Bold and Beautiful – Katie Logan is now pregnant by Nick Marone, who is married to her niece Bridget – mother of his first child (Nicole, deceased). Yes, the same Nick who has a child, for now, with Bridget’s mother/Katie’s sister, Brooke – and had sex with Brooke she was suicidal over the witnessed “death” of her lifelong love, Ridge Forrester.
Nick had sex with Katie while she was a dying heart transplant patient. Katie, who encouraged Bridget to get back together with Nick, then decided she too was in love with him. Confused yet? OR is that look on your face one of utter revulsion? This storyline would have worked in this universe, IF it weren’t for the fact that it’s a complete rewrite of the Logan family history.
Those of us who’ve been around daytime for far too long remember the intense loyalty the Logan women once had for one another. Remember Donna, before the writers decided that her best assets were easily displayed in tacky lingerie? Donna was a woman who wore her heart on her sleeve. She gave up a young man she deeply cared for, Rocco, just because she thought her younger sister, Katie, had a CRUSH on the guy. The Logan women are now exchanging bedsheets, and betraying one another over worthless men (namely the SAME worthless man – Nick Marone). It would be lovely if Beth Logan regained her senses and whipped the women in her family back into shape… the problem is that she finds this all very sweet and heartbreaking. Oy.
On the ligheter side? Marcus and Steffy just keep getting better! An old-fashioned courtship instead of a ‘nice to meet you, let’s get naked’ insta-love story for the ages.
Guiding Light – What a motherload of irony! Bill, Jr. tells Dinah that she knows NOTHING about love because she’s never loved anyone and never will. He tops that verbal slap with the soul killing comment that every relationship she’s ever had has failed (you know, unlike his string of failed relationships which have culminated in a fight for the custody of a child that isn’t his). Dinah’s righteous anger would have worked in this uinverse, IF it weren’t for the fact that we watched as she deceived Mallet and ended a great relationship with him to worm her way into the treatment clinic Bill, Sr. was recuperating at in order to help her brother work out his scheme to become a bigger, better sleaze bag and power broker.
Yeah, not exactly feeling sympathy for Dinah, but I did come close when Bill decided to trash his sister’s sacrifice.. What I am hoping is that Bill’s attack causes Dinah to rethink her willingness to act as a handmaiden to her ambitious snot of a little brother. Maybe it’s time for Dinah to benefit from all of the hard work she’s put into making him king of the hill. It’s time to dethrone the king. Long live the QUEEN!
I’m also adding Olivia back to the top of my ‘Dames with STONES’ list! It’s the list for dames with broad shoulders and bad attitudes. The ‘Barbara Stanwyck’ list, if you will. If Stanwyck’s name is unfamiliar to you, it’s only because I’m old and you’re not.
Did you sit a little closer to the screen when she told Bill, Jr that she would NOT let him hurt her daughter ever again? First, you probably wanted to make sure you heard her right – STONES! Bill hurt AVA? Love that! Second, you probably sat closer because you knew you’d give Olivia a hug when she said it, if you could. WOW! Despite the fact that she knew her daughter used artificial insemination (or thought the pregnancy was the result of insemination) to trap the guy into marriage, and that she pushed the marriage for all it was worth, Olivia’s attitude works for me! It works in this universe and any other universe the writers could conceive of! When she talks, her former lover/son-in-law had better listen. Rarely does Olivia issue an empty threat.
Days of Our Lives – When Bo told Phillip that he was disappointed in him because Phillip was lying when he said that he didn’t lie to family, two things struck me. The scene would have worked in this universe, IF it weren’t for the fact that I had to work so hard to figure out what Bo was talking about. Yeah! Yeah! You got it right? They’re brothers. It’s been so long since the writers even dealt with that issue that I’d forgotten all about their familial connection. Second? Phillip lies so much, how could someone as smart as Bo have believed him? Sheesh!
What DOES work in THIS soap universe is the pairing between DOOL’s EJ and Nicole. What great birds of a feather they are! Can you imagine the gates of hell these two will open when they finally work it all out and get together? I’m all for a couple making each partner in the pairing a better person. In daytime, I’m also for a couple kicking ass and taking name, and two characters without conscience (or severely weakened consciences) could really spice things up on DAYS.
One Life To Live – Last, and least… I thought it was just the lack of realistic context for the Cole and Starr teen pregnancy storyline that was bad. It’s so much more than that. This storyline might have had a chance of working in this universe, IF the writing for it and the acting weren’t so BAD! I don’t think either actor was prepared to carry off this storyline. It feels as if they’re reading the script aloud, and what a script it is. Starr to Cole: ‘But we’ll get past this, we’re Starr and Cole’ (not an exact quote)… WTF? Is that like ‘Sonny and Cher’, ‘Donny and Marie’, ‘Peanut Butter and Jelly’ W.T.F? Are the writers trying to turn this teen-pregnancy -storyline-gone-dull into an epic love story between 16 year olds? The surest way to get the elusive 18-24 year olds to tune out is to keep this plot alive. I’ve been tempted to build an altar in Ron Carlivati’s honor, he’s that good, but this storyline (and yes, I’ve said it before) is a HUGE miss.
Even watching David Vickers talk with David Vickers (the dog) about burning down Carlotta’s diner wasn’t enough to erase the ache of having witnessed the painfully dull scenes between ‘Starr and Cole’. Speaking of Vickers and Vickers, just knowing that Bo believes that David HAS to be born leads me to believe that he is going to come out of his current ordeal finding himself closer to David, for as long as David will be around, this time. What will it mean for Clint, if that happens? I can’t wait for Bo to come back to find out.
I love OLTL’s new time travel storyline – and who knew it was even possible to say that? I love it for it’s potential: What Bo and Rex find out about Buchanan history, what they find out about themselves, their ability to impact the future, Rex’s realization of his feelings about Gigi, Shane, and Brody… so much more.
I love the Mendora storyline. It’s old fashioned, fantastic storytelling. I truly liked Talia and Antonio before. I love them now. BRAVO/A to the writers for a throwback storyline that feels fresh and new.