4 words: Monkeys. Typewriters. Locked Rooms

You know the old writers’ insult, “Monkeys banging on typewriters could do a better job!” Imagine if you not only handed a room full of monkeys a set of typewriters (uh, keyboards), but you then locked them in. Well… that’s ONE way to force them to concentrate on completing your scripts, but watch out! Locking them in a room might add insult to injury and monkeys are pretty vengeful. They also have a pretty wicked sense of humor. Make sure you READ the scripts before you film and then air them for long suffering fans.

One Life to Live

Bitchy Marty, Bitchy Tea, Bitchy TeBessica… ‘effin.love.them.all.

Jessica apologizing and groveling at Natalie’s feet? No thanks. I felt sympathy for Nat “the outsider” for about 10 minutes. I’m over it. She’s still sleeping with the man who cost her sister’s husband his life. An accident? Sure… after months of deceiving him and destroying everything he’d built for his family. I’m hoping Tess and Bess have teamed up to finish taking Nat and Jared down – without plotting anyone’s death, by the way. Abject misery is enough for me, thanks. Tea taking guff from Blair? I don’t think so. Tea and Blair live different realities. Tea is a badass by nature. She’s shown tremendous growth and change and I love how spunky she is. Blair? Badass, on occasion, doormat more often than not. The woman slept with Spencer Truman just after Todd, the ‘great love’ of her life, was sentenced to execution. Despite every reasonable warning to the contrary, she made Truman a part of her children’s lives. My money is on Tea. Marty Saybrooke being left alone with Janet Ketring/Lee Halpern? Seriously, were the monkeys also STONED when they banged out that moment? Writers, keep an eye on the script monkeys, they’re making you look bad!

It’s annoying enough that Bo and Nora’s situational ethics drag every other living Llanview resident through the muck, but Bo and Tahlia leaving JK/LH alone with an angry and self-destructive Marty? The woman tried to force Todd to commit suicide for what he did to her (with JK/LH’s help). So they let her confront JK/LH, alone, wearing a coat which could very well have contained a weapon, and carrying an uzi sized purse? They actually LEFT the motel? I have to say, violence isn’t my thing, but I got a chuckle out of JK/LH cracking a vase over Talia’s head and taking off. Too bad Bo didn’t get one of those, as well! You’d think JK/LH was a witness for the defense  for as careless as they’ve been about her safety.  It must be nice to be pals with people like Bo and Nora. They use their offices to go after people you don’t like if you’re a friend, no matter how flimsy the evidence, nor the cost to the good folks of Llanview.

Oh, and locked-away-typewriter-banging monkeys? Less smug from Antonio and Nora, please. They’re on the side of RIGHT, and they leave me wanting to see Tea wipe the smug off of their faces – unless that’s what you wanted and then I feel played (well done). If I’m wrongfully faulting you and it’s the choices made by the actors, please speak to the director and ask him to handle it.

The Bold and The Beautiful

Bridget is a designer now? You magnificent vengeful monkeys, you! You really did get the last laugh, didn’t you? I wish I could laugh with you, but I can’t. It hurts. Did you have to pay the writers back at the viewers’ expense? An accelerated undergrad preMed program, supposed ‘years’ of study in medical school. Internships, Residency, saving lives, bringing babies into the world, bringing her aunt Katie back from the dead, saving her brother from jail following Phoebe’s death… and Bridget wants to give it all up to start designing for the company that just ripped off her father’s and brother’s newest collection. Bridget… giving up medicine for THAT!

She’s doodled haute couture  gowns for years and was just too afraid to tell anyone?  Her work is even better than life-long designer Clarke Garrison… stuff she sketched when not practicing medicine 23/6 and no one knew?  Uh, because despite the fact that EVERY one of her adult sibs, her nieces and nephew, and BOTH of her parents work in the fashion industry, she was too afraid to tell them she has a passion for fashion? Ok, works in your universe, but typewriter-banging-monkeys, if the writers don’t feed you, refuse to type out scripts on an empty stomach. It makes you a little loopy.

This wouldn’t hurt so bad if it weren’t a follow up to the “fabulous Paminis”… Pam Douglas, insta-designer with a CROCHET technique so secret that only Pam can churn out the one of a kind hot yarn bikinis… So what is Bridget’s Auntie Pam kicking out? 20 a day in the Forrester sweatshop? Monkeys, explain yourselves! Is there something in the air at FC that makes anyone who passes through the hallowed halls a genius in the design world (all except Clarke it seems)?

