This Situation Just Got Seriously Adorable
Well, this is certainly not what I anticipated.
First of all, apparently Sam is getting better life lessons from his family than his big brother Jack is, since little Sam has learned from his Aunt Dorian that we should help the homeless, which manifested itself in his gifting a cola to RHTodd (Roger Howarth's Todd, as opposed to TSJTodd... for the time being).
Little did he know that RHTodd is... or might be... his mother's ex-husband? The father of his siblings?
Anyway, the point is that on Friday little Sam met RHTodd.
And it was so effing cute! And you know? It was a little reminiscent of RHTodd's past relationships with small children -- whether we're talking his friendship with little CJ and Sarah or with Starr, all times that he was missing or on-the-run or unknown by the adults nearby, at any rate. I'm enjoying this little call-back, and I'd forgotten just how good Roger Howarth is with little kids. I think it always did a lot to keep us interested in Todd back when there was little reason to do much but hate him for his myriad crimes. There was actually always something about Howarth's Todd that was still a child, and children brought out the part of him that wasn't yet broken.
Also, again, just really effing cute.
Isn't it? So cute. Also, did you check out that headline? So "McPain" isn't just Jack's nickname for John McBain, but also what Todd calls him in newspaper headlines? In papers that presumably sell, which means there's at least a relatively large part of the Llanview populace that doesn't worship John McBain and think he's the greatest ever? Yeah, I'm making a leap here. I find comfort in tiny things sometimes.
But most importantly, there was a quite decent Friday cliffhanger:
RHTodd saw Starr! RHTodd saw Starr! I'm a tad giddy. I'll admit I'd thought about Roger Howarth and how we'll soon see him in scenes again with Erika Slezak and Kassie dePaiva and Florencia Lozano and Hilary B. Smith (by the way, can I be a huge asshole here for a second and say that I adore Smith and think she's a hell of an actress, but can they please let her use a menthol tear stick??) and the rest of the grownups, but I hadn't even thought about what a great father/daughter team Roger Howarth and Kristen Alderson made. I know I give her a hard time, but I really did love Starr as a kid and am psyched to see how this plays out and am psyched to see all these actors getting to work together again.
Well, I could take a moment now to speculate on why Kelly's hair got blonder as the episode progressed, or complain about how Clint ordained Natalie with John and Kelly with Joey from his death bed (so, of course, it must be!) or how weird it is that I do have some affection for the Morasco/Balsom family now after spending much of 2010 complaining about them or how OH MY GOD NORA AND BO NEED TO FIND A NEW DOCTOR FOR MATTHEW, but it's almost time for the Tony Awards so I have to get going. So on that note, earlier today I was watching an episode of Working in the Theatre (it's a television series that covers theatre, which I mention only because I feel like maybe it only airs in the New York area) that had a panel of actors from this season's Broadway shows and Judith Light (ex-Karen Wolek!) was on it. She played Marie Lombardi in Lombardi this year and, I might add, is nominated for a Tony Award for it tonight (and it was much-deserved -- she was absolutely phenomenal in the show). The point is, they were asking about the cast of her show and she said that she'd worked with Dan Lauria (he played Lombardi himself in the show) before and mentioned that he played her pimp on One Life to Live! This made me all a-flutter and excited, and it also cracked up the rest of the panel which just happened to include Renee Elise Goldsberry (ex-Evangeline), who was there speaking about all of the ass-kicking awesomeness she laid out on stage this year in Good People.
We've got almost seven months to go here, so of course OLTL isn't racking up the long-list of big-name returns yet the way All My Children is with about three months to go (ouch), but I imagine in the fall we'll start seeing those names pop up. This is the one the show has to do. Has to do. Because seriously. Doing some sort of a retrospective clip show will not be enough. We need visitors toward the end and we need Judith Light (damn, remember when trials on soaps were awesome?) and she would surely do it, even if only for a day or two.