The Thing About Dash Dunning
Today's One Life to Live introduced us to Dash Dunning, the soap-within-a-soap Fraternity Row's counterpart to Todd Manning. When Destiny talked about Matthew waking up to learn that she was carrying his child....
Roxy: You know, at least your daddy didn't, you know, try to go after him and kill him or anything like that. Like Dash Dunning did with his daughter's boyfriend after they did the deed? (Sounds familiar. --Ed.)
Nigel: Which was the first clue that Moon's real father (Moon! Teehee. --Ed.) wasn't the real Dash Dunning. Her real father never would have committed such violence. (Okay, as a counterpart to Todd, that's a bit of a stretch! --Ed.)
Speaking of our own "Dash Dunning," today was a Todd/Starr day! Those are the very best days of all. This is the stuff most of us have been dying to see since his return. But I have to ask: why is it that the one front page mock-up that Todd would have enlarged, mounted on posterboard, and displayed on an easel in his office at The Sun would be Jack's "Scar Leaves Starr Holding the Bag" headline that was intended to hurt Todd and Starr?
A strange choice, right?
Starr gave her father a little good advice about pursuing Blair (who he'd like to "foist"), namely to chill out for five seconds so he doesn't blow it. Later in the episode, Todd picked up the phone to call his beloved and we were shown this glorious little treat:
If I'm not mistaken, the little note next to Blair's photo on his desk (aww!) is an underlined note he's written to remind himself, "Call hit man." That is... amazing.
Téa got a little nasty with her bestie Blair, telling Blair to "shut up" and that she doesn't know what she's talking about, as if the truth about what's going on is something that Téa just intuited and Blair's just too dumb and insensitive to notice -- while, in fact, Téa would be just as none-the-wiser as Blair had John not decided to let Téa in on his suspicions. Hey Téa! If someone just told this to Blair like they did you, she'd know it, too! Téa also seems to be under the impression that Dani would feel a lot better than she currently does if she knew her Uncle Tomas didn't really kill Victor. I'm so sure! "Dani, great news! Your Uncle Tomas didn't murder Victor, your father did and then he abducted him and held him hostage and made him fake-confess!" That'll make her feel way better, but everyone on this show from the writers on down to the characters seems to think that Todd's biological parentage of Dani is the least relevant thing to happen since Paige Miller was written off. (Wait, no! Baz being written off may have been less relevant, if it's possible! I loved that Starr simply referred to him today as Tomas' "stupid son.")
Wardrobe also decided to persist again today in their determination to dress Natalie in the least-flattering outfits available.
I mean, what is so hard about dressing Melissa Archer? The woman has slammin' hot body with curves in all the right places. Is it that they're so used to only dressing stick figures? I cannot figure it out.
Todd's little ensemble, on the other hand, was slightly more fashion-forward.
I'm just still curious where he absorbed this sense of current trendy hair and sartorial style while locked away being tortured every day for eight years. Were a lot of the rogue CIA operants super-metrosexual?
Oh yeah, David maybe fathered a child in high school. Any guesses who it might turn out to be? The character would have to be around twenty-five, right? Is Aubrey that young? Do we even have other options at this point? (Of course, all we know is that he impregnated someone in high school, we don't yet have confirmation that the pregnancy was carried to term.)
Today's Memory Lane installment is two-fold.
Obviously I was going to go here eventually. Karen telling the truth on the witness stand was one of the seminal moments of really not just One Life to Live, but soaps in general. Not to mention the great Judith Light's career!
But the other part of it is that while these episodes aired in the late 70s, the scenes re-aired in that awesome 90s show "A Daytime to Remember," which was on every day (oh, for the days that even a soaps flashback show was enough to keep on the air even if just for a little while!) in which people introduced clips from classic soap episodes (Reba MacIntyre does it adorably in this one).
I wish they'd release that series on DVD!
So let's hear it! How many of you were watching the first time Karen Wolek's famous scenes aired? How many of you caught them for the first time back in the nineties on "A Daytime to Remember"? Old tapes? Dug them up on YouTube? Any of you brand new to them? (They're airing the full episode on a SoapNet marathon on New Year's Day! It's the 10AM episode, so make sure to set your DVRs so you won't miss it while sleeping off your hangovers. Not that any of you would be such barbarians!)