This Show Makes My Face Hurt
It makes a few other things hurt, too, since I opted out of my 6pm painkiller for my broken foot because I knew I'd want to be sharp enough to really absorb today's One Life to Live and be able to write about it. So here I am, un-drugged and achey, but it was worth it.
But my face hurts not from a broken bone or lack of drugs, but from smiling. (Okay, and maybe a little ugly-crying.)
Now before I say this, a disclaimer: I would trade all of this to keep the show. But as good as it is right now, we wouldn't be getting this stuff if the show weren't ending. Again, I would trade it to keep the show. But I'm trying to find an upside. And this is an upside. They wouldn't be delving into all this history and getting all these great returns if we weren't nearing the end, and they really pulled out all the stops to go out with a bang.
I am never going to complain about Mitch showing up to babble creepily about prophesies.
Oh my! And can I just say again how incredible Roscoe Born and Melissa Archer are in scenes together? Holy crap! They are just skin-crawlingly good. I half wanted the rescue to take a couple of days so these two could just work together for a little while longer. More actors I want to write a play for! (The list is getting long.)
Speaking of plays, we got a whole heap of theatre folk today. Roscoe Born, of course, Meghann Fahy back as Hannah, Van Hughes subbing in as Cole, Barbara Garrick back as Allison, and then of course all our usual stage peeps... Howarth and Smith and verDorn and Slezak (and that's just from today's episode) and the one thing it made me yearn for is a big old Off-Broadway play starring the vast majority of this cast being made possible by the cancellation and their newfound availability (see again, I'm trying to find upsides wherever I can as I brace myself for Friday the 13th).
Hannah's back! Now there's another villain I really enjoyed. And this time they exploited her for all she's worth by having her not only threaten Little Sam, but totally tug at what we all know is the cutest thing about him!
Hannah: ...or I start blowing holes in this one until there's nothing left but the glasses.
Damn! Don't you dare hurt a hair on li'l Sam's head! And don't touch those glasses! And how perfect was it that they brought Todd into this scenario? Todd and Sam's adorable bond is Big Bad Todd's soft spot of this particular incarnation (well, okay, he has a few more soft spots than usual this go-round), and we damn well know he's not afraid of Hannah's little pistol.
I thought Van Hughes, who took over for Brandon Buddy at the last second as Cole, did a nice job on his first episode, but yesterday I found him a little too Broadway musical (and yes, that's where I know his work from so maybe I'm too quick to jump to that), but today he seemed to settle back in. It can't be easy to perform scenes that were written not because it was essential to the story to bring the character back no matter who played him, but because they had the original actor there and on set when they had to replace him. Too late to make adjustments, and the scenes were written to carry with them the weight of all the history without having to rebuild any of it. Not easy, so I commend him. (Interestingly, today was actually the first time Todd's and Cole's characters have ever been in a room with each other.)
Oh, man. Such good stuff. And then there was Troy and Nora!
They threw plenty of callbacks in there, both to the wine with which Troy had tried to get Nora to agree to a suicide pact and the special "memory-erasing" drug that Lindsay had injected Nora with to get her to forget Lindsay's involvement in keeping Nora captive. Treadway and Smith didn't miss a beat. On the list of fantasy returns, Troy wouldn't have been anywhere near the top of my list, but damn did this pay off!
And then who ended up helping Bo save the day?
Lindsay! I was almost disappointed that her lip gloss wasn't as frosty as it used to be, but then again Gigi has taken over the Queen of Frosted Lip Gloss role on the show and Lindsay is nothing if not gracious -- she wouldn't try to usurp a throne already taken. And how much did you love that she asked to be thanked by being granted a pardon? Well done, writers, for not just letting her show up to be selfless and heroic. Of course she's going to angle this for something! That's our girl.
And of course there was one more return:
Allison Perkins! And not just a crazy Allison Perkins, finally broken free from Mitch's mind control (or so she claims for now), but an Allison Perkins ready to make some new historical revelations! And I'd imagine the vast majority of us are hoping for the exact same revelation and she started touching on it today with the whole Jessica-and-Nat-being-twins-with-different-fathers business. Erasing Mitch as Jessica's father would be a great parting gift, and we'll recall that Allison always had that one more big secret even before she left the last time. But today was not the day to find out, because she decided it was time to kill both Viki and Clint and in the nicest moment of the episode (I say this only because I have confidence that they will make it through), they instinctively took each other hands...
...and told each other that they loved one another.
I love you, too, Clint and Viki! I love you too!
This fabulous episode ended with a shot going off in each location, leaving just about any present character up as a candidate for having been shot (I'm rooting for Ford as the only actual gunshot victim, and I'm rooting for tomorrow to open with him dead on the ground and everyone just shrugging, stepping over his body, and walking off arm-in-arm... is that asking too much?).
So who does everyone think tomorrow's victims will be? Any more escapees you're still hoping for? Will Allison's secret actually come out or will it be another tease? (NO SPOILERS in the comments, y'all!) Was everyone else as giddy as I was today? What a party.