Guiding Light

Alan wanting revenge against a cheating Beth? I get that. For once in his life, Alan is as devoted as he’s ever has been to a woman, maybe the most faithful he’s ever been. (Beth hasn’t been faithful to anyone since she was a teen) She  gives birth to his child, while still raising his grandchildren and making him part of their lives.  Then she cheats on him. He now knows that he’s met his match in Beth.  No one loves Alan as much as he loves himself.  Ditto on Beth. He’s sleeping with his mirror image and it’s driving him mad, life is a cruel mistress, Alan.

I WANT Alan to make Beth miserable, and not for his sake, but because Beth is supremely selfish and sucks as a person. BUT…Alan grabbing the letter opener, TWICE (something TPTB aired when the scenes picked up with a third and fourth time during the next day’s episode, too)? Good mercy. Giving the audience the impression that he would just as soon plunge the opener into her heart because his heart was broken? YIKES!

I don’t remember Alan being violent with women, especially not to the point of contemplating a brutal death for one. He likes owning and controlling women, but he likes owning and controlling everyone. He usually shows more finesse. The old Alan would have had Coop arrested on some trumped up charge, claimed ‘Company’ for himself – leaving Buzz penniless, and set Beth up to think she was going crazy again just to get custody of Peyton. He would have done it all before lunch!  He actually would have kept Buzz on at the restaurant he stole from him and had Buzz SERVE him lunch. Alan is psychotic, but he’s no thug.

Monkeys, you owe the GL writers an apology for what you’ve done to their beloved Alan Spaulding. Shame on you.

All My Children

Zach. Killing Josh. Fathering Gabrielle. Eye-boinking with Reese. Expecting Kendall to understand. Vicious little typewriter-banging-monkeys… You’ve outdone yourselves. I actually like the potential fallout from this one. No criticism, here. This is all soapy goodness. AMC was lucky to have you on staff when you wrote that part of the plot. Kendall, forgive Binks, Reese, and Zach. PRICELESS!

While you’re at it, write that script where David Hayward is loving and unselfish, Adam Chandler has sworn off manipulating the people he loves, Erica Kane gives up designer clothes and all other perks of fine living, and JR Chandler stays sober! See how silly it all seems that anyone would expect forgiveness from Kendall? Whatever she does to them, they’ve got it coming. Maybe Zach should keep a picture of his happy parts in a safe location. The doctors will need it when they’re working on the reattachment and reconstruction!

I can’t give you a pass on Amanda’s pregnancy, however. Does anyone remember the last daytime pregnancy where the mother knew who her child’s father was (Binks excluded, of course) and there was no scandal around the pregnancy? (Whoops, Binks back in!) Why another contested paternity? It’s not like there’s been a shortage of them.

Then again, you’ve been writing for Annie and she’s freakin’ wonderful, so it all evens out in the wash!

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Even if it’s just for today, I LOVE this show!

I don’t know how they did it.  BnB writers gave us a ton of characters who disliked Rick and had every reason in the world to want to see him taken down. He’s been handed everything on a silver platter and it’s never been enough for him. The more you give him the more he wants. WOW! It makes PERFECT sense that Rick would be the one who sets his family up for a fall and moves on to help his father’s worst enemy take his family’s company down.  We were misdirected when the real villain was under our noses the entire time.  If a single plot was enough to earn a show an Emmy, the Emmy clearly belongs to the Bold and the Beautiful.  

It’s consistent with the show’s history and makes use of a plot point that many may have forgotten.  Rick betrayed his father the MINUTE he got back to town. He hid behind a pathological hatred for Ridge and Stephanie to fault them for the Forresters losing the company. Jackie and nick stole the Forrester Creations based on a lie Jackie concocted! Stephanie NEVER shoved Jackie over the banister in the Forrester home, she only defended herself against Jackie’s physical attack on her. The Forresters were faced with saving Stephanie from prison by selling the company, or kissing her good bye (frankly, I would have kissed her good bye).

