Llanview Llogic (Or Llack Thereof)
My failure to understand the town reaction to Dissociative Identity Disorder persists. Someone is seriously going to need to explain to me why Ford, upon learning of the sexual abuse endured by Jess that resulted in D.I.D., has now decided that he respects and admires and sympathizes with... Tess. A symptom, not a human being. Let's walk through this, shall we? Tess is the thing that happened as a result of a trauma suffered by Jessica and yet, instead of manning up and being a decent human being, Ford has apparently made himself feel like he has some sort of depth by basically deciding that Tess is a real person. Because he feels bad about the origins of Tess. Which were a result of Jessica's abuse. Nope. Still don't get it. Call me crazy, but shouldn't Ford now be sympathizing with Jessica herself? And seriously questioning the safety of letting a D.I.D. alter (who is not a human being and has no conscience) have access to his child?
And the thing is, it's not just Ford. Everyone in town, including Jessica's family, speaks to and about Tess as if she is an autonomous individual who just happens to look an awful lot like Jess. Kelly, Viki, Natalie, Joey, Aubrey -- just about everyone. Aubrey and Cutter ridiculously have an arrangement with Tess to keep their con a secret, but they don't seem to realize they should cover their bases and make a deal with Jess and Bess and lord knows who the eff else at this point. SHE'S NOT A PERSON! It's not like Jessica's body has been possessed by some other complete soul with her very own 30-year history on this planet.
And might I add that if this background information has led Ford to hate Viki because of something that Niki did since Niki is only a symptom of Viki's illness, would it not follow that he would in fact find compassion and admiration for Jessica for something that created and was endured by Tess since Tess is only a symptom of Jessica's illness? HOW DOES ANY OF THIS MAKE SENSE?! Ford seriously seems to think Tess is some sort of hero for "protecting" Jessica. How is anything that's happening now protecting Jessica? And seriously? WHAT ABOUT BREE?
Rama continues to entertain the heck out of me. We're clearly not dealing with some sort of a decent person, but I can't help but enjoy how much glee she seems to get out of poking at people.
I rather enjoyed it yesterday when everyone ran into the room to see what she was screaming about and she explained that Clint was just lying there "with this -- this -- this mayor hanging around," and the word "mayor" was uttered with such accusatory disdain that I've started thinking about Bloomberg in a whole new way. Honestly, it's sort of a thankless role for an actress as such characters who just sort of get inserted into stories to cause trouble and laugh on the sidelines are not generally warmly welcomed by soap audiences (especially soap audiences who at the current moment are especially disinterested in any non-legacy characters for obvious reasons), so really, hats of to Shenaz Treasury. Shenaz, by the way, has dropped the "-wala" from the end of her last name, presumably to be more marketable for American roles but... now her last name is "Treasury." Just sayin'.