A Thankless Fordsgiving
Oh lordie. That was dismal, particularly in light of how lovely last year's Llanview Thanksgiving was. Basically, this year's Thanksgiving episode of One Life to Live was primarily focused on the Ford clan. Shall we re-visit the agony?
- Ford and James ran a 10K on Thanksgiving morning! See? Aren't they wonderful, productive, healthy people, especially the hugely-transformed now-saint-and-all-around-great-guy Robert Ford? Oh wait, you're not convinced yet? Wait, let's think of another contrivance to further prove how wonderful Ford is! It wasn't just any old 10K, it was a 10K run to raise money for the homeless! Are you fucking kidding me?
- Then Ford and James went to ruin the Cramer family Thanksgiving by their mere presence, presumably after they stopped by a soup kitchen and served some food, went by the Llanview orphanage to help build the kids' self-esteem, helped a few old ladies across the street, and rescued some baby birds who'd fallen from their nest. Because somehow the Cramers couldn't just spend the day with each other, providing a little comfort after the traumas most of them have experienced with each other. This wouldn't have been satisfying enough for a Thanksgiving episode?
- Daddy Ford showed up and further ruined the already-ruined Cramer Thanksgiving. So far most of Eddie Ford's scenes have been campy-fun-bad, but yesterday's were just plain bad. Not that I don't enjoy it any time a Ford brother is punched in the face, but he chose the wrong one and it sadly only served to further endear the other characters to these asses. Eddie did one thing right, though, and that was to appropriately compliment Blair.
- At the Buchanan Thanksgiving, Inez and Nate proved their Ford-ness by showing up and ruining that one as well. What doesn't Bo understand about how much his son hates Nate? Misplaced or wrong-headed as it might be, that's not the way to handle it. Bo went out of his way to invite the Salingers into his son's life for no good reason, and now acts like it makes no sense that it bothers Matthew to have them in his family's home on Thanksgiving? (Oh, I guess technically Clint invited them, but Bo approved of it and brought them into their lives to begin with.) Then that even got hijacked by Fords since Bo got called away to go deal with Eddie's assault at the Cramers'.
- How inappropriate is Kelly? She's blathering on to Kevin about her feelings for his brother -- you know, the man she cheated on with Kevin while she was married to him. The man she left for Kevin, who she eventually cheated on with his son. I love having Kevin around so I suppose any excuse is worth it, but he's just way too accepting of this whole thing.
- Shall we assume poor Roxy was alone on Thanksgiving??? (Or are we all imagining that she went to visit her son in prison? Or was invited to the Fish-Lewis's Thanksgiving celebration?)
But in the spirit of Thanksgiving, I will give credit where it's due to a few good details: Cristian coming by to see Blair was good and I'm personally loving that this friendship is being ratcheted back up a bit. And of course, anytime there's a Dorian/Viki scene is good.
Viki's digs at Echo were fun, and Echo showing her true colors (being super-nasty, especially to Gigi about her makeup!) was a hoot, Brody's comment to Shane about how he should stop growing because he's making Brody look bad was awesome, Brody and Shane having a scene at all was excellent, Tea admonishing Todd for the Starr/Marty/Hope stuff was certainly welcome, and Joey's "return" at the end was a lovely touch (despite this certainly not being Joey yet).
Appropriately, last night I saw Peter Bartlett (Nigel/Neville) on Broadway in A Free Man of Color. He was absolutely fantastic, and in such a huge (and noteworthy) cast, it really meant something that he fast became an audience favorite. (There was an amusing -- probably just to me -- "iconic butlers" theme to the cast, too, as the actor who played the butler [Jeffrey, yes?] on "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" was in it as well.)
He did have a fun dual-gig on yesterday's show!
Well, dear readers, despite my disappointment in yesterday's Thanksgiving episode, there were a few morsels to be thankful for (and we can always hold on to the fact that Ted King is coming!). I hope you and yours have a wonderful Thanksgiving and enjoy your turkey or tofurkey or whatever it is you do to mark this holiday!