Good Times, Happy Times…

From The Bold and The Beautiful:

What makes JOWEN work? Daytime has finally gotten it right.  While older men have been seducing and romancing younger women for decades, soaps have treated older women involved with younger men as desperate and emotionally weak women who cling to men who could never really love them.  Older women have served as bedmates and bank accounts to their younger lovers and little else (AMC’s Marian and Tad, ATWT’s Lucinda and Craig, for example).  Jackie Marone is a woman who is vivacious, seductive, and powerful.  She’s also in charge of her emotions and her bank account.  Owen is with her because he loves her, not because she pays for him.  I was most proud of the moment when Jackie realized that not even for Owen was she willing to attempt to become a mother again.  She was well on her way to becoming a grandmother and expected Owen to be the man he said he was when he married her – not someone who’d suddenly developed a passion for parenting.  She held firm to her desire to enjoy life and be the woman she’d always wanted to be and Owen realized that loving her was his only real passion.

What does JOWEN helps me forget? Pretty much all of the rest of the BnB – emasculated Forrester males genuflecting before their bitter ex-wives, the  Forrester family penchant for pimping their young (my 20 something kid can’t come home with spare change in his pocket without explaining where it came from – Steffy brings home a multimillioin dollar company that no one else could win back and everyone celebrates?).  Jowen helps me forget the inconsistency in writing – Stephanie Forrester is now a ‘heroine’ for ‘saving’ the company she gleefully helped Bill Spencer destroy?  JOWEN helps me forget the new lie that the Logans have ‘ruined’ FC when even Steffy bragged about how the company made money hand over fist thanks to the ‘Royalty’ collection beating out the JM’s ‘Indulge’ line.  JOWEN even helps me forget that the writers have been trying to find a place to force Sarah Brown’s “Sandy/Aggie” (Saggie) to fit and are undoing months/years of great work in the process.  In the end, even if Nick doesn’t end up with Sags – everything will have been undone for no reason at all.

From General Hopsital:

What makes Mac and Alexis work? Despite Alexis’ lapse of sanity leading her to sleep with Sonny Corinthos, both Mac and Alexis have both maintained their integrity in the long term.  There’s something so likable about both characters that the combined effect of their presence pushes my happy meter off the charts!  The writers have picked up on whatever the genuine quality is that John J. York and Nancy Lee Grahn lend to their lovelorn, law and order loving characters.  Scenes with Mac and Alexis tend to be a mixture of being sweet and funny.  While the couple doesn’t get nearly the screen time they deserve, they make you grateful for the screen time they’ve been given.  If the writers ever figure out that we need less of the doom and gloom, and more of the ‘heeeeyyyyyy’, this show could be on to something HUGE.  I’m most looking forward to the possiblity of Mac and Alexis bringing their families together -and opening the Scorpio home once again. Kristina and Molly would have a father/stepfather they could respect.  Kristina, especially, shows promise of joining Robin in being the future of soap heroines on a show that desperately needs them.  To have the Scorpio-Drake-Davis clans coming together could just give us the ‘balance’ this show has been lacking.

What does the Mac and Alexis pairing make me forget? Other than Scrubs, Maxelli, and the powerhouse acting of JJ’s Lucky and RH’s Liz… pretty much everything else… the soapgods have been good to me.

From the Days of Our Lives:

What makes Rafe and Sami work? What DOESN’T work about this couple?  I’ve been cautiously optimistic about Rafe and Sami.  I’m an old Lumi fan.  No one knows like a Lumi fan how Sami is capable of throwing real love away for the horror of a relationship with a man like EJ.   Rafe is one of the few men in Sami’s life (Lucas included) who actually loves her and wants nothing in return.  The writers have sold me on the idea that Rafe is the man who would love Sami even if she didn’t love him in return, and would never stop fighting for what’s in her best interest. With a man like EJ, loving her if she didn’t love him in return would mean forcing himself on her.  With a man like Rafe?  It means loving her from afar, protecting her at all costs, and laying his life on the line because the thought of a world without her in it is something he just couldn’t bear. I’m SOLD!  Count me in as a ‘SAFE’ fan!

AS IF that’s all DAYS had to offer:

What makes the Phillip/Melanie/Nathan triangle work? Each potential pairing impacts me as a viewer in different ways.  Why does Phillip even deserve a second chance?  If you made it to 7:40 into the video, you’d hear Phillip say, as part of his vows, that if she’d said that he was going to marry her about a year ago, he would have told her she was crazy… BINGO!  That’s the Phillip I’ve hated while Mel loved him.  That’s the man who always thought he was too good for her and that she was nothing more than a consolation prize whenever he lost ‘the good girl’ (Stephanie).  Mel, in return, admits to loving him from the beginning.  Despite the lopsided relationship they share, this is a couple with HEAT!  They are moths to a flame, and it’s hard not to watch when they’re together.  Mel and Nathan on the other hand?  What a delicious redux of Mel and Nicky.  This time, the smart and ‘geeky’ guy should win.  Melanie and Nathan remind me a great deal of Sami and Rafe.  Nathan is a man who knows Melanie at her core, and loves who she is – warts and all.  This triangle works because it seems possible for Melanie to be happy with either.  In the end, I have to give the edge to Nathan.   I tend to root for the good guy, and heaven knows that in soapdom, the good guy is always the underdog.

What do  Sami and Rafe as well as this triangle help me forget? Bo and Carly.  Carly’s incessant whining.  Hope being destroyed to try to force Bo and Carly. Carly and Daniel (See where this is going?)  That’s about it, though… everything else about DAYS simply ROCKS!

