A Joy Retrospective for Soap Nerds
'Cause I am. A total soap nerd. Not that there were ever any illusions that I was cool or together or anything. (Though let's face it, there's only one soap of my many that ever makes me actually do happy dances.)
After the heartbreaking, heart-filling, weepily-wonderful of Wednesday's episode, I expected a major crash and a decent-but-no-biggie kind of follow-up episode. I was wrong! So much to love!
Téa and Tina, first of all. How cute was this? Téa all snuggly and sleepy, just waking up with her big giant teddy bear! Tina was bringing by flyers for her missing dog (c'mon, Princess David Vickers, you're out there somewhere!) and Téa was downright adorable about it. She actually looked really upset for Tina that she'd lost her dog (as well she should be)! And Tina was all heart in these scenes, the first time we've really seen that since she's been back -- and I'm thankful for it. Sure, Tina's a selfish mess, but she's also got a big old heart and it was good to see it again, and especially good to see someone else responding to it in a positive manner.
And Tina pointed out that they're sisters-in-law and that she's there for Téa if she needs her. And they hugged! I am loving the idea of these two as friends. I do enjoy the friendship between Téa and Blair but, realistically, with Todd back and Victor out of the picture? We've got some rough roads ahead. Speaking of which, Tina mentioned that Téa seems to be taking care of everyone else and wondered who's taking care of Téa. I think we all know the answer to that!
Those scenes were sweetness and light, and the follow-up to the spectacular scenes between Todd and Blair and Viki's cabin were certainly not as epic as the day prior, but they were still lovely and happy-making (and sad-making) despite Todd being delirious or unconscious for the majority of them, and that would have been enough of an episode for me to smile (and not be bothered by the Ford scenes, which were the usual nonsense but rolled right off me as the non-entity of non-entities that they were and that he is), but then Cord and Tina took a trip down memory lane!
It was one of those ridiculous soap scenes where two people who know full well what their history is just repeat incidents in their past as if the other may have forgotten or never knew, but it all just only exists to remind (and, for newbies, fill in) the audience on their past. Stilted awesomeness, I say! They reminisced about Tina going over the Iguazu Falls (while preggers!), as any couple would do...
Can we talk about how happy I am to be able to make clean, crisp screencaps of that instead of counting on some blurry YouTube mess?
And then they reminisced about how she came back from the dead, interrupting Cord's marriage to Kate.
Looking crazy-hot, I might add. Lordy I wanted to be that woman in the late 80s! (Alas, I could never get my hair that big.)
(I'd be bummed if I were Kate, too. Who looks that good after living among natives for months and giving birth in the jungle? Tina, that's who! Tina, who gave a little shout-out to Marcia Cross' current gig by referring to her as a "desperate" archaeologist.)
And then Cord and Tina remembered that it didn't really make sense to rehash ancient history they'd already forgiven each other for because they'd re-married after that!
Oh, my Cord-and-Tina-loving heart! And John Loprieno and Andrea Evans have absolutely still got it, in spades. His morally upright good-old-boy always melts when Tina looks up at him with those huge blue eyes and reminds him how much they loved each other.
Ooooo! And then it cut away! I really hope they don't get interrupted.
It's just an embarrassment of riches, y'all.