All Soaps: Women in Daytime, Vol. 1

As the World Turns:  The mess that is Molly Conlan!

The biggest mistake the BnB writers made is under-utilizing the skills of Lesli Kay.  It’s almost as if the writers had forgotten why they risked  squandering the show’s credibility to bring ‘Felicia Forrester’ back from the brink of death – after she’d been diagnosed with a metastasized form of late stage colon cancer.  The character was worth saving because of the new life Kay breathed into the character – literally and figuratively.   Not only had Felicia made the most miraculous recovery known in soap history, but she was then ushered to the backburner almost as quickly as she healed.  I’d count the Felicia-Dante-Bridget triangle as a frontburner storyline if it hadn’t ended so aruptly.  Most of Felicia’s time, following that,  had been reduced to a limited string of appearances at Forrester Creations, her family’s company, whining and crying about her father’s marriage to Donna Logan and wanting her parents to get back together for the sake of the family.  Not exactly an appealing storyline for a woman heading into midlife.

Along comes ATWT to the rescue!  The writers there had big plans for LK.  Reprising her role as Molly Conlan would bring a bit of new blood through a familiar face to the show, and allow Molly to serve as the linchpin for bringing Jack Snyder and Carly Tenney Snyder back together.  Jack would find Molly in an awful mess of her own making, and have to call Carly to help her.  Our Molly was involved with a shifty politician who promised to leave his wife and children to be with her.  She finds out that he lied (shocking, a lying politician, I know!).  Instead, he plans to run for Governor for the state of New York, relying on his ‘valued family’ to help him get elected.  Like any person scorned, Molly has to decide whether to let go or get even… and because her name is Molly Conlan, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that she decided to get even.

Delicious, right?  It would have been except the writers took the cheap route with this storyline.  Molly whined, and cried (poor LK!) and then decided to throw away a successful career as an evening anchor by outting the guy as a liar an cheat while on air.  It felt petty, and cheap, and that Molly hadn’t taken any responsiblity for the fact that of her own free will,  she’d become involved with a man who was cheating on his wife, and demeaning his relationship with his children.  It’s not that I wanted Molly to suck down her humiliation and move on with her life, the guy was a jackass and deserved to have his ass handed to him.  It would have been sweet, however, to watch an intelligent, calculating  Molly take him down instead of a vengeful, childlike Molly getting even in the worst way possible.    Why couldn’t she have called ‘Mr. Big’ back to her office to show him the videotape footage she has of the two of them together?  She could have warned him that the video would become public if he ever decided to seek office, anywhere, at any time.  She could have packed her bags and taken off to Oakdale to start her life over, wanting to get away from the stinkin’ memories she had of her life there.

Instead, the writers gave us an image of an ‘unsuspecting wife’ and blameless children, followed by Molly making them all victims of  their affair – out of anger and impulse.  Even worse, we’re to believe that Molly is so clueless that she doesn’t understand why she was losing her job, spewing allegations of an affair that her bosses hadn’t had time to substantiate.  I think we were supposed to view that as evidence that poor Molly was just a helpless woman living in a man’s world; she was betrayed by her married lover and then fired by a station manager when she was only ‘reporting the news’.  I gotta’ tell you, whining and crying Molly has me already longing for the return of whining and crying Felicia.  LK may get more airtime on ATWT, but her character on BnB was at least a little more complex.

I’m willing to give the ATWT writers time to prove me wrong… PLEASE!  LK is a spitfire and we need another smart, tough woman on the show.  Let NY Molly leave the weak  behavior behind.

Days of our Lives:  Team Nicole Reporting

Who didn’t know this moment had to happen?  Even as part of Team Nicole, it was clear to me that this day was coming and that it was only right that Sami found out that Sydney was her baby.  The only mystery left was whether EJ would stand by Nicole or turn on her for her duplicity.  When it comes to Ej, Nicole is like: a moth to a flame?  A fly clinging to poo? (my vote is the latter) WHAT does Nicole see in the guy?  She made HIM a better person.  He did nothing for her but make her feel inferior, as if she was only the understudy in a marital play he was producing.  He was only waiting for his ‘lead star’ to return.  Still, much of this storyline will be about Nicole begging Ej’s forgiveness.  You know… Ej.. the man who ordered a hit on Phillip Kiriakis , one that nearly cost Stephanie (Brady) Johnson her life.  Yes, Nicole has to hope and beg, and pray that the man will forgive her and still love her.  She has to worry whether Ej, the man who raped Sami the first time he got her pregnant, and then lied to get her into bed the second time he got her pregnant, would forgive HER for trying to keep his child from being raised by strangers.

