TV REVIEW: Dot-Marie Jones plays the uber macho/super-sensitive Coach Bieste on Glee with skill and heart, and now it's time for her to collect an Emmy.
By Robbie Woliver
Dot-Marie Jones dances her way around the most complex and diverse emotions, making her one of TV's most memorable and touching characters. (Photo: FOX)
Glee has had its share of cartoonish characters; some successful (the always stunningly funny Jane Lynch as sharp-tongued Sue Sylvester) and some not so much (Igbal Theba’s Principal Figgins), and Dot-Marie Jones’ super-butch Coach Bieste was set up to be the most egregious of all. But what a miraculous turn actress Dot-Marie Jones has taken with this character, and if all is right with the world, Ms. Jones should be making room on her mantle for an Emmy Award.
No one brings the tender moments like Jones does. Coach Bieste turns those heartstrings tighter than anyone else on this large ensemble show. Lynch might (deservedly) get all the over-the-top big laughs and attention, but Jones brings the depth and emotion. In fact, she’s arguably the most affecting character and effective actress currently on TV.
With all of Glee’s loud and often strident broadcasting for tolerance, it’s Coach Bieste who makes it relatable and human. Her big-themed arcs (finding unlikely love, bullying and, most recently, domestic violence) become heartbreaking through her deft, natural ability to emote. When her eyes tear up because she’s feeling a student’s pain, or because her love interest has looked elsewhere, or because she’s the embarrassed victim of her husband’s fist, it’s impossible to watch without tears in your own eyes. (Jones’ teary eyes and broken voice deserve Emmy nods on their own.)
When she’s supporting a character who’s bullied or beaten, and especially when she’s supporting someone who just needs encouragement, you can’t help but be drawn in by her strength. And when she’s happy, you’re happy. And we all want this dear, sweet character to be happy. That's why one of the most endearing elements of Glee is Bieste’s genuine friendship with Matthew Morrison’s Will Schuester.
As butch and masculine as Coach Bieste is, Dot-Marie (what a great name) still makes her one of the most gentle and feminine characters on the show. And that’s the art of Dot-Marie Jones: She brings humanity to this complex, unique character. An actress just can’t draw this multi-layered personality out of nowhere, and Jones is most likely, in real life, the best qualities of Bieste.
So this is a call to action for Emmy voters—if you’ve given up on Glee, don’t retreat from Coach Bieste, ‘cause if this were the other way around, she’d have all our backs.
IN OTHER WORDS: Give Dot-Marie Jones her well-deserved Emmy, and then… spin-off!
DOT-MARIE JONES RATING: 10/10
QUINN’S PARALYSIS RATING: 0/10
ALEX NEWELL’S UNIQUE BETTER BE A REGULAR RATING: Diva/10
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