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.
No. 3: Jessica Pearson, Suits
I can only imagine one woman with the iron spine, impeccable fashion and a set of brass balls big enough to keep super lawyer Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht) in check. Jessica Pearson (Gina Torres) has proven to be that woman over and over again on Suits. Unfortunately, the trust between Harvey and Jessica was broken last season and now she will need her cojones, as this summer Harvey is already plotting to bring her down. You know it's going to be good when the show is using #GameofSuits as a hashtag.
No. 2: Katie Spencer, The Bold and the Beautiful
Daytime Confidential’s Jamey Giddens summed up Katie Spencer’s (Heather Tom) takeover of Spencer Publications and firing of hubby Bill Spencer (Don Diamont) when he said he “needed a cigarette” after watching the scenes. Tom delivered an amazing performance that is sure to get her yet another Daytime Emmy nomination in 2014.
No. 1: The Women of Game of Thrones
As anyone who listens to the Daytime Confidential podcast knows, one of my Top 5 lists just wouldn’t be complete without a tie. Who better to tie at No. 1 than the women of HBO’s Game of Thrones?
No single TV series features more bad-ass women than Game of Thrones. From the mother of dragons, Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke), to Winterfell’s mother wolf, Catelyn Stark (Michelle Fairley), I watched in rapture as the women of Game of Thrones went to epic lengths to protect those they love, reclaim what was lost, keep power, act honorably or seek revenge.
Daenerys Targaryen, with her dragons and growing army, brought her foes to their knees, while freeing slaves as she marched towards the sea and her eventual return to the Seven Kingdoms.
Catelyn Stark made her last stand trying to protect her son, the King of the North, Robb Stark (Richard Madden), when they were betrayed during the Red Wedding. She never knew how close she came to reuniting with her daughter Arya (Maisie Williams), who made her first kill during Season 3.
How can we forget the political intrigue of Kings Landing, where Olenna Tyrell (Dianna Rigg) and Cersie Lannister (Lena Headey) went toe-to-toe with the most powerful men in the seven kingdoms, using words and wit as sharp as daggers to the heart? Or how Margaery Tyrell (Natalie Dormer) and Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) swam in the life threatening shark pool that is Joffrey’s (Jack Gleeson) castle.
Then there was the blunt, but equally bad-ass Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie) and Ygritte (Rose Leslie). Brienne faced down captors, bears and somehow started to redeem Kingslayer Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau). Ygritte was so bad-ass she shot the man she loved, Jon Snow (Kit Harington), with arrows as he fled his captors.
Check out my Bad-Ass Women of Summer TV honorable and dishonorable mentions after the jump.
Ava Jerome, General Hospital – Maura West has been bringing the heat this summer as General Hospital’s mad art dealer. She has sizzling chemistry with Michael Easton’s Silas.
Kristen DiMera, Days of our Lives – Eileen Davidson has provided must see TV this summer on Days of Our Lives as the diabolical Kristen DiMera.
Annie Walker , Covert Affairs – Very few women on TV make globetrotting and ass-kicking as fun to watch as Covert Affairs’ Annie Walker (Piper Perabo).
Sookie Stackhouse, True Blood – Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) hasn’t always been one of my favorite True Blood characters, even though she is the show’s main character. However, she was pretty darn bad-ass when she poisoned, seduced and then threatened to kill Warlow (Robert Kazinksy) this season.
Spencer Hastings, Pretty Little Liars – While Hanna (Ashley Benson) may be my favorite Pretty Little Liar, Spencer Hastings (Troian Bellisario) will always be the lynch pin.
Andy McNally, Rookie Blue – I love me some Andy (Missy Peregrym), but let’s face it she is not bad-ass. In fact most of the time she ends up getting her ass kicked. Maybe that’s what makes Andy McNally Drinking Game so fun.
Who are your Top 5 Bad-Ass Women of Summer TV? Share your list in the comments.