Let Me Get This Straight
I just want to make sure I'm clear on a few points regarding the Tess situation on One Life to Live. Because really, maybe I missed something. Maybe one of my alters (Chemise is the bad-girl while Belize is the gatekeeper, y'all) pops out for a few minutes during each episode and I block out the memory of what said alter experiences, which may very well include vivid and reasonable explanations for all this nonsense. If that's true, do forgive me and fill me in. Because here's what I've got:
- In the custody case, a judge denied custody of Ryder to Tess because the judge recognized that Tess was not actually Jessica and instead a component of Jessica's mental illness, D.I.D.
- That same judge deemed Viki's home an inappropriate home for Ryder because Viki, too, is suffering from D.I.D. This included barring Natalie, perfectly sane other than an unfortunate lying habit and feelings for John McBain, from caring for Ryder because she lives under the same roof as Viki.
- Though the judge found Viki's home to be unsatisfactory as a home for baby Ryder even under Natalie's care, the judge was unconcerned about Natalie's child Liam, who apparently is safe living under the exact same circumstances.
- Though the judge found Viki's home to be unsatisfactory as a home for baby Ryder even under Natalie's care, the judge was unconcerned about BREE, THE FUCKING SISTER OF BABY RYDER, who is apparently safe being raised by Viki and Natalie and Brody and the Llanfair staff, despite the fact that the judge deemed that a dangerous environment for a child. For Bree's brother. But not Bree. (Did she become an emancipated minor during one of my blackouts?)
- Tess has avoided being committed to St. Anne's because she married Ford and claimed to have been in her right mind when doing so, thus making Ford the only one able to "force" her into treatment.
- The judge determined in the custody case that Tess is not Jessica and not in her right mind, and that Ford was exploiting this situation for his own gain, and that neither could be considered fit parents. HOWEVER, this had no impact at all whatsoever on the little "I'm totally Jessica and was totally Jessica when I married Ford" loophole that has kept Tess out of treatment. Even though everyone in town knows that Tess is out and is Jessica's alter, finally including a judge, this loophole still stands because...once something is determined once it can never be revisited even though new information is available that completely negates the original determination?
- And incidentally Tess, who was very much in love with Nash, has not made one peep even in interest of Bree, the daughter of Jess/Tess and Nash.
- Ford is now "falling for" Tess, who he knows is not a human being but a symptom of the mental illness of Jessica, a woman he violated sexually and has exploited, used, and damaged ever since her world most recently fell apart. He is "falling for" Tess, an alter who appeared while Ford was sexually violating Jessica because the situation was too traumatic for Jessica to handle. He is denying his own son a mother because (a) he's only interested in full custody and (b) he feels bad for a symptom-and-not-a-person and does not want her to be integrated into a healthy individual. Even though the person was the one who the bad things happened to that created the symptom, he only cares about the symptom.
- Ford considered having Tess committed to St. Anne's so that the mother of his child could get the help she so desperately needs, but opted out because he might not get a fucking prize for doing so. Even though he already doesn't have custody, so he stands to lose nothing personally for doing it, he's not willing to do it if he is not guaranteed a special payoff. Even though she's already knocked him unconscious.
Does that about sum it up? So, I missed scenes or episodes that rationalized and explained all this, right? Right?!