I’ve always tried to figure out the logic behind that storyline.  It’s not like Sami doesn’t ALREADY share a child with Ej, one who spends time with him.  Why would she give up a second child with the man?   Sydney-Grace would be the ‘safe’ child, but their son would be the damaged one?  It’s ultimately this bizarre act that led Nicole to concoct the scheme to steal Sami’s (then unwanted child).  In the dark spaces that fill Nicole’s tragic mind, she believed that she could help Ej by making sure he got to raise a child he would otherwise have never known.  Nicole cried holding Ej’s baby, and vowed to love her as if she’d given birth to her, and she kept that promise.  She cried because she didn’t want EJ to know the heartbreak she’d felt by having him lose a second child.  Unfortunately for Nicole,  Sami later decided to keep ‘her’ child and the die was cast.  It was too late, she felt, to go back and admit what she’d done.  Grace’s death only made it even more impossible for Nicole to step up – when it should have in fact made it easier.

It’s at that point that Nicole’s behavior was no longer ambiguous.  It’s at that point that Nicole could have stopped worrying about Ej running off to try to be with  the woman he violated, and cared more about easing his pain over the thought of having lost a daughter he’d never had the chance to know.  it should have been the confession that would have freed her soul.  As twisted as Nicole’s actions were before, it was esaier to bleieve that she was protecting her husband and that her concers for saving her marriage was only secondary to her need to make Ej’s life easier, happier ,and filled with sunshine even as her own life crumbled.

In the end, losing Ej would be a blessing in disguse – I don’t think anyone expects Ej to stand by Nicole for long – if at all.  A complex character like Nicole Walker (soon to not be Dimera) makes you want to root for her in spite of yourself.   Losing Ej would mean that Nicole would be free to be with someone who would want to make HER life easier, happier, and filled with sunshine.   She could be with someone who would love her first, and not be willing to toss her aside for the fantasy of living a blissful married life with the object of his obsession.  I’m still part of team Nicole, and hope there’s a payoff for those of us who are tired of watching Nicole demean herself for men who were never worthy of her.

Bold and Beautiful: The Lost Generation

A discussion began on a Bold and Beautiful board about Phoebe’s death, questioning why the writers decided to kill the character off.  Many of us have been asking the same question.  In the long run, there doesn’t seem to have been any real benefit to having the character destroyed.  There also doesn’t seem to be a formula for determining which characters are killed off in daytime and which live,  is there ever an objective assessment of what the long term impact is of killing off characters?

The ever stellar Lesli Kay’s Felicia was saved after ‘dying’ from stage 4 colon cancer.  Despite the improbable odds that Felicia could be saved and make a full recovery.  LK brought so much to the role of Felicia that her resurrection made sense.  It would have continued to make sense had  the writers then used the character or something other than window dressing for the rest of the  time she was onscreen.

Given the choice, I would have selected at least three or four other characters whose deaths would have better served the show than Phoebe’s death.  The only seeming long term effect of her death seems to have been the long term damage to a generation of  Logan-Forrester  legacy characters. The short term  fall out from the character’s death was marvelous!  Ridge tapped into emotions that even he didn’t know he had.   Brooke and Ridge were tested in a way that seemed to make it clear that they had whatever it took to survive any storm, even one as big as this – Rick is her son, but also Ridge’s his brother/nemeis and Phoebe is his daughter, Brooke’s beloved stepdaughter.  The writers then blew the BRidge relationship to soaphell (later recovering nicely).

