ELSBETH Post-Mortem: Gloria Reuben on Filming the 'Love Knocked Off' Epiphany Scene - Give Me My Remote : Give Me My Remote

ELSBETH Post-Mortem: Gloria Reuben on Filming the ‘Love Knocked Off’ Epiphany Scene

April 12, 2024 by  

Elsbeth Wagner investigation

“Love Knocked Off” – Things turn deadly when elite matchmaker Margo Clarke (Retta) goes to extreme lengths to keep her socialite client from finding out the truth about her perfect new husband. When the husband goes missing, Captain Wagner assigns Elsbeth and Kaya to investigate, on ELSBETH, Thursday, April 11 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network and available to stream live and on-demand on Paramount+ (live and on-demand for Paramount+ with SHOWTIME subscribers, or on-demand for Paramount+ Essential subscribers the day after the episode airs)*. Pictured (L-R): Wendell Pierce as Captain Wagner and Gloria Reuben as Claudia Pace Wagner Photo: Michael Parmelee/CBS ©2024 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

[Warning: This post contains spoilers for the Thursday, April 11 episode of ELSBETH.]

ELSBETH’s title character had kept her super secret investigation into Captain Wagner (Wendell Pierce) top-secret…until she got a little too talkative at the foundation gala Wagner and Claudia (Gloria Reuben) were hosting.

After the gala, Claudia snuggled up with her husband in bed and told him that Elsbeth was very chatty, something Wagner acknowledged she does when she’s working a case…and Wagner realized he was her case.

“I love that scene,” Reuben gushes to Give Me My Remote. “At that time, Claudia doesn’t know at all [he’s had this epiphany]. It’s great, because it’s at the end of the night. The foundation gala was a big success. Claudia is proud and happy about making a difference in the community, which is a big driving force for her. And she’s climbing into bed with her husband, and life is good…it was just the best cuddle ever.”

“And Claudia aimlessly says, ‘She was asking about you’, like nothing to worry about, just talking about what was going on,’” she continues. “So she’s completely oblivious. She just gets to be in la la land and wow, so happy [about the night]. That was great fun. Sometimes it’s fun to be oblivious to reality!”

Claudia “will be back in future episodes, so viewers will just have to stay tuned,” Reuben teases of what comes next. 

And even when she’s not physically on-screen, viewers will learn tidbits about Claudia and Wagner’s marriage—something Reuben and Pierce have also been speculating about when they work together.

“There have been instances where Wendell and I are talking about things, and we’re expanding on what’s on the page, of course, and what’s already been shown,” she says. “And it’s great fun to get into the nitty gritty of it all, because any family has a history. Every family has its roots of who does what, where, who’s married to whom, and what kind of dynamics or dramas or comedies are happening within those relationships.”

“So it’s a wealth of creative opportunity for he and I to even dive deeper into it,” she continues. “And then perhaps [it can be] shared with the creatives and see what happens. But I just love that creative process. Of course it’s great to have the parameter, but to be able to just open up the mind and just use the imagination for their relationship as well as their extended family.”

ELSBETH, Thursdays, 10/9c, CBS


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