If Santa Showed Up in August
Yes, Virginia, there would be a Santa Claus if the last line of today's One Life to Live turned out to be true. To recap, Tea spent much of the episode recounting her various weddings to Todd and then took a trip down memory lane via a photo album, which I figured was the show just having a little fun with the fact that Roger Howarth was playing Todd for their first two weddings. Of course the show did actually try to justify that particular recast by claiming that Todd had deliberately had plastic surgery to change his face in order to conceal his identity (is that how they're going to explain Ross?), but really, this miraculous plastic surgeon also changed his bone structure, his height, his body type, the hue of his eye color, and his complexion. Even Dani took a gander at the old photos today and asked her "dad" if he ever misses his old face. To wit:
The old photos ended up meaning a little more than I originally thought they did when the episode ended with Tea coming in and announcing that the wedding is off because this man is "not Todd Manning!"
My first instinct was to jump up and down and be totally shocked and blown away in a way I haven't since pre-internet soap-viewing days when you got no spoilers or up-to-the-second casting announcements and things sometimes did truly come as a huge shock. Then I remembered who I am, where I am, and when I am. And I remembered how much this show has disappointed at almost every turn lately, and that the world just couldn't be this kind.
And then as if the universe wanted to provide confirmation that nothing awesome was happening at all, we got a standard non-reaction from Todd.
Yeah. I'm assuming tomorrow she'll explain something about how the real Todd Manning wouldn't be this loving and wonderful and passive and would've fought her and fought cancer and... oh god, I don't know. Some tedious figure of speech.
Or it's the tumor talking.
But I mean... right? How awesome would it be? A serious, hardcore, major, blow-everyone-away revelation? Maybe this is Bennett Thompson! And he was never Todd! Or he was really Walker Lawrence! Or just... anything! It's just killing me how much I'm dying for a real, honest-to-goodness, shocking, soapy revelation. Is it just me? Is it? Anyone?
In other news, I feel compelled to mention that I went to see Michael Lowry's (now-ex-Ross) band play the other night (awesome as always) and Terrell Tilford (Greg) was there and, damn, is that man attractive. Perhaps Detective Price could get injured in the line of duty sometime soon and have a few scenes with Dr. Greg? That would be a whole lot of pretty.
Speaking of Greg, he has this little sister. Her name is Destiny. Destiny out.