The other short term event that played out nicely?  Rick had to face the fact that his hatred and spiteful behavior, contributed to Pheebs’ death. Even if he didn’t cause the accident he was responsible for the pain and anger she was feeling before she died.  It was tragic and poetic, but it went no where fast!  Rick became even more malevolent.  He became angrier and even more controlling and no one connected to feelings of guilt or anxiety linked to his role in Phoebe’s death.  Instead, Rick became a malignant narcissist and taunted his brother Ridge for his pain, he slept with Phoebe’s twin, informed Ridge that twin Steffy’s  ass was ‘his’, he stole from his family, and even told Ridge to say goodbye to his ‘other daughter’.  It would have been  a typical villain’ s act,  had the writers wanted us to view Rick as a villain.  BnB writers have a magnificent penchant for turning characters who would be villains in any other format into simply ‘misunderstood’ people (see Stephanie Forrester, who’s only counterpart is Hels Cassadine, GH).  Only, I consider it confusing and not so maginificent.

It would have been great for this to have been bratty Rick’s transformational moment and for him to have become a better person. I would have liked to have seen a complex, layered Rick struggle with wanting to support his mother, fight for HER happiness instead of her fighting for his – even with a man he couldn’t stand, and feeling troubled by the fact that supporting Brooke could hurt taylor and her brood. He could have been overwhelmed by the guilt of not wanting to cause them any more unhappiness. The guilt could have caused Rick psychological distress and he could have had some sort of genuine breakdown (a soapy approach to DID = multiple personality disorder? Depression and suicidal behavior? or A psychotic break?)

The storyline could have led to some sort of growth for taylor.  Instead of using Pheebs death to try to get back into Ridge’s bed, she could have had a crisis of faith. She could have become openly angry and vengeful and gas-lighted a psychologically frail Rick (rather than the passive manipulator she has always been). Who could blame her for hating him AND herself for letting Rick into their lives? It would make sense of her lie that Rick ‘took advantage’ of her. That lie would have become part of the game. She could have gone so dark that even satan’s handmaiden would have become afraid of her and the twist would have been watching Stephanie protecting Rick from taylor, for BOTH of their sakes.

Imagine, instead of Brooke and Ridge fighting over her protecting Rick, that they fought over Brooke trying to protect Rick from taylor!  Ridge would be too consumed with guilt to worry about whether taylor was actually setting Rick up to become even more divorced from reality and possibly setting Rick up to either hurt himself or at least institutionalized for the rest of his life. Even if he knew she was, his love for Broke would be in conflict for his desire to see revenge and he might let taylor continue on (not caring that she was being destroyed in the process). He wouldn’t help her, he just wouldn’t stop her.

A new woman would be cast for Rick to date many months after Pheebs died, but he would still have a hard time getting close to her because he would believe that he was undeserving of happiness. He’d end up seeing Pheebs dying every time he tried to get close to her. She’s the one would figure out hat taylor was setting Rick up and stop her. Rick would eventually recover, unable to hate taylor because of Pheebs

taylor would end up in the position she wanted to put Rick in and is institutionalized for the next 30 years – where soap time = real time!  Brilliant!

That’s what would have played out for me over the next year, instead of the pimping of Phoebe’s ghost for sex, the fighting between BRidge, Steph setting up her vulnerable son, Tommy boy bombing cars on public lots, Rick and Steffy having sex, and pretty much everything else that played out after she died.  Of the current generation of Logan-Forrester kids, only Bridget is left with the potential to be a heroine and likable.

I’m both excited by AJ’s Bridget being in an upcoming frontburner storyline with Sarah Joy Brown’s Sandy Sommers, and concerned.  The only BnB characters who can remain likable for long periods of time are often those the writers haven’t concentrated on.  With the spotlight on ‘Budge’, I’m going to have to count on Ashley Jones to navigate the character through disjointed dialogue, inconsistent plots, and the most improbable of situations.  Her Bridget is the last of her kind, the last likable character of her generation on Bold.

William DeVry – NuNotStorm Logan? YnR Tie-In?

It’s unfortunate that a phenomenal actor like William DeVry, who was a significant part of the BnB’s success winning it’s first and only ‘Best Drama’  Emmy,  will no longer  be a part of the show!  There are so many unexplored storylines involving Storm – including finding out where he’s been all this time and what he’s been doing.  We know that he saved Donna, once, when she was sexually harassed while working in San Francisco.  We knew virtually nothing else about a character who was such an integral part of the Logan family’s life during the early days of this soap.  I’ve thought about how the writers COULD bring William DeVry back… as Storm’s twin!

