Ok, BnBers/OLTLers, what the hell?

One Life To Live:  Marty Saybrooke?  I don’t know if it’s possible, but I would love for the writers to use the time they have left to redeem this character.  She was the wild child gone good, who made a wonderful life for herself , survived the death of her soul mate, and raised a child.  First in attempt to prop Todd and whitewash the ‘twice raped’ dynamic between them, then to prop John McBain, and later the John -Natalie relationship, the writers deconstructed Marty into an unrecognizable and unlikable character.  It will be painful watching the show end, having eternally ruined a great character.

I’m not a movie buff who watches only feel-ggod films or only movies with fully resolved endings.  I’ll admit that I have been a soap viewer who loved soaps most when they left the audience with the feeling that all is well in the alternate universe our soap faves live in at the close of their run.  GL’s ending was perfect.  It lovely to think of Josh and Reva (and son) on a trip around the world, the four musketeers filling their days with dinners together and discussing their families, Alex and Fletcher enjoying a life they’d never imaged they could have, Remy and Tina deeply in love, Bill and Lizzie and making things work with Jon and all are peacefully coparenting… you get the picture. 

I hope for something similar for OLTL.  Fans deserve nothing less than a happy Victoria Lord, peace between Vicki and Dorian, Clint gaining back his humanity and reuniting with his family,Marty – whose life has been so violent and tragic finally at peace, and I’ll let you imagine the rest from there.

The Bold and the Beautiful:  In the age of waning budgets for new hires and an attempt to tell complete storylines with as few cast members as possible, I am – to some degree, sympathetic to the limitations of meeting a such a tough balancing act.  I am, however, still stunned by what I saw yesterday (day before?).  The writers REALLY have to think about what they’re doing that makes taylor look either completely unethical moron, and the rest of the citizens of Bell’s fictionalized L.A. look completely unhinged!

Why would Katie agree to therapy with taylor, not only the world’s worst and most idiotic psychiatrist, but a woman who has repeatedly attacked, and supported the attack of, her sister – sisters if you add Donna? I could only love that ridiculous plot if the writers were smart enough to make Katie devious in using taylor, knowing that she and Stephanie would declare war on Bill if he didn’t stay away from steffy.   Sadly, Katie begged Bill not to leave her at the end of the therapy session. I wish the writers had left that part alone, but they just can’t help themselves.  A misogynistic fool being begged by his once strong wife not to leave her.  It wouldn’t have hurt to have allowed Katie was allowed to maintain her standards, writers. 

As for Steffy, the other thorn in the side of the Logan-Spencer marriage, she is either delusional or a pathological liar, given the way the writers are penning her dialogue. She’s better than the Logan’s because she’d never go after a married man? She’d never make a move on him? Wha’????? Bill won’t have her, that’s the only thing that stops her from moving forward. Steffy has put every move she’s known on Bill and he’s rejected her.  Steffy and Stephanie are so one note in their attacks on the Logans. They can’t stand faulting the men in their lives for chasing after Logan women – so they whitewash Forrester male actions to fault Logan women.

That’s the defnition of a weak woman. Steffy was aptly named.

Since I’m catching about one show a month – where is Bridget, readers? Bill telling Katie she should have stayed with Marone if she wanted ‘normal’ was laughable. The man who dumped on her niece for her and for Brooke? I could have sworn Bill made comments that made it clear that he knew that history. That ain’t normal, not even by soap standards — and it’s not like Katie really had a choice to be with Nick. He knew he wanted Bridget – who forgave him for his repeated betrayals. Katie knew it was a matter of time. Who knew that Nick wouldn’t forgive Bridget for her ONE betrayal?

She’s free and he’s headed back to Katie-land?  Far too predictable.

As for the Brooke and Thomas teaser?  Words fail me.  Since I have nothing good to say, I’ll say nothing at all.

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Ratings Comments June 8 -12

Looking at the current ratings, my only thought was that I’ve been shocked that the ratings haven’t been LOWER, for all soaps (ok, maybe except the YnR).  I’m finding most of daytime either boring or unwatchable and wondered how many others have as well.  I’ve been filing my time with reruns of prime time shows, or gardening, more of the latter, less of the former.  The full ratings report is posted at SON but here are my thoughts:

1. Y&R 3.4/11 (-.1/-.1) <—- ties low (Last time: November 10-14, 2008)

It’s a dark show, but still watchable, and as long as it doesn’t get too much darker, I can’t see any sudden huge drops for the YnR.  I bet someone a while ago that ‘Mary Jane’ was indeed Patti Williams.  How bad does Victor SUCK?  I love him, hate him, love to hate him. The man who is so protective of his family (as long as they haven’t pissed him off) is using Paul’s psychologically troubled sister to go after Jack Abbott?

