Caught up in the moment…

Caught up in the moment are… Guiding Light’s Reva and Jeffrey. 

Clearly the decision the couple has to make regarding the double-menopause baby Reva is carrying is a tough one.  They’re doing their best to put on brave faces but both Jeffrey and Reva are powerfully expressive in nonverbally communicating their pain.  Sadly, I wish I could care.  I don’t.  The absurdity of Reva going through menopause post cancer, after having ALREADY gone through early menopause, years ago, is a sure sign that the writers are working hard to shove this couple together, when fans have given up.  As GL’s ratings sink, the writers seem to have taken an even more combative tone with fans and the fans’ desire to see just a glimpse of the great show the Guiding Light use to be. GL brass has provided the biggest F-U to soap fans in daytime history, with one ‘creative’ decision after another. 

The creative decisions have led to favorite actors and characters dropping offscreen, favorite GL landmarks disappearing and being replaced with RL ‘sets’ that are shoddy in appearance and cold and impersonal, and to scripts that make sense to almost no one who’s watched the show for longer than the last two years.  The writers seem determined to end the show their way… even if that means ending the show sooner, rather than later.  If that’s the plan? BRILLIANT!  If not? Ruh roh…

Such a classic and soapy moment, as only the BnB does well (when the writers try)

Caught up in the moment are… Donna and Owen.  I may have it backwards, but I think that when you nearly bed a man TWICE, once in your husband’s bed, you don’t get to call your husband ‘the love of your life’ with meaningful conviction.  Under other circumstances, I’d have felt sorry for Donna for being set up by Ridge and Steph, but I don’t.  How interesting that all Ridge had to do is suggest that Donna take Owen off to Paris for a business meeting and she jumps at the chance.  Very smooth.

Stephanie forging Donna’s signature on release papers for Eric?  Shouldn’t THAT little move open up the next battle in the Forrester-Logan war over Eric’s southern brain?  So, Donna loses Eric and Stephanie gets him… Is this now the time for Brooke to make Stephanie miserable by bringing up the fact that Eric lost Brooke, years ago, because Stephanie forged his signature on a ‘good bye’ letter to her?  Nah… won’t happen and WHY?  Daytime writers don’t ‘do show’s history”. 

Oh well.

Just out of curiousity, how is it that Stephanie and Ridge expect to get away with keeping Eric at home and not having Donna know?  Does Marcus still visit Eric?  Wouldn’t he notice the guy wasn’t there?  Wouldn’t Steffy, in the tradition of BnB women, rat out her family to her new boyfriend?  I dunno.

Caught up in the moment…. Bridget/Nick/Katie.  BRAVO Ashley Jones.  Her Bridget is really hammering home how selfish and unbelievably clueless Nick is about his behavior.  There’s no point at which it makes sense to believe that consoling a dying woman by having sex with her, his specialty, is either normal or acceptable.  Only in Nick’s world does that make you a good and heroic man.  The absurdity of it is made clearer by Bridget’s absolute disgust that her husband’s actions seem excusable, in his mind, with the phrase: “Forgive me, we got caught up in the moment”.

It was a thing of beauty when Bridget told Nick that he probably thought they were at that point in their history where she’d tell him to go on, explore his passion for Katie, she’d sit home and wait… ZING!  She stepped aside for her mother.   Hopefully, she won’t just step aside for Katie, that’s not the point — she should be THROWING Nick, literally, at her aunt.  Let Katie sit home wondering who Captain Drops-Trou is out impregnating while she’s caring for their child.  Bridget hit the nail on the head, even if Nick thinks he loves her (and I don’t think he does), his actions make it clear that he doesn’t respect her… first her mother, then her former sister-in-law, now her aunt!

OH!  And only on the BnB does your aunt, who was also your husband’s lover, sit silently in the dark and pray that you’ll forgive her, and that you’ll love the child she created with your husband.  Correction, the BnB, and Jerry Springer, I’m sure.

The Era of the Smart Woman is Over

Right about now, you’re probably asking when the era of the smart woman began in daytime.  I don’t blame you.  Daytime writers seem to have an aversion to consistently smart women!

DOOL:  Marlena doesn’t get it?  Has John left her so damaged that ANY man who shows her some attention is a man she’s willing to spend time with, these days?  Let it go, Marlena, let it go.  I’d rather see her return to Roman than spend one more minute with Max’s father.

OLTL:  Blair.  What IS it about women and John McBain?  He does that thing, the thing that says, “I’ll sleep with you, but don’t count on me being around when you wake up…”  Somehow, that translates into some bizarre desire to sing a ballad to the man.  Blair, remember Evangeline?  Sure you do… she’s the last woman who sang to John.  He made her so miserable she had to run from him.  You’re on borrowed time, kid.  You might want to consider focusing more on your daughter’s pregnancy than John’s ego.  Something good will come from Starr’s pregnancy. Nothing good will come from waiting for John to lighten up and give a damn about anything.  The more morose man in daytime is the man every woman who’s crossed his past inexplicably falls in love with, and I just don’t get it.