(I KNOW, I KNOW, the writers just offered the Owen’s twin storyline.  It, however, was weak and I’m willing to pretend it NEVER happened.  Heck, I didn’t even see ‘Casper’ and I yawned about the character showing up when I read about him).

What if, during a family vacation in Paris, Beth Logan keeps mentioning how both babies were crying the day that Storm was born. Everyone would think it’s just Beth’s AD causing her to remember things that didn’t happen, or that she’s just confused about the babies in the nursery.  She’s insistent that she heard two babies cry when Storm was born.  All would think that she was slipping, especially since she doesn’t mention hearing two babies cry when she’s lucid.

As a former physician, Bridget starts to realize that these memories appear to be real.   Beth was never told she was carrying twins,  and was given only one baby when she woke up.  Because fathers weren’t usually in the delivery room at the time, Stephen never knew there was another child, either.   Shortly after they realize Beth’s memories are real, they all find out that the OB/GYN who delivered Storm is arrested for selling infants on the black market, something he’s been doing for over 40 years.

Let’s make this a HUGE storyline.  We can use it as a crossover!

Soaps are known for indulging impossible odds, so what if this storyline becomes a YnR/BB crossover that solves TWO mysteries?  Veteran YnR viewers will remember the BnB’s  Darlene Conley’s role as Rose DeVille many years ago.  She was the baby broker who stole Nina Chancellor’s child after she changed her mind about giving her baby up for adoption.  Phillip has a slightly older sister out there somewhere.  It’s time for him to meet her.

Why not tie the two shows together when we find out that the doctor who delivered Nina’s child is the same who delivered the Logan boys ?  In fact, it’s because Nina’s daughter traced her family history that she found out she was a stolen child.  Her parents knew they paid for her, they just  never knew she was stolen.  They thought it was a privately arranged adoption.  This storyline brings new complexities to relationships on the YnR AND the BnB.

Regarding the BnB: The Logans would have to adjust to a brother they never knew, one who has the face of the brother who’s tragically taken his own life.

Katie’s trauma over having Storm’s heart starts up again – the guilt.  He took his life to save hers.  Bill is there to help her through it.  She won’t get too involved with her new ‘big brother’ because it’s too painful. She remains focused on her relationship with Dollar Bill.

Beth gets to be reunited with the son she never knew she had before the AD progresses.

Stephen swears to be a better father to (NuNotStorm) than he was to Storm.

Bridget, Brooke, and Donna have a hard time connecting to the new family member… they don’t believe it’s possible that he’s really Storm’s twin and decide to investigate him. They find out that he is a Logan, but they also find out a number of other things about him that put everyone at risk… but what ARE his secrets? (Let’s leave that one for the writers)

As for Donna, what happens if she ends up connecting with Marcus’ father because he knew Storm as a friend,  and understands even better than Eric why this is all so hard for her.  What if the doctor who delivered Storm delivered all of Beth’s children, and even Donna’s son Marcus?  Could NuNotStorm be connected to the Logan family in a way that even HE didn’t know about?… I think you see where I’m going!

C’mon BnB writers, go for broke!  You wouldn’t need to do another (critically panned) back-from-the-dead storyline that damages the integrity and reputation of your show.  Give us a little intrigue, a crossover with the YnR , and bring back one of the best things to happen to the BnB in quite a while.  As an aside, once LK’s stint at ATWT is over,   Felicia Forrester will need something to do… and getting to know the show’s new bad boy wouldn’t hurt!

BnB history – circling the drain

Anyone else think it would have been a phenomenal  tip to BnB history to have Jake  McClain set the fire and plant the bomb in Rick’s car?  I’m typically not a fan of  ‘making crazy’ with typically sane characters and especially when they’re veteran characters.  What would motivate him to do it?  Jake was an actual incest victim.  His uncle sexually assaulted him when he was a child and let him believe that his father molested him.  He left home as a young man and didn’t see his parents again until adulthood – when he realized the truth about Uncle Charlie.  He lost more than a decade with his parents. 

