The way to this girl’s heart is through her favorite soap character… or at least through halfway decent writing! I was THRILLED, today, to hear Clint and Nora mention something they rarely talk about – their familial past. It was such an organic moment and so perfect, that I watched it twice. Given the closeness of Bo and Nora, I’ve never been able to really root for Clint and Nora, but today I ‘got it’. I realized what made them special. There’s a realism with Clint and Nora that most other couples lack.
Some couples have to be heavily in love – hot and steaming just to sell themselves (nice try DAYS’ Ej and Sami – no sale). Others have to be angry and bitterly fighting to prove their passion (yes, I’m talking about YOU GL’s Bill and Lizzie). Clint and Nora just have to ‘be’. When Nora asked Clint if he ever thought about why they were together, if they belong, if they were meant to be – his response floored me. He said that since she is his ex sister-in-law, some would say they didn’t belong together at all. I love when soaps acknowledge the ookyness that so many of us are feeling when they have siblings (or mothers-daugthers, fathers-sons) swap partners.
Yeah, I cried a little… ok, I would have under other circumstances, but you get the point. It was such a sweet ‘us against the world’ moment that no matter what happens with Clint and Nora, I’ll always have that one perfect day with them.
Listen carefully, ATWT’s writers. THAT’S how you write a mature romance. This whole thing with Blondie/Jack/Janet just makes me want to pluck my eyes out with Katie’s chopsticks, I tell ya’! In essence, Jack has reduced his ‘special’ time with Carly to a good roll in the hay, something he can’t get over or stop wanting. They have a ‘chemical attraction’ says the mighty Jack(ass) I thought I was being too harsh on Jack, yesterday. NOW? I realize that I’ve given him TOO much credit all along. Carly loves that pinhead with her whole heart. She wants Jack even when she can’t be with him physically. My entire gripe about Jack has been that when he’s in pursuit of another woman, he reduces Carly and his time with her to almost nothing. Today, he’s outdone himself.
Oh, and who didn’t see the mugging coming a mile away? Guilt guilt guilt…Jack will work even harder to make Janet happy — while sneaking off for ‘chemistry lessons’ with Carly. Janet doesn’t want to be Jack’s consolation prize, but dear writers, I’m starting to feel as if Janet is OUR consolation prize. I’d rather see more of a focus on CARLY’s happiness and having her finally have a place where she feels she belongs, with someone who finally and truly loves her. Janet? Not so much. I still just don’t care.
You’ve at least made up for shoving Janet at fans by giving us Henry and Vienna, Katie and Brad. We even got to see Bob and Kim (even if it was under pretty sad circumstances). Letting Chris Hughes go? What are you THINKING, PTB? That dude had ‘walking fantasy’ written all over him (at least, that’s what the sash he’s wearing says when he’s in MY dreams).
Speaking of dreams, GH left me pinching myself to make sure I wasn’t seeing things. Lainey LIVES! She’s so rarely seen that I’m always thrilled when there are any Lainey sightings on deck. I still mourn for the loss of Justice Ward when I see her, and wonder why the writers no only ended his short life the way they did, but then treated his relationship with Lainey as ‘no big thing’. It was so sad to hear her say that she wasn’t really close to Justice, but that she still felt bad about his death. OUCH!
Oh, and excuse me, but was that REALLY Maxie showing genuine sympathy towards Lulu, and willing to taking on psychopathic papa Zacchara to help Lulu out? Not only has Kirsten Storms made Maxie HER character with her interpretation of who Maxie Jones-Scorpio is and should be, she’s given the character such a wonderfully sharp edge. I don’t mind seeing that edge occasionally softened. Today, I didn’t know who to feel sorrier for, Lulu or Maxie. Maxie stopped caring about anyone other than herself long ago. She seemed almost as lost as Lulu.
To see her give a damn about Lulu’s condition, enough to take on old man Zacchara in order to make sure that Lulu could see Johnny, gave me hope for the character. It gave me hope that the writers would continue down the path of creating a multi-layered ingenue fans would come to appreciate for years to come. Well done, Kirsten, well done! Oh, and Maxie’s new look, the mini-Kate Howard look, is working for her.
Katie/Connie is going to need Maxie’s adoration by the time Sonny finds out that she lied about his child and has been keeping Olivia’s secret this entire time. Someone set up the barware, it’s time for Sonny to start smashing things!
How interesting that Katie/Connie places such a high premium on honesty… and has been able to look Sonny in the eye this entire time, knowing the secret she’s kept from him. I can’t wait! Should we place bets on whether Carly finds out before anyone else and torments Katie/Connie and Olivia? Are we taking bets on whether the earlier rumors are true and Spinelli is Sonny’s long lost son, after all?