Brody Lovett? Brody Lovett! Your Bus Has Finally Arrived!
Okay, look. I will never, ever call out Nora for hating Todd Manning. He assaulted, terrorized, and tried to rape her. While she was blind. She gets a lifetime pass, she can hate him until her dying breath -- she's absolutely allowed. One hundred percent.
Nora: For the last eight years? I actually started to feel sorry for Todd Manning. I mean, his kids were kidnapped, he was raped. He was actually given a lethal injection. But you are not him. You're still the same guy who terrorized me at a beach house. You're still the same guy who hurts anyone who's unlucky enough to love you.
Let me get this straight, Nora. Eight years ago you hated him as much as you ever did, but you'd really started to pity him because during that time he was a victim? But now that you know that was Victor and this is Todd, Todd is precisely who he was eight years ago? Nora, honey, you have heard what your old nemesis Todd has been up to in these eight years, right? Kidnapped and imprisoned and tortured daily, separated from his loved ones? For eight years? Because of his mother? While Victor was out sexing up Blair and Téa and planning kidnappings and trapping and raping Marty and beating up kids. I daresay Victor was having plenty of fun in the midst of his various unfortunate victimizations. I daresay Todd had a dismal and joyless eight years during his consistent, interruption-less victimization.
So really, Nora. Just admit it. Just admit that here he is, the man who tried to rape you, looking you in the eye, and it just brought all the hatred back. That's fine, you have every right. But please stop participating in what seems to be a show-wide "Poor, Sweet, Big-Hearted Victor" retcon campaign. All righty?
Kassie dePaiva continued basically bleeding out onto the set in Blair's fight for her son's soul in an effort to try to single-handedly carry those scenes with Jack. The writing for Jack is best when they give him few words and just let him look shell-shocked or confused a lot. When Andrew Trischitta really is being asked to give something back his scene partner? He rarely does it and it's hard to watch, because your heart goes out to the other actor. But Blair was still awesome.
Blair: I pray to God that you're smart enough to give yourself a second chance. Because all of this, everything that you're doing. Lying to the cops, lashing out to the people that care about you. Do you know who that reminds me of? Hmm? It reminds me of Scarface. Jack, I don't want that life for you. And neither does... neither would your Uncle Victor. (Jack throws something at the Sun's cover mock-up and Blair grabs him and holds him.) Jack! It doesn't mean they both don't love you!
Jack: Let go of me!
Blair: No! I'm never going to.
Yep, even with that scene partner, that's where I got a little-bitty tear in my eye.
Y'all, I am so glad this is culminating as Blair's fight. They kept removing her from the situation in the early parts of Jack's downfall (i.e., the bullying story) and now it looks like that was a deliberate strategy to get us to these moments. Even though I hate that kid, he's her boy. He is her battle to fight, and she's fighting like hell and it's glorious to watch. I'm able to still love the scenes because part of Blair's whole issue is exactly what's happening in the scenes, so it ends up being meta: she's battling and battling and battling, and he's still giving her nothing. There's something about that dynamic that makes it work.
As for the titular issue, I guess they're pulling a Marty on Brody. Threatening Vimal and his wife today and mentioning his wartime kills? Yeah, this is way past what it's been. Lying about a paternity issue is one thing; sure, it's wrong, but it's not character-destroying. It doesn't turn a good guy into a bad guy (if it did, soaps would be all bad guys). Hell, one of the show's heroines was just doing that very thing last year about the same kid, and she's one-half of what's clearly meant to be the major root-for supercouple in this situation (not that I'm rooting for John and Natalie personally, but I recognize that they are an inevitability... it's not like this is an actual triangle in which they've bothered to show us Brody and Natalie and their bond so that some fans could be pulling for one pairing or the other, because they haven't). But now Brody's sporting the Trademark Under-the-Bus Marty Saybrooke Crazy Eyes.
Guess he'll be headed out of Llanview in a straitjacket or cuffs soon enough because, you know, now he's evil. Glurg. All this while Ford is bopping around town being Llanview's Resident Moral Arbiter (they were just dripping with it today -- I mean did y'all know Ford is such a GOOD GUY!? And a gentleman?! Plus he's now wise and omniscient!). Gag me. If Brody really has to take the Marty or Eli road out, can he do in style and go on a quick shooting spree before he goes? I have a vote for who should be first on the list!
And finally, I reserved this space right here to talk about Cord and Tina and how they keep almost kissing and how adorable Andrea Evans and John Loprieno are and how just the looks that Loprieno gives her put a knife right through me and how like-a-schoolchild giddy I am when they're on my television screen, but I am way too irrationally sentimental about this to be articulate or logical in any way. So all I can say is: more, please!