Happy Friyay, Hearties! I haven’t used that one in a while, I thought it was about time I did again! Welcome back to hookedheartie.com. It’s been a stretch of time since we’ve had a Friday post, so I figured we were up for that too. And perfect timing, because we have the perfect #FlashbackFriday: Milo Shandel’s favorite Mr. Jenkins moment.

If you’ve been tuning in, then you’ll know I recently had the marvelous experience of visiting with Milo Shandel. But remember, it’s “Meelo ShanDEL”. I can completely relate; if I had a dollar for every time someone has mispronounced or misspelled my name, I would be a very wealthy woman by now!

Anyone want to take a stab at what Milo’s favorite Jenkins moment is? This could either be totally surprising, or make perfect sense. In his own words, Mr. Shandel’s prime moment, as far as he’s concerned, is: “Taking the land.” Why? Well, he has a couple of reasons. Here’s what he said:

“The setting was just so perfect! It was a gorgeous day, and a beautiful field. Then Dan and Erin are galloping up to me on horseback like a couple of storybook heroes. It was amazing!”

From an acting perspective, Milo had this to say: “There’s this one moment when Dan tenses up, and almost reaches for his gun. You could feel the inner struggle of him being angry, but he’s a moral man who never would. It was great to play off of.”

When he talked about Jack reaching for his gun, that was not a detail I remembered. So what did I do? The only logical thing, of course! I went back and watched the scene! Jack is trying to remain calm. He knows Jenkins has him in a bind when the banker mentions the “demand loan”; you can see the defeat in his face. But Jack’s not giving in yet! He questions, “Why would you take it back if I’m paying on time?”

Jenkins has a very patronizing answer, (sorry, Milo!): “We have a business to run, and how we run it is none of your concern.” Jack tilts his head just so, as if to say, “Is that so?” or “Watch me!” Sure enough, his hand goes to the holster, but Elizabeth interjecting her interpretation of the happenings seems to remind Jack not to resort to violence with his wife present. However, his hand does not leave his gun for the rest of the scene, and his voice is as tight as a drum!

My favorite part about Milo’s performance is when Elizabeth explains (angrily under her breath,) the reasons. She’s figured it out! She knows that the bank has a “cash offer for the land, and the bank needs cash. Isn’t that right, Mr. Jenkins?”

Under the scrutiny of that accusatory tone, who wouldn’t feel a little guilty? Milo does this fantastic expression; he looks downright sheepish, even just for a moment; he knows his scheme has been discovered. But he immediately regains composure, and resumes the professional, authoritative air, replying, “It’s all perfectly legal, I assure you.” As if that makes it moral! To quote Milo’s thoughts on the matter, “Naughty, naughty, Mr. Jenkins!” But he does a heck of a performance! Good job, man!

And with that, I bid you a good weekend! If you’re tuning in to Countdown to Christmas before Halloween, something I just can’t bring myself to do, have fun! We’ll see you next week! This is Hooked Heartie, signing off! May your heart let your hope blossom!

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