Tina Lord was born a schemer.  Who in the world believes that she would willing walk into a room with a lock on the OUTSIDE of the door (yeah, big HUGE freakin’ lock) and allow herself to be trapped inside?  Poor David Vickers, the dog… he’s locked inside with Tina and unless that place is stocked with puppy pads, things are going to get ugly.

BnB – Brooke Logan.  WHY, writers, WHY?  Why not just have Katie and Brooke battle it out about which of them betrayed Bridget most?  Why didn’t Katie ask how Brooke could be so disgusted by the fact that she slept with Nick when Brooke did it too, after knowing that Bridget was in love with the man, still, and after having slept with Bridget’s first husband too!

Katie could have gotten her zinger in and Brooke would have been able to offer her own comeback… Clearly, she is guilty of having slept with daughter’s first AND second husbands – having children with each.  The problem is that given her past, her disgust with Katie, without explanation, just makes her look crazy.

Brooke’s retort to Katie could have included a confession of her own past, and that she’s still trying to deal with the guilt of being with men she didn’t love and trading her daugther’s heart in, in the process.  She could have told Katie that she’s disgusted with her actions because she’s been there, and when the dust settles, that one careless moment was never worth what it cost Bridget.  She could have shared with Katie that she knows what pain she’s caused Bridget in the past, she’s atoned for it.  Brooke promised Bridget that she would never hurt her again, never thinking she’d have to protect her daughter against her own sister. 

Give Brooke SOMETHING to say that makes it clear that she’s a woman who’s grown and learned from her past actions, not just treat her as a woman who could hate her own actions, when they’re committed by other people.  That would make her the same sort of hypocrite she’s fought against all these years – most especially when she’s fought back agains Stephanie, Taylor, and even dear departed Macy.

Guiding Light – Harley.  <sigh>  Do the writers hate the viewers that much?  Maybe, in some wild backstage fantasy, the writers are thinking that they can stick it to Beth Ehlers one last time by destroying what’s left of the character she originated, who knows?  In what universe would Harley leave her family, uproot her youngest children, and abandon her oldest child, one she gave up once before?  It was bad enough when she ran off with her daughter’s boyfriend to protect him from being prosecuted of a crime he actually committed.  Now she’s leaving her vulnerable (and incredibly stupid) daughter in the hands of a unrepentant criminal who’d already lead Daisy down the primrose path before, involving her in drug use and being an unwitting accomplice in her own cousin’s death.  IF the writers think they’re sticking it to BE, newsflash, you’re sticking it to the fans even more.  We’re the ones still left to tune out the show.  Please keep that in mind.

What’s next?  We’ll find out that Gus had six wives in addition to Natalia?

Phillip Spaulding is a pimp?

Vanessa Lewis sews fur coats from puppy fur?

C’mon writers.  Trying to kill off the last loving menory of one of GL’s strongest women in the history of the show is petty, and beneath the dignity of this show.  We deserve better.  Your time would be better spent trying to figure out how many times Reva’s undergone menopause and how it’s possible for her to be pregnant, again.

You can’t come back from this one, unlike the weak and laughable recovery of YnR writers who’d forgotten that Victor had a vasectomy when they wrote the pregnancy storyline for his child bride.  No ‘secret reversal’ explanation will help you this time.  Her meds kicking her period on for a month, after menopause?  That’s your explanation?  After the hefty drugs, radiation, and every other treatment Reva received prior to and after her near death?  Wow. 

Is it any wonder that so many GL fans have begun a campaign to save the show?  CLICK HERE to find threads linked to the ‘Cry for Change’ campaign, among others.

Birds of a feather

Whether or not it’s real or my imagination, I’m in love with the way daytime writers are finally living up to their promise to bring family dramas back to the forefront.  Those fabulous Dimera boys (DOOL) are giving me heart palpitations!  Tony and EJ’s conflict was reaching classic biblical proportions, until Stefano came home and laid down the law – as it should be.  Days writers should never let him leave!  Did anyone get chills when John (Hank) DiMera-Black walked by poor shaking and trembling Phillip Kiriakis and warned him that it was ‘game on’.  John declared  war on Phillip and Stefano.  What, big daddy?  No hugs for Uncle Stefano? 

Love that. How could anyone forget this exchange exemplifying DiMera on DiMera conflict from earlier this year:

Guiding Light took the high road and gave us an unconventional look at family.  Jeffrey and Reva’s non-wedding wedding brought together some of her family (with phone calls from and to those who couldn’t be there), the Cooper Clan, Remy, Lillian Raines – and thank you writers, for remembering our Lillian, and Mallet.  As much as I hate the outdoor scenes this show is all too fond of using, I loved the non-wedding wedding party coming together.  It was one of the few moments of sheer bliss this show has given us recently.