Rick handed Nick a list of FC employees who would help him make a success of the company he stole (not that they were successful in saving FC from lousy management). He came back and pimped his mother. He came back and treated his grieving sister like a pawn. He came back and ignored his sister’s child’s death.

Rick is a real sociopath!  DE-FREAKIN-LICIOUS!

How much more could Eric have loved him? How much more could his parents have given him? Enough is never enough for our Rick, give him and hand and he’ll choke the life out of you and pick your pockets with it.  What a evil bastard.  What a diabolical plot.  Well done, BnB writers!  The best in daytime?  No, this plot holds it’s own no matter what genre you place it in.

Give me MORE.

New nominee for the “Brass Cojones” Award

I thought ATWT’s Jack Snyder topped the list, but boy I was wrong! Jack Snyder engages in mere child’s play when it comes to jerkiness if you compare him to Eric Forrester.  Eric railed against ex-wife Stephanie Forrester when she gave her opinion about her perceptions of the guilt of Rick Forrester (Eric’s son) in the death of her granddaughter, Phoebe Forrester (Rick’s niece and ex-girlfriend, Eric’s granddaughter).  Of course, she chose to do so by giving an interview to the press just after a Forrester Creations showing, but details, details!  His bellowing response continues to ring in my ears, “What’s the matter with her?  Doesn’t she know we’re all grieving around here?”.

Keep in mind that while ‘grieving’, Eric dumped Stephanie when just mere weeks before he told her that they would be together, forever.  Not only did he dump her soon after Phoebe’s death, but it was over the Christmas holidays.  WHY was he dumping her?  Ah, yes, to play sex games with his newest child bride, Donna Logan (Rick’s aunt).  It wasn’t ‘grief sex’, mind you.  It was down and dirty sex, including the now infamous, and gag-producing, honeybear bottle that has probably lost significant real life market share since the Donna and Eric storyline started.

It takes a big brass set to accuse a woman who is still in pain over her granddaughter’s death of not understand grief,  while you paw over a 30-something year old woman in the presence of the family you dumped.

Winsor Harmon’s scenes as Thorne, today, have really driven home just how foolish of a man the writers have made Eric.  To have told family members who stood with him through the worst of times to ‘like’ what he’s done to their family, and the company they spent decades making a success, or ‘leave it’… Geez.  Thorne was right, loyalty means nothing to Eric, nothing.  Considering how many times he’s dumped their mother for women who ended up dumping him – this shouldn’t exactly be news. I would have loved to have had Thorne reflect on his father’s marital infidelities as a sign that he loves no one other than himself – much like his pathological offspring, Rick.  Even without that, the dialogue between Thorne and Eric (and Felicia and Eric) has made sense for the first time in a LONG time.

When Eric no longer trusted Donna, after catching her making out with Owen Knight, while in a bedroom in his family’s home, he turned to Thorne for help.  It wasn’t Donna’s first time at the Owen rodeo, either, it was the second time she’d desecrated their home, and the third time she’d been with Owen (the first time being at the Forrester family cabin).  The second time she was with him in the bed they shared – the same bed he shared with Stephanie before he’d descrated it WITH Donna, when Stephanie was out of town.

Now that he’s back with Donna, and pushing her and her family to the forefront, his family, save Rick, to the margins, Thorne is just another FC employee.  His only real function is to serve Donna’s whims.  Great job there, dad.

For all of the talk of what’s wrong with the parenting skills of the women of the BnB,  Eric Forrester has to be the worst parent, EVER.  He’s certainly the worst grandparent.  To use his granddaughter’s death to attack his ex-wife, and to discuss ‘mourning’ her only when it suits him?   I think Eric Forrester has just jumped to the top of the Brass Cojones list… definitely not an honor.

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By the way, in a blog comment belowMarkH reflects on what’s stale about the BnB, and about the show’s cornerstone couple, Brooke and Ridge.  I think they’re a ‘renewed’ couple and at some point, I will reflect on what the writers have done, and are doing to Brooke and Ridge – some bad, some good.  Regarding the show in general, however, ‘Ann’, a Bold-L mailing list  participant wrote the following (reprinted with permission):

I watched today …and I must say, nothing I saw made me want to see MORE.

There was the billionth version of Brooke vs Steph….AGAIN.

There was the obligatory “Logans are tramps” comment by Steph….AGAIN.

