Wait A Second.
Did that really just happen?
Damn. I don't think I've had that many extreme emotions elicited by one lone episode of One Life to Live in a long, long time. That was (as I prepare myself for getting totally eviscerated in the comments for saying this about an episode that included Ford) a really good show. That's right, I said it. Really good.
Here we have the lovely family unit of Rex, Gigi, and Shane. As I mentioned the other day, as a sweet family unit (not on the front burner) they've really grown on me quite a bit. And John-Paul Lavoisier (Rex), whose facial expressions I've spent a great deal of internet space poking fun at, did a really nice job today, running the gamut from scared to worried to angry to shocked and back through a few times -- and he did it all without twitching and mugging and clownish double-takes. And Austin Williams (Shane) did some more meaty work today when he exploded at Jack and later had the anguished realization that what happened to his mother had been intended for him. But really, the best part of all these family scenes today was that they included Roxy, who thankfully has been allowed to re-instate herself as Shane's non-DNA grandma. Seeing Roxy stand up for Shane against Jack after Rex had run off warmed my heart, and I'm so glad she's there for this. Now at the end, the doctor just said "it's too late," which we're clearly supposed to think means that Gigi has died. I try to avoid spoilers but it's been hard to avoid rumors that this will happen for the last few days, but honestly, that's not a lot of advance notice and this did take me by surprise, but I'm trying not to have a full reaction because... I don't know, tomorrow the doctor could say, "It was too late to save her without surgery, which she's now in, so that's why you can't see her yet!" Who knows, right? This show has certainly played bigger psych-outs than that in the past.
And now for the current star of One Life to Live, clocking in at more screentime than Todd, John, Ford, and Natalie combined, the tape recorder! It returned today and got a few dramatic close-ups (as if the damn tape recorder is what we care about when Rex is trying to rescue his unconscious fiancée). Thankfully beyond those early moments and a few more hints from Todd to John that he has big news for him, it sort of faded into the background.
Elsewhere (there was so much going on today, seriously! is it really just a Wednesday??), we had stories overlapping in the hospital, with Viki confronting Clint about not accepting Rex (and really, Erika Slezak and Jerry verDorn in scenes together are always masterful) and Starr talking to Dani about the possibility that Destiny's pregnant, and Destiny talking to an unconscious Matthew about how they didn't actually use protection but there's no way she's preggers (which, if you speak soap, means she's pregnant, so... GLURGH) and John showing up to get information about what happened to Gigi and how. And at the very end, with the doctor telling Rex that it was too late, Matthew opened his eyes! I got chills. This was all so heartbreaking to watch, but heartbreaking in a good way. No, really! I was sad because the scenes were sad, not because they were bad! And now I really can't wait till tomorrow because I don't know if the Matthew thing was a fakeout (we've all heard stories about brain-dead people opening their eyes and it means nothing) or if the Gigi thing was a fakeout ("it's too late" could mean a few things) or if this is all leading up to Gigi's heart going to Clint in an ugly twist of fate, considering Rex and Clint's last exchange. And I'm praying that Destiny's pregnancy is a fakeout, but I'm holding out little hope on that front. Especially because the simul-sex going on the episode by both pairs involved in last spring's oopsie pregnancies was preceded in both cases by the characters going out of their way to discuss protection, so I'm assuming that juxtaposition was for a reason.
(Also, if both Matthew and Clint live, who is taking the rap for killing Eddie Ford? I'm confused. Would they really save Clint just to send him off to prison? And would they really let Matthew get away with murder while having Jack penalized for killing Gigi [if she died], or would Matthew be penalized for killing Eddie while Jack goes unpunished since his stepmother Tea vowed today that she wouldn't let anything happen to him? I am so confused! So many questions! See? Big episode!)
So... there was that other thing. Brody and Natalie got it on because being each other's mutual second choice is an aphrodesiac in Llanfair, I suppose. I didn't really understand Brody's "Even if Jessica does come back, we won't work out" comments, because that's a hell of a turnaround from just the other day, but of course it's all because this was rushed to up the ante when the truth about Liam's paternity finally comes out. Brody and Natalie were pretty, but I have mixed feelings about it. If Jessica ever does come back, this is a hell of a homecoming!
Ford and Tess, on the other hand, were not pretty. Tess revealed today that Jessica is fighting hard to come back, but Ford doesn't care. Ford isn't interested in the fact that the mother of his child, the woman who chose to keep and then carried and gave birth to and loved Ryder, is trying to come back. He's happier if Ryder never sees his actual mother again for the rest of his life, so Ford once again is clearly in the running for Father of the Year. And oh yeah, Jessica's other child? Remember Bree? Ford doesn't. Tess doesn't (inexplicably, since Bree is Nash's). Ford doesn't think there's anything wrong with Bree (whose father is dead, mind you) never seeing her mother again for the rest of her life. He's trying to orphan a child so that he can get it on with the alter personality who emerged because he was sexually violating her host-person while she had amnesia due to sexual abuse and exploitation. I mean seriously, read that sentence three times. It's what's actually happening. So yeah, those scenes made me physically sick. See? Extreme emotions.
Hell, I'm even excited about tomorrow's episode so I can see the continuation of TSJTodd and Jack's scene at the precinct! I'm all over the place after that. Perhaps a nice glass of Pinot will help.
Destiny out (of anvilicious denials of pregancy)!