Farewell to the Pairing of the Year
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I am so sad there won't be any more Brody and Liam moments!
How cute was Liam with that pacifier just looking so tranquil while Daddy's pointing a gun at Other Daddy?
I will miss Brody as Liam's father. I really will. (Crazy Eyes and all!)
And that was pretty much that. I'm a little prone to tears in response to One Life to Live these days since they filmed their last episode last Friday (more on that below), but damn, Mark Lawson really gave the performance of his tenure as Brody today while saying goodbye to Liam. As much as we got tons of the Crazy Eyes during this storyline, one thing he never failed to sell me on was that he really, truly loved that little boy. And that little boy loved him!
I suppose this story really isn't over. They're not actually going to let Brody just get away with it, so perhaps he's going to melt down further or perhaps they'll check him back into St. Anne's. But at this point, this went so much better than I could have anticipated. John and Natalie said all the right things today -- especially Natalie.
Natalie: I can't judge you, Brody. I, uh, I've been in your shoes. When I got the paternity results that said you were Liam's father, I didn't tell anyone. Not you, not Jessica, and not John. Because I thought if I told John the truth, I would lose him. So like you, I justified it and I convinced myself that I was protecting you and Jessica and that I was protecting John, and that all the lies, that they were just, uh, that they were just out of love. But in reality I was, I was really only protecting myself, because I didn't want to lose what I had and I didn't trust that we could get past it. I mean Brody, you -- you are a terrific guy. You're a wonderful father, you know? You've just been hurt. We can get past this. I'm serious, I know we can.
Loved it. And it probably wasn't the time to mention it, but she did go all Crazy Eyes at the time, too, (awesomely) holding Marty at gunpoint (in her wedding dress and boots), so I believe we can take her at her word that she understands what the desperation can do (as in, this wasn't just telling him what she thought he wanted to hear just to get him to hand Liam over). I couldn't help but hope she would say that she hadn't planned to bar him from contact with Liam or anything, but I suppose it's beside the point now. At the end of the day, these concluding(?) scenes to this chapter of the saga were really beautifully done and, thankfully, done showing respect to Brody's character.
In other news, Josh Kelly (Cutter) still rocks, Alex Olanov is still on our screens and that can never be a bad thing, Blair couldn't actually tell Starr that she loves Tomas more than she loves Todd (because she doesn't!), Téa and Dani talked about Téa being pregnant and how much Jack sucks, and Todd is working on showing Tomas who's boss.
And sometime around 2:00AM on Friday night (or rather Saturday morning), while the OLTL cast and crew may well still have been enjoying their wrap party, I took advantage of being a few blocks away from the studio and walked over to the river to take a last look on its last day of use for OLTL.
I have no exciting stories since it was the middle of the night, but I did say a proper goodbye. And that's about all my fingers can possibly type about it right now.