Victor is such an asshat!

2. B&B 2.2/7 (-.2/-.4) <—– new low (Previous low: 2.4/8 for June 1-5, 2009)

Stephanie/Ridge/Taylor are TOXIC!  Ridge’s pill addiction, Steph leaving him alone while he’s drugged, and now the pill-bang between Ridge and Taylor – one that leaves Ridge with unbearable guilt.  This storyline just leaves me with an unbearable desire to watch something else…

I’ll celebrate the wedding between Bridget and Nick (it’s GREAT to have Ashley Jones back on screen again.  CONGRATS on the success of True Blood AJ – the season opening ratings were higher THIS season than for last!)

The Jackie and Owen relationship?  It may as well be dead.  It started off well enough, until Jackie blackmailed Owen into staying with her and now it seems that Owen is manipulating her to get to her money.  Owen was never a well defined character.  He started out sleazy, became an instant hero, and is back to potentially being a sleaze again.  No thanks.

3. DAYS 2.1/7 (+.1/+.2)

Arianne Zucker still drives this show for me, but I can’t see that happening too much longer.  No matter what “Nicole” does to prove her love, EJ will find a way to return back to his normal state – a stooge for Sami.  I still can’t stomach the idea that Sami has children with the man who sexually assaulted her and that they have ‘feelings’ for each other.

I was thinking of watching DAYS for a while. I just remembered why watching prime time reruns would be less aggravating.

4. GH 1.9/6 (same/-.3)

Scrubs shower scene?  VERY Funny and VERY SEXY.  If only GH writers wrote more of that.  If that scene has any impact on next week’s ratings, GH is in good shape.  The problem is that you’ll have to FF past Remily/Ethan/Rick/Sonny/Sonny threatening Claudia/Jason Threatening Claudia/FrankenMichael/FrankenMichael screaming at Carly/Pot-smoking Christina (who appears to be more of a girlfriend than sister to Michael… it’s skeeving me out).  While FFing, stop long enough to catch Maxie and Spinelli scenes.  They just keep getting CUTER!  Love them.  OH…and Tracy is getting her brain back, even if temporarily.  She’s figured out that there’s bad news a-comin’ in the form of Remily and Ethan and she’s not letting up off of them.

5. AMC 1.8/6 (same/-.2) <—- ties low (Last time: June 1-5, 2009)

Is that show still on air?

5. OLTL 1.8/6 (-.1/-.3) <—- ties low (Last time: May 25-29, 2009)

I want to be able to watch long enough to cheer on Sean and Rachel… but I’d have to watch the rest of OLTL.  … and I can’t go for that, noooo, no can do!  – Just a little Hall and Oates for you.  Psssst… don’t tell anyone, but I did secretly like the positive pregnancy test for Marcy.  Anything that ends obsessive Babymania for daytime women rocks in MY book.

7. ATWT 1.6/5 (-.1/-.3) <—- new low (Previous low: 1.7/6 for June 1-5, 2009)

UNWATCHABLE!

8. GL 1.3/4 (-.1/-.3) <—— new low (Previous low: 1.4/4 for June 1-5, 2009)

makes.zero.sense. Why are the writers determined to annoy me? Where’s the Liv who doesn’t care WHAT people think of her or her love life? Couldn’t the writers have come up with some other way to cover JL’s  (Natalia) maternity leave? Otalia has decided that they need to spend some time apart to prove to others they really are in love, that their relationship isn’t about having both loved Gus and missing him since his death.

They have to “break up” and stay apart to prove it’s not desperation and sadness pulling them together?  W.T.F?  Where is the tough as nails Olivia who didn’t give a damn what others thought?  So if they come back together in a couple of months, what’s changed?  This storyline was so brilliantly told as it moved along.  Now?  Somewhere, a high school ‘creative writing’ class is getting a hell of a lot of practice writing a network soap… at least it feels that way.

The writers should have been working on the break up plan for Jeffeva, instead! I have to wonder if ‘hero hubby’ returns and sees Josh and Reva getting close and ends up taking off again. The Hero Hubby plan has been laughable from the beginning.  Josh left his OWN footprints (and trace evidence from his pants, hands, etc) in the same field where he planted Jefferies footprints… the plan went downhill from there!

