Love Triangles – When Grandma/Grandpa goes wild!

Remember this:

Bad Day?  Your mother sleeps with the man you love.

Worse Day?  Your GRANDMOTHER sleeps with the man you love (Chelsea Brady, Days of Our Lives).  It sucks to have a hot grandmother, doesn’t it:?  Kate Roberts has never been the type to sit home and bake cookies.

Just be glad that… he didn’t sleep with your great-grandmother.  Dude, you just can’t live something like THAT down.

In the never ending quest to shock daytime viewers, daytime writers are riding the rails, folks!  It began with The Bold and The Beautiful.  The writers had originally planned for Eric Forrester to fall for Caitlin Ramirez,  the young woman his 16 year old had a crush on (btw, the grandson gained two years FAST, in the time the writers started planning the storyline).  We saw the lead in, Caitlin fawning over Eric’s talent as a designer – Eric, being flattered by the young girl.

Fans cried foul, and to the writers credit, they dropped the storyline.  It’s more likely the case that the actor cried foul and had more influence than the fans.  Either way, it died a quick death and daytime was all the better for it.

Days of Our Lives picked up the grandchild-grandparent relationship and ran with it.  Chelsea lost her hot Doc Daniel, to Grandma Kate.  It was a stunning reversal of daytime fortune in which mature women are typically dumped for younger vixens.  Still, it was a little creepy that a grandmother and granddaughter were competing for the same lover.

As The World Turns is taking the storyline one step further.  They’ve thrown a marriage into the mix – and this time, Grandma is ill, having lost the will to live because of the return of the breast cancer she thought she’d beaten the first time around!

At this time, it appears that Brian will share a kiss with a drunk and vulnerable Luke on the same night that he (Brian) marries Lucinda to give her the will to live.  Pssst… writers… seriously… WHAT?  What’s the point of that?  Throwing in Lucy’s cancer only adds fuel to the fire of a child/grandchild betraying a parent/grandparent.  That’s just one step too far.   Without Lucy’s illness, it would be one more storyline in a chain of storylines in which a child has betrayed a parent, intentionally or not.

There’s some precedent for a betrayal by a child (in this case grandchild) being forgiven – with the relationship moving forward successfully.  I’m not aware of any that have survived the betrayal of a ill loved one. There was GL’s Holly (mom)/Blake (daughter)/Ross (shared lover). Blake ended up married to Ross and they eventually had a family. Blake and Ross became one of the show’s supercouples. Holly wasn’t ill, of course.  Just angry.

Why couldn’t the writers simply create a love triangle that focuses on Luke and Noah, without the drama of an ill loved one?   I wrote this earlier, as well:

This kid is as rich as creases. He could fund his own gay film series and end up throwing enough cash around to have the university administration kissing his toes trying to get a small portion of his fortune.  Gimme more, writers, gimme more.

What would happen if Luke suddenly started behaving like the mogul he is?  What if his Lucinda gene (yeah, yeah, no biological tie) kicked in?  How would Noah react to the ‘new’ Luke?  What would happen if another young man from a powerful family came along and tried to woo Luke away from Noah? Noah, the kind and loving, up against an rich and devious snot how has images of merged fortunes dancing in his head?  Ruh roh!

Instead, we get a relationship that’s almost doomed to fail, and writers who’ll have an audience to ‘blame’ instead of a lack of foresight into how an audience would react to Brian and Luke’s kiss.  My hope is that Luke  (or Noah) destroys Brian for betraying Lucinda, the one person who’s loved him unconditionally.

IF Luke becomes so disgusted by this guy that he can’t stand the sight of him, and if Brian harassing Luke leads to Noah and Luke growing stronger, I could easily understand the value of the storyline. Maybe this is the thing that helps Nuke realize how much they really love one another and to move them to the next stage of their relationship.  Otherwise, I don’t know what will happen with the Luke and Brian.

There’s a tiny part of me that sees it as an act of cowardice, that it’s almost as if the writers want it to fail and would love to have the audience to blame for it, if ‘Lion’  (the name given to a possible Brian-Luke relationship) is rejected. I just don’t know what would make the writers believe this storyline would work.  If you have any idea, let me know.

The thing I’m MOST afraid of?  That this will become the new hot trend in daytime.  What’s next?  GL’s Daisy decides to kill two birds with one stone and go after Josh to pay back her mother AND grandmother (both of them having been involved with Josh before).  Oh, it could happen, soap fans, it could happen.

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Where the HELL have you been?

First, my apologies, most especially to the many of you who are loyal SandF readers!  I’ve been busy with the 2008 Presidential election and the aftermath!  Second, I’ve had a great time and I’m BACK BABY!

