Adorable Funerals and Other Cutenesses!
So the alternate One Life to Live opening credit reel didn't really tell us much. Langston is still in the opening credits. Eh? Otherwise everything looked the same to me (has Shaun always been in the credits? In fact, he got the mid-show bumper today. New? I have no idea.). At least I got my wish and Matthew is still there finger-shooting the camera.
Anyway, business at hand: Funeral Day!
In more important news: Sam! In a suit!
This is the cutest funeral ever. Sam was confused about why there was a picture of his father in church (a fair question, young sir) and worried that his dad knew he stole candy (he'd probably high-five you) and excited that James was going to take him to a Phillies game without Jack (again, that's fair, young sir -- a child after my own heart, what with the whole preferring-non-Jack-activities thing and all).
I even liked James for a minute because he was being sweet to Sam!
Will wonders never cease?
Jack, of course, was a total dick even to people who were offering up condolences to him.
He might want to stop and think how deep people have got to dig to find something kind to say about Victor -- somehow Jessica managed to pull this off (about the man primarily responsible for the death of her daughter, mind you), and Jack practically bit her head off.
My love for the unlikely friendship between Blair and Téa is well-documented (and lamented), so you can imagine this was a good day for me. Téa was too upset to go to Victor's funeral, so of course Blair was her usual bleeding-heart self and took it upon herself to lift Téa's spirits and give her strength -- very smartly by pretending she needed Téa (ha!).
Téa: What is this, tough love?
Blair: It's not love, I just... I need you.
Téa: (scoffs) Give me a break, you don't need me.
Blair: I do!
Téa: You're tough as they come, Blair Cramer, you need me like you need another pair of stilettos!
Blair: (kickin' up the Texan drawl for all she's worth) Oh you know, who've you been talkin' to lately? Have you noticed that my world is kinda crumbling? Todd coming back and... Irene. Everything I knew is just... it blew up.
Téa: (through tears) You don't show it.
Blair: Yeah, well, it's all an act. You know what, Dorian always told me there were two kinds of Cramers: fighters and feelers.
Téa: I guess you're a fighter, huh?
And it went on awesomely like that for a while. I cannot get enough of Kassie dePaiva and Florencia Lozano in scenes together, and I cannot get enough of Blair being effing phenomenal under pressure like this. She went so far as to threaten to get naked and get in the shower with Téa if that's what it took (Dear Ron, Are you saying this actually happening is completely off the table?).
And it worked! (Of course.)
Continued cuteness happened over at Llanfair between Viki and Clint who had a nice, sweet talk. She's worried about his wasting his second chance on Kim, who may very well hurt him again. Or is that it? Viki seemed awfully happy to have Clint around to talk to. She's lost a lot lately and he's a great comfort to her (and unlike most of the assholes she showers with love unconditionally, he actually seems to do better at life when he spends a lot of time with her), and she is just so cute.
And I just love the constant look of adoration Jerry verDorn plays every single time Clint looks at Viki. He truly thinks she is the greatest woman alive, and thinks it a marvel that she gives him the time of day.
Viki then delivered the eulogy at the funeral, and it was the usual soapy "this man wasn't perfect but he sure did love his fams!" spin that they always use at soap opera funerals for rapist abusive assholes, which always cracks me up. I started to feel my eyes rolling when Viki quoted Shakespeare by saying that perhaps Victor "loved not wisely but too well" and I was thinking, "Rage! What? Loved too well? In what solar system?! This is bullshit! An outrage!" and then I remembered that the line is from Othello, who is by the way referring to having just murdered his wife as loving "too well." So hey, it fits! And gave me a hearty laugh.
Oh and Téa walked in on Todd in the church afterwards and thought it was Victor from the back, which apparently was supposed to be some sort of cliffhanger ending. I didn't quite get it, but that's okay because there was so much cuteness (and strong acting) in this episode that I went home happy.