidential campaign for campaign manager Amy Brookheimer—and it’s barely even begun. So when Selina not only refuses to listen to her advice, but also prioritizes her inept and unqualified friend over her, Amy finally snaps, erupting in the president’s face and letting out an impressive rant that goes from hilarious to heartbreaking in mere moments.

Of course, this wouldn’t be so affecting without Anna Chlumsky’s performance throughout the entire episode. As the half-hour progresses, Chlumsky lets us see (and feel) Amy’s frustrations, letting them simmer and build as each scene passes. So when she ultimately reaches her breaking point, it feels completely earned. Moreover, Chlumsky uses her character’s feelings to fuel her dialogue, allowing Amy’s rage to filter through while still landing joke after joke. In that moment, Chlumsky is more than just Amy, she’s every person who’s had to deal with a demanding and unfair boss. It makes it all the more exciting to see what happens to Amy next. –Nivea Serrao

Taylor Kinney as Kelly Severide
Chicago Fire,
“Spartacus”

Photo credit: NBC

Oh, Kelly Severide. That beautiful starfish has certainly been through a lot this season on Chicago Fire: He lost his best friend, chopped A LOT of wood, got married for a hot second, and even took it upon himself to dive towards a live grenade. It has been a year. Through it all, Taylor Kinney has given depth to the tortured firefighter with a heart of gold, and this week’s season finale was no different.

When Severide’s unwavering loyalty for a friend and fellow firefighter causes a rift in Firehouse 51, the internal conflict is palpable. Watching Severide berate his No. 1 ride-or-die dude, Matt Casey, broke our hearts because we could see it breaking his heart all over Kinney’s face (THAT FACE, THOUGH). After realizing his loyalty was in fact misplaced, Kinney deftly balances the anger, disappointment, and sympathy Severide is feeling for his brother. And later, Kinney reminds us of the importance of knowing someone as fearless and fiercely loyal as Severide, when he and Dawson are trapped during a fire, facing death head on, together. He musters all his strength and pulls her closer to him—always protecting his friends, even when it might be the very end. It’s a small moment in the midst of chaos, but it is Kelly Severide—and Taylor Kinney—at his best. –Maggie Fremont

Jaime Camil as Rogelio de la Vega
Jane the Virgin,
“Chapter 22”

Photo Credit: CW
A lot of us here at EW Community are OBSESSED with Jane The Virgin and, though everyone in the cast is sheer perfection, Jaime Camil’s depiction of Rogelio de la Vega—a telenovela superstar and Jane’s long-lost father—has been on point all season. Rogelio completed his transition from self-centered telenovela star to proud daddy in the freshman series’s season finale. Rogelio has slowly become more involved in his daughter’s life, but when he learns that Jane has gone into labor, he’s willing to give up his Vegas debut and travel back home with Xo.

In this episode, Rogelio/Jaime is able to show classic Rogelio emotion during the labor. Jaime/Rogelio’s shining moment comes when he learns that Jane included her father’s name in her baby boy’s very long and beautiful name. Rogelio’s face lights up, and he’s clearly fillled with glee—it makes the audience feel all warm and fuzzy. Sure, Rogelio brings the laughs in most the series’s episodes, but in “Chapter 22,” Jaime Camil’s Rogelio delivered a stand out “aww” moment! –Kait Calabro

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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