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I mean for heaven's sake, poor Kim is handicapped because she has sciatica from the pole!
We've got a lot of messes on the screen right now in our dear show, y'all. A lot. But I have to say that I'm having a lot of fun with the whole Manchurian Candidate parallels. Nate and Dani watched the original film and Dani felt like it hit close to home; meanwhile, Irene's "ghost" was over at the cabin basically brainwashing Todd into thinking he'd murdered Victor. (It felt just a little bit like, "Hey, viewers, remember how campy and ridiculous and implausible the whole Irene story was? Whatever, y'all, it can be awesome and win Oscars, too! So shut your pie-holes! We're having fun!")
So take a little Barbara Rhoades...
And add a little Angela Lansbury...
And we're all having a good time! (And how cute is it that Barbara Rhoades acted with Angela Lansbury!)
This also gave us the return of soaking-wet Todd, which was definitely a good time!
Of course, it didn't have the greatest results, this wet-Todd-flashback, being that GhostIrene brainwashed Todd into thinking that he remembers killing Victor.
Whoops! Now, I'm not too worried. We have to assume that this is just more of Irene messing with her twin boys from beyond the grave. I love how soaps can make "brainwashing someone into thinking he killed his brother" a total red herring.
But it did give Mother and Son some much-needed cuddling time.
And I really do love soaps for their longevity because they can bring decades-old issues full circle. Irene really brought it home for Todd today.
Irene: I know you are the son of Victor Lord. Don't you forget it. Because nobody else will.
This is not something Todd ever really worked through. And not in a "oh, my daddy was really mean so I can't help what I do" sort of way (hey, Corinthos, shut up!), but in a "I fear ever letting anyone trust me because what if I'm destined to turn into him forever" sort of way, which is a hell of a lot more compelling.
Still liking it. But back to the messes. Or rather, back to the messes that aren't fun.
The other day I announced that I'd keep my mouth shut (or my fingers off the keyboard) about the Stacy situation until we got more information. Well, we got more information. So let me get this straight. Stacy made it out of the frozen lake (that's fine, they left it as a possibility when it happened so I don't need any further explanation). She went back to Llanview to go see her child Sierra Rose, but for some reason decided that Fish and Kyle wouldn't allow her access to her daughter (who only had custody because she was presumed dead) because, you know, they were such total assholes? And then she decided she wanted to take over Gigi's life, even though she and Gigi had all those sentimental exchanges toward the end and she named her daughter after a sisterly memory. So then she managed to scrounge up a crap-ton of money magically and travel down to South America where she got plastic surgery to look just like Gigi (I give credit for the shout-out to the Erica Kane doppelganger story from All My Children in the explanation about the surgery, that was a nice touch). And then she went to Kentucky to tell Kim she was alive and about her plan. And then she found Gigi in the basement with the carbon monoxide? And Kim somehow stumbled upon both Gigi and Stacy in the basement, which apparently had a back room (no, no it didn't), and one of them was passed out and the other was too close to death for her to worry about, except that she promises she was planning to go back to get her? And Kim assumes the one she found was Stacy because of the outfit she was wearing? And how Stacigi or Gigacy has woken from her coma? And it's going to be either Stacy or Gigi and nobody's going to be able to tell the difference? And she maybe doesn't have any memory of who she is?
The Manchurian Candidate this is not, my friends. Is anyone excited about this? I am seriously asking. I cannot imagine why this seemed like a good idea. And the plastic-surgery-on-siblings thing when we're still in the midst of the Todd and Victor story? Why? Who? Wherefore and when? And what did we to do deserve it? It's not that I haven't made transgressions in my life, just... were they this bad? Was it one of you? What did you do?!
In conclusion, where are Cord and Tina? More of that!
In "Second Lives for One Life to Live Characters" news, I'm psyched, y'all! Linsday Rappaport is coming back. Just in time to give Nora some grief about anything and everything. Will she be released from prison? This should be fun.
Speaking of Nora, over the weekend I saw Hillary B. Smith in the play Any Given Monday which is currently playing at 59E59 Theatres (coincidentally the same theatre that held the reading of my very soapy play several weeks ago!). It's a fairly engaging show with a problematic framing device, but worth sticking around for even if it doesn't quite work for you in the early parts. In particular, if you go and you're sitting there at intermission wondering whether to stay or go, stay. The vast majority of Hillary B. Smith's work is in the second act, and you'll be glad you stayed in your seat. Take my word for it!