Happy Valentine’s Day! Soap couple moments I love

Days Of Our Lives

There’s something about EJ and Nicole that allows them to bring out the best in one another.  He’s STILL  a manipulative power-mad monster; his Dimera genes don’t leave him much choice.  What I love is the fact that he’s not power-mad and controlling with Nicole.  Unlike characters like Phillip Kiriakis, who dumps on any woman who dares to love him – in order to prove he’s worthy of his perpetually angry papa’s love, EJ is willing and able to put his love for Nicole first.   EJ is not afraid to stand up to his father and protect the woman he adores.

Every other woman he’s been with brings out the lowlife in him.  Nicole brings out the loving husband and father who feels secure and who can trust the woman he’s with to build a future and grow his family with… which makes it a shame that Nicole is lying to him about his daughter’s maternity.  While he hasn’t been able to tame the manipulative side of her, he at least brings out the humanity in her.  This time, she’s lies for someone else’s benefit, not JUST her own.

Guiding Light

Beth and Phillip are the best of what daytime soap couples are meant to be, even if they aren’t together – yet.  Seeing his face, all Beth had to do was touch him – the love of her life, the man she thought died and left her behind.  Is there doubt in anyone’s mind that she’s been written as a character in free fall because Phillip wasn’t there to catch her?  Every romance was an attempt to recapture the love she shared with him. All have failed.   What made Phillip and Beth great is not that she was always a stereotypic damsel in distress, in need of a knight in shining armor to save her.  Indeed, Beth has been Phillip’s rescuer for as much as he’s saved her.

How fitting that he returned to save, for now, the newest replacement soul mate she’s involved with – another relationship gone horribly wrong.  Coop’s blood on Phillip’s red hoodie, blood that ended up on Beth’s wedding gown through contact with Phillip… Coop has symbolically become yet another casualty in Beth and Phillip’s epic saga.  His return had to signal Coop’s end.  There was no other way.

 When Phillip helped Beth step out of her blood soaked wedding gown, and wrapped a robe around her, something in me welled up.  Beth stood there, half undone but unafraid. There was no shame. There was no angst. Just love and trust and comfort.  It’s been a long time since we’ve been treated to a scene like that ANYWHERE in daytime.  They don’t need words to communicate.  They just need to be together.

General Hospital

I wish I could say that the money TPTB spent on yet another helicopter… to airlift even MORE ‘stranded’ PC citizens had a positive effect on me, but it did not.  All I could think about is how GH writers are now ripping off their own  disaster moves… Hotel fire, Port Chuckles citizens running to the rooftop to make it to the waiting helicopter, not enough room for everyone to go at one time, some will have to wait…been there, done that. Some of the same citizens are involved in this one too.  What?  No PTSD?  No flashbacks to the hotel fire?  (If there were, I missed them, I tuned out most of the yawn inspiring poison gas disaster).

The couple scene that warmed my heart most happened with a couple that shared little to no screen time through most of this catastrophe.  While Patrick yelled orders, telling Sam and others to get to the rooftop and let him worry about who needed to get out next, my heart melted.  So strong, so brave, so much the man a great love made him.  Could you imagine the Patrick Drake who first came to town being so selfless?   THAT Patrick would have been trying to figure out how to get out to save his precious gift for the world.   He’d have been throwing elbows on his way up the stairs toward the helicopter (wondering about the poor heartbroken women who wouldn’t survive if he didn’t make it out of there).  Ok, Patrick was never THAT callous, but he was pretty damned close.

Love has transformed him.  THIS Patrick worried about his family.  THIS Patrick could think of the families of all of the others who wanted them back home that day.  While he was saving others, Robin was bonding with Emma – and praying that they would all be back together again.  Each in their own way recommitted to their loving family.

By the way, given the annual disaster event (or what seems like an annual disaster event), why does anyone in that town ever leave home? Why haven’t they all moved elsewhere?

All My Children

Reese touching Bianca’s cheek as she cried at the altar would have warmed by heart… IF Reese weren’t just kissing Zach a short while before that.  What do I love most about Reese?  How much she makes the audience appreciate what real women Maggie and Lena were!  Bianca’s two greatest loves, and TPTB wasted a Binks wedding on Reese. 

