Someone Needs A Time Out
And that someone would be Jack Manning. Now before I launch into this, I need to throw out a disclaimer: I am perfectly aware that how infuriating this character is is quite deliberate. I do wish that we were dealing with a stronger actor here, but it's still a story that makes perfect sense -- of course Todd Manning's son hates him (I'm going to go out on a limb and say I'd probably hate anyone who gave me away at birth and told my mother I was dead) (though as far as I know this did not happen to me, but it might be worth looking into). And of course he plays dirty; he's Todd Manning's son! But no matter how much it makes sense, it is endlessly rewarding to me whenever anyone treats him like the annoying little beast that he is. I always cheered when Victor came down hard on him and I do the same whenever Starr or Blair look like it's taking all their strength not to throttle him on the spot. Since his return, though, Todd's been so concerned with building some sort of relationship with his son that he lets Jack get away with an awful lot. Today was refreshing, then, when Todd finally stood a little ground with his youngest brat. His "Wow, you really are a jackass" looks were a gift.
Of course we all know that Todd Manning is capable of looks that cut much deeper than that, but no worries, there's still time! He got a little too gentle later on in the episode, but he's still fighting for his life.
Tea had the "only on soap operas" line of the day when Dani was outlining the major developments in her life the past couple of years (with a kind shout-out to Ross having been a great dad!) and said that finding out Victodd was really her father was really kind of tame. Her mother responded with (in a terrific tongue-in-cheek deadpan from Florencia Lozano), "You mean compared to finding out that he was really your uncle who'd been brainwashed by his evil mother to impersonate your father?" (And again: man, I love the shit out of soaps!)
Now I have a bone to pick. I am so sick of this one character who is eating the show. Seriously, it's like everything they put on the screen these days is just written specifically to prop this glorified day-player. Enough already! They are just totally shoving this completely wooden, shallow character in our faces day after day in what is possibly the most transparent case of Emmy bait I've ever seen.
Look, I appreciate giving major roles to actors with unconventional looks.
And I guess we know he earned the role, this was not a casting couch situation.
And okay, it does gives us lines like, "I saw you and you were fooling around with that porcupine!"
And true, Roxy does love him and I have a soft spot for Roxy.
And it does create more diversity on the show. Inclusive casting!
All right, I think I'm sold on Morris (aka Needles) the Porcupine.
Oh yeah, and Brody proposed to Natalie. I'm sure we're all on the edge of our seats to see if they live happily ever after.