I’ll admit it (though I hate to) that for as much as I’ve enjoyed Reva and Jeffrey, part of me longed for the classic Jeva ending.  Reva would get the news that her cancer had NOT returned.  She’s at the altar, looking into Jeffrey’s eyes when his face morphs into Josh’s.  She calls him Joshua.  What happens next?   As long as the road leads to Jeva, I don’t care (yup, I’m back on board – I “get it”  that Josh is in pain realizing that the last time Reva fought cancer, he walked out on her and walked away with her sister.  Now he has to suffer knowing that she might be ill and as much as he wants to be there for her THIS time, he can’t).

Does Jeffrey realize he’s swimming upstream trying to keep Jeva apart and lets her go?

Does she go of her own accord, leaving Jeffrey at the altar?

I’ll take either, but I much prefer scenario 1.  Jeffrey has been too good to Reva for me to enjoy watching her break his heart.

Oddly enough, ATWT and AMC are the two soaps that seem to be less family focused than at any time in the past, and less family focused than any other soap on air.  AMC’s Fusion takeover?  Who freakin’ cares?  It’s an abomination that the writers have THE MAN, himself, Adam Chandler involved.  Babe is about 5 years past her ‘sell by’ date and any storyline that causes Adam to focus on Babe, Kendall, Greenlee, Annie, Amanda, and anything else to do with “Fusion” is a crime against viewers.

While ATWT and AMC are focusing more on individual characters and couples, rather than families, The Bold and The Beautiful has taken the family drama to the opposite direction.  BnB families are cannablizing one another and themselves.  The Logans have fallen apart as Brooke learns that her sister Katie has slept with her daughter’s recent husband shortly before they married and is now pregnant by him. 

Sister Donna Logan is sleeping with another man while her husband has remained comatose for just a few weeks.  For those unfamiliar with the show, her husband is her mother’s college sweetheart and twice her mother’s fiance.  He is also her older sister, Brooke’s, ex husband.  Whlie almost any other woman would feel shame that she’s betrayed her husband, Donna has spent more time reveling in the attention she’s received from her smokin’ hot new lover than thinking of how she’s betraying a man who was willing to give up everything for her.  Of course, that just opens the door for the Forrester family to get a little medieval on Donna once they catch her in the act.

The ‘Ballsy Move Award’ goes to the BnB writers.  I’m sure that most of you who are fans remember that Stephanie was out of her home mere WEEKS when Eric walked into their bedroom and found Donna naked in his bed.  Rather than throw her out, he went to bed with her that night, and woke up ‘in love’ with her the next morning.  Sure.  That’s real love there pal.  Guess where Donna and Owen are making out?  That’s RIGHT, in Stephanie and Eric’s marital bed.  I can’t explain how much I loved that moment.  Stephanie was at Eric’s side when he woke up from his coma, Donna was in his and Stephanie’s bed with another man. 

Will Donna’s actions spur on a new war between the Logans and the Forresters?  What happens to Bridget Logan Forrester – product of BOTH families?  She’s been betrayed by Katie (to some degree with Donna’s encouragement) though she still loves her mother and grandparents. 

For the first time in a long time, I’m actually looking forward to what comes next in the wacky lives of these two families.

Joined at the immoral hip

There’s self-serving, and then there’s the BnB’s Donna.  It takes gall to tell the man you’ve just cheated with that if your husband was awake from his coma, he’d be grateful that you were around to save her.  Sure, Eric would have thanked Owen for saving Donna from Pam’s attempted murder plot, but he’d have left it at that. He’d have never thanked Owen by taking him to bed.  He for SURE wouldn’t have thanked Owen for taking his wife to bed.

Everything about Eric and Donna’s relationship rang false from the beginning, but Donna’s actions with Owen, and comatose Eric’s reactions have only confirmed for me that the only connection they’ve ever had is the one they forged while naked.  Donna cried and prayed over Eric’s comatose body. His true wife (Stephanie) did as well.  His children did the same… NADA!  Donna falls into bed with another man and at that VERY moment Eric wakes up calling her name?  So very Eric.  He may not feel her pain, but he must have some sort of psychic connection with whatever gives her pleasure.  For those of you who named him ‘horny bear’ instead of ‘honey bear’.  You were dead on.

There’s self-serving, and then there’s GL’s Grady.  Set up your girlfriend’s ex, have him jailed, and then keep her close.  Why?  Because you ‘love’ her.  Well, that explains why he’s more willing to work as a prostitute than get a job.  Even worse?  He doesn’t think his new business venture involves his girlfriend.  Why should she have to know that he’s willing to sleeep with anyone who’ll pay the fee?  He did take her to dinner with the loot, after all.   Luckily, Olivia couldn’t go through with it.  Too bad, for her, that she was willing to pay him in the first place.  Anyone who’s ever read this blog or read a post I’ve written on any board knows that I’m no fan of Cassie’s.  I’m of the firm belief it would take a wooden stake and holy water to get rid of that character, and even THEN I’m not sure we’d be so lucky in getting rid of her.