One Life to Live

While I’m generally not a fan of rap, something about Snoop is AMAZING and I love to see most of the cast together enjoying themselves and allowing us to enjoy them, the show, and this performance.

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The Cougar and The Kitten

For as much as I’m enjoying the beastly behavior of the BnB’s new bad girl, Steffy Forrester, someone has to clue me in as to why Owen would even consider  fooling around with  Steffy and risk losing his wife for her.  Sure, she’s young, but what else does she have to offer?

She’s not well-educated.

She’s not interesting.

She’s not accomplished.

She’s certainly not bright.

The only thing she has to offer Owen is sex, and let’s face it, given Jackie’s past and varied experiences, she can rock Owen’s world forwards and backwards.  As for Steffy, seriously, what man REALLY wants to go there with a woman whose first sexual experience was with the man she use to call ‘Uncle’ until just a few years before she slept with him? To make matters worse, “Uncle Rick” was using her after having already slept with her mother and having tried to sleep with her twin before that.  What a catch Steffy would be!

The only thing that makes Steffy remotely interesting is her status as a third generation hypocrite.  She, like her mother and grandmother before her, has spent her time judging other ‘less worthy humans’ for their actions.  It was just a few short weeks ago that Steffy was pointing her crooked finger at Brooke and proclaiming her a certain kind of woman, one who didn’t respect other people’s families and relationships.  Oddly enough, she was sitting in judgment of Brooke while trying to break up Brooke’s family.  It’s a good thing for Jackie that she’s not married to a relative of Steffy’s… a least not a relative Steffy would be comfortable sleeping with, because familial relationships mean nothing on this soap and for Steffy intra-familial loving draws her like a moth to the flame.   If Jackie was married to a distant enough relative, there would be no stopping Ms. Steffy, who wouldn’t let go until she had him.  As it stands, she’ll probably grow bored of Owen by the time the newest ‘near relative’ hits town.

No matter where the writers take Jackie and Owen in the future, I want Jackie to at least have an early victory over smug homewrecking Steffy (wasn’t that what Steffy called Brooke, or how she thought of her?  Ah, sweet irony!)  I would like to see the ‘older woman’ win at least once.  Stephanie Forrester, for obvious reasons, never had that victory – but she was a different kind of woman.  She as filled with anger and vitriol.  She was cold and aloof, and had little time to return the love she was given — she was too fixated on her obsessions, most especially her Logan obsession.  Jackie is warm, and loving, and cares deeply and passionately for those she around her. That a woman like Jackie regardless of her age would lose out to a dim bulb like Steffy is almost inconceivable.

Jackie’s very existence is antithetical to that of Steffy’s.  Where Steffy still lives off the graces of her parents, Jackie controls an empire of her own making.  Where Steffy is maze dull, Jackie is a bright woman (who occasionally does dumb things – Deacon).  Steffy thinks the world revolves around her and her needs and desires.    Jackie can be misguided, but her focus is on what she believes she needs to do to make others happy.   Hands down, Jackie is the winner.  Steffy?  Not so much.

Daytime Traditions I Miss

Guiding Light:  The Bauer 4th of July celebrations.   There was always some secret on the verge of being told to the Bauer and friends crowd – which was typically all of Springfield.  There were always two characters trying to avoid making eye contact so that no ohine would know they’d been together. Someone hiding behind the covered trellises hiding from or spying on someone in the crowd.  There was the salacious part of the 4th celebrations, but even MORE than that, there were the Bauers and the people who loved them.  Springfield seemed peaceful, and lovingly ‘normal’, despite the secrets, if only for a day.  Fans still miss Maureen, but to have Papa “Doc” Ed, Michelle, Rick, and their respective spouses and children back for this one last July 4th celebration would be wonderful.

As The World Turns:  The Memorial Day picnics.  See ‘Bauer 4th of July’ celebration and read Lynn Liccardo’s treatment of the topic by clicking HERE

The Bold and the Beautiful:  I miss the rival fashion shows.  Forrester had a show and Spectra countered. Spectra held a show and Forrester countered.  Now?  There’s JackieM’s (whose success is in large part due to stolen designs from Forrester) and ????….NOTHING.  Rather than a lot of scandalous pseudo-incestuous lovin’ and some great fun thanks to fashion showdowns, we’re stuck with just a lot of pseudo incestuous lovin’.

General Hospital:  The Nurses Ball.  Given the way the ball started -with Stone’s death and Robin revealing her HIV status, what a wonderful tribute it would be to those who are living with AIDS/HIV to have Robin come back as MC as a symbol of someone with the disease living an enriched life.  Hope is NOT lost!  Robin was a teen when she contracted the disease.  Today, she’s a physician, a loving mother and wife, and a pillar of her community. 

     I also loved that in the past, the cast came together and the actors we loved were allowed to step out of the comfort zone of the characters they played to give us just a bit of themselves, as well.  (Shallow alert:  WHAT could top the Lucy Coe costume changes as entertainment? Terrific.)

Days of Our Lives:  Sean and Caroline, Marlena and John.  I don’t care what the holiday/event is, something seems to be ‘missing’ with DOOL.   As long as Sean and Caroline/Marlena and John are gone, it’s not the real DAYS.

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.

The devil (in high heels) made him do it

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

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

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

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

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

Katie: You really mean that?

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

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

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

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

Katie: (Sniffles)

Katie: (Sighs)

Nick: I’m sorry if I’ve upset you.

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

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

Katie: (Sighs) but what about everything else–

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

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

And then there’s this:

Katie: You’ve pledged your life to bridget.

Nick: I have.

Katie: And she deserves all of you.

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

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

Nick: We are.

Katie: (Sighs) this is just so complicated.

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

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

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

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

LOSER!

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

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

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