Maggie and Melanie… It’s no secret that I’m a Melanie Layton/Molly Burnett fan. MB brings back some of the best moments of daytime for me. I think of her portrayal of Melanie as a cross between Lynn Herring’s wicked bad girl Lucy Coe and Jackie Zeman’s vulnerable bad girl Bobbie Spencer. There’s something fun and light-hearted about MB’s approach to ‘Melanie’ and having removed the dead weight of big brother ‘Max’ makes her even more fun to watch.
As a BnB viewer… yeah, yeah, it’s back on my playlist, I’m use to a very typical, but sadly misogynistic relationship between older women and younger women in daytime. Older women in daytime, despite their own questionable histories, become renewed virgins and unreproachable paragons of virtue. Stephanie Forrester (who in her youth slept with two men in a matter of weeks, lied about it, and passed one man’s child off as another’s) routinely refers to young women she dislikes as ‘whores’ and ‘sluts’ even if they have a SINGLE partner – men they’re married to or dating. She gives a ‘pass’ to younger women she likes and whose histories may be equally questionable to if not worse than her own.
On each soap you can name a woman who should be a mentor to women of the younger generation and who, instead, belittles and demeans them. Not our Maggie. Maggie knows what it means to be unfaithful to a good man who loves you and to find yourself caught up in a major scandal. Of course, there were no sex tapes to be distributed on the internet as evidence in her time, but that’s neither here nor there. Maggie embraced Melanie earlier on and continues to embrace her.
She’s not concerned that Melanie isn’t good enough for her grandson. She’s concerned that Melanie doesn’t realize her own value and will end up being hurt by a man unworthy of her love – with Phllip Kiriakis being exactly the sort of trouble Maggie described to Melanie… oh how I thought I’d lose my lunch during his speech about knowing a woman who accepts him for who he is and who isn’t out to change him… Let’s face it, there’s a lot about Phillip that REQUIRES changing. Now that he’s moving in on Melanie like a heat seeking missile, both Maggie and Nate have their work cut out for them, stopping Melanie from becoming her own worst enemy and giving in to Phillip. Phillip will no doubt continue to toy with Melanie’s feelings while bouncing back between her and Stephanie. Let’s hope that Melanie will take Maggie’s counsel to heart. I love the relationship that’s developed between the inexperienced but headstrong Melanie, and her generous and loving mentor. Who’d a thunk it? Women don’t actually hate each other!
Brady/Nicole/EJ. How amazing are Brady and Nicole on screen together? EM’s use of subtle cues to lead us to realize that there’s still something very real between the pair makes every scene worth watching. I keep waiting for the next ‘cue’. While Nicole was crying and begging Brady to be the good friend she’s needed, to help her keep the daughter and husband she loves more than her own life – I thought it was Brady who would collapse into Nicole’s arms. He seemed to feel every bit of her pain. Notice how he held her just a little too long as she thanked him for saving her family? Brady would do anything for Nicole. When it comes to this woman, clearly his heart allows him to betray his head as long as she needs him.
The big shocker was having EJ tape Nicole’s conversations and learn about the miscarriage through her. I was prepared for Kate’s move into the mansion to be the catalyst for having Nicole and EJ’s marriage destroyed by Kate…Kate would overhear Nicole and Mia, blackmail Nicole, EJ would catch them.. that’ s par for the course in daytime, but not this time. Nicole’s own need to confess all to Brady and to keep him involved in her whacked out plan to save her marriage did her in. Oh the irony!
I would love for EJ, for ONCE, to be a real man – THAT would be a welcomed surprise. I would love for him to love Nicole and Sydney as he should, as much as they love him… but he won’t. He’s not capable of it. H won’t care that Nicole, as misguided as her actions were, took Sydney in to protect him, to stop his heart from breaking as hers had. He won’t care that she wanted to prevent him from losing a child he knew nothing about to complete strangers – given Sami’s original plan to have Grace adopted. Sooner or later EJ will try to make his way back to his rape victim, Sami, I’m sure. He’ll tell her it’s a miracle that their child is alive and that they belong together as a family. Nicole, the woman who truly loved him, will be devastated – but hopefully not for too long. Brady is much hotter… and he’s not a in love with the idea of victimizing the woman he claimes to ‘love’ and raising a family with her.
Stefano/Kate... I’ll say it once and then I’ll avoid ever saying it again if I can help it because it creeps me out…I like them together. I didn’t think I would, especially since Kate was blackmailed into marrying Stefano. Then again, it’s not like she’s had much luck in love!
Daniel was a lying cheat. Victor ws just freakin’ cruel. A relationship with Roman could never work because Kate could never stop hating Sami (who might have ended up in that hospital bed instead of Chloe, under different circumstances), and nothing else has panned out. What does she have to lose at this point? Neither Kate nor Stefano make apologies for who they are and I like that about them, to some degree. Stefano has been a part of so many quirky, unrealistic, and embarrassing supernatural storylines that I’d lost the ability to think of him as a romantic lead… I’m starting to see that it’s possible that they could be a real couple, and I can only imagine the fresh hell they’ll unleash in Salem… as a matter of fact, I’m looking forward to it… the added bonus of the tension between Kate and EJ and Kate and Alexandra? PRICELESS!