The Hand That Rocks (Side Note: It Is The Only Storyline To Do So)
The LIRR service was shut down today. A news report pre-empted the start of General Hospital and a press conference interrupted the end of it, and I found myself...disappointed! I had so looked forward to a relaxing afternoon in a sweatshirt and yoga pants, drinking hot chocolate (have I mentioned how cold it was today? It was COLD! Well, it was about 70 degrees, but summer in the Northeast has been so horrifically hot this year that a mild day feels like the tundra) and fast-forwarding through most of the show in order to get to Patrick, Robin and Lisa starring in Bob Guza's not completely awful adaptation of Fatal Attraction.
So I did something that I have not done in ages, and tuned in for the SOAPNet rerun, hoping to see more of this. Specifically, you know...maybe a scene or two of Robin searching for her daughter. This show continues to astound me with its unwillingness to broadcast things that could qualify as entertaining. Like, instead of Jax and Claire's conversation about Sonny, which was about 99% recycled dialogue recapping things we've seen and heard and already had recapped for us, why couldn't this story, which is the ONLY story right now that doesn't make me heartsick with boredom, get a little more time on camera? So weird.
What we did get in the few minutes the show devoted to this plot was some crazy:
Lisa: Did she go right to sleep? I'm not surprised, she was pretty tuckered out.
Patrick: What the hell were you thinking?
Lisa: I brought her back right before bedtime, I don't understand--
Patrick: Lisa, you kidnapped my daughter.
Lisa: Oh! Okay, no need to be so dramatic. I took her out for a scoop of ice cream.
Patrick: You took her without permission. If you go anywhere near her again, I will press charges.
Lisa: Press charges? I was just trying to show you how good I could be with her.
Patrick: I don't care what you want. If you come anywhere near my family, I swear to god, it will end.
Lisa: Listen. Listen, she was fine. She was so happy, she laughed the entire way home. Don't you see? That could be the way it could be between us, you know? You and Emma and I, we could be so happy together, if anything ever happened to Robin.
I'm still not sure how one night with Patrick could turn her so quickly from personality-free and bland to a stark raving nutbar, but I do have to admit that this story and Brianna Brown in particular have far exceeded my (very...very. Veryveryvery) low expectations when I heard that the show was going down this road. I found that whole exchange hilarious. Or maybe I am so desperately craving something entertaining that I am trying to get myself to think this is all better than it really is. All I know is that I am practically excited for tomorrow's show, to see if Robin kicks Lisa's giggling ass, or if Dr. Niles manages to talk her way out of it, or if the show decides not to feature them at all in favor of more Sonny and Dante.
ALSO, Emma's face when Patrick found her and Lisa having quality time DELIGHTED ME.
If someone ever asks me, "What does misery look like?", I am directing them to that picture.