Speaking Of Custody Battles...What Writer Has Custody Of Talent?
Even though, in an effort to preserve my sanity, I watched All My Children and promised myself that I would skip any and all scenes regarding Greenlee's trial, and Ryan's testimony, and their status as--let's all gag in unison--star-crossed lovers, I still ended the show peeved beyond all reason.
Why? BECAUSE MARISSA, is why.
The custody battle is quite nearly as big a farce as Greenlee's trial, what with its blatant misrepresentation of the legal system and the fact that it is based on the most ludicrous premise possible: JR doesn't deserve custody of his son because he's hooking up with Annie. He not only doesn't deserve custody, he doesn't deserve to see his son ever.
JR: I want to see my son.
Marissa: Not a chance in hell.
JR: Then why'd you drive him all the way over here?
Marissa: Because he missed you, and I was stupid enough to think you deserved a chance, and it was breaking my heart. But I should have known better. Do you realize what he almost walked in on? I don't want you anywhere near him.
JR: You're not going to keep me from my son.
Marissa: You're out of control, JR.
Annie: You are the one standing between a devoted father and his son.
Marissa: The only thing JR is devoted to is getting you in bed.
Marissa: No. This is it. Don't call. Don't visit. Don't even ask. If you do show up, I will call the police.
FIRST OF ALL, it's not like she walked in on Annie and JR having sex. She walked in on them almost having sex, and she walked in on them almost having sex because she showed up unannounced and sashayed into the beach house without knocking.
SECONDLY, it's not like she walked in on Annie and JR, like, dismembering a body. They were making out! This is so obscene and controversial that the police need to be called and, what, a SWAT team brought in if JR attempts to contact his son?
THIRDLY, she claims to be all about protecting AJ. What about protecting him from a broken heart, Marissa? WHAT ABOUT THAT? Did she not see him visibly depressed about not trick-or-treating with his father? He was walking around like a forlorn Charlie Brown!
FOURTHLY, shut the hell up, Krystal, with your "He does not deserve his son". Why, because he was trying to get laid? Please. If he had told Marissa that he was trying to comfort Annie, would Krystal "I'll make you feel better...in the bedroom" Carey still feel so strongly that JR shouldn't be a part of AJ's life? Actually, she probably still would because she's so hypocritical that I doubt she'd realize this is a slut calling the whore trampish situation.
I would hope that we're meant to see Marissa as a vindictive shrew, but considering this show's bad habit of casting tools and douchebags in the most heavenly light, I'm not so sure...