“That’s all I can stands, I can’t stands no more!” You pop culture fans will recognize that line. It’s taken a herculean effort for me to keep my lunch down at the mere site of ATWT’s Jack and Janet, but yesterday’s episode made it impossible. I’m a pound lighter, but a whole lot more pissed off as a result of it.
Excuse me, but WHY is it ok for Jack to decide that it’s time for him to play house (as my grandmother us to say) with Janet? Don’t get me wrong, I have no problem with people in love living together. It’s not my business. What I object to with the “Moral Authority” popping the ‘little’ question to Janet, is that he would be the first in line to attack his ex-wife as “shacking up” if she dared to move a man she wasn’t married to into their former home with HIS children… It really is ALL about Jack, ALL of the time, don’t you know?
And wouldn’t he be FURIOUS to find out that Carly had his children calling one of her lovers ‘uncle’? Well, in this case, Liberty would be calling her mother’s boyfriend ‘uncle’, and she’d since he his her father’s brother… well, I was going to say that it wasn’t so creepy, but it is. Oh those interchangeable Snyder boys! They’re like a set of legos, pop one off, put another one on in its place – same difference.
Carly, in Janet’s shoes, would be the ‘whore of Oakdale’. Carly would be the bad mother who put her lust for a man above her love for children, and her duty as a parent. Not his Janet, no sir! After mere months of knowing one another – most of that time spent by Janet trying break up his brother’s marriage, he and Janet are ready for the bliss of her living with him and attending to his needs. “Lucky” girl.
Janet gets to fulfill the whims of he-of-the-goodness-and-light. She gets to put her love for her child, and her duty as a parent, second to her lust for Jack – much to his delight. While the double J’s (that’s jackasses, in my book) tell their children to slow down, sex is not a game, it’s worth the wait – they’ve betrayed everything they’re supposed to be teaching their children by rushing into a sexual relationship and then rushing into the idea of living together.
Way to go on teaching by example, Double J. You’re model parents, assuming that every other parent in town mysteriously disappears. Are they the worst of soap humanity? No, just the most annoying and the absolutely most hypocritical – which, as you can see, only increases their standing as the most annoying.
Adding the Liberty/Parker/Rape Allegation storyline on top of the Double J mess only serves to exceed my pain threshold for this couple. Janet is already SURE of Parker’s guilt. Jack, surprisingly, is not and will investigate the matter. Oh yes, surprisingly, because Jack hasn’t had much interest in being a real father these days. He’s too busy fabricating a make-believe relationship with Janet.
(As an aside, clearly Liberty was drugged. WTG, WT writers. You’ve just finished a storyline focusing on the drugging of an entire family – you’re going to top that with the drugging of a teenaged girl and a alleged rape storyline? That, for me, explains Jack’s insane obsession with falling in lust with another anti-Carly who is more trouble than the original. Second verse same as the first?)
I find myself feeling pretty lucky to have been born in such a miraculous, technological age. In fact, it’s what will save me from suffering the perils of watching double J sink this show into oblivion and it’s something that’s been around for many years now… it’s called a ‘remote’. I have not one, but TWO options when it comes to avoiding this couple. I can Fast Forward any scenes I’ve foolishly recorded OR I can simply change the channel if I choose to watch live (and these days, folks, friends don’t let friends watch daytime live! One of you will have to remind me to record the show and save myself the frustration!)
As I read the show, Luke and Noah’s relationship, Emily and Margo’s battles – Casey and Tom’s attempts at peacemaking, have generated more interest and positive dicussion than all of Double J’s soiling of every inch of the Snyder farm. OF COURSE, it makes sense that all of the above would get less screen time. In the end, all is not as bad as it seems. The double Js will either soon be a very bad memory, or a blur on my television screen. It’s all good.