Remy and his father. The Diamonds.  The 35K  (34+) repayment for a loan that ‘saved’ the family home.  This is a family that is supposed to be wealthy.  Is that the best the writers could do?  Not $350,000.00?  Not $1.350,000.00?  <sigh>

BethAnn Bonner who is a wonderful actress in a cartoon role linked to Cyrus – and just WHY was it necessary for Cyrus to return?

I think that the 1.3 is a generous rating, given the storylines and the scenery.  Has CBS cheaped out on GL?  The indoor scenery is getting uglier.  They’ve already killed the show, can’t CBS loosen up the purse strings and send this show out in style?

Respect it’s history!

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.

Jumping the Shark

That’s my favorite scene from the movie Soapdish – what started out as a spoof of daytime turned out to not be a spoof, after all!  A soap writer asked to write the impossible, a ‘back from the dead’ character who couldn’t logically come back from the dead since the audience witnessed the horrifc act and everything that followed (a la Taylor Forrester, Bold and Beautiful) ? Taylor laid in her casket for THREE DAYS before being buried.  Her return was explained by the return of an obsessed Moroccan Prince who somehow made it to her deathbed within hours of her shooting and who then noticed that she was only in a coma, while an entire hospital staff and the husband who held her while she died missed it.  The Prince then replaced her body with a wax dummy that was buried in her coffin – and no one noticed.  

Many storylines that were once thought of as ‘spoofs’ have become mainstays in daytime storytelling.  There’s so much about daytime I still love, and a hell of a lot that gives me pause for concern.  I promise, I’ll soon write about what I love.  Today is just not that day. 

I’ve been such a HUGE fan of One Life to Live, lately, that it pains me to call it out as the one show doing the most it can to jump the shark after such a beautiful rebound.  I loved the first part of the 40th anniversary episode, in part because of the return of so many beloved characters (why WHY did Mel Hayes have to die?).  Another reason I enjoyed the 40th was the inventive use of the current cast in retelling the show’s history.  I also liked the fact that the show seems to be opening up the issue of Bo and Rex’s relationship.  If Bo isn’t Rex’s father, he should be.  Natalie and Rex, cousins instead of siblings?  Something about that seems to restore the balance that was lost when ‘Nattie’ became a Buchanan.

The second part of the 40th anniversary?  Not so much.  I can’t say that I enjoyed it.  Much of it seemed to be used to pimp current storylines rather than celebrate the show’s 40 glorious years.  Ben sending ‘Blondie’ back to Charlie, because he needed her?  Megan and ‘Aunt Megan’ making sure Viki realized that her place was with Charlie?  Jared and Natalie as Clint and Maria?   It’s sure sign, to me, that the writers realize that they have to work hard to sell this paring (maybe with both pairings).  Not for nothing, but would it have killed TPTB to hire, I dunno, a LATINA to play a LATINA?  It’s 2008, people.   How could TPTB believe that a black wig, a bit of bronzer, and a forced accent would be enough?  I was embarrassed for Melissa Archer (Natalie), to be placed in that position.  The ‘Maria’ casting, in my opinion, was careless and indicative of the movement away from clean, crisp storytelling and production that has this show has been leaving behind in its trend toward ‘jumping the shark’.  Other problems include:

1.  Marcie’s desperation.   I’ve always believed that Marcie’s relationship with Starr is predatory, and this past week’s shows have only reaffirmed my belief.  Not many of us can fully appreciate Marcie’s circumstances – who could criticize her for wanting to be a mother?   My only earlier concerns were her desire to raise Todd’s grandchild, and her inability to stand back and have Starr ask her if this was the best option for her baby.  If Starr truly loves the child, why turn it over to a woman for whom her father has such hatred?  Does she honestly believe Todd will EVER give up on trying to destroy Marcie’s connection to that baby?  It’s just all heartache waiting to happen.

This week, my concerns about Marcie’s actions grew.  It’s disturbing to have Marcie ask if her marriage to Michael ‘is all there is’ in life.  It’s disturbing to have no one counter her statements that she’s not choosing motherhood over her marriage.  It’s DEEPLY disturbing to hear her comment that people leave you but that your child will always be there for you.  I don’t think Marcie SHOULD be a mother, and not because she can’t have children, but because she’s not yet adult enough to realize that children aren’t supposed to make YOU happy as a parent, or give your life meaning. It should be the other way around.  (So glad to see the writers on Guiding Light get this one right in their story of a couple that was desperate to become parents for pretty much the same reasons).  if the writers’ intent is to have Marcie come slowly unglued and unlikable, good job! 

If that’s not the intent, this plot has been pushed to its limits.  Marcie hasn’t shown, at least to this viewer, any compelling reasons to root for her and it’s dragging this show down to keep focusing on her obsession.

