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The Evolution of the O-Noise

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I’ve got to say it, the highlight of this season is for me, without a doubt, Sue Collini.  Kathleen Turner is brilliant as Runkel’s crass-mouthed, sex-crazed, professionally brilliant, polyamorous – did I mention she likes sex? – boss.  The woman is almost unreal.  Squeezed into every outfit she comes on screen in, and somehow it seems, squeezed into her own flesh in a way that makes her appear to be constantly bursting at the seams with life, with desire, with energy and lust, she makes Hank look like an inexperienced schoolboy with a string of silly crushes.

And last night she got to add her moan to a long list of fake-orgasm entertainment moments, performed most famously of course by Meg Ryan in When Harry Met Sally, but done recently and brilliantly embarrassingly by Kristen Bell in Forgetting Sarah Marshall.  Collini’s was so exuberant, it silenced the ferocious noises coming from Marcy and Rick Springfield and, in so doing, was her gift to a pained Runkel forced to listen to his wife go at it with a rock star.  And so far from using a performance of female desire to turn a guy on or shame him with a reminder of how real fakeness can sound, Collini’s O-Noise performed female desire for the sweetness of friendship in a way that in no way diminished her own power and fabulousness.

This is what I love about Sue Collini – she’s master of her own domain in a way that the guys on the show strive so desperately to achieve and yet can’t manage. She’s got a successful work life, a happy marriage, a confident self-image and affairs that are consensual on the part of her, her lovers and her spouse.  In a way that Hank and especially Runkel will never manage, she’s truly got it all.

Collini, out!

Posted by Natalie

Written by themothchase

November 2, 2009 at 12:00 pm

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  1. That was my favorite part of that Californication episode. I tuned in so I could watch Rick Springfield, and he did a fine job…but for me it was Kathleen Turner that stole the show last night!

    Sabrina

    November 2, 2009 at 12:44 pm

  2. […] Springfield or even Sue Collini, although I’ve certainly expressed my appreciation for the latter here before.  No, the nymphomaniacal psychopath I’ve grown to love and loathe is actually Hank and, […]


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