If It Weren't So Good, It Would Be So Bad
While I actually do find Rick Powers as portrayed by Austin Peck to be a fairly amusing character, there's pretty much no story on One Life to Live right now that makes me more embarrassed for the show than the storyline he's in with the brothers/sisters/boyfriends/girlfriends quad of Starr, Dani, James, and Nate. (No, I haven't forgotten that we have two-women-with-Gigi's-face storyline still floating around out there unresolved.) There's few clichéd storylines that stick in my craw more than the whole "young star to be has to stand up for her/his integrity against sleazy producer" and, frankly, I just don't believe the OLTL writing staff to be this unsophisticated (despite some of the more unfortunate plots we've been subjected to over the years). When you're writing a plotline that has been featured in an episode of The Brady Bunch, Leave It to Beaver, Step by Step, Family Matters, Growing Pains, Boy Meets World, Saved By the Bell, and Full House, you need to stop yourself instead of surrendering to the guilelessness. In fact, a simple rule of thumb would be, as you put pen to paper (or fingertip to keyboard), ask yourself: "Have Jessie Spano, Mike Seaver, or Urkel dealt with this problem in the same way?" and if the answer is "yes," "sort of," or "I may have missed that episode, but probably," then stop it. Just stop it. During Cole's drug addiction, they managed to resist the temptation of having him sing-yell, "I'm so excited! I'm so excited! I'm so... scared!" Could they not have employed the same self-control here?
I have not enjoyed this not-quite-as-good-as-a-student-written-middle-school-play situation, and I would very much like it to just go away, please.
On the other hand, as is so often the case with OLTL, the offerings are balanced with some full-on fabulousness. As much as I loved Todd's return and his first few months back on the show, lately he's rarely shared a screen with any of the scene partners we're all champing at the bit to see him work with. If we weren't gearing up for the end, it wouldn't be a problem because it's not as if he's had bad scene partners. But alas, we are gearing up for the end, so it's been great to see him in the last couple of days back in scenes with Viki and with Blair (now can we get Starr out of her dud of a story and back in scenes with Dad? Or could Dani even have a conversation with him? I'm not dying for this, but Victor was a whole lot more interested in knowing his long-lost daughter than Todd is.).
And today? My oh my, we even got flashbacks. Todd reminded Blair of that time they took trays from Rodi's and went sledding; it was one of their very first outings together as friends.
And the two of them both remembered it so fondly and had such wonderful chemistry in their too-brief scenes.
And thinking back on their "Most Pathetic" contest and how well they teamed up together for revenge schemes back in the day (and what an aphrodisiac that was for them!), I'm really hoping Tomas is currently up to something wildly dastardly and nefarious that they're lying to us about so that Blair and Todd can team up against him and then go home and get it on all nervously and hotly while New Year's Eve fireworks explode in the background (yeah, yeah, I know their classic fireworks lovin' scene was a Fourth of July fireworks situation, but we have to work with the time we have here!). Or she could offer him the very same gift she gave him on their first Christmas in each others' lives and...
What was I talking about? I've lost my train of thought.
Oh! And he chided her adorably for her forehead worry line and took that opportunity to touch her.
And then she "got all Southern" about it! (The six-week countdown clock is ticking away and I can't stand it I can't stand it I can't stand it!) (I mean just kidding, I'm totes cool either way, I mean you know no biggie if these two don't reunite by the end, I'll handle it JUST FINE. Just fine. I won't then spend like eight straight days with no food or sleep watching weird TnB fan video montages on YouTube set to songs I hate and weeping incessantly thinking about what was and what could have been no I won't do that why would I do that, it's crazy!) (See? I'm fine either way.)
Oh dear. I've lost my train of thought again. Point is, I'm ready for some red herrings to be revealed as such.
I gotta go find some chocolate, y'all.