There was Eric being all shouty and laying down the law….AGAIN.

There was Steph making numerous OUTRAGEOUS statements (“Rick killed Phoebe” “there must be consequences for actions”) and no other character bothers to state the obvious “No he did NOT” or “Like you killed Gaby’s mother?” or “like the consequences YOU faced for all the sh*t you’ve pulled, including your part in Brooke’s rape?”….AGAIN.

There was Ridge stuck between Brooke and Steph’s hostilities….AGAIN.

There was Donna seducing Eric with the honeybear routine….AGAIN.

There was a promising new character (Marcus) getting kicked to the curb and probably sentenced to storyline Siberia, because there are no other possible romantic partners on the canvas for him….AGAIN.

There was the magic transporter getting a Forrester up to Big Bear in record time….AGAIN.

And the worst: there was Rick, making out with a woman who used to be his niece…AGAIN.

The only possible positive was that Steffy did NOT follow in her mother’s footsteps, and accept an engagement ring from one man, while really secretly hoping that her relationship with another man would blossom….but that, and my admiration for Steffy’s/JMW’s looks, are nowhere near enough to keep me watching this boring train wreck of a show. I don’t know whether to yawn or retch first.

Over and out until the next time I decide to subject myself to thirty minutes of dullness (or is that DUH-ness?)….

I’ve gotta agree with Ann’s assessment.  Each blog entry about the BnB feels ‘the same’ for me because the storylines are ‘the same’.  I’m not sure Eric’s shiny brass set will be what it takes to turn the show around – I somehow doubt it.  As a person who despises the Marones, even I am leaning in the direction of actually wanting to root for Jackie M (well, for Jackie, Clarke, and Thorne), just to see Eric and Donna lose – BIG.  It would be  something different, and might give viewers like Ann, and like me, a reason to care about what happens on this show.

BnB Eric and Donna: Snakes on a plane…

Don’t ask me why but it’s the first title that popped into my head during the Eric and Donna scenes.  From the dead grandchild’s funeral to cheating on the woman who is at home BELIEVING she’s going to spend the rest of her life with him.

One of his sons is home in terrible emotional pain.

The other son caused it and is the family outcast.

His granddaughter is mourning her twin.

The family is in upheaval.

Pants down, spirits up… that’s our Eric!

Can’t the writers ever let BnB characters grieve like real people?  (Ok, they’re fictional, let them grieve like decent people, then!)  Please don’t expect your audience to become emotionally invested in characters when they themselves show so little emotional investment in anyone other than themselves.

John McCook spent 20 years giving his character the soul of a poet, despite Eric’s numerous flaws.  The writers have destroyed that legacy in a matter of a year (less?).   It still stuns me when that happens.

He is a failed leader for his children.

He’s failed his grandchildren.

His skills as a consistent and honest husband are lacking as well (and Stephanie is NOT his only victim).  Eric has received far too much credit for his treatment of Brooke, which is situational, at best.

If they’d like to pull the audience back in, give us a reason to want to care about  Eric – let him  finally lose it all… let him realize what a jerk he is… let him feel, for once, the emotional damage he inflicts on the women who love him.

I probably still wouldn’t feel sorry for him, but I’d love the storyline.  It’s a long time in coming.

The BnB Bailout Plan

Short on family? Missing a husband? Let Donna Logan lend you hers. Hell! Even when he’s already yours, she’ll lend him to you. Yes! Yes! We’re back to Donna ‘loaning’ Eric out for the holidays. I know you saw her lend him out just this last Christmas holiday season. but why deprive the writers from establishing their own holiday traditions? While they’re at it, why not throw in a scene of Donna and Eric stealing candy from babies? Keeping tradition in mind….make that candy a candy cane.

Despite the fact that the Forrester family is dealing with Phoebe’s death – Eric the honeybear is dealing with his zipper, which is always flying half mast. For Pity’s sake, everyone is still wearing their funeral attire and Eric is out the door to sex up his chippie. What a man.

As much as I despise Stephanie, I find this storyline completely and utterly distasteful. That Eric continues to be called human is an abuse of the word.

