Episode of the Week:
Wednesday. It was full of dilemmas and moments that were so true to character. While Marty was losing her mind in one part of the hospital, Natalie was holding her new baby and debating the pros and cons of whether to tell the “truth” or just keep everyone happy. It was especially frustrating considering that Natalie and Marty are the only ones who don’t actually know the truth, but think they do.
Kudos to Kelly for trying to do the right thing and be a good friend, whether she is in love with Joey or not. Sure, her plan may be to eventually win Joey back, but her heart really seemed to be in the right place when she told him that Aubrey was cheating. The exchange in La Boulaie when Joey confronted Kelly about Cutter being Aubrey’s brother was all the more sweet because of Dorian’s involvement.
Thank you to whoever is behind the scenes remembering that Dorian calls him “Joe” instead of “Joey” like everyone else. Little things like that remind us of their history and give us the feeling that Dorian really does care about what happens to Joe. (But if she starts calling him “Giuseppe,” it might be time to worry!)
Dorian not so subtly helped point out that Kelly’s suspicions made sense. “Oh, yeah… sure… her brother’s visiting….”
And Joey, barely batting an eyelash at the fact that Dorian was dressed like she was going out to smash pumpkins on Halloween, sarcastically replied, “Thank you, Dorian.”
While Dorian was advising Kelly, the mere mention of the word “alter” had her upset about her recent romantic misfortunes again. As Dorian said of Echo on Monday, “Someone give that woman a drink!” Dorian might need a drink or two right now but she still isn’t reacting as strongly as when Ray Montez left. Is it because she is used to David leaving, because she doesn’t love David as much, or because she’s controlling herself as a responsible mayor?
Dorian almost won my pick for quote of the week with a line that followed the scene. “If that’s her brother, I’ll eat this wig.” When do you think Dorian will remember that she saw Aubrey hanging out with Robert Ford?
Wednesday was also the day that Starr pulled the “my daddy and aunt Dorian” card out to Detective Price. It has always been a trademark of Starr to pull out the “do you know who my father is?” ace, but it was also fun to see her throw around the fact that her Aunt Dorian is the mayor, especially since soap viewers understand how mayors love to interfere in police business. Starr will probably make a really great mayor of Llanview someday!
That day also had us acknowledging what an awesome couple Todd and Tea are, with his criminal mind playing against her legal one as he talked about his “consultants” setting up an “appointment” with Inez. Tea wouldn’t go for that, and Todd knew it, but she was still amused by him and we all knew that all she had to do was say the word, and Todd would have Inez eating out of Tea’s hand.
Plus, it was good to see that Tea and Blair haven’t recanted on their newfound friendship yet. Watching Blair prod Todd just to make him mad, and Tea understanding the whole exchange, was very entertaining and relatable.
Questions this week:
Alcoholism has been an issue on One Life to Live for a long time. It played a big role in Dorian’s relationship with Mel. Roxy’s drinking is practically a joke. Is alcoholism now being used more as a plot device than an actual issue that people are invested in?
Charlie has a serious problem. He literally doesn’t seem to be able to deal with stress or guilt at all, and the only thing holding him out of the bottle is the fact that people care about him and encourage him to stay sober. Dorian has taken advantage of Charlie’s way of dealing with his problems more than once, and now we’re getting an idea of just how weak he really is. Echo, even if she is an alcoholic as well, is also taking advantage of it. Is Charlie’s alcoholism making things just all too easy? When will he or the people around him realize that his big heart is his strength and his weakness?
Quote of the week:
(All one sentence.) “Hey, Johnny, I woulda been here sooner but I was on this hot juicy winning streak in Atlantic City and I don’t know I musta had too much tequila last night cause I woke up this morning and I was leg-chained to a llama and I had cake batter all over me — is the circus in town or something like that? — anyway, I got my head on straight and when I checked my messages I found out the baby was here already. So where is the little McBundle?” – Roxy on why she was late to the hospital
Very honorable mention:
“Because apparently while Eddie Ford was being killed, Inez was having sex … with my husband.” Nora to Tea, on why she wasn’t prosecuting Inez
Character of the week:
Rex Balsom has been eating his brain food. He knows what is going on with Natalie, but has been nothing but encouraging to her. He managed to snag a copy of the Parisian magazine that Kelly couldn’t keep hold of. He knew immediately that Inez had drugged Bo, and was quick to confront Clint about his connection to Inez. Rex has been feeling guilty about keeping David’s situation a secret from Bo, but when he stopped to talk to Matthew about how Matthew was lucky to have Bo as a father, it was really sweet. I swear there was a flicker of suspicion in Rex’s eyes when Echo mentioned that Clint was the type of man who wouldn’t accept his own son. And this week, Rex told Clint, “Actually, when you think about it, Natalie has been my sister longer than she’s been your daughter. That’s gotta burn.” Indeed.
It is good to see that they are making Rex out to be a smart guy now instead of a total goofball. Of course… they have new goofballs to play around with now.
Fail of the week:
When Roxy went to pieces in the hospital room because she couldn’t believe how Natalie and Rex had grown up to be such good people when she had been such a terrible mother was a very touching moment. Well, it could have been a very touching moment if it had not been played for chuckles. We already know the problems Roxy has faced in her life and what Natalie and Rex’s childhood was like with her. When Roxy found out that Schuyler was her biological son and not Rex, she really seemed to reexamine her role as a mother in everyone’s lives. This week, she showed up silly and came across as the adorable, fun-loving, carefree Roxy everyone loves, but one truly serious pause in her story wouldn’t have hurt anything.
Success of the week:
It is no secret that Nathan Fillion, the star of ABC’s Castle, used to play Joey on One Life to Live. Fans went crazy this week when Kelly picked up a copy of Richard Castle’s book, examined the dust jacket, thoughtful, and then asked if the author looked familiar!
But since that wasn’t really a plot-motivating scene, the real successes of the week were the scenes when Nora visited Clint in his office. Nora was trying to make sense of all the unfortunate happenings in her life lately, and, like Rex, was suspicious of Clint’s involvement. When Clint gave his typical, oh-so-innocent answers, Nora seemed to see right through him. (Let’s hope she doesn’t second-guess herself on that.)
During the conversation, Matthew was outside the door eavesdropping. Matthew really has the best opportunity to put together all the pieces of the puzzle before anyone else does — including what is going on with Rex and what happened to his brother, David. Every time Matthew picks up another piece of the puzzle, we are more intrigued to find out how he will respond. Nora also commented on Clint’s ethics while Matthew was listening, pointing out that her son was the only one who told her the truth.