Rather than suffer through another eye-boink between Reese and Zach, I would have loved to have had either Maggie or Lena wiping Binks’ tears away.  Those tears would have meant something, then.

One Life to Live

Tea with?  ANYONE.  I love Tea’s chemistry with everyone she’s with, and sadly even with Todd.  It doesn’t seem likely the writers will ever go anywhere with the two… they’re past lovers who’ve developed a sibling relationship (icky as that sounds – it’s the reverse of a BnB lovestory where past siblings become future lovers once they learn they’re no longer related by blood).

Since we most likely won’t get Tea and Todd, I’m still lovin’ the Rex/Gigi relationship.  I’m not fully sold, but I love the friendship/lover vibe the two have.  Wes and Marty are equally, if not more, interesting -but for all the wrong reasons.  They’re  a trainwreck in the making!  Wes doesn’t know Marty all the well, but he’s got her number.  He’s figured out that not only is she using him to get to Todd, but to get to McBain, as well, and he’s not having it! 

Now, if only Wes would learn enough about Marty’s history to ask her how she can afford to keep drinking when she’s supposed to have Lupus.   Has Marty gone into classic soap remission?  Is it just that the writers have forgotten about Marty’s illness?  Outside of the drinking, Marty and Wes have it going on… if only it would go on a while longer… we’ll see.

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Rick Forrester: bad Karma

“Sometimes they come back’… Stephen King couldn’t have created a better  payback character than Rick Forrester.  Rick annoys the hell out of me. He’s childish, angry, irresponsible, without guilt, short-sighted, ungrateful, and whiny. Those are just his most positive traits!  It wasn’t, however,  until I started debating with BnB fans about Rick’s semi-incestuous relationship with his niece, Steffy, that I thought about why Rick’s actions are huge payback, in some ways.  

Today I thought about Taylor telling a toddler Rick’s mother Brooke  to stay with his father, Eric, despite their plans to divorce. She said that young Rick (age 2 or 3) needed time to ‘adjust’ to his parents impending divorce.  In the meanwhile, Taylor was chasing the man Rick’s mother was truly in love with (Ridge Forrester).  She used Ridge’s anger at Brooke for not leaving her marriage to her benefit.  She scored a few dates with Ridge until Brooke and Ridge eventually reunited.

Then there was the time that Stephanie and Taylor set things up to have Taylor secretly give ‘swimming lessons’ to Brooke’s young children, Rick and Bridget.  Why? Because they believed that if they could get Brooke’s children to get use to Taylor and grow to like her, they wouldn’t mind if Taylor broke up their family to have Brooke’s husband, Ridge. 

The clip below picks up with what happens after  Brooke learns the truth about the ‘swimming lessons’ and confronts Taylor.  Taylor pulls the ‘stepmother’ card on Brooke, taunting her about the fact that she believes Ridge will leave his family for her.  Brooke’s reaction is interesting, to say the least:

Fast forward, years later, when Taylor asks a 12 year old Rick to keep the secret that she’s dating his father, Eric.  Of course, Taylor neglected to tell her good friend, Stephanie.  She also neglected to tell Stephanie that she sent Eric to crush her when Stephanie confessed to Taylor that she still loved Eric.  Taylor wanted Eric to make sure Stephanie knew there was no hope for the two of them.

Fast forward to adult Rick dating Taylor’s daughter Phoebe, after finding out that Ridge isn’t their father Eric’s biological son afterall (hence the semi-incestuous relationship described above).

Fast forward to Rick dating TAYLOR, when his relationship with Phoebe ended.

Fast forward to Taylor freaking out when she learns that Rick is now dating her other daughter, Steffy. 

On one hand, I don’t think anyone really ‘deserves’ a pain in the arse like Rick, but if anyone comes close to having earned the ‘honor’, it’s Taylor.  You mess around in someone else’s life long enough, you run the risk of having to deal with them the rest of your life, one way or the other.  From his ‘stepmother’, to his ‘potential mother-in-law, to his ‘lover’, to possibly his ‘mother-in-law’ all over again.  Karma can be fierce!