Just because it’s creepy and Oedipal

doesn’t meant it’s not entertaining.  Rick Forrester, despite his best intentions, has become the man in his mother’s life that he hates most.  He’s accused Ridge of treating Brooke like property (check).  He’s accused Ridge of putting his own needs before that of Brooke’s (check).  He’s accused Ridge of  supporting other women before supporting Brooke… and again,  mother-effin-CHECK!  No wonder being dumped by Taylor, who’d hoped to get her hooks into Ridge, is driving him crazy.  He’s more Ridge than RIDGE is.

We’re short one scene of Rick standing over his mother’s bed before Rick officially becomes the creepiest adult son of a hot mom, in daytime.  Don’t think it won’t happen, folks, these are the writers who had a sister develop ‘feelings’ for her brother mere days after finding out that they weren’t related by blood – she began imagining that they were married and raising his children together, despite the fact that his children called her aunt Bridget… which really makes it creepy that Rick, who also use to babysit the kids, put the moves on both of his nieces.  Never doubt how far a daytime writer  will take any storyline.

Speaking of creepy… dancing?  In daytime?  It usually only ends badly, but I have to give the  BnB actors their due.  The dancing at the engagement party made for a great scene.  I can’t imagine how vulnerable actors have to feel when being asked to dance onscreen for any reason.  They have to know that fans was just waiting for those scenes to make fun of them… not here, friends, not today.   I wish we had more scenes of good times on this show.

Those scenes did, however,  highlight other problems that are easily solved… Thorne and Felicia dancing together?  They’re together so much, I tend to forget they’re siblings.  The actors have developed an amazing chemistry – and that may be a huge problem.  It’s time for the writers to bring in love interests for both siblings… I sorta’ threw up a little when they were joking about which sib taught the other ‘those moves’ back in high school.  1 – NO ONE should be doing the same dance moves they were using in high school, 2 – see point one!  3- That scene would have been so much hotter if it weren’t being uttered by siblings.  Why not offer a similar scene of Owen and Felicia on the balcony.

I’m over Owen and Bridget now that Owen is still pledging his love to Donna. Eric’s daughter, in a love triangle with is former wife – Donna, fighting over the man Donna made out with in the bed Eric and Stephanie (Felicia’s mother) use to share before Eric married Donna. Confused?  Try this one out:

Another tangled relationship on the dance floor was Marcus and Steffy.  The engagement party is for his aunt, her father.  They were discussing his cousin, Rick,  the bride-to-be’s son, who is the half-brother of the groom-to-be, Ridge, who is also Steffy’s dad.  Marcus was upset because cousin Rick put the moves on Steffy (Rick being Steffy’s bio. uncle for most of her life until Ridge found out that he and Rick don’t share the same biological father).  Still family in my book.

Then there’s the fact that Brooke’s father lobbed an insult atEric, Ridge’s father, because Brooke’s sister, Donna, couldn’t be there.  Donna and Eric are divorcing. Eric (Rick’s father) is already divorced  from Brooke.  Eric had, years before, slept with Donna and Brooke’s mother, Beth, while they were dating in college.

No one escapes living in the BnB’s fictional L.A. without having been married to and/or dating and sleeping with  at least two other people who’ve already dated other  family members.

That brings us to the tragic part of this week’s episodes

Phoebe’s death.  I’ve been a bit bummed by the fact that Pheoebe would be killed off.  I was in awe of Mackenzie Mauzy’s poise as a young actress and felt she brought a great deal to the role of Phoebe and to the show, overall.   As Phoebe was pushed further into the spotlight, much of made the character special was stripped away to try to sell the ‘Uncle Rick is now my boyfriend’ storyline.  In time, I’m sure MM would have won fans back in time, with the right storyline.

As far as sendoffs go?  This one was pretty well done.  She  spent her last moments alive in the arms of the one person she knew she could trust, her father.  He has been the man to love and protect her above all others.  In those last moments, she was able to sing the song she wrote for him.  It was incredibly moving.  I couldn’t help but wonder why the writers didn’t just let Phoebe slip into an endless coma.  She could be revived at some later date, when the storyline called for it.

I also couldn’t help having one smart assed response to her death scenes, as well.  I remembered that Taylor (Phoebe’s mother) also died in Ridge’s arms and he held her for some time after she died.  The writers found the crappiest way ever to bring Taylor back, but they did it.  They’ve brought Taylor back from the dead, TWICE, now.  There’s hope, Phoebe fans, if the past is any indication.  Think of her as not being dead, just waiting for the writers to set up some amazingly craptacular return.  She’ll at least play a ghost a time or two before she’s revived.  It’s tradition.