So it means something when I say that Grady telling Cyrus to just sleep with Cassie and let that be it, as if she was nothing more than garbage, infuriated me.  If you kill a woman’s child, you might not want to treat her as if she’s not worth anything more than a good shag and then a good dumping.   Is it safe to say by extension, that given Grady’s actions, he doesn’t love or respect Daisy any more than he does Olivia, or Cassie?  Poor Daisy, foolish girl.  Now get off of my screen, PLEASE!

There’s self-serving and then there’s OLTL’s Blair and Todd.  What started out as an epic multilayer love story has me clutching my sides in pain and tearing out my hair.  Does anyone doubt that Blair is fooling herself into believing that she wants custody of Sam for the sake of loving him and caring about him?  Nothing gives Blair greater pleasure than sticking it to Todd. 

Nothing gives Todd greater pleasure than making everyone around him miserable.  Marty may not remember that Todd is the man who raised her.  She may not remember her own life as a therapist, but she knows enough to know that something is definitely wrong with Todd.  You can see it in her eyes.  She gets it, the guy isn’t stable.  Remember when Todd’s instability use to be fun?  Now?  It’s just creepy… emphasis on CREEPY.

Can I add to the ‘self-serving’ list the OLTL writers?  At this point, it’s CLEAR that far too many people know about Tess’ little secret for her plot to be successful.  Tess was never stupid in the past.  Is the audience to believe that Jess’ pregnancy is costing alter-Tess major IQ points?  Blair has seen her meeting with the electrician.  Nat, Tina, Jare, and now Bo all know about the guy, and that he’s been in the basement working behind a locked door.  Are we really to believe that if Jared comes up missing, no one will think to look downstairs?  At this point, not only has Tess become dumber, but I feel as though MY intelligence has been insulted as well.  I’d like to believe that the writers saved something special for this plot (hey, they pulled it out with the Mendorra storyline)… I’m just not that hopeful that lighting will strike twice – unless you’re Rex, Bo, and Gigi… and I just don’t want to talk about that time travel storyline again.

Oh well.  The writers started off strong with Tess’ return.  I only wish they’d found a way to stay that way.  Too much focus on the Starr-Cole fiasco, too much focus on time travel, and too little focus on Tess The Great.

Thanks for nuthin’ – GL writers/BnB’s Katie and Nick

Thanks for NUTHIN’, Guiding Light writers!

Daytime writers kill off another baby. Lovely.  Yes, fetal death is a part of real life AND reel life, but daytime makes a practice of killing off babies fans have grown attached to and want to see survive.  It’s almost too predictable.  If you impregnate your daughter-in-law who already has children with your son (Beth and Alan), if you impregnate your mother-in-law (BnB’s Brooke and Deacon), if you become pregnate from a one night stand with a psychologically or morally unstable person while married (GH’s Jason and Elizabeth) that kid is definitely going to live!  Two people in love have the same chance as a snowball in hell.  It’s not to say that it won’t happen, but don’t count on it.  Daytime seems to have killed off far more child that it’s let live, and Max/Clayton is just the latest casualty in daytime writers war on long term planning and moving their shows into the future.

Where does this leave the writers, now that they’ve killed off Ava and Remy’s child?  What drama is there now that they’ve disposed of the ‘inconvenient’ little one?  What about the bad blood between Little Max/Clayton’s two dads?  What’s left for them to fight about now that Max is gone?  Everything they fight about now will seem small and petty and more about their egos than anything to do with the dead child -and while Remy and Bill are more than capable of pettiness, I’m not up for watching it happen when the writers prolong this storyline over ‘nothing’.

Bill Lewis is not a classic ‘villain’, but he’s not a good guy, either. Bill’s anti-hero status would have made the storyline even MORE interesting. It’s too easy to root for the good guy over a villain, but how about fans being torn between good guy (Remy) and an anti-hero (Bill)?

Would Remy truly have more claim just because he’s the biological father? SHOULD he have more claim? It’s just possible that Remy loves the child because of Ava and becuase he thinks he should ‘win’ Max/Clayton as a way of forcing a family with Ava. Would that make him a good guy, still?

Both men could have come to some realization about who they were and what Max meant to each of them.

  • Would either win or would a third party surprise them both?
  • Would one sacrifice his rights to make sure Max wasn’t tugged and pulled in a court case?
  • What happens if they realize that Ava loves them both and wants neither of them including the baby?
  • Would the losing father ‘gaslight’ the father who did win custody, to try to get ‘his’ son back?
  • Would Bill have continued his marriage of convenience to Ava, slowly finding a way to ‘pay her back’ by causing her to lose custody of Max and maybe her freedom? (locked in a mental ward?  set up for a prison sentence?)

Dinah testifying against her brother in a custody case could have set off a corporate battle between them that weakened both, allowing Alan to swoop take over again. Alan regains his fortune and reverts back to type, going after the Lewises, because of Bill.

