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Which star is most in need of an Emmy intervention?

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As every Emmy fan knows, winners are chosen based upon the strength of a sample episode of their TV show that they choose to submit to judges. Sometimes actors make the perfect choice as Jim Parsons did last year by picking "The Pants Alternative" segment of "The Big Bang Theory," which resulted in his big win as best comedy actor. And sometimes they really blow their chances like Sarah Jessica Parker did by submitting the notorious farting episode ("The Drought") of "Sex and the City" in 1999. She lost to Helen Hunt, who prevailed for "The Final Frontier" segment of "Mad About You."

Our forums moderator Rob Licuria believes that eight current nominees in the acting categories (lead, supporting and guest) entered weak choices: Alec Baldwin ("Respawn," "30 Rock"), Cara Buono ("Chinese Wall," "Mad Men"), Dot-Marie Jones ("Never Been Kissed," "Glee"), Randee Heller ("Beautiful Girls," "Mad Men"), Cloris Leachman ("Don't Vote for This Episode," "Raising Hope"), Eric Stonestreet ("Mother's Day," "Modern Family"), Sofia Vergara ("Slow Down Your Neighbors," "Modern Family"), Kristin Wiig ("Host: Jane Lynch," "Saturday Night Live").

"Who wins the prize as the worst Emmy episode submitter this year?" Licuria asks. "Who is most in need of an Emmy intervention? Could it be Sofia Vergara ('Modern Family'), buzzed about all season long as the sexy younger wife of family patriarch Ed O'Neill, only to come up short with an episode ('Slow Down Your Neighbors') in which she rides a bike and is completely outshone by her co-star and fellow nominee Julie Bowen? Or perhaps the real howler is on the drama side, like early frontrunner Kelly Macdonald ('Boardwalk Empire'), who could have picked a much stronger episode than the one she did ('Family Limitation'), where her few scenes are unremarkable, especially in comparison to her category competitors."

Licuria wants you to pick the worst submission, thus deciding the nominee most in need of an Emmy intervention. To see plot descriptions of the choices made, click on the episode titles listed above. Here's a full list of every episode entered by all contenders with links to plot descriptions.

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-- Tom O'Neil

Photo: Ed O'Neill and Sofia Vergara in the "Slow Down Your Neighbors" episode of "Modern Family." Credit: ABC

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