Back to where we started from

With the twisted family relationships, the heavy interconnections, and the tragedy of Phoebe’s death, tougher times are obviously ahead for Ridge and Rick, as well as Ridge and Brooke, I’m sure.  How does anyone get beyond this?

How does Taylor deal with the fact that her relationship with her now dead daughter was strained before her death?

How do any of the involved families begin to forgive Rick for using Ridge’s daughters (including twin Steffy) as weapons?  How could anyone blame the Forresters for wondering if Rick’s accident was just an accident or if he wanted to take from Ridge the children he loves so dearly?

At what point will Rick feel true remorse for the emotional pain Phoebe was in just before her death?

Let’s hope we find out, soon.

Clearly, it’s the turkey talking…

I’m always giddy for about a week before the Thanksgiving holiday… mad with anticipation.  It happens every year and it’s the only thing I can think of that explains the fact that I loved daytime last week.  I can’t think of a thing I truly disliked.  I enjoyed most of what aired!  WOW!

The Young and the Restless – Poor deluded, insecure, Phyllis.  LOVED her reaction to Nick and Sharon’s closeness and that she made sure that everyone knew that she felt ‘thankful’ for a husband who made her feel “sexy”.  I LOVED that Sharon wasn’t at all affected by the possessive kiss Phyllis planted on Nick.  Loved  Nikki and Paul.   I get a little tingly watching them!  Daytime writers always receive huge kudos for remembering the show’s history and giving us a reason to cheer historic couple on.  Veteran viewers will remember the STD storyline  that ended the relationship between these characters when they were younger adults – opening the door to Victor and Nikki.  It’s an old storyline that still makes some cringe at the thought of the two of them getting together now.  I say, BIG DEAL.  Paul made mistakes when he was younger.  Look at the man he is now.  Victor never gave Nikki an STD, but he hasn’t given her much else, either.  Paul is so gentle, so sweet, and so caring.  It’s been a while since Nikki has had a man like Paul.  She’s so use to being treated like property that the tenderness she shares with Paul must be akin to a drowning woman being tossed a life raft.

Hey, it doesn’t hurt that Doug Davidson has grown sexier over time and brings a dignity and integrity to the character of Paul that makes me wonder what took writers so long to decide to make him a leading man, again. Better late than never, writers.  What a huge plus for veteran viewers like myself who aren’t as fond of new gang of unlikable leads – and you know who they are even if the writers don’t.  We get a character we’ve loved for a long time, in a surprising storyline that works.   Daytime writers are always patting themselves on the back for ‘taking chances’.  These are the sort of chances viewers want more of – playing with the show’s history and taking us somewhere we hadn’t expected to go.

One Life To Live – Erika Slezak has once again proven that she can take the very worst the writers throw at an audience and spin it into Emmy gold!  Breathing new life into Viki Lord Davidson, she almost, ALMOST, gave me a reason to feel sorry for Todd.  While that moment was fleeting, my complete and total awe of ES’s performance remains.  That Viki suggested that the only true escape from the Lord legacy was death made me gasp.  Viki’s expression of emotional and psychological exhaustion and devastation was probably the most amazing work anyone has done on this show in a while.  There are things best left forgotten, and there are those things too horrific to forget. The only option when you’re dealing with the latter is to do what you have to do to survive them.  To have the sexual assault of Viki revealed and brought to light again was painful for many viewers, I suspect.  As peeved as I still am at the writers for the Marty/Todd storyline, I have to admit that they’ve done a magnificent job laying out the case for viewing the Lord family in new perspective.  It doesn’t make me want to forgive Todd, but it does add a layer of tragedy to the storyline that I hadn’t considered before.