Alan and Beth (maybe with a return from Phillip) take on Josh, Billy, Bill, and Vanessa.

All from one little custody case, featuring one little baby who was connected to more than half of the families in Springfield. 

Even if Max/Clayton stayed off screen until the next big storyline he’s needed, it’s not like it hasn’t happened to tons of other Springfield children, including Bill Lewis, who is now a central character on the show.  Good going there!

Thanks for NUTHIN’ Katie and Nick

You know, when you get your wife’s aunt pregnant, it’s pretty much common practice to be more upset about betraying your wife than your aunt (by marriage)/mistress is – I’m just sayin’.  At least, that’s what I’ve heard.  It would seem reasonable to be upset.  If your name is Nick Marone, not so much.  You tend to believe that your aunt/mistress’ child is a gift from above and the product of a truly beautiful night of love and passion, made as she lay dying from a heart transplant rejection.  I know, I know, it happens in even the best of families.

If there was to be any hope for Nick, he and Katie needed to trade places in their dialogue after the pregnancy reveal.  Katie is sickened that she’s betrayed Bridget.  She wishes she could forget that evening, she sees everything that happened in such a negative light.  Nick’s response?  He’s confused.  Why is she so upset?  In fact:

Nick: I see. So are you saying that you wish that it never would have happened?

Katie: Yes.

Nick: Well, I guess I feel differently about that day.

W.T. F.  Does this guy get warm fuzzies when he thinks about what happened?  I’m convinced that Nick is either a sociopath – with a mind warped by peeping in on his mother’s sessions with her Johns, or he’s redefined the word ‘insensitive’, or he’s just damned crazy.  He goes on to try to legitimize the betrayal of the woman who loves him heart and soul by saying:

Nick: Let me remind you of a few things. First off, bridget and i were not engaged.

Take THAT, Bridget!  Sure.  She was living with him, sleeping with him, helping him  raise HIS son with HER mother.  How dare she expect fidelity from him!  How dare she expect him to tell her he’d slept with her aunt before they married!  That Bridget… she’s so difficult and so demanded.  She wants, like, the truth – she’s just that twisted.

The only thing that doesn’t ring true is that it’s Katie spewing this dialogue and not Nick.  Bridget forgave him for running out on her the day after she buried their child.  She forgave him for marrying her mother.  She forgave him for using her while he was still married to her mother.  She forgave him for stealing her father’s company.  There’s a theme running here.  Bridget really should figure out that there’s no point in going back for more with that man. He’ll give it to you when you do.  He’ll give it to your mother, your aunt, your sister, your sister-in-law, strangers on the street… yeah.. not good.

As much as I hate the Nick/Katie pairing, Heather Tom put her Emmy face and completely rocked her scenes.  I didn’t think I could stand to watch the show, knowing what was coming, but Heather Tom’s performance made it all worth it.   If ever I wanted to be sympathetic to Katie, THIS was the day.  In the end, however, I just couldn’t feel it for her.  Anything that resembled human emotion left the moment she stopped speaking and Nick spent more of his time worrying about her and the ‘love’ they shared that created yet another child, with yet another of his wife’s famliy members. That’s when Katie should have realized what kind of man Nick really is.   You can never count on the writers to let any woman on this show call Nick out for anything he does and while that’s true of all males on the BnB, Nick Marone tends to put women through a special kind of hell.

They smile, accept it, and beg him for more.  At some point, the guy HAS to be held accountable.

Thanks to TVMegasite and Restless-Passions for the transcripts.

… would have worked in this universe, IF

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.

Old Home Week – Soap Style – GL/BnB/OLTL/GH/YnR

With so many soaps looking back to their respective glory days this week, I had one overarching thought: “Today is a day when I wouldn’t be embarrassed to admit that I was a soap fan!”

Guiding Light

WTF, just happened?  I’m watching live today.  I thought Reva was daydreaming, she was, right?  Josh didn’t really admit that his marriage to Cassie was a sham (ok, it’s the word I chose, not Josh).  I waited for Reva to wake up on the dock and realize that it was all in her head, but then the scene kept moving.  Josh referring back to Reva’s post partum drive off that bridge YEARS ago, his fear that she’ll take off and be gone again, WTF?  Where am I?   Will we have to wait until tomorrow to find out that it wasn’t real?  Does it continue?  I typically don’t read GL spoilers. I’m always afraid that the spoilers will cause me to tune OUT, not tune in.  I’ll be there tomorrow.  I need to know. I’m stunned.  Just a day or so ago, I swore off Manwhore Josh Lewis and I still mean it, but that man still gets to me.  I know I’ll be sorry, later, for admitting this, but there’s a part of me that wanted Reva to fall into Josh’s arms.  I’m so easy. I’m so nostalgic. 

