Just Because… Guiding Light

Watching the clips below, it’s hard to imagine that former GL writers didn’t know what they had, and didn’t build on the history of one of the show’s longest running supercouples.  I don’t mind when new writers want to come in and put their own stamp on a show.   It often creates a ‘freshness’ that long running shows need.  I just hate when they do it at the expense of the audience and when “their own stamp” means ripping soul mate couples apart, reconstituting them as part of new ‘pseudo soul mate’ pairs and trashing the history of the show in the process.   Even still, while  I never thought I’d say this after Wheeler took over GL, but I miss the show.  Daytime still isn’t the same without The Guiding Light.

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WHY GL soapgods, WHY? (Spoiler included)

Jeffrey/Reva/Josh

According to the Nelson Branco’s Suds Report, it’s highly likely that Jeffrey O’Neill is Edmund Winslow’s killer.   If that’s the case, WHY is Jeffrey willing to let Reva serve a single day in jail rather than turn himself in?  Are we to believe he’s so angry at Reva for protecting Josh and Shayne that he’d willingly heave her there, separated from Colin –  the son she’s barely spent time with since his traumatic birth and her cancer treatments?

If so, the writers have managed to do the impossible.  They’ve lowered my opinion of Jeffrey.  I once thought of him as a much better man than Josh… I  KNOW!  Crazy, huh?  All I can say is that I was experiencing ‘Cassie Winslow Rage’.  The thought that Josh would prefer Cassie to Reva left me a little soapfan loopy, but I’m better now.  Hey, thanks for asking!

While I no longer believe that Jeffrey and Reva belong together, or that they could come close to ever replacing ‘Bud’ and ‘Sister’, the writers have at least continued to try to sell Jeffrey as loving Reva above all others.  If Jeffrey is the killer, that’s all out the window.  He officially loves himself MORE and would only do what he had to to save Reva as long as it costs him nothing.

OH, and for those of you who aren’t GL fans ‘Bud’ is Reva’s loving nickname for Josh.  ‘Sister’ was Hawk Shayne’s nickname for his daughter, Reva.  If you thought Bud was dating his ‘sister’, you just might be a BnB fan!

James/Daisy/Phillip

“James Spaulding” is such a great character, and the actor (Zack Conroy) is PERFECT. He looks and sounds like a young Phillip Spaulding (Grant Aleksander).  If you told he me was related to Grant Aleksander, I’d believe it without batting an eyelash.  Conroy, if this show had more time, would have been able to turn the character into a real heartthrob! In fact, I have no doubt that he still can.

So… WHY have the writers decided to turn James into a ‘Grady clone’ just for Daisy’s sake!??! In the time that’s left, I’m not interested in a half-wit Bonnie and Clyde storyline for these two characters. When Daisy smarted off to Phillip today, she made me long for the highly unstable  Phillip Spaulding who existed several year ago. HE would have known how to deal with her in a way that might not have been exactly legal or moral, but who’s complaining?  Sorry folks, I know this is harsh, but if only Daisy was holding Grady’s hand when he went off that cliff… <sigh> Problem solved!

Natalia/Frank/Olivia (and Rafe)

Did the judge actually tell Natalia that because there was no male role model at home, Rafe couldn’t go home with her? I feel like I’m hallucinating.  What freakin’ calendar year is this!??!  Frank had to agree to be Rafe’s substitute papa just to help get the kid out of jail?  Of all the contrived plots GL has managed to weave into one continuous joke of a show (at times) this was the WORST.

So what’s next?  A triangle with Frank/Natalia/Olivia before Otalia even gets off the ground?  Rafe leaves home and goes to live with Frank out of disgust that his mother is in love with Olivia?  Frank has to being Rafe and Natalia back together?

If you believe in Otalia, you’re going to have to help me out, fellow soapers.  After the judge’s idiotically sexist and outdated comments, I’m losing faith in the writers.  Shame on you, GL writers.  This one stretches the bounds of credibility and is offensive.  Rafe is LEGALLY an adult.  There’s no reason for him to need a ‘male role model’ in the home to be released.

One.step.too.far.

The Boudreau Clan

Wish we could have had MORE of the Boudreau clan.  I love the closeness of this family and they remind me so much of the core families of the past <SOB!>  (They remind me of the Bauers, most especially).  While I’m enjoying papa Boudreau, I know that not all of you are!

From the official GL board:

I loved Montel as Clayton. He brought an immediate and desperately needed intensity and emotionalism to the Boudreaus and clicked with all the other actors playing the family right away. He made Clayton a compelling presence again, something that hasn’t been the case since Richard Biggs last appeared.Montel’s Clayton wouldn’t be going through all this hand-wringing over the ponzi-scheme, he’d track down the truly responsible party, PunkLoserJames, and teach him a lesson no matter how determined Phillip might be to get that snot-nosed punk out of trouble.    RoseVioletDaisy
And there’s this:
I think with Montel, we finally had a “strong,” father figure on the show, the first since Ross (spaztastic Buzz doesnt count, Josh is too hung up stalking Reva and they wont let Billy be anything then a kind of joke character.) You could believe that Montel’s Clayton would say something and people would stop and listen. He was large and in charge…which is nice to see from a middle aged guy on this show, but also a middle aged African-American guy.

It is too bad, with Ed and Ross gone, that Mel and Rick couldnt have reunited and have her family take on some of the aspects of the Bauers,with Clayton being the Mike Bauer no nonsense paterfamilias, and instead of giving Christina of all people a grandmother, make her Mel’s grandma…and we could use the Bauer kitchen again.  Mitch

I can’t say that I disagree with any of the points above. I just wish the writers were consistent in making Clayton a strong and proactive character no matter who’s playing in the role.  I also love the idea of reuniting the Boudreau and Bauer clans. They’re so both touchstone core families.  I wish.

GL and The BnB: Heal Thyselves

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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).