OLTL -BnB – YnR: Rebellion of the Mini Mustaches

The Young and the Restless

— FINALLY!!!  There’s something for the Newman children to do besides cower and tremble at the feet of the great roaring lion, Victor Newman himself!  Victoria’s takeover of Newman? Brilliant!  Forcing Adam out of the top position AND off the Newman ranch?  PRICELESS!   Who knew Victoria had it in her?  Doesn’t she know that the great man, himself, will tear her limb from limb for daring to disobey daddy dearest?  Sure, there’s always the possiblity, but why should she care?  Adam is a bigger problem for the Newman legacy, right now, than Victor will be.

This battle between the mini-mustaches is a must see!  The devil is in the details, so I love the subtle justification for Victoria’s leadership by having her force Adam to prove just how little he knows about the people Newman does business with and how little he knows about the company.  Kudos to the writers for not only having Victoria take over, but for making her a competent and tough-as-nails CEO to boot.  Adam has a lot to learn from his big sister – not that it will matter to him.  Surely he’s plotting his return to power.  Let’s hope this battle continues.  What would the mustache, himself, do if he was around? Revel in his children’s battles.  Being the child of the great man is a bloodsport, after all.

— Both of Michael’s parents are criminals?  He and Kevin never had a shot.  It’s hard to remember the old Michael (and to some degree the old Kevin).  The writers are probably not going to touch the history of these two brothers but they have done a good job of implicitly explaining how the Baldwin brothers becaming the men they once were. 

— Ana, Ana, Ana… I’m sick to death of hearing that kid sing but I love the Hamilton-Winters clan as it’s pulling together (I can pretend that Lily isn’t there whenever she’s on).  The family is fun, and sweet, and warm.  The interaction between Devon and Ana was so tender that it made me miss all the great family moments we’re no longer treated to in daytime (GL’s Bauer Barbeque, GH’s Nurses Ball and the families that come together).  The Hamilton-Winters family is wonderful addition to daytime.  I haven’t loved the Winters family this much since Drucilla was around.  I hope to see more of them. 

The Bold and The Beautiful

Is there NO END to the humiliation Nick and Katie are willing to put Bridget through?  Why couldn’t they have chosen a different hospital?  Why would they force Bridget to face her colleagues (and force them to face her) with the ugliness of their betrayal?  This is beginning to feel intentional on Nick’s part.  First he and Taylor use the same hospital Bridget works at for the in vitro, and now this?  Daytime writers are always claiming they’ll offer something not done before in the history of daytime.  I’m voting for daytime’s first castration storyline … with Nick Marone as the donor.  Nick ‘the Bobbit’ Marone?  It does have a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?

Have all other hospitals in L.A. and nearby communities suddenly closed?  What’s the excuse for Nick’s behavior, THIS TIME?  Thank goodness the Bakers are on!  They’re a welcome distraction from the Nick and Katie horror. Besides:

Is anyone else  up for a Charlie/Bridget/Owen triangle?

One Life to Live

  • Clint making deals with Jared?  Planning to semi-welcome him into the family?
  • Clint, using poor Langston as ‘collateral damage’ in his war on Dorian?
  • Gigi immediately excusing Rex for sleeping with another woman just because she looked so much like her?
  • John in an administrative position?
  • Antonio being willing to risk making his child an orphan just to chase ‘true love’ (ok, this one doesn’t bother me as much as it should – love Antonio and Talia)

Who ARE these people?  Clint, especially, is unrecognizable. 

HOORAY to the OLTL writers for bringing the following to a close:

  • The time travel storyline.
  • Marty sitting in that bed 24 hours a day – let John find her, already!
  • Rex and Gigi’s separation.  It’s time for them to move forward.  Now end the paternity lie.
  • The Cole-Starr storyline (yeah, I know, it’s a pipe dream but I’m adding the end of this storyline to my wish list.  From the show’s current ratings, so are many of you!)

What I’m waiting for:

  • For everyone to SHUT UP telling Cole how evil and self-centered he is for mourning the loss of his child.  What’s the insanity taking place in Llanview that makes a responsible young man seem like a jerk for loving Starr’s ‘baby bump’?
  • Blair’s reaction to finding out that Marty is alive – and that John’s been dreaming about Marty, instead of her.
  • Natalie’s reaction to finding out that Tess has returned – will she and Jared feel an ounce of guilt?
  • Viki taking on Tess.
  • Todd stomping out Marcie’s insane obsession with Starr’s child.
  • Marcie’s reaction to learning that she’s lost Michael, who’s moved on, and Starr’s child (on the wish list).
  • Finally,  Clint – Dorian showdown… Oh YEAH!

The devil (in high heels) made him do it

I was torn between the above title and this one: “The Storyline We’re Still Waiting For”  (about Nick and Jackie Marone, that is).

Well played, BnB writers, well played!  I can’t imagine that there’s one Bridge Forrester fan out there who isn’t fuming right now, wondering if it’s wrong to want to a ficitional character to be castrated!  Nick Marone 0s certainly a deserving target, if it’s not.  The evidence, you ask?  If you’re not a BnB viewer, the man is talking about a one night stand he had with his wife’s aunt – one he’s been lying about since it happened:

How does the jerk wad follow that up?  With THIS (Thanks, TVMegasite, for the transcript):

Katie: I don’t care if it’s wrong. I can’t regret the fact that I’m having your baby.

