Changing Up The Recipe
There's nothing I love more than when a soap changes things up and puts unlikely duos in scenes together or builds new friendships, alliances, and rivalries from existing characters rather than retreading what we've known for years.
Today they broke up some of the usual on One Life to Live with scenes between:
Roxy and Echo! Now, these two have had a few scenes together before because of their relationships with Rex, but they've very rarely had a one-on-one scene. Kim Zimmer and Ilene Kristen have a fun chemistry together and I'm liking that they're having to form an unlikely alliance and even referring to Rex as "their" son. Frankly I wish their concern was over someone more interesting than Rex, but I'll take it.
We also got...
Aubrey and Kim! Or Aubrey and Aubrey. Or Christine and Aubrey. Aw, hell, I don't know. Is it odd to anyone else that Cutter is so comfortable talking about getting it on with his lady friend "Aubrey," whose fake identity is that of his actual sister?
And we got...
Todd and Natalie!
With Natalie lookin' crazy-hot in that dress she was wearing.
Whoa. Now... I know Roger Howarth is all good-looking and stylish and all that, but y'all. Can we talk about his hair? The highlights and the wispy razor cut are just a tad too metrosexual for Todd Manning, wouldn't you say? It looks more like runway-model hair, especially for a Todd Manning who just spent eight years in captivity.
While I wish Blair had been the one to tell Todd about what Jack did to Shane and Gigi (and what Victor did to cover it up), it was great that he finally found out. The chickens really came home to roost for Todd and Victor on that one. I'm also hoping this isn't the beginning of legitimate affection between Todd and Natalie but maybe just a continued adversarial relationship with a smidge more respect at its base.
And most excitingly, we got...
Cutter and Morris!
And in news of good character relationships that have gotten short shrift until recently, we got...
Brody and Shane! I love these two, but I'm nervous what the uptick in shared scenes lately might mean story-wise. I have a feeling it's going to result in something bad for one or the other of them. In the meantime, it's nice that Shane has a father figure he can talk to since Rex has mostly been focused on ignoring his son so he can go off half-cocked on revenge schemes and on magical 10-minutes trips to strip clubs in Kentucky.
We got some more typical match-ups like Jack and Starr, Aubrey and Cutter, Shaun and John, and Roxy and John (a scene match-up that rarely fails to make me smile, but when it seems to happen primarily to have Roxy extoll the fabulous pairing that is the almighty coolest-kids-in-town union of Natalie and John, I tend to zone out), but the mix of new and old match-ups made it relatively low-key but character-developing episode absolutely worth watching. Solid stuff. And the more moments of Todd and Starr bonding they can give us as these episodes move forward, the better, please!
I don't really have a Memory Lane point of actual substance to bring up today, but it's mostly because I've spent the last several days being too distracted by my obsession over Blair's 2002 hair.
So pretty, y'all. I covet. This was at Todd and Blair's forty-second thwarted wedding. (Damn you, Sam Rappaport!)