Quick! Start A Fund-Raising Drive For The Llanview Public School District!
Call me crazy, but Friday's One Life to Live really kicked things up a notch and got me way back into this show. I still couldn't possibly care less about Deanna and her almost-foray into porn (from which she was rescued by James, of course) and am hoping in vain that this means the end of that little subplot (except that for some reason the porn guy apparently wants to make her sorry she quit, which... I mean, isn't this a legal adult film? Can't he just hire another freaking actress? Why is this porn director so preoccupied with recruiting performers from the unwilling?). But the Nora/Bo/Clint business and the Echo/Charlie/Viki triangle and the bullying storyline all went into high gear and, for the most part, it was some damn good soap and I'm eager for Monday's episode.
I doubt that they'll really bring Viki into the bullying storyline, but it was a nice touch having her "accidentally" walk into the middle of it by stopping by the carriage house and seeing Shane, who was home dealing with the trauma of how he'd just been humiliated at school. I was always a little uncomfortable with Austin Williams as an actor because of this squinting thing he does right before "meaningful" lines, and he's still doing it but for some reason it's working in this story. He's awkward, and now it's more like, "Of course he's awkward!"
Meanwhile, back at the high school, we learned that the Llanview Public School system is severely under-funded. Is no one paying taxes in this town? I'd like to start a fundraising campaign because, really, my heart goes out those schools and their inability to hire any staff. It was one thing the day prior when, over the course of what was really only a few minutes, a large group of kids got together to publicly humiliate Shane in the school gym. I find it somewhat implausible that there would be no adults present but, as I said, it was really only a few minutes. However, immediately afterwards? Three people who are neither students nor employees at the school just walked straight into the gym to have a lengthy confrontation about what had transpired, complete with yelling and screaming and physical altercations. And no one noticed. Wouldn't Starr, Gigi, and Rex have had to sign in and get a pass to even enter the school? And then Rex started basically throwing Jack around and even made a move to punch him -- and by the way, this all happened before Rex learned what had just gone down. All he knew about at that point was the MyFace comments (why is Shane MyFace friends with Jack, may I ask? And why does he not delete his comments? I guess MyFace really isn't like Facebook.) And Starr and Gigi screamed and screamed and, still, no teacher or custodian or guidance counselor in sight.
Well, of course no one was there who worked at the school. Had there been, Rex would've been arrested. Then again, maybe Rex thought all of this out in advance and rationally concluded that the best way to communicate with Jack would be to speak Jack's father's language which is, of course, bullying and physically threatening teenagers. It's a good thing no one was there because Rex and Gigi totally couldn't get away with misbehaving at the high school using the typical Llanviewite method (offering up a giant donation to the school, which it could clearly use) since, and I don't know if you guys know this but, Rex and Gigi are, like, totally poor, you guys.
I know I'm constantly disparaging the teen storylines, but when they're done well and actually resonate something, they can work beautifully. I just don't care about which bland pretty teen is dating which other bland pretty teen.
Meanwhile, hats off to Hillary B. Smith (Nora), who had to spend a good chunk of the episode alone, talking herself through a memory. "And then I tried the door, and I couldn't get in." (Dramatic pause.) "I got in."
"It wasn't locked. I opened the door. (Gasp!) Did I go into the room? Oh my god! Oh my god oh my god oh my god oh my god. Oh god. Okay. All right. All right, all right, all right. Just relax, just relax, just relax. Okay, you can do this you can do this you can do this you can do this. You're outside the door. You open the door. (Gasp!)"
And she's down for the count! This kind of silliness is always good for a fun time. Smith is one hell of a good sport. And of course this was all leading up to the revelation that, no, Clint wasn't protecting Nora from realizing that she killed Eddie, but from realizing that Matthew did. Now that's a good Friday cliffhanger and I am holding out some serious hope that this means Eddie Alderson (easily the best young actor in a sea of young actors on that show) will get some good material. Am I a fool for having expectations that this will be Matthew's story and not just the adults standing around talking about him?
And then the other big soapy Friday cliffhanger was pure classic soap and I love it.
Love it! And I love that this is happening in the over-50 crowd. I seriously cannot wait for this confrontation. We know these three can bring it.
Sigh. So I am just like most soap viewers, in that I completely freak out if there are two bad episodes in a row and am also singing from the rooftops if there are two good episodes in a row. We're a strange breed, aren't we. And all of this paired with the newest nasty rumor that both All My Children and One Life to Live are about to be canceled, I've got whiplash. And something in my eye. Say it ain't so! I am not going to let this show go quietly. But I'm also making a concerted effort not to completely panic over a rumor.
I mean... right? We shouldn't panic. Right?