It looks like I came back just in time… there’s the good, the bad, and the just too ugly to believe.

The Good. Oh Sharon Newman Abbott, you GO GIRL, GO!  How much have you been loving the scenes of Nick and Sharon in Paris?  How much do you LOVE having Sharon tell Nick that after everything they shared, she will NOT become the other woman?  Ah, yes, and in one little line, Sharon has shown why she’s the BETTER woman.  Great job writers.  It was a moment to behold.

It would be so easy for Sharon to pay Phyillis back for sleeping with Nick while she was still mourning her daughter’s death Cassie’s death (apparently Nick Newman mourned his daughter’s death with his pants down, what a prince!).  Phyllis has never had a modicum of self-respect, so it wasn’t exactly a shock that she would sleep with Nick the way she did.  She took the cheap chick’s route.  Sharon took the woman’s route to love.  If Nick wants her, TRULY wants and respects her, let him ditch the travesty of a woman he cheated with and then married, FIRST.

I love that Phyllis got to see Nick gazing into Sharon’s eyes and knowing that he wasn’t thinking of her.  Is Newman a catch?  Uh, no, just like his father, but given what Sharon has had to endure at the joined hips of Nick and Phyllis, I don’t mind seeing Phyllis get hers, FIRST, and then have Sharon stick it to Nick, later… Writers, for ONCE, let a man have to crawl through broken glass, figuratively of course, before he wins back his true love.

The Bad. NO!  NO! NO! NO!  Aidan has been assisting Annie all this time?  Geez.  If only we’d had an inkling that Aidan was pathological before this.  To have him help Annie stage threats and a kidnapping?  Wow, writers, you really know how to kick an Aidan-lover when she’s down.  To think that I discussed how HOT I thought AMC was.  I’m still hoping the writers will pull this one off and there’s some catch to this storyline.  HEY, don’t knock my dreams, people.

Too UGLY to be believed. The Bold and the Beautiful.  Rick.  One word, so much pain.  Any storyline to do with this guy is painful.  Eric has to become an even bigger asshat than before.  (Who knew that was possible?).  Is there some point at which someone tells Rick to give up his pity party and to stop attacking Ridge’s ‘massive ego’ when it’s simply impossible to believe that Rick can see past his OWN ego to even get to Ridge’s?

He deceives his mother to elicit her sympathy.

He deceives his father to steal his company.

He deceives his family to try to get them to turn on Ridge.

And why?  Oh, that’s right, Taylor dumped him.  He is the great and powerful Rick so lying about paralysis and pain are legitimate tactics and completely appropriate when Rick does it.  He’s free to treat women like garbage, but whoa is the world should Rick have his tiny little…. heart…. broken.

What is the point of symbolically castrating a soap character, writers?  It’s effectively what you’ve done eiwth Rick.  His incessant whinging, crying, and lying leaves me wishing for the ultimate death scene for his character.  I’m back in denial and pretending that the BnB doesn’ exist most days.  I am simply unable to watch most of what the BnB has to offer these days (including Taylor including her children in her scams to try to win Ridge back.  EGADS!)  How’s that working out for you, Taylor?

So Ridge knows that Taylor is using their children to try to win him back and doesn’t care?  He doesn’t want her? For THIS, Rick is trying to ruin the lives of his mother, Ridge, his younger brother and sister?

OK, I will admit that this scene was a teeny bit priceless

The Odd Coupling – Bold and Beautiful

Eric wants Stephanie AND Donna to live with him? PLEASE, say it ain’t so  – let’s hope it’s just an ugly rumor.  Just a reminder writers, you’ve done this to us before.  Thorne asked Macy and Karen to live with him until he could decide which woman he wanted to spend his life with – ultimately choosing Macy.
I’m glad to know that the writers won’t let pesky little things like the changing times, or advances in women’s rights, hold them back.  It’s not bad enough that Stephanie has been written as the ‘older woman’ (i.e. woman his age) that Eric goes back to when he can’t have the young chippie he wants, it’s not bad enough that there was the ‘lose weight if you want him to love you’ storyline… no… the writers compound the sin of dragging Stephanie into the depths of soap hell by having her live in the same house as her ex-husband and the woman who crawled into her bed days after she left home to clear her head.

In the immortal words of Hall and Oates, “I can’t go for that, no-o–o, no can do”!

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She’s baaaaaack! ATWT-OLTL-BnB- YnR

Where to start, where to start!  OH!  I know!  I have news, folks!  You may miss the old boards from the now defunct, but much beloved, Total TV Online!  There is still a companion site (message board)  for the “Sound and Fury” blog.  You can access that site by clicking HERE.

