The 'Ozark' Emmy Nomination for Tom Pelphrey was long overdue.

The Emmy Awards have a history of "makeup nominating" actors for guest acting who had previously been passed over. For his portrayal of Chuck McGill in the fourth season episode "Winner," Michael McKean finally won the Best Supporting Actor nomination he had been due for the first three seasons of Better Call Saul. 

The House of Cards Season 2 premiere saw Kate Mara nominated for Best Guest Actress, despite the fact that she had been passed over for Best Supporting Actress in the first season. 

These performers may appreciate getting recognized when there was controversy over their original snub, even though it may not be as wonderful as a significant nomination. For his portrayal of Ben Davis in Ozark's fourth season, Tom Pelphrey received this year's most recognizable "makeup nomination." Due to his nominations for the Critics' Choice and Satellite Awards in the third season, Pelphrey had been considered the favorite for Best Supporting Actor. Pelphrey strangely missed out despite Ozark's strong Emmy Award showing. 

It's nice to see Pelphrey get the attention he deserves. On Ozark, Pelphrey's performance nearly single-handedly altered the course of the show and gave it a second chance at success. The second season marked a significant decrease in quality after the first season's intense progression of the Byrde family crime tale. Although Season 2 was more intense, it lacked the genuine family-bonding scenes that had made Season 1 so special. It appeared that Ozark's sole objective was to challenge its audience. However, the introduction of Ben Davis demonstrated that the program once again had heart, and the series ended with its most sad scene. 

By the end of the second season, Wendy Davis (Laura Linney) had shown that she was much more than just "Lady Macbeth" to her husband, Marty (Jason Bateman). Wendy had turned into a nearly unredeemable monster in her thirst for power, lying to her children and controlling Charles Wilkes (Darren Goldstein). Despite Linney's superb performance, it became more and more difficult to believe her assertions that she was doing everything possible to protect her family. The morally ambiguous lines that Ozark had so masterfully drawn in its first season were disappearing. 

When Wendy's brother Ben unexpectedly shows up after getting fired from his job, everything changes. When talking about her worries for her son Jonah (Skylar Gaertner), Wendy had hinted at her brother's "troubled" history, but the third season revealed how insane Ben really was. He receives an opening scene that was directly stolen from Fargo. While working a part-time job as a substitute teacher, Ben became frustrated with pupils using their phones, so he threw all of their phones in a wood chipper and assaulted the unfortunate worker who happened to be nearby. It's exactly the kind of gloomily humorous mayhem that Ozark excels at. 

However, after escaping the police and arriving in the Ozarks, Ben reveals a far more empathetic side. He is endearing, humorous, and frequently shares entertaining anecdotes from his background. The tone of Ozark had become far too grim, but Pelphrey brought just the right amount of humor. Pelphrey felt like a breath of fresh air. He wasn't only there to add some humor. Many of the characters on Ozark took on more interesting character trajectories thanks to Pelphrey's acting. 

Given Ben's issues with bipolar disorder, Marty is understandably apprehensive to invite him. Wendy is adamant that she needs the assistance and that she can handle Ben as long as he takes his medications as prescribed. This demonstrates Wendy's arrogance, but it also demonstrates that all she really needs is a friendly face. Her children have come to hate her because of her imperfect marriage to Marty. It's obvious that she finds some solace in the familiarity, even if she's only reprimanding Ben for his actions. Pelphrey's amusing demeanor helped Linney to interact with Wendy on a more personal level. Both performers are adept at hinting at a complicated familial past that isn't always explicit. 

Ben's introduction to the narrative provides Jonah more to do as well. Jonah has never been as sociable as his sister Charlotte (Sofia Hublitz), and in the Ozarks, he has had a hard time making friends. Prior to Ben, Buddy Dieker (Harris Yulin), a senior resident of the Byrdes' new house, was his sole true buddy. Ben adopts the role of Jonah's "cool uncle" and appears to be pleased by the latter's skill in schemeing and money laundering. Jonah now hears encouragement after his resourcefulness has previously only alarmed his family. The tender moments of connection between Pelphrey and Gaertner were all but absent from the second season. 

Ben also assists Julia Garner's Ruth Langmore in finding a new path. Although Ruth's fiery demeanor had started to lose some of its appeal, her romance with Ben revealed her at her most jovial and true. Wendy repeatedly cautions Ruth about what will happen if Ben stops taking his medications, but she still sees him. This puts Ruth in an awkward situation. Ruth is reassured that this is just Wendy's cunning personality speaking, but one of the most startling scenes in the entire series features Ben losing his cool. 

Ben tells Erin Pierce (Madison Pierce) that her mother Helen (Janet McTeer) is secretly collaborating with the Navarro drug cartel in an enraged and nonsensical manner. Helen's friendship with the Byrdes is shattered as a result, and the situation becomes much more strained when Marty is attacked by Ben during the charity venture's launch party. The Byrdes are aware that Helen and the Navarros won't let this one go, even though he has been admitted to a mental health facility. To support their plan, Wendy must demonstrate how far she is willing to go. 

The most tragic episode of Ozark's whole run is "Fire Pink," from Season 3 of the show. Pelphrey exhibits a profound, agonized understanding of his predicament. He returns to a juvenile level of dependence on his sister while being aware that his actions will have a negative impact on his family. It is absolutely sad to hear Ben apologize to Wendy while crying. Wendy is compelled to leave Ben in a parking lot and tell Helen where he is. Despite Linney's candidacy for the season's Best Actress award, Pelphrey's work is what really made Linney's performance stand out. 

Despite the outrageous omission, Pelphrey deserves a makeup award because he performs just as well in the season four flashback as he did in the third season. The episode "You're The Boss," which depicts Pelphrey's tragic discovery that his sister has abandoned him, earned him this year's guest nomination. In a sense, the Ben plot salvaged Ozark, and it's primarily to blame for building anticipation for the fourth season.


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