I Think I'm About To Become a 'Shipper
And my couple of choice is, quite obviously, Tracy Quartermaine and Awesome Writer.
For the most part, Tracy doesn't get a whole lot to do, because, well; she's a woman over 40, her last name is Quartermaine and she is not part of the mob so, really, we should be grateful that we see her at all and just suck it up and deal with the fact that we just see her for a half dozen scenes where she bickers, banters or snipes at people because at least she's alive when she does it, and not a ghost in a tracksuit!
But when Awesome Writer writes for her? It's reliably genius. When a fantastic actress and a good writer who is aware of an actor's strengths/character history/the English language join forces, it just...I swooned, a little bit.
Tracy: Why are you blaming Lulu for a situation you created? You stole Michael from the Quartermaines. You gave him to Sonny.
Carly: Oh, my god.
Tracy: You have nobody but yourself to blame for all this misery.
Lulu: Tracy, I don't need you to fight my battles.
Tracy: I'm just stating fact. Why don't you go home and take care of your kid instead of ripping into Lulu?
Carly: Lulu and her twisted priorities are the reason why Michael's in lock-up. You should have called me the second Dante brought Michael home.
Tracy: It's a little late for that. Michael's had a lifetime of damage. Comes with the territory, I guess, when your father is a mob kingpin. You were the one that chose to marry Sonny. You are the one that chose to allow him to adopt Michael. What the hell did you think, he was going to grow up a choir boy?
Carly: I expected Lulu to care more about Michael than her boyfriend the cop.
Tracy: Don't misunderstand me. I have no use for Dante. My fear is he's going to be just as manipulative and a liar like his father. But Lulu chose loyalty to the man she loves. And given the hell you have unleashed in the name of loyalty to Sonny Corinthos, you have no right to criticize.
I've been rolling my eyes and covering my ears this week as Carly has paced all over the courtroom shrieking and snarling like a howler monkey at those who have wronged her (I know that it's actually in character and I do, as ever think Laura Wright is doing a fantastic job, but HOLY GOD, is it difficult to listen to after a while) but I will gladly accept even more temper tantrums if they are always followed with Tracy Q saying something hilarious and true, in a voice dripping with acid.
The show's unparalleled failure at...everything is the only reason I can come up with for why the other writers aren't desperate to write for Jane Elliot. I mean, who wouldn't want her snarkily reading their words? Hell, I am busy trying to think of a way to entice her to record herself reading one of my blog entries.