As The World Turns

Carly is BACK, the Carly that so many fans have grown to love.  Carly is a cross between one of daytime’s greatest romantic heroines, and a walking disaster.  Today, we got to see a little of both, more of the former than the latter.  I believe that Carly has been sincere in her odd couple friendship with Janet.  There’s no malice between the two women and Carly wants to see Jack happy with Janet, for his sake, and that of their children.

The trouble is that despite her best efforts to do the ‘right’ thing, she finds herself in trouble every time.  I groaned a bit when she found herself getting hot and heavy with Jack.  Other than the family they share together (and yes, I’m including Parker and JJ as ‘theirs’), nothing good has come of Jack and Carly being together.  Each of those brief periods of time when they shared love and happiness were quickly replaced with some wild attack on Carly’s character, by Jack.  A little crying, a lot of clinging, and too much verbal abuse.

Even still, watching Jack and Carly fall back into bed wasn’t as shocking as I thought it would be.  They’re much too addicted to the self-inflicted pain not to keep going back for more.  It’s Carly’s guilt that was shocking.  That she pushed Jack to be upfront and let Janet know he was in the bedroom before he could stay her was brilliant.  That’s the girl, Carly.  Don’t let Jack pull his standard hit-and-run routine.  I’ll give the guy credit, he did score points by admitting that he’s been a judgmental jerk all these years, but he lost those points FAST by trying to sleep with Carly knowing he still had feelings for Janet.

To see him working on Carly, playing on the emotion she still had for him, and to then have him run back to Janet?  What a putz! Carly is much better off without the guy.  Jack thinks of himself, first.  He always has. If only the writers would hire an actor to play a credible love interest against MW’s Carly.   Brian, perhaps? I’m just not yet ‘digging’ this guy with Lucinda.  I think I’d rather seen John Dixon back, and paired with ‘Lucy Walsh’.  I miss John and Lucinda and their passion.  I have na ulterior motive for suggesting a Carly-Brian pairing.

Maybe Carly can distract Brian so that he STOPS telling Luke to avoid being ‘political’.  I find it hard to believe that Luke standing up for himself and supporting the Gay Film Festival would have a negative impact on his foundation.  (Uh, when did Oakadle U become ultra conservative?)  Brian needs a life… FAST!  Rather than telling Brian that she and Luke need him, it’s time for Lucy Walsh, cutthroat businesswoman that she is, to come back.  I miss her.  It’s time for the REAL Lucy Wlalsh to tell Brian to hit the bricks.   1 –  Lucinda has always had such a deep love for her grandson.  It’s hard for me to believe that she can’t see what’s going on with Brian, and what the potential impact is on Luke.  I just can’t see the writers as being true to her character if they continue to allow her to want Brian, in light of his treatment of Luke and Noah.  2 – Lawrence Lau is HOT, and I’d love to see his character out of such a creepy storyline where he’s trying to suppress Luke’s self-exploration.   Luke is finding his voice.  Brian is becoming increasingly less attractive trying to suppress it.

AND, since we’ve seen more of Kim this month than in the last several months (or so it seems), please make sure when you bring her back more frequently, writers, that you bring back the brilliant woman we’ve all loved for so long.  Kim was the victim of a mad stalker (Oh how I miss the days of the Douglas Cummings storyline). Hopefully she recognizes the signs soon, and works to help Katie with the Spencer incident.  Kim’s been there, done that.  I’d love to have her realize sooner, rather than later, that Katie has every right to be concerned.

Young and the Restless

Sharon, Sharon, Sharon, my friend.  You can’t make a good husband out of a man-whore.  Remember those words of advice.  I only regret that I forgot to include Nick Newman on my man-whore list, when I included his father.  (Read that HERE)  Nick hasn’t met a woman, throwing herself at him, that he doesn’t like.  Having said that?  I can’t help loving Nick and Sharon, despite the fact that he’s an unfaithful pig.  Nick and Sharon are their generation’s Nikki and Victor (er, without the pathology that has begun to pervade the Nikktor relationship).

Short of Nick’s cheating with slimey Grace Turner, and Phyllis (serving as Sharon’s ‘placeholder’), there was a genuine love and a sense of family that Nick and Sharon shared that neither has really had with their respective new spouses. For me, Phyllis will always be the woman who went to bed with a man while his wife was still grieving their dead daughter.  Nick and Phyllis’ relationship is at romantic as a zombie orgy (sorry, it’s close to Halloween and the commercials for haunted houses are getting to me).

What happens in Paris stays in Paris?  OH, let’s hope not.  Let’s hope that Nick does penance for being a complete idiot and cheating on Sharon, realizes what a horrible mistake he made, and goes home to his real family.   He needs to be with his true wife, Sharon.

