The Sniffly & the Damn Fine Soap
Sure, it's lazy to combine posts for The Bold & the Beautiful and General Hospital, and half pointless anyway because I'm not sure there's all that many folks who are viewers of both. But they were both so lovely and moving today that it only seemed fair to combine the praise. Look, it doesn't happen often, so let's make it a special occasion.
But because this is Serial Drama and because I am who I am, let's get a few things out of the way first.
Don't show us flashbacks of Steffy's wedding look if you want us to be sympathetic to her.
She just looks so threatening in that ensemble, advancing toward him. Let's just leave it in the past!
And I want to preface this next one by explaining that I AM NOT COMPLAINING ABOUT THIS:
In fact, I welcome this. What I do not care for is how utterly un-Todd it is for him to be all, "Oh, let me pose and show off my half-naked hot bod." That's not Todd, that's never been Todd. That's some traditional soap hunk who we never watched graphically gang-rape a gagged and restrained woman. There are about a million ways to show off what Roger Howarth's got under there, but it does not make sense to include "because he knows he's ripped" as one of them. Todd has been an acceptable anti-hero because he is the opposite of that. Don't let him act like a damn Ford! Let him be Todd and, I mean come on, we know Carlivati and Valentini can come up with other reasons to show the candy.
Now about the priest who's slated to preside over Liam and Hope's "wedding" (I have to put that in quotes because I'm assuming it won't actually go through and they'll just have Ridge and Brooke get married instead) (Unspoiled here, just a suspicion!)...
I just worry for him, will he get out of whatever drama unfolds in time to make his nighttime gig as a Chippendales dancer?
Also, I say NO:
First of all, Anna woke up and Luke was literally just sitting there, in a bathrobe. Watching her sleep. And had apparently laid out her bra really nicely for her on the bed. That's not sweet, it's creepy. Second of all, I adore the idea of the over-fifty crowd getting a love triangle BUT IT SHOULD NOT INVOLVE ANNA AND LUKE. Nope, not those two. I just can't do it. I can't watch Tracy get humiliated (and lash out) over and over, and I can't watch Luke and Anna all smoochy. They are great in scenes togther as friends. Full stop. Beyond that? Heebie-jeebies. I just cannot get on board.
Now let's get to the good stuff.
There's been a major shift the last few weeks in the way Jacqueline MacInnes Wood has been approaching the way Steffy is dealing with "losing Liam" (obviously in quotes because I don't believe it's anywhere near a done deal). Where she used to kind of play the subtext of, "Damn! I can't be losing! And not to a Logan!" she is now playing a real, heartbroken human being.
She just looks like a hurt little girl. Giving her some real vulnerability has done wonders to humanize her. (I am NOT SAYING this storyline has gotten good! End it!)
And the Davis girls!
I love them so much when they're loving each other! It's time to close the ranks and circle the wagons and all that good stuff (and we blissfully didn't have to deal with Kristina being heinous and inviting her fake reality show along for, you know, her nephew's funeral).
We also got Spinelli doing actual private investigating instead of standing around being a pathetic jackass about Maxie, and he even found some clues!
Of course, why the sheriff's department was so quick to just offer up information on private citizens to a random dude crawling around on the road is beyond me, but no matter! If it keeps him active and un-annoying, I'm all for it. Just as I was all for his kind REAL BOY words to offer Sam support after the funeral (though why did only Davis girls go to the funeral while everyone else just swung by post-burial?).
And over in Italy, Hope saw her biological father Deacon for the first time in.... well, how ever many SORAS years it's been since Hope was a toddler. Thereabouts?
Hope: This -- this is just really... really unbelievable. I haven't seen you since I was--
Deacon: I know.
Hope: Really little. And... now all of a sudden, you're here.
Deacon: It's not every day a girl gets married.
Hope: Yeah, how did you know?
Deacon: Well, um... even though I haven't been around, I've, uh, been trying to keep track of you, and, uh --
Hope: Oh, gosh. I'm sorry. I just, um.. I feel like I have so many questions right now.
Deacon: I want to answer every single one of them for you as -- just as long as you don't tell me to get lost.
At which point Sean Kanan's manly-man tears pretty much broke me.
Hope: No. No. No. No. You have no idea... how much I wanted you here today... how much I need... Dad!
Um, am I feeling genuine big emotions in response to a scene on The Bold & the Beautiful? I... I think I am, y'all. (So clearly, they should just go ahead and scoot Deacon right back off the canvas because, you know, who needs decades worth of history offering up some great drama?)
Meanwhile, back in Port Charles, other crazy things were happening. Todd was showing some serious guilt, and Carly noticed it (plot movement?). Jason admitted wrong-doing (what?!).
And more Davis girls love!
It's ridiculous how much I dislike at least one of these gals most of the time but how much my heart is just full when they're a family. DAVIS GIRLS 4EVAH!
And then Carly had to go and show up and be so human and compassionate!
Laura Wright really slays me in these moments. There's something about her that's just so damn maternal to anyone and everyone in Carly's (rare) major moments of humanity.
I want her to hug me!
And then of course, Heather was being Heather.
She wants to work for Todd! She's totally going to blackmail him into being a Sun reporter, right? HEATHER AND TODD. I LOVE IT. (Reminiscent of Gabrielle blackmailing Todd into the same thing under oddly similar circumstances a decade ago, and I for one am thrilled at the callback.) And really, any chance they give Heather to say, "Call me crazy..." is a good one.
Oh and one last thing...
Who just gets to be that freakin' hot? I ask you!
It was a good day in soap land.