Imagine that his parents have just died.  Imagine that he’s been experiencing depression – and being socially and emotionally isolated, he throws himself into his work .  Jake is always skulking around and must see more than he cares to (like Donna walking the halls of FC in lingerie during a work day).    One late night, he sees Rick and Steph fooling around in Rick’s office, or maybe the night of the fire, he went to deliver papers from FC to the beach house.  He gets there and realizes that Rick is deflowering Steffy.  Even though Rick and Steffy aren’t blood relatives, they’re close enough.  Rick’s  father is HER grandfather.  He believed he was her uncle as she was growing up.   Jake is aware of how close they were as a family.   Experiencing Posttraumatic Stress Disorder because of his own abuse, and his parents’ deaths, coupled with witnessing with Rick- and it would make sense that Jake set the fire that night, and plant the car bomb shortly after. 

His breakdown, of course, would lead to Margo’s return.  Her return paves the way for his recovery, but also for other storylines.

I’m thinking of a Margo/Nick/Felicia/Bill Spencer Jr. quadrangle (yeah yeah Margo  was married to Bill Spencer Sr!  This is the BnB, Rick is sleeping with the girl he use to babysit, for pity’s sake.  Margo is ‘normal’ by this show’s standards)… Clarke would have nothing  in common with Margo, any more and would end up dating Jackie who feels threatened by Margo’s presence. 

We could have scenes of Pam bonding with Jake (who she treats as her own child) over the fact that they’ve both had troubled histories related to mental health.  Pam’s watched her sister’s years of abuse by their father.  Jake could open up to Pam about his own abuse.  Some of their bonding moments would be tender, some comedic as they delight in the reaction of others around them and ‘tweek’ FC employees how are afraid of them.  What would happen if DONNA fell for Jake after a period of time?  How could his surrogate mother handle that?

So many lost opportunities with this storyline!   I starting thinking about  what I would do differently after one little line, believe it or not.  It began with Jake’s phone call to Rick, telling him to have a good time with Steffy at the beach house… W.T.H!?!?!?  That one line left me speechless. 

I thought it was odd that JAKE, of all people, was supporting Rick and Steffy. It’s hard to believe the writers remember this guy’s history and still had him supporting the gruesome twosome.  At least they gave us scenes of Steph handling Rick HER way.  That almost made up for it.

The pain begins 2:50 minutes in:

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.

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.

Rooting for the Anti-Hero

There are so few TRUE villains left in daytime any more.  DOOL’s still has Stefano.  I’m sure the Cassadines are lurking the shadows of Port Chuckles, but TPTB of GH seem to have no use for them right now.  The same GH writers refuse to label Jason and Sonny “bad guys” and have instead treated them as ‘anti-heroes’.  Anti-heroes aren’t exactly ‘heroes’.  They’re often dark characters who fall just shy of this side of morality or legality, and often lack remorse.  Sometimes, during their dark times, they just happen to do something good, engage in an action that helps someone else.  Don’t thank them, or even acknowledge that they’ve done something decent or human.  You’ll only anger them.  

Today’s anti-heroes don’t have the same level of emotional depth or sheer intellect of yesterday’s soap villains, but they’re still FUN, when they’re not completely slimy.  The two anti-hero/bad boys who’ve left me totally captivated are

1.  The BnB’s Owen

2.  GL’s Billy Lewis

Owen… Who wouldn’t root for a character played by the uber delicious Brandon Beemer?  The man is seven kinds of sexy on his worst days, and he holds nothing back when onscreen and in character.  What makes Owen an anti-hero (at least so far) is that his seemingly self-serving actions actually seem to be benefiting  poor ridiculous Donna.  Her husband is in a coma.  She’s just ousted her stepchildren (one of whom in an ex-boyfriend, another an ex-fiance) from the family company.  Her sister has walked out on her and won’t help her run the company she’s taken over.  The fashion world thinks she’s a tart.  She’s a failed model with a reputation for being more of the ‘pole dancer’ than ‘private dancer’ type… well, you get the picture.

Owen has managed to make Donna feel good about herself.  Sure, Eric does too, but his praise for Donna stems from her complete adoration of him.  She makes HIM feel good.  She makes HIM happy.  She makes HIM feel young. She gives HIM all the sex he wants — hence the viagra-coma.  Eric rarely has anything to say to Donna that isn’t indirectly about him.  Owen, so she believes, sees her and believes in her ability to do anything  – accentuating the  point of how wonderful he thinks she is with a big sloppy kiss (take that  viagra-swilling, wife-dumping, comatose husband!).  Awww… very ‘Bridget Jones’.

