Kudos, Writers. Yes, You Read That Right.
It's taken me a long time to get to this point. I am writing this entry to commend the Days writers, unironically, on a job well done.
I'm going to need to take a few deep cleansing breaths now, because that was way hard.
I'm not even just giving them credit for a hilarious one-liner. They deserve compliments for a good build-up, good character development, and good dialogue. The storyline with all this goodness? Lucas becomes a Good Guy.
Lucas is one of those characters that's never been a villain and never been a Good Guy. He was a "good" guy most of the time -- you know, in soap terms, in that he wasn't killing people, dropping women in vats of acid, or putting undead townspeople on magical islands. But with his reaction to Sami's big reveal about EJ, he became a Good Guy -- one you can actually root for.
Honestly, I've never been a huge Lucas fan. Because he was never written as being particularly good or bad, he was just sort of ...there. Bryan Dattilo is cute (caveat: when his hair is cut short!) and is a decent actor. It's the character that always bored me. Phillip's comment about Lucas being average cracked me up, because if there's one thing Lucas has always mastered it's being average. (It also cracked me up because I am bitchily judgmental and enjoy when others join in the fun.)
Sorry, enough about the past and on with the kudos. The writers could have taken the predictable route and had Lucas find out about the whole EJ mess right before the wedding, go all crazy, have a soap-style blowup, and leave Sami as a marriage-less bride for about the eleventh time in 15 years. But instead they wrote a great reveal scene, they had Lucas step up and be a supportive husband, and in the process created a Good Guy. This show really needed one of those in the younger age bracket.
And now, as a result of this good storytelling, I actually care about this otherwise totally played out Who's the Daddy storyline. (Imagine if this kind of thing really took off in daytime -- people might actually watch soaps again!) This just got interesting. EJ the [sex godish] villain with layers (attention, GH writers, it can be done!) vs. Lucas the Good Guy (which up until this week would have spelled B-O-R-I-N-G but now is actually appealing). Round one to Lucas. Or maybe it's a draw. Damn James Scott and his overpowering hotness!
Lest you think I've gone soft, I do need to talk about some serious wrongness in this whole Sami/Lucas confrontation. I write, of course, of this dress:
It's very Holly Hobbie. It's like something they'd have the farm girl from Iowa wear on a Law and Order episode in which she was the sole witness to a murder five minutes after arriving in the big city. It has tiny flowers, shiny ribbon, and ruffled cap sleeves. It is prototypically twee. But then Sami sat down, revealing the lil' country girl frock to be pretty ridiculously low-cut:
So it's more Hooker Holly Hobbie. Which, if it had actually existed, would have made some of the doll playdates of my childhood a bit more interesting. And confusing, since everyone knows Barbie was the slutty one.