Bold and Beautiful

There are times when the writers do something so subtle or so clever that I remember why I’ve always loved this show – and the writers can even make me forget the days I hate the show, if the writing is good enough.  I figuratively stitched myself back together when Bridget gave her report on Eric’s condition (must have been tough for a daughter to say, but it was sheer hilarity from a fan’s perspective).   Viagra man and the child bride had a wild afternoon of hot sex.  Shortly after, he suffers an attack.  Bridget faces the family and says, “because there was a loss of blood to his brain”… and then she said some bull spit after that, but I was laughing too hard to hear it.  That’s the sort of moment people like me live for.  Ahhhh…

The funny part is that what I loved most about those scenes wasn’t the camp, or Eric’s humiliation, or even Donna’s embarrasment.  I loved seeing so many characters on screen together and watching the Forresters pull together as a family.  It reminded me of the old Bold and Beautiful.  I thought I’d hate another health crisis storyline.  This one is already paying off.

OLTL

I’ve had a theory for some time, now.  Those of you who post at Soap News and Scoops have read the theory before.  I think Rex is Bo’s kid.  I’m almost sure of it!  Roxy was going to confess something to Rex, not long ago.  She seemed to imply that she was not Rex’s mother.  Remember her warning him that she was his mother no matter what?   She was so desperate.

Is it possible that Mitch stole TWO children from the Buchanans and placed both with Roxy?  I do believe!  All this time we thought that he was just going after Viki, maybe not.  That Rex is now playing a young Bo  and Bo is playing his ‘pa’ in this trippy time travel makes me wonder if I’m not right.  Rex has been playing ‘older brother’ to Matthew for some time.  Something tells me he won’t be playing at it, for much longer.  They mystery will be, ‘WHO is Rex’s mother?”

Viki and Niki, Mel and Dorian (oh dear soapgod how I miss Mel), Asa, “Megan”… This has been one of the best shows in recent memory.  I love Mel for saying everything that needed to be said to Dorian – and then some.   It’s time for her to stop worrying about living in Viki’s shadow and having a life of her own. (The prized advice of the day, it seems!  Cassie received the same advice on GL.)

Writers, thank you for bringing us ‘Agnes’ the Great.  Let’s hope she’ll continue to look over Viki, and the rest of daytime for many more years to come.

General Hospital

What irony.  Lulu and Johnny on the run.  A young Luke and Laura?  I’m sure that’s where the writers were headed.  Where does the irony come in?  This isn’t about Laura leaving Scotty behind, it’s about her daugther leaving her son behind.  Instead of the spiritual and emotional death Scotty suffered, Logan’s death is physical and will be an even deeper wound for Scotty.  I’m sure Laura’s return will open up old hurts for Scott Baldwin and this show is going to get messy.

Not exactly ‘old home’ but I’m impressed with Kate Howard’s move to gaslight Carly.  I haven’t been a Kate Howard fan.  She’s been a little too stiff in the past and too predictable.  GO GIRL, let your inner Connie out.  Maybe little Katie is a much tougher rival than I gave her credit for.  I’ve been hoping for an eventual Carly-Claudia cage match.  I’ve may have been looking in the wrong direction.  Kate has become the quintessential bad girl in good girl’s clothing.  Yes, I’m starting to see what attracted Sonni to Connie/Kate in the first place.  The writers are beginning to unveil the real Kate.  EH! My money is on writer’s fave, Carly, but it won’t be a cake walk, I’m sure.

 

Young And the Restless

Everything old is new again!  Victor Newman has reverted back to type.  There have been so few times when Victor is likable.  Locking his wife’s lover in a bunker in the basement?  Not one of those times.  Allowing his mistress to attend a Christmas Party his wife planned?  Not one of those times.  Telling his wife she’d still be taking her clothes off at the strip joint they met at if it weren’t for him (because, you know, all she ever wanted to be was a stripper)?  Yeah, not one of those times.  Disinheriting his children is another ‘The Great Victor Newman’ low life moves.  Demanding loyalty, but never giving it?  Yes, that’s Victor.  He’s upset that his children are unhappy about his marriage to Sabrina.  Big Deal, but it might be nice if ‘daddy dearest’ decided that having sex with his chlidren’s friends was off limits.  It would also be pretty cool if he finally woke up to the fact that his TWO (yes, TWO) vasectomies made it unlikely that he was the father of that child.  Whether or not the writers include it, fans haven’t given up the show’s history so it definitely sucks that Victor would disinherit his children for, oh – having their own opinions, for a woman carrying another man’s child.  Unlike ‘Old home week’ taking place for the rest of daytime, I have to say, the real Victor’s return was most unwelcome.

GL and The BnB: Heal Thyselves

GL

After ranting that Jeffrey was too much of an enabler and that I wanted him to be a true partner to Reva, Josh has just reminded me why Jeffrey is the better man, hands down.  I’ll stand by that statement until the writers decide to turn Jeffrey into a Reva obsessed stalker. <sigh>  Don’t give me that look.  You know it’s coming.  At some point the writers will decide to put JEVA back together, and Jeffrey will be ruined, the man Reva has to be saved FROM, in order to make Josh her hero.  Too bad.