The Bold and The Beautiful: DELICIOUS!  I found myself wondering if the writers wanted us to view Eric as a man who is so pathetic that his children can’t help but play on his stupidity and his vanity.  It’s not just one son who is lying to and deceiving him, but TWO!  Rick has led him to believe that he was more seriously hurt than he actually was.  Thorne tricked him into believing that Donna was cheating on him.  I’m sure this storyline was supposed to be another ‘pity poor Donna’ attempt.  Sorry, writers, no dice.   That won’t happen.  Donna is irrelevant at this point.  So much of Eric’s life has been spent being pampered and catered to that his children knew exactly which buttons to push to make him dance to their tune.  How perfect is it that a man who has only been passingly acquainted with the term ‘fidelity’ demands and expects it from others?  My only real disappointment with this storyline is that Donna will probably end up crying on the ever willing Owen’s shoulder. Poor Budge will become Owen’s friend and confidante, when she should be the woman he falls in love with – but it would be too much to have the writers allow Bridget to be happy.

DAYS Of Our Lives – Nicole, Nicole, Nicole… Zuker was perfect, of course.  Just when you’re convinced that Nicole Walker is completely soulless, Zuker pulls out the most amazing performance and reminds you that Nicole’s rough and hard exterior only serves to protect her incredibly soft heart.  I just love this character.  I may not like what’s coming for our Nicole Walker Dimera, but Zuker makes me want to hang in there and watch just for the performances.  GO GET ‘EM, Nicole!

All My Children –  O… M… G!!!!  Annie?  YIKES!  I know it was Annie Lavery carrying that bloody knife and wedding bouquet, last week, but honest to goodness, I just kept seeing Richie’s face.  If only the residents of Pine Valley knew then what they know now.  I was sorry to see Annie sacrificed on the doomed altar of Ryan and the oft-fleeing Greenlee, but I’ll have to thank the writers for letting Annie go away with a bang, and not a whimper.  I had such a grand time watching Annie act out the last scenes of ‘Whatever Happened To Baby Jane?” that I almost didn’t care whose blood was on the knife.

General Hospital. I’ve long since lost my stomach for General Hospital, but I have to say that  I didn’t mind the show last week.  Sonny’s descent into madness… correction:  Sonny’s CURRENT/LATEST descent into madness has been oddly entertaining.  Like so many times before, Sonny has been loathed to take the counsel of anyone else, save Jason, and he’s even lost that.  Now his actions may cost Jason the one person he cares about above anyone else, his son.  I’ve been uber disgusted with Elizabeth’s character.  I’ve never been a Jason and Elizabeth fan and can’t imagine that I ever will be.  In part because being with Jason is such a betrayal of everything Elizabeth has been about in the past (not to mention that her lie of a relationship with Jason cost poor Lucky so much).  Liz was always quick to point out what a bad mother Carly was, that Carly kept putting her sons in danger by being with Sonny. Now?  She sees firsthand what a life with a mobster is worth.  Will the writers pull the wool back from Elizabeth’s eyes?  Will she stop pretending that when Jason kills it’s ‘holy’ and ‘noble’?  Will she wonder why she traded in a man who lives on the RIGHT side of the law for the man who clings to the wrong side of it?  NAH!  It wouldn’t be General Hospital if that happened, right?

BTW, if I didn’t love the Robin-Patrick pairing, I would be seriously considering rooting on an Elizabeth-Patrick pairing… er, how HAWT were they?

As The World Turns. Brian/Lucinda/Luke… Oh dear.  Luke, in the driver’s seat.  Watching Luke make Brian uncomfortable?  PRICELESS.  “Grabby Grandpa Bad Touch” will learn to keep his hand to himself.   As much as I hate the idea of Brian deceiving Lucinda, I love the idea of Luke making Brian sweat a little.  Brian lost any appeal as a sympathetic character (at least in the short term) the moment he tried to make Luke believe he was both drunk and delusional, that he (Luke) misinterpreted the kiss.  I have to say that I wasn’t too keen to watch this storyline play out.  I’m sitting on the edge of my seat now.  I still think the writers are going with a sexual harassment storyline with this one.  Brian, so deep in the closet that even HE doesn’t know where he is, sexually harasses young men – those who are often the least powerful.  When they call him on it, he faults them, tells them they’re imagining things, that he was only being a friend.  Oh Brian, you picked the wrong man, this time.  Luke (and Noah) willl probably be the people who expose his past.  This should be good.  Take him down, boys, make him sorry for being the sleaze he is… until Lawrence Lau eats the dialogue the writers hand him, does that thing he does oh so well, and makes us all fall in love with Brian and actually feel sorry for him…

What did YOU love about your favorite shows this past couple of weeks?