Confused, frightened, and alone, Donna has no one to turn to but our Owen Knight – and he’s played a role in making sure of that!  Clearly the man has his own agenda.  Is his agenda  an anti-hero agenda in sticking it to what he sees as pampered and angry Forrester sibs who seem to want more than he thinks they’re entitled to?   OR is it an villain’s agenda, one that begins with convincing Donna that she deserves to run the company and ends with Owen either owning FC, or emptying Donna’s bank accounts.  While I SHOULD feel sorry for Donna, if I happens, I won’t.  

Anti-hero or villain, I’m anxiously awaiting Owen’s next move.

Bill Lewis.  Yes, Yes, he’s stolen a mansion and small fortune from Alan Spaulding, but let’s face it, Alan isn’t such a nice guy either.  It’s a classic anti-hero move.  The bad guy makes the even WORSE guy finally pay up for causing others misery.  I cheered on Lizzie (Alan’s granddaughter) and Bill as a couple.  Bill wasn’t trying to make Alan’s life even more miserable.  I cheered them on because it’s been a long time since GL has had a couple with the same cosmic chemistry as Reva and Jeffrey, Reva and Josh, Gus and Harley, Beth and Phillip, you name it.  Bill and Lizzie had it all, and then Bill threw it all away. 

Political ambition got the best of him and anti-heroine Ava gave him the opportunity to pimp a ‘ready made family’ as the picture perfect way to start his political career.  That Ava lied and told him the child she was carrying his, and neglected to tell him she’d visited a clinic to be inseminated?  Eh, minor detail.  That she was wrong, the insemination didn’t work and she was pregnant by a man with whom she’s had a continuing close “friendship”?  Ok, major detail, but not insurmountable.  So what?  It’s ‘HIS’ family, now.  That the child’s father is African-American and Bill is not?   Ok. NOW someone’s got some explainin’ to do!

If you’ve been watching GL this past week, you know that Bill still thinks of Remy’s son, Max, as ‘his’, and is unwilling to give him up to his biological father.  Besides, the governor is ok with it… and isn’t that all that matters?  Nothing will deter Bill from his run for office!  But here’s the problem.  Bill has decided that he and Ava should tell everyone that they couldn’t have  child on their own.  They used a clinic.  There was an ‘error’ at the clinic.  The clinic made a ‘mistake’.  That would explain the fact that the child is African-American/Biracial.  

I could believe that Bill really does love that child if the writers hadn’t chosen that language: “mistake”, “error” and adding that the govenor is “ok” with it.  MAN UP, you wanker!  If the writers want to continue to portray Bill as the ‘anti-hero’, slipping toward ‘decent man’, let him love Max and want him for the right reasons.  The writers have to realize that right now, he’s reading poorly with that incredibly insensitive dialogue.  It has the potential to move him into the ‘villain’ column pretty damned quickly.  To further move him to the ‘hero’/”good man” column, have him tell the truth.  There’s a novel idea!c Have him admit that he knew his wife was pregnant with a child that wasn’t his before they married and it didn’t matter.  He could then lie and claim that he married her out of love.  Can you imagine the press conference if he keeps up the clinic lie?

Reporters: 

  • Mr. Lewis, you say that you and your wife wanted a child and that you couldn’t have one on your own so you sought artificial insemination.  Yet, your wife was inseminated before you were engaged.  Had you decided to wait until it was clear she could carry a child before you decided to marry her?
  • Mr. Lewis, you were dating Lizzie Spaulding at the time your now-wife was being inseminated.  Why were you dating while creating a family with another woman? 
  • Are you still denying that the recently published photos of you and Lizzie Spaulding are innocent?
  • Which are we to believe, Mr. Lewis? 
  • Were you toying with Ms. Spaulding as part of your vendetta against her grandfather?
  • Which of your various stories do you want the voting public to believe, sir?
  • If you’re not honest about something like this, Mr. Lewis, how can the public trust you?

Let’s hope the writers pen such a conference for Bill Lewis.  I’d love to see Remy reunited with his son, and Ava (should the actress ever return- or if the character is recast!).  Little Max shouldn’t end up with someone who is content to tell the world he is a ‘mistake’ or ‘error’.  Max deserves better.