Jade Jones’s/ Jade Wiggams’s Diary

It seems that ATWT’s Jade is in part related to ‘The Simpson’s’ Ralph Wiggam, and in part related to onscreen film heroine Bridget Jones. Remember what makes both characters adorable AND cringe worthy; both have a penchant for making the most inappropriate and unrelated comments in any given moment. Bridget most especially when nervous or under attack- and then she’s grossly inappropriate.

Jade has the cringe-worthy part down. The writers need to work on the adorable part. Without Ellen Goode, the writing for this character has lost it’s subtle nature.

As Jade unleashed her tirade, clinging to dialogue that was odd, clumsy, and juvenile – even for a young woman her age, I entered the Jones/Wiggam vortex.

I’m not sure that it happened quite this way, but what I thought I heard was:

Lu: You’re nothing but trouble!
Jade: I eat paste.

Lu: You can’t be trusted.
Jade: I like purple ponies.

Lu: Stay away from my grandson.
Jade: At least I didn’t marry a gay man.

Me: THUD!

Oy!

Until now, I’ve always hated the phrase that ‘children’ should be seen and not heard. Post Jade, I get it. What a way to twist the knife on Lu’s humiliation writers.

I would have preferred a tearful, heartfelt confession from Brian that had nothing to do with fear of being found out.. It would have gone a long way in his redemption. Now the audience is left to wonder how much longer he would have gone on lying to his wife and trying to feel up her grandson.

He confessed because Jade Wiggam outted him. Lu, Luke, and Brian should have been the ones to deal with this, in my opinion. I wanted to see a real struggle on Brian’s part. I wanted Lu to come to her own conclusions and fight her tendency to embrace denial where Brian is concerned. I’d actually hoped for a greater sense of guilt from Luke. I certainly hope the fallout is more interesting than the reveal.

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OLTL’s Silver Lining…

There are four silver linings, actually:

1. David Vickers: this one is self-explanatory for OLTL viewers. David is daytime’s only ‘can’t fail’ character thanks to his portrayer, Tuc Watkins. Can you name one boring storyline Vickers was involved in? I can’t.

Add Viki Davidson to the mix and it gets even better. David is the less psychotic but equally pathological baby brother Todd should have been to Viki. Theirs is the best non-sexual chemistry in daytime.

2. Brody: Unlike GH’s shameful Iraq-veteran-turned- sociopath plot with Logan Hayes, OLTL’s writers are handling Brody’s PTSD story with amazing sensitivity. He’s a good man who had a horrific experience but still has the love and support of those who know him. Nice character development – rare in contemporary daytime. The writers deserve credit for this one.

3. Bess/Tess/Jessica: The writers are SO playing this for camp! Where can I get a pair of those black glasses Bess wears? Apparently you get a free alter with purchase! Glasses on: Bess takes over…glasses off: Bess gone! You know what be freakin’ awesome? If there was no Bess, and Jess has been intentionally fooling everyone to hang on to ‘her’ baby, out of grief of course. More awesome? Tess is throwing Jess offguard by petending to be ‘Bess’ to keep her from thinking about Chloe’s birth.. Twisted.

4. Tea Delgado…oh how she rocks! The show should display subtitles, every time she’s on screen. She’s that good:

– Tea Delgado: Esquire/American Badass
– The devil may wear Prada but Delgado wears Dolce!
– Delgado: She ain’t here to make friends…unless she’s using you
– Delgado, handing your ass back to you one underhanded move at a time…

All of the above four silver linings take the sting off of the rest of the show – a little.