Dysfunctional, Tedious Love in the Afternoon
Since I am also a General Hospital viewer, I probably should never be nit-picky about how One Life to Live chooses to focus on their various tales of love and sex -- even if they leave a horrid taste in my mouth, I suppose I should be grateful that they're focusing on relationships at all instead of largely concentrating on dodging bullets and car bombs and mechanical monkeys and "creepy" graffiti. Of course if I conceded that, I'd never have anything to say at all and we can't have that, can we?
Based on some of the comments here in the past, I am apparently in the minority when I say I somewhat enjoy Ford (Robert Ford, that is). He's a womanizer, so from where I sit he's basically a dick but not a monster -- these recent efforts to give him a small dose of humanity give the character more than one note, and that's always a good thing. However, if they are going in the direction of "redeeming" him by having him realize he really does have true feelings for Langston, they're going to need a new navigator. Frankly it was a little refreshing to have a guy 'fess up and just say, "Nah, it was a good time, but it was just for fun." And considering Langston was participating in her own far more hurtful lie at the time, it was poetic justice. Can we just leave it at that? Does he need to keep mixing with the teen crowd? Can we have a character in his 20s interact with other characters in their 20s please? (It's a little sad that 20-somethings look like the "vets" right now on this show.) Point is, I can't think of anything less interesting than Ford groveling to Langston right now. Yesterday that scene in the park almost felt like Langston was having to choose between two men, Ford and Markko, which is completely idiotic. She made her choice. She chose Ford, and he wasn't interested. And now they're battling for her "honor?" I don't think so. Which brings me to...
Elsewhere, Starr and Cole had some sort of vague conversation about how they really love each other. If this is Romance, Jr., I'd like to unsubscribe. It was kind of like a brother and sister making up after they'd been arguing. This couple has had their appeal over the years but at this point there is zero heat, and it really might be time to throw in the towel. And sure, they share a child, but that child is raised mostly by her off-screen great grandmother, so I'm not sure it'd really make any sort of difference.
So Blair finally accepted Evil Eli's marriage proposal, which was probably supposed to be worrisome and ominous (in part evidenced by the ever-wise sage Jack's disapproval), but was actually adorable. Evil Eli is even hotter than Wholesome Eli, and I am still naively holding out hope that there's some way to reverse all this nonsense anyway and not give Blair yet another Spencer Truman-like relationship. But is it just me, or do Eli's teeth get even whiter with every evil layer that's revealed?
Never one to be outdone, Todd was "inspired" by this to propose to Tea in his usual passionate, romantic way -- sitting around in a courtroom after having attempted murder charges against him dropped.
Oo, oo, maybe they'll have a double wedding! It'll be just darling (while Blair and Tea gaze longingly past their grooms to each other). And in particular, since I believe Todd and Tea's last wedding (a year ago) was the last time we saw Sam, then that's fine. Bring on the wedding.
I'm trying to care, I really am.