I have a feeling I'm going to be doing this a lot in the months to come -- gushing over an episode and lamenting how unfair the cancellation was in the face of such quality soap. I might have a skewed perspective because of the situation we're in, but I don't feel completely insane if I browse back over my many, many posts over the last couple of years. I've complained about One Life to Live over and over again, but I don't think there's any question that I always have loved this show and thought it was something worth saving. And at its best, as with any show, there's still something to get pissy about -- I never needed to see a Tess/Niki showdown again in my life, nor do I need to see Ford's tender side. But damn if today didn't give us some good drama.
I'm never going to understand the rules of OLTL's version of D.I.D., mostly because OLTL does not stick to the rules it invents for itself, but I'm again confused about how any character (Ford, in this case) could hold Viki responsible for Niki's cruel actions but not hold Jess responsible for Tess' cruel actions. My instincts suggest that Ford's sympathy for Tess was supposed to show us some depth on his part, but that was a tough one on me considering Tess was standing there explaining that she emerged when Jess was being sexually assaulted -- both as a child because of Niki's negligence, and then again last year by Ford. But no matter. It's just more fodder for my hatred of Ford, and it feels good* to have someone to actively root against (besides the brass at ABC Daytime). It's like watching a baseball game. I don't resent that someone thinks I should be rooting for the opposing team; it's just more fuel for my fire. (Although so far this season, I'm learning that it might be best to stay home as it feels like every time I set foot in that stadium, my team loses. And I also spend way too much money on last-minute blankets and rain ponchos and hoodies. But I digress.)
Point is, Niki's back and while one of my favorite things about OLTL is how it embraces the camp of soap opera, I'm not sure anything can steel me for the hammy high muggy camp of Niki and Tess both unleashed on the audience at the same time.
So really, can we talk instead about the awesome? About Clint quietly suffering a heart attack because he's not willing to lose face in front of Bo? About Dorian appropriately trying to make both Echo and Charlie miserable by revealing the truth that Echo had known all along that Charlie wasn't Clint's father?
AND EDDIE ALDERSON. Can I just talk about Eddie Alderson from now on, all the time? Every time I think I might be overstating the case about how damn good this kid is at this whole "acting" endeavor, he pulls another one out and nails it.