And Starr Manning Breaks It Down For Mama
So I guess I should be talking about the big huge shocking Friday reveal today that Stagi is really Gigi, but I'm not going to talk about that since everyone already knew this the second they introduced Stagi (and frankly, it's pretty disappointing because I actually was enjoying the minor spark between Cutter/Stagi and Rex/Aubrey and have no desire to see those "couplings" revert to original form). Or I could talk about Starr's "exciting" legal troubles with Rick Powers, or the fascinating scenes in which Shane spelled out a story to Neela (a character we no longer have any need for -- and I know it's not the writers' fault since when they wrote this, they didn't know how near the end they really were) that we've been familiar with for ages, or how Todd was yet again in most of an episode opposite a character no one wants to see him in scenes with (his assistant Tracy) although thankfully he got five seconds with Téa (in my favorite Téa dress!) and Blair at the end, but that'll only get me grumpy.
So let's focus for a moment on Starr very briefly and succinctly breaking things down for Blair today.
Blair: You're mad at me because I picked [Tomas] over your father.
Starr: Really? Well, maybe I am. Maybe because Tomas is the one that dumped Dad in that prison. The reason why we lost him for eight years.
Starr: Fact -- Tomas is a liar, he has made a living out of it, Mom.
I mean of course this whole thing pisses me off because the point is that everyone exploring the possibility of Tomas' guilt today was all wrong, since he's in fact not guilty and Todd is the one who abducted him and set him up for Victor's murder. But really. I get that everyone can find justification to not spit nails at Tomas -- he did think he was serving his country, he was duped into doing what he did to Todd. But he still did it. Not holding him responsible for it as if he meant it maliciously makes sense to me from Todd's family's perspective, and when it comes to Tomas' sister and niece, he can remain family. Someone they love. But the Mannings? No way. Because one thing that's consistent over the years (particularly made evident by today's actions by Todd: he found out that Jack, who loathes him, set fire to The Banner offices and Todd's covering for him anyway since that's what Mannings do even when at odds with one another)? The Mannings are for the Mannings. That's it. Blair included. How many times has she covered for Todd over the years even when they wanted to kill each other? A lot, that's how many. A metric crap-ton.
So I get it. I get that Blair wants to be with someone who is open with his feelings for her, and she wants to be with a man she feels she can get stability from and all that. She wants something healthy, and Todd's never going to be that. But Tomas is not that man. I buy that she wouldn't be plotting revenge on him for what he "did" to Todd, but I don't think she could move past that and truly convince herself that she's in love with him. Not with her eyes wide open. And Starr tried to open her eyes today, but unfortunately this will all be reversed somehow by the truth of Todd's dastardly deeds coming out, which will somehow absolve Tomas of a reality he needs to learn to live with -- he was a pawn in Irene's game, but because of what he did, Blair is off the table as a romantic option for him. For fuck's sake.
And as for Blair, here's the bottom line: her courtship options right now are two duplicitous little devils. And Blair? Some advice? Pick the duplicitous little devil you know. Pick the duplicitous little devil you've loved your whole life. Pick the duplicitous little devil who is the other half of your soul. Open your eyes and do it. The clock is ticking!
So, uh, we got some big news today! Brian Frons is stepping down as president of ABC Daytime. It's too late to mean anything to OLTL and obviously AMC, and probably too late to mean anything for GH (which is about to be helmed by OLTL's Frank Valentini and Ron Carlivati), but it'll be nice to have him out of our faces.