Truth Be Told
Okay. I do hate that Tess is back out (although in her first appearance years ago I liked her more than Jess, but not in her later appearances when they turned her all sociopath instead of just fearless hedonist), but I have to give her credit for having all the lines of the day. Granted, we should be seeing a story right now in which Jess becomes truly integrated and is able to tap into the part of her that has this kind of incisive boldness and anger. It should have been Jess herself saying all the lines of the day. Regardless, it all got said and I loved every second of it. When Ford started smarmily blathering on about how he and Jess "created" this baby "together" and scolding her for not behaving by his standards of how a mother should behave, she really let him have it. He wasn't in the mood for her "drama," apparently, and told her he needed to get to Langston. And then:
Tess: Oooooh! Your little teen queen, that's what you're into, right? Seducing young girls? You were only interested in Jessica when she thought that she was seventeen. (seething) It's easier to get them into bed, right? Talk about chamber of horrors, no wonder she came screaming for me.
And then he accused her of lying that it was really her and she got even better:
Tess: I wish I was. I was locked up for a year and a half to wake up with this waxed gorilla on top of me -- it was the worst thirty seconds of my life!
Sometimes I love Tess. She later referred to him as a pedophile. What's not to like about Tess so far? Chamber of horrors! Waxed gorilla pedophile!
Also, wow. So not only did Ford have sex with a messy amnesiac who thought she was losing her virginity despite being thirty years old, the experience was so traumatizing for her that she had to call out her sociopath alter to actually do the deed? Oh, One Life to Live. Please assure me somehow that this is meant to further drive home the craptasticness of what Ford did to her, right?
And Ford can shut the hell up about his rights to "his son." Is anyone on the show going to address the fact that he's going back on his word by wanting any contact at all with this baby? I understand that people change their minds about such things, but I just want someone to mention it considering he's behaving as if it's shocking that no one's just handing this kid over to him.
I kind of enjoyed Kelly and John today. However, John really needs to get over this notion that Natalie cheated on him and that Brody betrayed him by sleeping with Natalie. Brody and Natalie hooked up while John was in a serious relationship with Marty. John and Natalie had both been married to other people since the last time they were even a semi-couple! He should be mad about the paternity lie and the fact that he was tricked into thinking he was starting a family, but to act as if their initial act was in any way, shape, or form a betrayal of him? No. Just no. Sorry, John. You got betrayed, big-time, so focus on the thing itself instead of making yourself look like an ass.
I loved Brody today and I love him for not hating Natalie -- I really don't need anyone telling Natalie she was right for lying. She wasn't. And frankly I don't think John should forgive her. But Brody was an equal partner in the early decision to lie, the decision that left the lie intact up to the moment of the paternity results, and I appreciate that he's trying to find some sympathy for Natalie having made what was obviously the wrong choice in that moment. Girlfriend needs an ally, and that she can find one in one of the people she lied to is actually a very big deal. I like that they're finding some gray area in this fallout.
Also... just... Liam!
As for the rest, I can't even respond to them repeating the Todd/Cole/Starr story with Todd/Nate/Dani, especially the fact that Starr seems to be telling her little sister she should just accept their father's violent lunacy and do what he wants. However, I was pleased that Nate thought to turn his shirt back around by the time he got back to the Hell House of Ford, considering he'd initially put it on backwards while getting yelled at and and practically assaulted by the man his brother so strives to emulate.
Blair and Tomas talking about Roxy made me seriously wonder why Blair and Roxy don't hang out. Also, Blair and Tomas!