Besides, the only time Phyllis was remotely interesting was when she was a freakin’ bad girl, and during her marriage to Jack.  Outside of that?  She hasn’t had much to offer.

One Life to Live

It’s been so good seeing Viki, so good in fact that I feel guilty having this small complaint:  Are fans to believe, that in a house the supposed size of Viki’s mansion, she wouldn’t notice that her basement had suddenly become MUCH smaller?  If there was enough space behind the sliding wall to build a ginormous room, complete with on suite bath, you’d think she’d notice SOMETHING was wrong.  EH! I don’t care, I’m just glad to have Viki back.  Now it’s time to reunite Viki and Clint… We’ve been so patient.

Viki must love the relationship between her sister, Tina, and “Jessica”/Tess getting along.  Oh, if only she knew! The most enjoyable part of One Life To Live (and dare I say the only watchable part of the show?) has been watching Tina and Jessica go at one another.  The only person tough enough, and devious enough, to handle Tess is Tina, and heaven help the show if/when Tina or Tess goes.

While Grand Dame Titans Tina and Tess are tearing each other apart, maybe the writers will let Viki serve up a little cold hard justice to brother, Todd.  You’d think that Todd would have learned his lesson from letting Blair think their son Jack was dead.  Now he’s planning to do the same to Starr, in order to take her child and raise it.  I get the saying that history repeats itself… I just don’t know why it’s always the LOUSY history that repeats itself in daytime.  Oh Viki, between Todd, Tina, and Tess, you have your work cut out for you.

Bold and Beautiful

Er, what? Taylor’s back to her lying, sneaky, and underhanded ways?  WELL!  No shock THERE folks!  I seem to remember THIS Taylor, the one scheming and plotting to get what she wants, and putting a ‘concerned’ face on it.  Let’s see, she advised Brooke to stay with Eric, for the children’s sake, even though Brooke was unhappily married to the man.  Then she (Taylor) pursued Ridge, the man Brooke loved – knowing Ridge loved Brooke and was waiting for her to leave Eric.
Taylor advised Eric to tell Stephanie their marriage was over and there was NO chance of him returning to her.. after she listened  to her ‘best friend’ cry about Eric not loving her… and then Taylor moved on Eric, herself.  Now she’s telling Ridge that the fates were probably keeping him and Brooke apart because they probably weren’t meant to be together.  Taylor, would those be the same fates that caused Ridge to walk out on YOU and not look back?  Funny how those fates only work against others, never against her.  Ah, hypocrisy.  The REAL Taylor is back… the “me first, me last, me always” Taylor.

You just can’t make this stuff up!

Wait, I’m wrong… you CAN!  First, Stephanie catches the woman who soiled her marital bed (Donna), fooling around with another man (Owen) – in their shared husband’s (Eric’s) house.  Donna is cheating in the very bed that Donna and Eric soiled… Um, YEAH, now that’s just all about the soapy goodness, right there!

So how do the writers top themselves?  (Oh, I KNOW, you’re probably thinking, ‘you just can’t top that’… HA!  When the BnB is naughty, it’s very VERY naughty!  It’s when it’s bad that it sucks… right now?  The show is oh so naughty!)

Click HERE!  Eric wakes up out of his coma, and without anyone knowing wheels himself down the hall and it now HIS turn to catch Owen and Donna in a dirty clinch.  Sometimes… I think the soapgods DO love soapfans.  More, writers, I want MORE!

Only a cheat like Donna could think that telling Eric that it’s not what it thinks, and that she cried over him, could make a difference.  That chippie is even more obscene than I thought.  I don’t know whose misery makes me giggle more, Donna’s or Eric’s.  Both are cheaters and both ended up getting a bit of a smackdown… Karma can be a bitch, it’s not just a cliche…  I thought soap moments like that were long dead.  I guess not!

Equally delicious?  The Forrester sibs bouncing Donna out on her ear, giving Owen the heave ho, along with her.  I’m sorry, but what kind of fool is Owen, exactly?  When a man catches you laying lips on his new bride, the last thing you want to do or say as a ‘defense’ is that his children have been trying to do her in from the moment he went under into his coma… Gee, that explains why you’re in his house, trying to sex up his wife in every bedroom in his house.  Shame on you Owen… NOW!  End the Owen-Donna mess and bring on Owen and Bridget!

OH, and if the writers would only resolve the baby Jack issue and get that kid back to its biological mother… Taylor?  Bridget?  ANYONE but Brooke!  Anything that binds Nick and Brooke is a BAD thing… it kills off the audience and kills off the show’s ratings.

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.

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).