2.  Root for Marcie because she’s not Todd? I can’t.   I’m still holding out hope that the writers will redeem Todd though that’s becoming more and more unlikely.  I’m disturbed by Todd’s interactions with Marty, even more disturbed by him than by Marcie.  The writers have taken a once great character and reduced him to a serial violator.  I’ve already commented on why it’s never made sense for Todd, who was a battered child, to become violently aggressive with Starr and her friends.  There was never any history of aggression toward children from Todd.  As much as he hated Margaret Cochran, he couldn’t bring himself to kill her and their unborn child.  Not only is he now attacking teens, he’s unremorseful for his actions.  I believe his views are understandable. His actions?  Not at all.

Capping that off by having Todd take advantage of Marty’s amnesia?  The writers couldn’t have painted him as more of a cartoon villain if they tried!  The Fourth of July scenes crossed the line – if kidnapping her hadn’t already pushed the envelope.  There’s no way Todd should have been in a darkened room with the woman he raped, no matter how innocent the act of watching fireworks.  Todd had begun to understand what he did to Marty when Margaret kept him captive, and forced herself on him by threatening to kill his family.  How could he not realize how deeply painful the memory of that darkened room and his ‘gentle massages’ will be when she fully recovers?

Ruining Todd to advance the adoption storyline, and to force a pairing between John and Blair (and who didn’t see that one coming) won’t work.  I’m sure this is all part of Cole’s ‘comeuppance’ for daring to trust Todd.  Thanks, but no.

3 – Romeo and Juliet (with child).   The Baby Borrowers  this storyline ain’t.  There’s no redeeming social value in the Starr-Cole pregnancy storyline.  Daytime has shifted from creating summer love storylines it used to try to draw teens in, to creating more explicit teen sex storylines that are turning adult viewers off.  I cringed when One Life decided to show a ‘seduction’ scene between Cole and Starr when they were ‘on the run’.  I don’t think I’ve stopped cringing. 

Rather than dealing with the difficulty of pregnancy, Starr and Cole are still being treated like a modern day Romeo and Juliet.  There’s just the little matter of her pregnancy coming between them. So little focus on the child, so much focus on how to get the ‘lovebirds’ back together.  The pregnancy is trivialized and I think I understand why.  For most teens pregnancy limits their options – going to college, finding  employment that allows them to be self-sufficient, finding adequate housing, purchasing medical care/health insurance.  Clearly, none of the above are serious issues for Starr or Cole – which is probably why this storyline hasn’t been useful as a vehicle for this couple, but surely there is some sort of emotional consequence?  Most of the ancillary storylines building up around the pregnancy could have been played out without Starr or her child.  In fact, it probably would have been better if they had.

The cruel irony?  Teens aren’t watching!  Daytime has been unsuccessful in replacing the adult viewers who’ve tuned out with the teens so many soaps have heavily courted.  Thanks for nothing!

There’s so much to love about OLTL:  David Vickers, David and Addie, the burgeoning Rex/Gigi/Brody triangle, the corporate battle, and Tess – long may she reign, to name a few.  When comparing the above three storylines to the rest of the show and what it has to offer, I’m looking forward to the end of all three.  Besides, David Vickers could use a little more airtime!

Old Home Week – Soap Style – GL/BnB/OLTL/GH/YnR

With so many soaps looking back to their respective glory days this week, I had one overarching thought: “Today is a day when I wouldn’t be embarrassed to admit that I was a soap fan!”

Guiding Light

WTF, just happened?  I’m watching live today.  I thought Reva was daydreaming, she was, right?  Josh didn’t really admit that his marriage to Cassie was a sham (ok, it’s the word I chose, not Josh).  I waited for Reva to wake up on the dock and realize that it was all in her head, but then the scene kept moving.  Josh referring back to Reva’s post partum drive off that bridge YEARS ago, his fear that she’ll take off and be gone again, WTF?  Where am I?   Will we have to wait until tomorrow to find out that it wasn’t real?  Does it continue?  I typically don’t read GL spoilers. I’m always afraid that the spoilers will cause me to tune OUT, not tune in.  I’ll be there tomorrow.  I need to know. I’m stunned.  Just a day or so ago, I swore off Manwhore Josh Lewis and I still mean it, but that man still gets to me.  I know I’ll be sorry, later, for admitting this, but there’s a part of me that wanted Reva to fall into Josh’s arms.  I’m so easy. I’m so nostalgic. 

