I'll get right to it because this one was pretty simple.
The cold open was perfect. Opening on a headline about Cole's death, we immediately assumed Ford had lived. Then they pulled a little switcheroo. Well-executed and, quite frankly, a relief. Not a relief because of the obvious (completing the Death By Chandelier!) but because I don't know that we can all take sitting through the real-time news and grief scenes. They told those stories deftly in flashbacks (we're well-versed in Jess Grief, we all saw Nash's death and her learning about Chloe's death, and while Bree Williamson was terrific in those scenes, it's enough for my lifetime, I remember how it goes... not to mention how little I wanted to see her pour out the same degree of grief for someone so much less significant to her than Nash or her daughter). And this meant we got to see Ryder!
Aww. Once again, OLTL's munchkins make everything just a little bit better.
Now, regarding the death of Ford, I think they did a good deed. Not just because OMIGOD DEATH BY CHANDELIER! but because it really is a decent compromise. Considering how obnoxiously passionate we soap viewers all are about our opinions and our favorites and how we're just so sure things should be, obviously it's impossible to please the whole audience -- but it's just as impossible to even please a majority of the audience. With Ford's death, a character who wasn't heading to the online version (when that was a thing... ah, the good old days) who has only had ties to our long-term characters for a very brief time on this show has passed away. His fans only lose two days with him and get to hear all sorts of teary-voiced proclamations of what a wonderful guy and a hero he was at the end, and the rest of us got DEATH BY CHANDELIER! It's win/win. (I'm sure there are still angry people, but when is that phrase not true.) And the remaining Ford brothers got a sentimental scene together.
Which was a nice gesture, since these guys had been so front-and-center and then (mercifully) sidelined and (here's hoping) really do not have any place in the final couple episodes of the series, so it was a fair thing to do for the actors who, of course, are not remotely responsible for how infuriating the Ford Invasion was. So... that's a wrap on Fords, then, right? Right?
And I'm not worried about Jessica getting her happy ending. Llanview has always been a town full of eligible bachelors inexplicably just dying to be daddies as soon as possible, and there just so happens to be one currently doing some psychological healing at St. Anne's, where he's dealing with having been too attached to another man's child. Just saying!
Now I'm sort of confused about the big plan to send Cole into hiding with his parents, which Starr somehow agreed was the best thing for him even if it meant never seeing his daughter again... forever? I'm waiting for a little more information on that one because it doesn't quite "click." Plus, his mother's a nutjob now and his father only has the back of a head! That's going to be awkward at family dinners in hiding.
Florencia Lozano rocked it today. Not that this is rare, but it's worth mentioning. We're getting fewer and fewer days with each of our great actors on this show and, hey, I'm not going to sit here and be anything less than the Blair-and-Todd-loving geek that I am, and right now Lozano's character Téa is basically serving as the potential spoiler for the reunion I'm dying for (for perfectly understandable reasons, considering the information she thinks she has). So while I can't help but be frustrated by how this is playing out, she continues to be such a freakin' pro on this show that it doesn't even bother me when she shows up to almost blow my #1 wish on the wish list sky-high.
'Cause I just love 'er!
Annnnnd so Blair and Todd.
Todd:There's nothing I wouldn't do for our daughter.
Blair: Well, so this is how it's gonna be? From now on out, every day you're just gonna step up and... (softly) be a better man?
Todd: I'm trying.
Blair: Well, I can see that.
Todd: Sometimes I think I'll spend the rest of my life trying to make up for all the harm I've done in this world.
Oh, I'm such a sucker! What he's doing is so awful but a Todd who feels genuine guilt about his wrong-doings just gets me every time. And gets Blair, too, despite her not knowing about the most recent harm he's done in this world. Because I adore this pairing so much, I of course wish they could've gotten on this road to each other much sooner, but I'm still loving every second. It's very "Todd and Blair," you know? I can't believe just nine months ago I'd already long accepted never seeing these two together again in any form. (Look at me, I'm just grateful for everything right now! My sentiment meter is through the freakin' roof, y'all.)
And one thing I really loved about what he did for Cole was not so much the idea that Todd was doing it for Starr or for the father of his granddaughter, but for Marty.
And we can't leave out Clint and Viki asking Vimal, of all people, to run a secret DNA test to confirm that Allison's news about Jessica really being Clint's biological daughter is the truth. But Viki has given her word that it's not for nefarious purposes, while Clint has given... a very large check.
Vimal: You carry a checkbook in your robe?
Clint: ("duh") Yeah! Comes in handy, don't you think?
And finally, did y'all check out how Natalie sat up toward John when he walked in and started heaving that ample bosom of hers and...
...and that look? Girl is ready. Don't screw it up again, Johnny.
(Reminder of the comment rules this week: be gentle with each other, emotions are running high, no "this show is really bad, it deserved to be canceled" comments because we're all sensitive and that's really mean and why you want to be that kind of rube anyway?) (Clarity is important in comment rules!)
And so again I ask... how's everyone holding up?