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DesignatedShelley
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One thing I loved about Jo Johnson was how flawed and human she was, and more so, flawed as a mother. Her choices were interesting and understandable and at the same time very very consequential. Joy Garrett infused her with the inescapably compelling humanness inherent in the character's situation.

On television, and in other forms of fiction, people have an inability to look in the face the possibility that parents, especially mothers, are not perfect, were never perfect and will never be perfect, but they are still human beings with incredibly interesting stories. People require perfection from mothers, and anything short supposedly justifiably merits unilateral condemnation. Jo Johnson forced you to look at a mother who was very sympathetic and very imperfect at the same time. She could be biased, make overly emotional decisions, etc, but Joy played her with such desperate love that it was hard not to feel for her. I miss Joy.
Edited by DesignatedShelley, Oct 19 2013, 09:32 PM.
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