Another thing I wanted to do with this FMP was to incorporate monologue, so i looked at Monologue from TV shows that I watch, the following are a select few.
Grey’s Anatomy is well known for its many Meredith Grey voiceovers at the beginning and end of episodes, but episode 2×05, “Bring The Pain,” will always stand out to me, as one of the most famous monologues in the show’s thirteen (yes, Meredith Grey’s been in our lives for the past thirteen years) run as Meredith makes love interest Derek choose between her, or his wife Addison. Here is what she says.
“Okay, here it is. Your choice, it’s simple, her or me. And I’m sure she’s really great. But Derek, I love you. In a really, big really big pretend to like your taste in music, let you eat the last piece of cheesecake, hold a radio over my head outside your bedroom window, unfortunate way that makes me hate you… love you. So pick me. Choose me. Love me. I’ll be at Joe’s tonight so if you do decide to sign the papers, meet me there.”
Just hearing Meredith say this to Derek really shows just how much she loves him and it gives her portray er, Ellen Pompeo a real chance to shine. But let’s be honest, I couldn’t have been the only who wanted him to choose Addison? God bless us the amazing Kate Walsh and the spin off ‘Private Practice’
But perhaps one of the best monologue’s comes from the character Amelia Shepherd, portrayed by Catarina Scorsone. The scene plays out like a play with only just two characters and is set around the death of one of the main characters.
11×23 and 11×24 ‘She’s Leaving Home’
“I have a baggie full of black-market oxy in my coat pocket, and I’m trying to decide whether or not to take it. I’ve got the dead-Derek thing completely managed.
I know people were worried. Since he died, everybody’s been looking at me, waiting for me to fall apart or freak out or just become a mess. Like some bomb everyone thinks is supposed to go off. My mother was calling three, four times a day. Addison was calling Everyone. It makes sense. It’s natural. Every man I’ve ever loved Has died. Including my baby.Thank you, universe. So, I should be, like Greek tragedy, turned to stone, bat-crap crazy, but I’m good. I got this. I am fine. I’m telling you, I’m amazing.I am saving lives left and right. I am putting butts in the seats in that O. R.gallery. I mean, people are fighting to hear me lecture. I am entertaining Joke, joke, joke! I’m funny! I’m fun! I’m a party! I’m doing I’m great! I’m handling the dead-Derek thing really well. Okay. Except today, I yelled at Richard Who was only trying to invite me for coffee, and then I went and scored oxy from this junkie doctor. But have I taken any? Not yet. But I might. That’s the thing. I really actually might. I have been sober for 1,321 days, Owen. I was fine. It was managed. But I might.”
Having watched Amelia’s journey from the spin-off show ‘Private Practice’ and knowing what the character went through during her time on the show. This monologue is even more heart-breaking once you take all of Amelia’s past into account.
Another example is from the T.V. show ‘The Blacklist’. This is a show known for it’s fast pace action and heart pounding cliff-hangers, but one thing it isn’t known for is monologues. In the shows first season, with two main characters in a life or death situation, the shows main protagonist, Raymond, Reddington, played by Emmy Winner, James Spader delivers probably one of the most emotional monologue’s in television history. Spader’s voice is superb and really makes you sit up and pay attention to what he is saying.
Season One: Episode Nine
“Have you ever sailed across an ocean Donald? On a sail boat surrounded by sea with no land in sight. Without even the possibility of sighting land for days to come. To stand at the helm of your destiny. I want that, one more time.I want to be in the Piazza Del Campo in Sienna. To feel the surge as ten race horses go thundering by. I want another meal in Paris, at L’Ambroisie in the Place Des Vosges. I want another bottle of wine. And then another. I want the warmth of a woman in a cool set of sheets. One more night of Jazz at the Vanguard. I want to stand on summits and smoke cubans and feel the sun on my face for as long as I can.Walk on the wall again. Climb the tower. Ride the river. Stare at the frescoes. I want to sit in the garden and read one more good book.Most of all I want to sleep. I want to sleep like I slept when I was a boy. Give me that. Just one time. That’s why I won’t allow that punk out there to get the best of me. Let alone the last of me.”
James Spader is also the king of improvising, as the following monologue see’s Red find missing collage FBI Agent Elizabeth Keen after an undercover mission goes wrong. This is taken from the episode ‘Madiline Pratt’
“There you are. What the hell happened to you? You just leave me stranded with awful Algerian. He’s been hitting on me for 20 minutes.“
Embassy Guard: “Sir, this is a secure area.”
Raymond ‘Red’ Reddington: “ [to security guard] Well, not secure enough if you ask me, sister. You know what? Why don’t ask Rasil? We wouldn’t even be here if it weren’t for that troublemaker. Always an agenda with him. Cultural attaché. Culture, my ass. The things I do for this one. Gallivanting around the globe for you little assignations with you know, hmm-hmm.
[to security guard]
Carrying her furs and bikinis as if I wouldn’t rather be back in Dutchess County my shelties. Hey, don’t take anything for granted. Everything you have was bought and paid for by your boyfriend. Do you have any idea who’s horn this tramp is blowing? Let’s just say it starts with Bashiar, and ends with Assad, gassing you faster than a Sunni. So let’s get her out of the hot seat and into a limo. Good God, crumbs up!“ “Your cummerbund. Pleats up. You look like Bob Yashimura in eighth grade swing choir. It’s upside down.”
[Red punches out the security guard]
“Oh god, that hurts!”
Elizabeth Keen: “What the hell was that?”
Raymond ‘Red’ Reddington: “I don’t know it just felt so right in the moment.
All of the above examples show a showcase in not just acting, but also in writing. Where some were improvised, others were written with heart felt emotion. The best one from this list, has to be Caterina Scorsone’s breakdown in the ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ episode, ‘She’s Leaving Home’
Scorsone acted her arse off in this scene and it’s a crime that she’s never been nominated for an Emmy or a Golden Globe for her acting. Just this performance alone is worthy of a nomination.