Top 5 Bad-Ass Women of Summer TV


No. 5: Angie Hubbard, All My Children

Debbi Morgan’s return to Pine Valley as Angie, with the relaunch of All My Children, has nearly erased all memory of the YoHarmony debacle on The Young and the Restless. This summer we watched as Angie searched for answers in her daughter’s kidnapping. We saw her grapple with the awful truth of Cassandra’s (Saleisha Stowers) rape and drugging when her beloved daughter was returned to her arms.

However, it was this week’s episodes—where Angie poured out her soul over the swirl of conflicting emotions regarding Cassandra’s desire to end the pregnancy—that gripped me most of all. It was easily one of the most emotional, bad-ass performances of the summer. Angie broke it down.

No. 4: Fiona Glenanne, Burn Notice

Burn Notice’s Fiona (Gabrielle Anwar) has been through a lot over the years as she helped the man she loved, Michael Westen (Jeffrey Donovan).  No one since Peta Wilson's Nikita on La Femme Nikita has made kicking ass, blowing things up and killing bad guys look so sultry.

Fiona’s love for Michael was only able to survive so much. When he disappeared yet again without a word—to work for the CIA in order to keep her, his mother, Sam (Bruce Campbell) and Jesse (Coby Bell) from going to prison—Fiona moved on with her new bounty hunter boyfriend, Carlos (Stephen Martines), only to have Michael land back in Miami in need of her help.

The tension between Fiona and Michael has been palpable. Burn Notice cannot end without Fiona and Michael reuniting. It just wouldn’t be right.

23 Responses

  1. Profile photo of cheesehead91182
    cheesehead91182

    Would add the following:

    1. Joseline Hernandez- Love and Hip Hop: Atlanta
    2. K. Michelle- Love and Hip Hop: Atlanta
    3. Rasheeda’s Mom- Love and Hip Hop: Atlanta for running over Kirk’s bike with her car!
    4. Tika Sumpter- The Haves and Have Nots

    And for those who don’t know I suggest watching Love and Hip Hop: Atlanta its like a hood soap opera. It has earned the online nick name “As the Hood Turns”

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    bishbay

    Even with the Lucy stuff from the end of AMC, this turn is completely out of character. Even if Angie did have these feelings, she wouldn’t dream of sharing them with her raped daughter like she is on the show–she’d call in the OB/GYN the first time Cassandra verbalized that she wanted to terminate.

    The whole thing is just really off and I find it difficult to watch. The poor actress playing Cassandra seems to be struggling, too, probably because she’s burnt-out after acting in this nightmare of a story for six months. I don’t blame her. I’m pretty burnt out myself and I’m just a viewer!

    I think Morgan’s performance is suffering, too, because of how out of character this writing has taken her character. Her scenes with Jessie, dealing with his deceptions, are quite good however.

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    fmat55

    [quote=bishbay]

    The whole thing is just really off and I find it difficult to watch. The poor actress playing Cassandra seems to be struggling, too, probably because she’s burnt-out after acting in this nightmare of a story for six months. [/quote]

    Just to keep things accurate, it’s been less than 3 months (AMC started April 29)

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    tmac

    [quote=bishbay]fmat, how long has the actress been filming this story (which started in the first episode)? Six months. Thanks for playing, though![/quote]

    bishbay, AMC started taping in late February and went on hiatus in early June…that’s just a little over 3 months…you lose!

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    luverica

    Luke, you know I love your number one pick. You also know how I would love to hear you all’s discussion about this great show but I already beat that horse to death. ;-)

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    LaDivaYR

    Here ya go!

    1 – Eileen Davidson (Kristen, DOOL)
    2 – Heather Tom (Katie, B&B)
    3 – Sharon Case (Sharon, Y&R)
    4 – Maura West (Ava, GH)
    5 – Eileen Davidson (Kristen, DOOL)
    6 – Eileen Davidson (Kristen, DOOL)
    7 – Eileen Davidson (Kristen, DOOL)
    8 – Eileen Davidson (Kristen, DOOL)


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    mecasey

    Ava Jerome is not a badass. She’s a pathetic leech who is willing to sellout her daughter to a rapist, serial killer – all for a buck. There is nothing badass about MW’s performances either. She slithers and slouches and makes a ton of Fireman Bill faces, instead of delivering a natural, nuanced performance. She’s terrible.

    Kristen DiMeara isn’t badass either. She’s a spineless rapist. So she was rejected by a man. Her only recourse was to drug and rape another. There’s nothing badass about her. She doesn’t own her actions. All she does is blame others for her crap.

    Nothing about either woman qualifies.

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    soapjunkie88

    [quote=LaDivaYR]Here ya go!
    1 – Eileen Davidson (Kristen, DOOL)
    2 – Heather Tom (Katie, B&B)
    3 – Sharon Case (Sharon, Y&R)
    4 – Maura West (Ava, GH)
    5 – Eileen Davidson (Kristen, DOOL)
    6 – Eileen Davidson (Kristen, DOOL)
    7 – Eileen Davidson (Kristen, DOOL)
    8 – Eileen Davidson (Kristen, DOOL)


    …[/quote]

    I couldn’t agree more. Eileen Davidson, Sharon Case, Heather Tom and Maura West are each rocking their soap right now.

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    ChrisGa

    [quote=Yoryla]Kristen DiMera should have been ON this list. Not just as an honorable mention.[/quote]

    Yeah, I probably would’ve slotted her at numero uno–nothing against the GoT ladies, who I enjoy(especially Michelle Fairley’s Catelyn). But Eileen Davidson has lit that canvas afire for the last few months and luckily for us there’s not a fireman in sight to put out the flames ;) .

    And yes to PLL’s Spencer Hastings, played with impressive range by Troian Bellisario. Her work during the second cycle of Season 3 was award-caliber from start to finish in my book. Love all those girls but Spencer’s in a league all her own and by far my fave.

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    brettyboy

    [quote=Thankulord13]No Debbie Morgan was the right pick and she is a true soap icon. Give the sista her due people.[/quote]

    Debbi is one of the best soap actresses ever, I think she is the most important character on AMC, more important than Erica ever was.

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    LindaTNo1

    [quote=Thankulord13]No Debbie Morgan was the right pick and she is a true soap icon. Give the sista her due people.[/quote]

    Yes, Debbi is fine. I know that viewers complain about too much crying, etc. but hopefully soon Angie and Jesse will have some happy joyful family time and she can catch a quick break with the crying/tears soon.

    Darnell and Debbi with Sal are doing fantastic work.

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