The Weird Calm After The Storm
So I'm not saying it was a bad episode. It wasn't. I'd even say it was a pretty good episode. It was just... weird. But first let's get the obvious best bit covered. I was completely unspoiled on when Viki and RHTodd would first share the screen, and she clearly hadn't been given the heads-up yesterday (seriously, guys? no phone call to his sister?) and was in the episode for her involvement in Clint's storyline, so the ending was an unexpected treat. Going down the holding cells at the jail to make sure Clint's settled in okay (awww, she's adorable)...
I think my heart almost burst in this moment. Mom! It's your brother! He's right behind you! (Uh, sorry Real Mom if you're reading this, she's just my TV mom, I swear.) TURN AROUND! She did.
Love! I am so excited about today's episode.
Elsewhere in the tale of two Todds, we got some fantastically acted scenes between RHTodd and Tea, complete with stranded-on-a-desert-island flashbacks (RHTodd's first flashbacks that haven't just been still images). Those two still have some serious chemistry and it reminded me of a time that I found that couple very engrossing, and it was nice to see a focus on her reaction to all this since the initial reveal kept her a little bit in the background. And I'm sure there's plenty more to come -- no matter what happens, there's the Dani issue. That's a big one. (Did anyone else find it hilarious that when RHTodd reminded her that she always called him "sir" when they first knew each other, she said he'd readthat somewhere? Where would one read such a detail? I'm sure there were plenty of newspaper articles about their shenanigans, but it cracks me up that one of them may have had a line like, "Interestingly, when the aforementioned pair first knew each other, Mr. Manning referred to Ms. Delgado only by her last name, while Ms. Delgado only referred to Mr. Manning by the moniker 'sir.'" Fascinating and newsworthy, indeed!)
However. We also got Blair filling Dorian in on what's happening and... well, Blair basically told Dorian in between two scenes. So we missed Dorian's reaction completelyand by the time we came back to the scene, it was just kind of a typical casual advice conversation between Dorian and her niece. Huh? Dorian was majorly involved in a lot of RHTodd's old stories (as well as the Walker-is-Todd storyline). This wouldn't rock her world the way it rocks Blair's, but it should be pretty earth-shaking nonetheless. The discussion looked more like Blair had just told her she found out that Todd turned out to really have two middle names instead of just one and she may have been wrong about that all along. And in the middle of it, David came bouncing in with more jokes about Vicker Man and, sure, David is comic relief and is basically a big giant buffoon, but he toohad a lot of involvement in RHTodd's old stories (back when David Vickers had depth and darkness in addition to the humor). It looked as if maybe they hadn't really explained the whole thing to him yet, but that Dorian was going to tell him upstairs and... offscreen. Again. Offscreen. Does this not seem a little bizarre? There's huge drama and huge moments here and they're happening offscreen or just not happening at all. I can only hope that they will actually share the screen with RHTodd and might have a bigger reaction then, because at the moment it feels like they're not mining the obvious history that can give us huge impact today. I am allfor Viki getting the big shocking moment before characters more peripheral to Todd's past, but then let's get to it because it's there for the taking, people! It's not like Robin Strasser can't rise to the occasion!
And Blair is just now (the next day!!) calling Tomas to ask him to explain everything he knows about the two Todds??!
In non-Todd stories (what? these exist?), Nate 'fessed up to Bo that he's the one who hit Matthew. Look, I don't blame Nate for having been angry at Matthew; he had every right to be (and hell, I've cheered some of my favorite characters on for getting in a good right hook on some folks who've done 'em wrong). But let's not forget that neither Nate nor his mother were facing prison time because of Matthew's silence: they both faced prison time because they both falsely confessed to the crime. Because they are really, really dumb. Boring and really, really dumb. So it bums me out that Bo was so damn gentle with Nate about it (but I guess that's par for the course with Bo and Ford boys, inexplicably). I wonder if Matthew will feel the same way when he wakes up? Of course if Matthew wakes up facing anything but a murder conviction, I guess he should be relieved.
Speaking of that murder conviction, Nora dropped the charge against Clint for killing Eddie Ford. I was so relieved that Clint still pled guilty to the rest of it and even stated that those accurate charges alone would give him decades in prison (since soaps have this tendency to never send anyone to prison for anything less than full-on pre-meditated murder), but I am super-curious how the hell they're going to get out of this one. Could OLTL really come to an end with both Matthew and Clint serving time? It seems highly unlikely. Maybe they'll both same some lives and get a pardon from the governor. Guest Star Tom Corbett!
Rex was on. So there's that. He's seeing Gigi floating around the house and instead of thinking she's a ghost or a hallucination, he thinks she's probably alive (seems likely, Rexie), and Echo's trying to talk him out of this insanity. I'm so frustrated about Echo. I liked her as a horrible bitch who happened to have a legitimate soft spot for Rex and Shane, but I think they made a real misstep when they had her almost murder Dorian. It was just too far. They could have played that entire scenario out the exact same way with the exact same results (and payoff, if you can call it that) without the intent-to-kill part. She could have just taken her and tied her up, and Dorian still could have been saved by Sam, and Rex still could have made Clint blackmail Dorian into dropping the charges. They could have hit every beat of the story with the attempted-murderer beat and been just fine (hell, abducting someone and holding her against her will is nothing the show's female lead Natalie hasn't done!) and Echo could still have been around as 95% bad girl and 5% woman who wants to connect with her biological son. As is stands, it's just... off.
Well, I'm off to start my countdown to today's Erika Slezak/Roger Howarth scenes. I feel like I've been waiting eight years for this! Oh, wait...