Joshua Lewis has to be the most preternaturally stupid man in daytime, and that’s saying something.  Have you SEEN ATWT’s Brad Snyder?  Josh thinks that having a child with Cassie is a good idea?  Even if Reva wasn’t an issue for him, having tangled with “the good son”, Will, should be enough to get him to consider what kind of bad seed Cassie has to offer. 

Josh, the MINISTER, didn’t understand the nature of the therapist’s questions?  The man has counseled how many others?  How could he not recognize the fact that something is definitely wrong when a couple is planning to have a child to give them ‘something to focus on’?  Are you kidding me? What other sage pieces of advice does Rev. Josh have to offer:

“It’s a myth, you can’t get someone pregnant the FIRST time”

“Spending your salary on lottery tickets is much better than investing in a 401k”

“Inverting your lucky socks will make it snow hard enough to cause a snow day.”

Any of the above works just a well as “Having a baby saves a bad marriage”.

Even worse, the man who takes pride in counseling others tries to convince his wife that therapists only string you along to get you to pay to come back. Right.  Only there’s no way Josh would support a couple with his and Cassie’s problems in their quest to drag a child into their dysfunction.  Josh may want to give up his ministry and start with a little self-healing.

Tell me, I can take it.  Was Josh always this self-deluded?  Have I been kidding myself about the man all these years?  My mother always told me that I was a fool for a pretty face.  I hate it when she’s right.  

BnB

I’ve read enough fan comments to know that some think that Brooke has ‘betrayed’ her sister and that she’s turned on Donna for Ridge’s sake.  That idea ignores the fact that Brooke is a pretty tough businesswoman in her own right.  I knew Donna was in trouble when Brooke admitted that she was the one who encouraged Ridge to make his move.  The idea that she’s working at Ridge’s behest demeans Brooke, and it gives her too much credit for blowing the Logan family apart.

The Logan family is already fractured enough that Katie is in love with her niece’s husband, and Donna plotted against her niece Bridget, on her wedding day, to try to give Katie the edge in stealing the man away.  Listening to Donna moaning about familial disloyalty is a little like listening to Sheila Carter complain about gratuitous violence.

I don’t see Brooke ‘turning’ on her sister.  I see her as a woman who has every bit as much invested in FC as Eric, Ridge, or anyone else -maybe more since she’s on record as having developed some of the most profitable lines in FC history.

To watch FC, and her children’s futures, go up in flames wouldn’t make sense.  Brooke is becoming the tough CEO she once was, the woman who kept FC at the top of its game and gave it greater standing in the international community. 

Between the Logans and the Forresters, business often comes first.  This is no different from any other time there’s been a power struggle between the two families.  Donna will give as good as she gets, at least for a while, I’m sure.   She’s already behaving as if she’s earned her place in the company.  She already sees herself as protecting her rights and those of her son.  Her months old marriage to Eric gives her that right, I guess.  Oh, that’s right. She has Eric’s support.

Brooke and Ridge tried using reason to get Eric to see what was happening with the company and to get him to step down.  Those fools!  They should have offered the man a lifetime supply of Viagra.  He’d have had that office cleared out in a half hour (you know, if he was real).

Lord help the mister…

who comes between me my sister,

and lord help the sister,

who comes between me and my man!

The Bold and the Beautiful, One Life to Live, Guiding Light, and As The World Turns.  What do they have in common?  Vengeance and betrayal – fanfreakintastic!

The Bold and The Beautiful – Felicia Forrester has been one of the most sexually liberated and unapologetic women in daytime.  She doesn’t boast about her sexual conquests, much, but she doesn’t shy away from them either.  How many soap vixens remember, as fond times, dancing on tables in nightclubs while continent hopping?  Even still it’s not hard to believe that she’d have a hard time accepting a woman who seduced her brother AND her father in the same ‘little kitty’ lingerie.  Sex is recreational for Felicia.  It’s a weapon in Donna’s hands.   I get it, but c’mon, Felicia, you think Donna is a golddigging tramp on top of everything else?  You’re setting her up to be unfaithful to your father and then plan to hit him with the evidence of her infidelity?  Evil, pure evil.  Remind me to send a Christmas card to the writers! 

Is she a hypocrite?  Well, yeah she is but this is daytime, who isn’t? It will be interesting to see what Owen has up his sleeves – other than finely sculpted, beautifully toned arms.  My guess is that he chickens out now, and ends up falling for Donna and sleeping with her, later. Oh sweet irony.  It’ll be when he genuinely feels something for Donna that he’ll end up costing her everything.  Either way, Felicia takes Donna down, and I can’t say that I’m unhappy about it.  I am a little freaked out that Felicia feels that it’s her duty to reunite her aging parents (see the live blog of today’s BnB that follows this blog).

