Bad Dreams and Worse Siblings and Worst Mamas
Bo saved the day! A cop! On a soap! On an ABC soap! Saved the day!
And how cute was Bo running back into the house all disheveled and covered in leaves, and Téa and Blair rushing to dote on him and Blair giving him a big fat bear hug?
Aww! Blair and Bo should hug more often.
Over in the Land Of The Never-Ending Paternity Secret, our matriarch asked her most red-headed daughter a pointed question today.
Viki: Is John's apparent lack of interest really reason enough to marry Brody?
Preach it, Vikster! (Sadly, the answer was essentially, "Yeah, pretty much.")
Bless Natalie's heart, but there are few things in this world less interesting than hearing someone else's dream described in vivid detail. It's just a little bugaboo of mine, so I really felt for Viki having to sit there and listen to Nat turn a simple task ("Mom, I had a dream that it turned out Liam was John's.") into a drawn-out explanation about how dreams are weird and they feel real sometimes even when they're not and how odd it was that the mail arrived in the morning in the dream. You know why that's weird? Because the mail arrives in the afternoon! This is an absolutely essential detail! Now the dream story just got really exciting! You know when listening to someone else's dream is really compelling? When you have the hots for that person and are featured in the dream and are hanging on every word to find out if your role in the dream might suggest that the dreamer has the latent hots for you right back. That's really it. Otherwise, get a damn dream journal!
Now I've mentioned before that, as it stands now, I don't find either Brody or Natalie very sympathetic in their storyline and today Brody just sank even further. It makes perfect sense to me that he was finally driven to the edge and fell out of love with Jessica, but today he spoke to her as if he'd never loved her at all -- and we know that that's not true. That was hard to digest. I still think it's appalling that Natalie's marrying a man she knows full well she doesn't love just because... well, I can't figure out why. She's surrounded by "broken" families and people happily raising their children without the other parent of those children, so it's not like she's some crazy throwback who cannot fathom being an unmarried mother. And she says she wants to be close to Jessica again, so it seems like it would be a baby step in that direction to, you know, not marry the man Jessica was engaged to earlier this year because Natalie doesn't want him. I could suck it up and say, "Well, the heart wants what it wants, and I'll be damned if those two kids aren't madly in love! Jessica's being a brat and just needs to let it go!" but...they're not in love. I seriously don't understand the motivation on Brody's or Natalie's side -- why cause so much drama for something they don't even want? Although you do kind of have to love Natalie for the fact that every time she does something scandalous she's certain that her entire family will turn their backs on her and hate her forever and she's wrong every single time (effin' nutjob Jessica doesn't count) and she never seems to remember that the next time! How I wish Natalie and Tina could find a way to bury the hatchet and connect -- these two are more alike than they will ever know, no doubt. Am I the only one hoping for this?
The good news is that someone else finally knows that Liam is John's. The bad news is that it's Jessica, and she will likely use the information bitterly. On the other hand, this could be a good opportunity for Jessica and Natalie to begin to mend fences and try to handle the news honorably. (Note that I said "could." I realize this is about as likely as Kevin returning as the show's leading man next week.)
Of course, I'm not sure what "honorably" would be. Jessica not using the information as a weapon and managing not to gloat? Natalie recognizing that Brody told the same lie she'd told and not demonizing him for it? John not smugging it up at Brody, considering he's already forgiven Natalie for a similar lie? Brody not spinning wildly out of control and just taking his licks? (Damn, Brody will really not have a friend on the show once this explodes. Not one. This... does not bode well for our pretty soldier.)
And then again, the paternity truth coming out still doesn't mean that anyone finds out that Brody's know for a while. So this could get dragged out further still. Lucky us! I mean who doesn't want more of the neverending story! It was Gigi's dying wish to have this resolved, y'all. I think it's time to grant her that wish.
So I see they've gone back to the Ye Olde Cole/Eli well of the villain telling a character that they've killed someone beloved and the character taking the villain's word for it and murdering the villain. Oopsie! Todd believed Irene that she'd blown up his whole family, so he offed his mother. Which is a shame, because watching Irene has really been a party. Not that she's really dead. This is One Life to Live, on which you always have a minimum of four lives to live. And Tomas has covered for Todd and confessed to killing Irene. (John: "Again, Delgado?" What is happening? Why has John been such an unmitigated delight lately?! And Michael Easton has totally been selling it!)
So for now, R.I.P. Irene Manning. I'll miss you, you crazy bitch! Here's how I feel about her passing: