Way to Ruin Everything, Roxy!
Just to be clear based on the last few days, Roxy is responsible for the following:
-The murder of Jared.
-The stalking of Jessica.
-The ruination of Brody's relationship with his one remaining family member.
-Rex's... disappointment? Confusion? Indignation? What would we call this?
Natalie is grieving right now, so I understand that she needs people to blame and will probably misplace her anger a few times before focusing it back on the appropriate party. Roxy was an awful mother when Nat was growing up because she just plain did not care about her -- it's reasonable to me that Natalie would go there in her mind first. She is still getting to know this other version of Roxy -- deeply flawed, constantly making terrible and desperate decisions, but with her heart finally in a decent place. Rex, on the other hand, is just a douchebag of the highest order and he can suck it.
Why can't this all be Stacy's fault? That works for me. She knew Mitch was alive, too. And she, as Schuyler aptly pointed out on Monday, is a "crazy bitch." (Can't say why Schuyler didn't go for an even harsher term when Stacy was essentially bragging to him that she date-raped him. But whatevs! That's a whole other story.)
In other "I cannot follow this story" news, we've learned that Tea swiped her daughter from said daughter's legal father because said daughter's legal father had a bad temper. A bad temper which apparently never resulted in him laying a hand on his wife or child, but Tea was sure that one day it would happen, so she somehow gets to take his kid and run. I couldn't quite follow the "logic," but that's the best I came up with, I could've missed some dots that were connected. Kayak-destroying, potentially-abusive-but-not-abusive Ross has met the underside of Llanview's favorite bus, which has now made it all the way to Seattle. They're clearly now showing us that Tea was right, and he is indeed dangerous and abusive (and the Seattle cops seem to be on board with that, so the deal is pretty much sealed), but you can't actually take a kid away from its father because you're sure that he might get abusive sometime in the future. Especially in a fictional world where Todd Manning has been awarded full custody of his other children on multiple occasions. And I still can't follow the part of the story where Tea didn't think till recently that the kid might've been Todd's. 98% of this plotting feels completely like afterthought.
I did love that Tea correctly pointed out to Todd that he's a jealous son-of-a-bitch and that when he thought Jack was Max's kid, he sold him on the black market and told Blair he was dead. I realize it was just an evasion attempt and not actually her real motivation, but this is one of those historic details that really needs to be brought up more often. Ideally every time Todd gets smug and self-righteous.
At least we got another fun blood-curdling scream or two from Tea, but it was somewhat less amusing this time. For those who'd like to re-live the amusing time, apparently ABC is re-airing "The Defenestration of Blair Cramer" this Friday in lieu of a new episode.
What was up with the juxtaposition of this steamy (hello, Brody!) shower scene and Mitch's letter to Jessica?
And finally, I did want to send some love Melissa Archer's way. She really brought it these last couple of weeks, and I've been critical of her playing anguish in the past (she's always been great in "spitfire" mode, but I usually cringed when she was supposed to be crying and devastated). She really broke my heart and has turned in some lovely performances of all her stages of grief.
It's been an exhausting several episodes in One Life Land, but Kyle and Fish always make me feel a little better.