One Life to Live –  Tess is truly a “take no prisoners” character, D.I.D. aside.  She prefers to kill them off instead.  OUCH! Clearly nothing is left of the sainted Jessica.  She would never have allowed Tess to cut the brakes on Natalie’s car.  It’s that Tess showed no concern for Viki after finding out that she’d climbed into Nat’s car  that was even more frightening than the first time Tess appeared.  Does anyone else remember how early Tess rolled with glee on the kitchen table when Viki was carted off to the hospital – suffering from a heart attack?  THAT Tess is back.  Not only did she not show a moment’s concern for Viki’s safety, knowing that Viki is careening down the highway unable to stop the car, she immediately moved to ‘Plan B’. 

If she wasn’t going to get to enjoy learning that Natalie and Jared had died in a fiery crash as she planned, she’d take care of them another way.  She’d feed them a poisoined meal, all while waiting for Viki’s unlikely return.  How could they believe she’d so quickly forgiven them for killing her husband?

I take it back Felicia Forrester, you’re just a spoiled brat.  TESS is evil, or angry, or delusional, or all of the above.  She’s switched from grieving wife and mother to population control specialist in the matter of a couple of weeks.  Uh, scary!

Guiding Light – Will someone tell me why the writers think that it’s entertaining to watch teens with raging hormones turn on everything and everyone who’s ever loved them?  OLTL’s Starr Manning is tough enough to take.  Now GL’s “Daisy” is defending the man who killed her cousin, Tammy Winslow.  “G” was hired to ‘scare’ Tammy’s lover, Jonathan (who was also Tammy’s first cousin – don’t ask if you weren’t watching, I still can’t figure out all of the multiple connections).  Tammy pushed Jonathan out of the way and ended up losing her life.

GOOD NEWS!   It turns out that “G” is really, REALLY sorry.  Case closed.  Tammy’s already dead, so what’s the ‘diff’? (If your name is Daisy).  Sending “G” to prison won’t bring her back and besides, “G” makes her sooooooo feel good.   So far, emotional trainwreck that she is, Daisy has stolen food and money for “G”, is fighting with her grandmother, and has just walked away for her family for him.  She ‘find a place to live’ she says – as she’s visiting “G” in jail.  Just guessing, but he won’t be able to offer her the use of his cot.  Good luck there, Daisy.

If you’re not a Guiding Light viewer, then it won’t surprise you to learn that Daisy is lonely.  Her current boyfriend is on the run with her mother.  Her mother is protecting him from being prosecuted for shooting Springfield’s District Attorney.  Good times. Good times.  And great choices!  Methinks Daisy travels with her own Greek Chorus!

So… when writers SORAS characters, why can’t they skip the teen years?  Hells bells, I think most of us get enough teen drama and trauma at home.   Daisy, like Tess, has become a population control specialist, albeit in a slightly different manner.  She makes the case for using infallible birth control.  I never thought I’d say this, but it may not be a good idea for the Cooper clan to continue procreating.

As The World Turns –  Well, Carly fought the good fight – but Holden is a manwhore, dontcha’ know? (see blog below on “Daytime’s Greatest Manwhores”).  She had no choice but to give in.  That man was going to follow her to the ends of the earth to prove that fidelity is for the little people, HE is Holden Snyder.  This is the man who had an illicit affair in a Church bell tower, with the wife he’s CURRENTLY cheating on – when she was married to someone else.  The question is, how badly will Carly have to pay for this one?  Holden won’t pay. He rarely ever does.  Lily can be a bit of a dirty fighter when she wants to be so Carly may be in real trouble this time.

Lily fans will excoriate me when I say it, I’m sure, but if there’s to be bloodshed, I’m hoping it won’t be Carly’s!  Either Holden is going to have to pay the price, or Lily.  YES, I said it, LILY!   At some point Lily is going to have to ‘woman up’ and realize that she continues to return to a man whose pants are most likely held together by velcro to help enhance the ‘rip away’ effect when he tears off his pants with each new affair.

I’m not blaming the wife.  I’m blaming the couple – Holden AND Lily for playing out this tiring psychodrama year after year, partner after partner. 

EH!  Don’t get me wrong, I think Carly is behaving like a bit of a doof to allow Holden to put her in this position (fighting. urge. to. avoid. bad. pun.).   I only fault Carly for thinking she’ll be a ‘special mistress’ to Holden.  He’s a troubled, troubled man.  Each mistress is special, until the next one comes along.

By the way, honorable mention  for the ‘help the sister’ award goes to Margo Hughes!  I blogged about Margo’s behavior a few days ago but thought  that this is one case in which a picture truly is worth a thousand words – and possibly worth 25 to life.  When you seduce and become pregnant by Margo’s husband, you probably don’t want to make the foolish mistake of becoming sexually involved with her son just a few years later.  The woman is a cop and carries a gun, for pity’s sake!  If you are that stupid, Emily, don’t have sex with her son, in her home, AND get caught: