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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.