Daddies and Daughters and Drama, Oh My
So little of the circumstances leading up to the delivery of Chloe's baby made sense. Like, why, exactly, did Chloe go up to the cabin in the first place? And why is Sharon stealing things? That may not have anything to do with the question I asked, but it is weighing heavily on my mind.
But I got over the myriad plot contrivances that got Chloe to the cabin really quickly because everything that happened thereafter was really good soap.
- Billy unburdening himself and telling Lily the truth about his past with Chloe? Good soap.
Lily: (Sighs) Oh, gosh, I knew it. I knew it. You guys don't act like people who just met. You had this weird funny way of how you treat each other. I mean, is that what this is about? Because yeah, you should've told me, but I mean, it's not earth-shattering news.
Billy: It is, Lily. It is, actually.
Lily: Okay, how?
Billy: You know that baby that Chloe's carrying? It's not Cane's, it's mine.
I am biased, because I could watch Billy Miller...there is no way for me to end that sentence without seeming incredibly dirty, so I will just move on.
- Chloe showing up bizarrely for no reason and her water breaking almost immediately? Stupid, but good soap!
I did not, however, have to see a closeup of said water breaking.
There are some things that I am fine just imagining and that is one of them...
- Lily not having one moment of comprehension or dumbfounded shock, but immediately going on the warpath? ...not good soap, actually. There should have at least been a few scenes of this information sinking him and the enormity of the entire scenario hitting her before she started to yell. I never thought I'd miss the days when soaps took eight months to move stories forward, but I am so over this rushed pacing.
Lily: Shut up! God, your voice! Your lies! You are disgusting! And Cane married you! He loved me, but he gave me up so that he could be a father! That is why my ring is on your finger! And you are living in my house! And it's not even Cane's baby! It never was. And he was so scared that you would take the baby away that he gave up everything! And I saw his eyes-- how much he was hurting. Watching me pull away! Oh, my God! I told him I was moving on. Oh, my God! For you! For you! As if you are anything compared to him! You destroyed his life and he doesn't even know! You two make me sick and you deserve each other!
It was so over-the-top and hysterical, and it sounded like it was written by a very emotional teenage girl. Having been a very emotional teenage girl, I recognize my kind, the kind who liberally uses the phrase "Oh my God" and screeches. I also did the angry Lily hands during most of my teenage years.
- Cane's flashbacks of Lily leading to an epiphany about how he needs her? Absurdly cheesy, but good soap!
- Chloe being a snarky bitch even during childbirth? Hilariously good soap.
Chloe: Stop making goo-goo eyes at her and go already! I'm about to have a baby!
Chloe: Do you think that we could talk about this later? I'm about to drop a bowling ball here.
Billy: Women in labor suck on ice chips in movies.
Chloe: You suck on it.
- Lily getting her bitch on in a massive, amazing way? Good soap.
Lily: Oh, God. Desperate? You wanna see desperation? Try looking in the mirror, Kate Valentine. Housekeeper's daughter scheming to get knocked up by a Chancellor. And then you decide you want my Chancellor because Billy won't marry you. You know what? It all makes sense now. The reason why Cane could never remember having sex with you was because it never happened! You just stormed into our lives and destroyed everything! We were supposed to get married and you just ruined that for no reason!
I LOVED it. It was below-the-belt and vicious in a lot of ways, but Chloe completely had it coming. And I have to say, Lily with her claws out is the kind of Lily that I could get behind.
- Lily having to talk Billy and Chloe through the labor over the phone? Awesomely ridiculous and good soap!
- Cane showing up and meeting the girl he thinks is his daughter? Good soap.
- Chloe going into distress? It would be morbid to say good soap, wouldn't it?
What strikes me the most is that none of this is ground-breaking material; it's all been done before, numerous times, from labor in a cabin in bad weather, to the father assisting in childbirth. It's downright formulaic, actually, but I loved it, with hardly any reservations based, I think, mostly on the strength of these particular characters and these particular actors. I normally despise quads and rail against stories that have been overdone to the point of predictability, but I love watching Billy, Lily, Chloe and Cane play off of one another. Either I am really hard up for entertainment and am finding quality in things that don't deserve it OR this story is actually good, for real.