Worst Doctor Ever (or Fairly Decent Brother?)
Wow. Matthew's doctor has the worst bedside manner of just about any doctor I've ever seen. Last week I complained that she was telling Bo and Nora their son was likely brain-dead as if she was telling them it was time to let go of that one dead tooth.
This week? She seems annoyed with them. More tooth.
Nora: Matthew's not a quitter.
Dr. Insensitive: I'm sure he's not. And Matthew deserves a quality of life that... These machines can keep him alive, but they can't give him the kind of life you want for him. Do you really want him to linger like this? Maybe for years?
Jeez, Doc! How 'bout let him "linger like this" for two days before treating his parents as if they're being incredibly irritating and stubborn? Then later when she was trying to persuade them to take him off of life support, she kept using phrases like "very little hope" and "not technically brain-dead," and already talking about organ donation. What the hell? I would punch that woman in the face. She's saying there is some hope but that this would be a bad state to be in for years on end, so they should just go ahead and pull the plug now?
Outside of this asshole doctor, absolutely everything in the Matthew storyline absolutely broke my heart today. That's all I can say about it because it's NOT REALLY HAPPENING, but it was very well-done drama and tugged at my icy heartstrings.
In other news, I'm sorry about the fact that I know this is going to disappoint some of you, but I have to speak well of a Ford. James was kind of awesome today. When Ford told James about how he'd been to see Tess to tell her he has feelings for her...
James (in an excellent mocking tone): Oh, now you guys are goin' steady?
Ford: No, they kicked me out before I could do anything.
James: Well good. 'Cause she just would've used it against you. "Oh come on, Bobby, bust me out," and then you would've broken the law and she would've gotten free and dumped you faster than you can say (sounds it out for him like the dunce he is) "ALTER EGO."
Why thank you! Of course he delivered all this truth looking like this:
But what are you gonna do? That look is kind of his thing.
James: She's an alter ego, she's not real!
Ford, of course, disagreed with this. Bottom line, it's frustrating that this feels like the crux of James' argument is really that Tess doesn't reciprocate Ford's feelings and that he'll be proven wrong since we know Tess is, in fact, having feelings for him when they go play out their beautiful, romantic love story and... look. I'm going to enjoy this while I can. A lot of us (especially me!) have spent a lot of time recently getting all infuriated about storylines we assume will play out, rather than just reacting to what's on the screen (which, personally, I think is a major reason the genre's dying out... I could practically read the scripts for the next month online the way things are going with spoilers and rumors) and I am really not having any fun doing that. And I watch this stuff for fun. (Oh yeah, and to pull him big-time bucks and huge amounts of fame... y'all know soap blogging made me a household name, right?!) So I will try. I will try. Here and now here and now here and now.
Wouldn't it be more interesting, though, if Ford's feelings for Tess made him realize that since she's a fragment of Jessica, it must mean he's developing feelings for Jessica? That's not a romance I'd like to watch play out, but Ford realizing that the reasons he sympathizes with Tess actually mean he sympathizes with Jess (without having anyone spell it out for him) would actually be baby step forward for his character. You know, realizing he was wrong to keep Jess from getting help. Which is why I assume we won't see it. In the future. The future? There I go again! Here and now here and now.
Speaking of Jessica, Viki actually reminded Tess today that Jessica is a mother to two children! Who knew?
You may have heard this by now (I'm not exactly the queen of scoop here), but today we learned that Ron Carlivati (OLTL's head writer) will be joining the writing staff of General Hospital when he's finished out One Life to Live. What will this mean? Multiple personalities in Port Charles? Big Gay Weddings on the heretofore mob docks? Cops who solve crimes? People over 50 with storylines? A new mafia consisting only of over-waxed abs models taking over the town? Alexis losing her mind and becoming deluded into thinking she and Sonny are going to get back together and throwing Brenda off the Metrocourt roof?