Bold and Beautiful

There are times when the writers do something so subtle or so clever that I remember why I’ve always loved this show – and the writers can even make me forget the days I hate the show, if the writing is good enough.  I figuratively stitched myself back together when Bridget gave her report on Eric’s condition (must have been tough for a daughter to say, but it was sheer hilarity from a fan’s perspective).   Viagra man and the child bride had a wild afternoon of hot sex.  Shortly after, he suffers an attack.  Bridget faces the family and says, “because there was a loss of blood to his brain”… and then she said some bull spit after that, but I was laughing too hard to hear it.  That’s the sort of moment people like me live for.  Ahhhh…

The funny part is that what I loved most about those scenes wasn’t the camp, or Eric’s humiliation, or even Donna’s embarrasment.  I loved seeing so many characters on screen together and watching the Forresters pull together as a family.  It reminded me of the old Bold and Beautiful.  I thought I’d hate another health crisis storyline.  This one is already paying off.

OLTL

I’ve had a theory for some time, now.  Those of you who post at Soap News and Scoops have read the theory before.  I think Rex is Bo’s kid.  I’m almost sure of it!  Roxy was going to confess something to Rex, not long ago.  She seemed to imply that she was not Rex’s mother.  Remember her warning him that she was his mother no matter what?   She was so desperate.

Is it possible that Mitch stole TWO children from the Buchanans and placed both with Roxy?  I do believe!  All this time we thought that he was just going after Viki, maybe not.  That Rex is now playing a young Bo  and Bo is playing his ‘pa’ in this trippy time travel makes me wonder if I’m not right.  Rex has been playing ‘older brother’ to Matthew for some time.  Something tells me he won’t be playing at it, for much longer.  They mystery will be, ‘WHO is Rex’s mother?”

Viki and Niki, Mel and Dorian (oh dear soapgod how I miss Mel), Asa, “Megan”… This has been one of the best shows in recent memory.  I love Mel for saying everything that needed to be said to Dorian – and then some.   It’s time for her to stop worrying about living in Viki’s shadow and having a life of her own. (The prized advice of the day, it seems!  Cassie received the same advice on GL.)

Writers, thank you for bringing us ‘Agnes’ the Great.  Let’s hope she’ll continue to look over Viki, and the rest of daytime for many more years to come.

General Hospital

What irony.  Lulu and Johnny on the run.  A young Luke and Laura?  I’m sure that’s where the writers were headed.  Where does the irony come in?  This isn’t about Laura leaving Scotty behind, it’s about her daugther leaving her son behind.  Instead of the spiritual and emotional death Scotty suffered, Logan’s death is physical and will be an even deeper wound for Scotty.  I’m sure Laura’s return will open up old hurts for Scott Baldwin and this show is going to get messy.

Not exactly ‘old home’ but I’m impressed with Kate Howard’s move to gaslight Carly.  I haven’t been a Kate Howard fan.  She’s been a little too stiff in the past and too predictable.  GO GIRL, let your inner Connie out.  Maybe little Katie is a much tougher rival than I gave her credit for.  I’ve been hoping for an eventual Carly-Claudia cage match.  I’ve may have been looking in the wrong direction.  Kate has become the quintessential bad girl in good girl’s clothing.  Yes, I’m starting to see what attracted Sonni to Connie/Kate in the first place.  The writers are beginning to unveil the real Kate.  EH! My money is on writer’s fave, Carly, but it won’t be a cake walk, I’m sure.

 

Young And the Restless

Everything old is new again!  Victor Newman has reverted back to type.  There have been so few times when Victor is likable.  Locking his wife’s lover in a bunker in the basement?  Not one of those times.  Allowing his mistress to attend a Christmas Party his wife planned?  Not one of those times.  Telling his wife she’d still be taking her clothes off at the strip joint they met at if it weren’t for him (because, you know, all she ever wanted to be was a stripper)?  Yeah, not one of those times.  Disinheriting his children is another ‘The Great Victor Newman’ low life moves.  Demanding loyalty, but never giving it?  Yes, that’s Victor.  He’s upset that his children are unhappy about his marriage to Sabrina.  Big Deal, but it might be nice if ‘daddy dearest’ decided that having sex with his chlidren’s friends was off limits.  It would also be pretty cool if he finally woke up to the fact that his TWO (yes, TWO) vasectomies made it unlikely that he was the father of that child.  Whether or not the writers include it, fans haven’t given up the show’s history so it definitely sucks that Victor would disinherit his children for, oh – having their own opinions, for a woman carrying another man’s child.  Unlike ‘Old home week’ taking place for the rest of daytime, I have to say, the real Victor’s return was most unwelcome.