Nick: Well, if it’s wrong, then I’m guilty, too.

Katie: You really mean that?

Nick: (Sighs) I’d be lying if I didn’t say this confused me at first. (Clears throat) you know, I–

Nick: It should have felt wrong to me, and it didn’T. And I should have feared all the complications that we now face, and I didn’T. I was wondering why. (Laughs) why? You know, when you were on that island sick, and I was there with you… (sighs) my prayer was that before you died, you’d know how I felt.

Can someone tell me how Katie, pimping a Bridget-Nick reunion to Nick, drinking scotch and putting a puzzle together, turned into a deep and abiding love between these two?  They’ve gone from a sibling-like relationship to soul mates in about two hours worth of scenes.  That’s moving incredibly fast, even for the BnB.  Hold on to your last meal, readers, you may lose it if you continue read on:

Nick: So now we’re there. And I hope that you can feel that I love you.

Katie: (Sniffles)

Katie: (Sighs)

Nick: I’m sorry if I’ve upset you.

Katie: You haven’T. You haven’T. I-I think you just said that you love me, and I– I love you, too. You must know that. That’s why this baby is so precious, is so important to me, because–because it’s yours. It’s ours. It’s the one thing I have that we share, and– only we can’T.

Nick: But we have to. This baby’s not going away. You know that.

Katie: (Sighs) but what about everything else–

Nick: No, no, no, no. No “buts” about it. Listen to me. This child was conceived in the most magical moment. And this baby is gonna be amazing. This child is gonna be so special and bring so much joy into the world, because of love, because it was conceived in the deepest, most honest form of love, and that’s what he’ll know.

Katie: I hear what you’re saying, and I know it’s true, and to hear those words coming out of your mouth– they bring me so much joy. I never in my wildest dreams ever thought that I would hear you say those things to me. I feel like I’m dreaming. But I know I’m not. I know I’m gonna have to wake up. This is just all so confusing. I-I don’t know what I’m allowed to feel. I don’t know if I’m allowed to be happy or excited. Help me, nick. Help me. Because a part of me hates myself for this.

And then there’s this:

Katie: You’ve pledged your life to bridget.

Nick: I have.

Katie: And she deserves all of you.

Nick: She deserves to have the best of me, and if I can’t give her that–

Katie: You’re happy with her. I know. I’ve seen you together.

Nick: We are.

Katie: (Sighs) this is just so complicated.

The reason it would be hard for Bridget to have the ‘best’ of Nick is that there is no ‘BEST” of Nick.  There’s bad… worse… and what a freakin’ waste of human DNA (even fictional DNA)

The writers are still skimming the surface with this guy.  All of his emotions are shallow. He wants to be Ridge Forrester and possess all Ridge has (including his family’s company, the woman he loves, his children).  He’s just met Katie, and suddenly he’s deeply in love with her, to the point of denying Bridget – a woman he’s known and ‘loved’ for years.  The mother of his first child.  He mourned his dead child (Nicole) – in his words, but never mentioned her while in bed with the dead child’s grandmother shortly after Nicole was buried.  He loved Taylor more than he’d loved before, or so he led her to believe, and was back to chasing Brooke and leading a double life when it was revealed that hers was the donor of the egg used to conceive his child with Taylor.

Easy to see how the man made it to the top of the Manwhore list.  When does it END!?!?!?

If the BnB ever returns to what made daytime great there has to be some focus on the way the Marone family uses sex as a way of life.  Jackie explained that ‘pride’ made her turn to prostitution to raise her child, instead of working or going on welfare.  If Jackie was a woman with no skills and without an education, that might have made sense.  There has to be more to it.   I’m not sure if the devil in high heels is Jackie, whose DNA flows through the pants-dropper’s veins, or if it’s about Nick spewing of the insta-love-and-destiny bullcrap as a way of excusing his actions.  SHE! did it.  SHE! made him fall in love – that’s why he continues to betray the women who’ve loved him and given him their full hearts. 

LOSER!

Whatever it is this mother-son have in common, it’s hurtful and painful to the people around them.  They’ve spent more time justifying their sexually inappropriate behaviors (too numerous to name for non BnB viewers) than trying to understand them.  The superficiality is killing both characters, Nick more quickly than Jackie, obviously.

Sooner or later, writers will have to explain to fans what the point is of keeping Nick around.  Nick will surely drop trou for the next Logan-Forrester woman he spends five minutes alone with – it’s his nature.  What else is there for him to do?  The character has never fit in on canvas and every time the show was redirected (characters’ histories changed, couples’ histories changed, the show’s focus changed) to shoehorn him in, it resulted in a disaster in the ratings. 

I’d only thought I lost my patience with this character, before.  I KNOW I have now.  He’s on an endless loop of one night stands, and impregnating the show’s cast.   There’s nothing left to see here, writers.  Nothing left to see.  <sigh>