Mommie Dearest (or A Damn Solid Episode)
This is a bittersweet afterglow from today's One Life to Live, entirely because of the empty space in the hour before its airing. (Don't bother writing in to tell me about some lame lifestyle show in that timeslot, it's empty! Shh!) I almost feel guilty for having enjoyed the show so much today, as if I am supposed to give All My Children its proper stages of grief (I think I've watched the first ten minutes of that finale about nine times so far).
But I digress. Because One Life to Live rocked today. They let Blair be a serious smartypants today and used excellent callbacks to history while she worked to manipulate Jack into telling the truth (and almost succeeded!). Tomas and Dani continued to bond and put all their own guilt out on the table. Todd convinced Téa of his innocence and to represent him, which now means we get a fun little plot with Blair and Téa faking being at odds in the hopes that it'll make Jack recant -- I hope they milk this for what it's worth, since they know what they've got in Kassie dePaiva and Florencia Lozano. Natalie told John about her engagement to Brody, and I'll be damned if I didn't actually feel sympathy for John McBain. He seemed sincerely heartbroken!
Best of all, though, was the confrontation between Viki and Irene that we've been waiting for. One of the soap cliches that cracks me up the most is when horrible people justify their actions by claiming that they "aren't perfect," and today we got a big fat heaping serving of Irene of all people saying she wasn't a perfect mother! "Sure, I kidnapped and tortured one of my children for eight years, abandoned another, and brainwashed the third. So I wasn't a perfect Mom, neither is anyone! Let's not get hyperbolic here and call me a Bad Mother!" Love it. (In fact her actual line was, "No one can say that I didn't do my best." That was her best? I'm clearly not trying hard enough in my own life because I'm yet to join a rogue CIA operation and use it to play God with my family.) And it was also a nice treat that after complaining that she'd turned evil because of how badly Victor Lord treated her and Viki pointed out that's no excuse, Irene aptly pointed out that Viki has evil alters for the very same reason and therefore uses the same excuse.
They discussed Tina, which got me excited but then immediately disappointed because Viki said that Tina turned out as "selfish and thoughtless" as Irene. Whoa, Viki. When Tina kidnaps CJ and tortures him for the better part of a decade and then brainwashes Sarah into thinking she's CJ, you can start comparing Tina to Irene. It's strange to me that she's mourning her brother Victor who she apparently loved so much, but Tina is somehow not good enough? Tina's a selfish mess, but she has not scratched the surface of Victor's sins.
By the way, this whole conversation between Irene and Viki was all under the guise of Irene coming to apologize! This woman is a hoot. I seriously cannot wait to see her in scenes with Tina. It's going to be campy awesomeness, I just know it. And we should see it this week! I'm a little excited. Just a little.