Families Worth Rooting For (And Others)
I'd say I don't care about Jessica anymore (especially in light of her alter's sudden "feelings" for Ford) but Viki and Clint's concern makes me care. They break my heart. Clint breaking while he told Joey to never be like him? Oh, Weezie's easily-won-over, forgiving heart (and for real, ask anyone, if you feel bad about something for about one-third of a second I'll pretty much forgive you for anything if I ever enjoyed you; it's... not a strength, probably). Jerry verDorn playing Clint's rejection of Rex as something closer to trying to "save" Rex from becoming just like him? Yep, I love me some Lord-Buchanans and all their many flaws and strengths and heinous crimes and acts of love. I'm easy. With them.
From the cold open I thought we were given the great gift of a Ford-free Tuesday, but alas, we got possibly the worst day yet of the Ford Redemption Tour 2011. We had Ford having flashbacks to when Tess was heartbreakingly carted off to the Funny Farm, where she belongs and where Jessica needs to be to get help and to be there for her (AND FORD'S) son. (Do people still call it the Funny Farm anymore? Let me get my spectacles and look it up on my mantle's dictionary -- it's right next to my gramophone.) Oh, my heart bleeds for Ford having to deal with the mother of his child actually getting treatment so she can be there for her infant. Because remember, Ford and Tess totally bonded. Their love is really one for the ages. It's so forbidden because it's between a whiny asshole sexual predator and a symptom of a mental disorder -- hot, forbidden love! I swoon. How romantic. My greatest fantasy.
And then Ford continued being our heroic champion by eavesdropping on Shane's conversation with his mother about his suicide attempt (in fairness, Shane was having this conversation in public) and then going over and telling Shane he knows just how he feels. Apparently Ford was awkward and gangly and poorly-dressed in high school and got mocked? Oh yeah, he's got all the classic symptoms of a high school misfit. SPARE ME. Whenever I hear his pathetic sob stories of his childhood, I can't help but think about how he ditched his helpless little brother in that situation and never looked back. So forgive me if I don't bleed sympathy upon hearing this brand new sniffly backstory.
And then... WAIT A MINUTE, HOLD THE PHONE.
Gigi: (to Ford) I still think what you did to Jessica last year was wrong, but I think Ryder's very lucky to have you as a Dad and I hope you get him back.
I don't know what the sweet fuck that sentence was about, or why Gigi thinks Ford is all of a sudden a super father and that Jessica shouldn't have custody of her son when she gets out of treatment, but I guess it's just another in a long line of characters to magically decide that all children should be handed over to child-whisperer Ford, Daddy of the Year. Honestly, at this point I'd appreciate it if they'd leave the "what you did to Jessica was wrong, but" business out of any Ford praise, because it's just lip service and it's insulting. If they're going to sink a character by making them do an about-face on this piece of boring crap, they should just embrace it completely so that I can choose to view the whole thing as some sort of absurdist exercise.
Can we talk about Shenell Edmonds? I've been critical of her over the years while always, always finding her lovable and I've thought she's improved a lot but today she just crushed me. When they wheeled Matthew out of surgery and she just broke completely, I wanted to give her a giant hug and a newborn puppy. And a menthol tear stick.
Was anyone else a little weirded out by Nate mentioning Natasha Richardson today? I actually really enjoy it when the soaps bring a little real-world pop culture into things, but it felt a little strange to actually bring a movie star's tragic and untimely death into it. I'm not saying I found it tasteless because I think it was intended reverently, but it was jarring.
I'm not going to say that I felt sorry for Nate today because I did not, but he didn't piss me off for once -- mostly because his guilt was entirely apropos. He should feel guilty right now as much as he had a right to be angry last week. I'm just... not interested. And Deanna's totally arbitrary presence in all of his scenes lately is only making things much, much worse. I know a lot of you will want to throw things at me for this, but I do feel bad for Lenny Platt because I think he's got slightly more going on than the other Ford portrayers but that he was just miserably, miserably miscast in a role that's been written as blandly as possible.
I don't even want to talk about this whole no-brain-activity thing with Matthew because I have elected to stay in denial until I have no choice anymore. And that's all I'm saying on that.
Is anyone else starting to find Tom Degnan as Joey a little hot for the first time now that Joey's getting a bit of a backbone?
There's a viral video contest going on that's part of the campaign to save the soaps. I don't know anything about it nor do I have a whole heck of a lot of faith that there's anything to be done at this point, but that doesn't mean it isn't worth trying! I still have a sliver of naive, naive hope.