Reunion Time, In Brief
So they found Liam. Or sorry, John found Liam, because he is King of Heroes. All of it very anti-climactic. And really, most of it about John. John looking longingly at Liam as Brody reunited with him. John looking sad when Brody thanked him for finding his "son." Characters elsewhere blathering about John and how John is really Liam's father and how Marty somehow thinks telling John that would absolve her of all the murdering and attempted-murdering.
...is worth less than lame-ass broody sour-faced John McBain. I just can't get how a John-and-Natalie reunion is the root-for scenario here, especially because it's been telegraphed from miles away that Liam's paternity will be the game-changer that leads them back together and, yes, that still drives me nuts since it changes absolutely nothing about why they broke up. But I'm a broken record with this one so I might as well just give up. The kiss was cute, anyway.
I don't know who he is, but this kid playing Brad absolutely cracks me up every time.
I don't know what it is about him. Maybe it's because he's so miserably miscast for a bully (not just because he's so much shorter than Shane, but also because my quick read on him would be that he's a "class clown" type), and maybe it's because of that hilarious shit-eating grin he gets every time he and Jack are being all evil. I mean I know we're supposed to hate him because he's just a one-dimensional bad guy , but I have to say I'm giddy every time he shows up. (I think, perhaps, that giddiness and laughter are not the hoped-for reactions to this storyline. Oopsie!)
I... don't think I understand Marty's departure. If that was in fact her final departure, which I think it was. I thought for sure she would have at least one overlapping scene with Roger Howarth's Todd before leaving. I thought we'd get some further information about her breakdown, or that she'd turn out not to be Dr. Buhari's killer, or that the conspirators who are holding Patrick were drugging her or... who knows. I don't even understand what she's going off to do now, hang out in a cell forever with a mute Patrick? What exactly is the plan? (Seriously, they may have explained this but I definitely didn't catch it.) I'm not going to get too worked up that she departed unpunished, as characters on this show have gotten away with worse crimes pretty routinely, but it all just seemed so hastily written to me. "Hey Patrick, long time no see, I'm done with my killing spree!"
I do know that her final scenes with TSJTodd continued to be chilling, with his baby-talking her and pretending to be letting her go because he owes her, and (especially) talking about when "he" gang raped her with an actual nostalgic glint and smile as if he were talking about his rebellious youth when he stood her up for the prom or something. It was sickening and fascinating to watch, so kudos to both Trevor St. John and Susan Haskell for it. And kudos in general to Susan Haskell for everything, really. For always being a pro and for being incredibly talented and pouring herself into what was often a thankless and embarrassing role over the years. For me, her departure is a tremendous loss for the show, despite how her talent was often squandered. I hope to see her work elsewhere sooner rather than later.
And one more thing.
That's right, baby! RHTodd is finally back in Llanview!!
In super-unsurprising casting news, Tom Degnan (Joey) and Gina Tognoni (Kelly) will be leaving the show this summer. I'm not devastatingly broken-hearted or anything, but as these two are part of legacy families I'd rather they stuck around for the ending. I'm waiting patiently for the dead-weight departure announcements (aka Fords).