The Day the Soap Blogger Broke
Some days I think I really just must be the easiest audience member to please. All you have to do is bring back a character that got killed off over 20 years ago and reunite him with the love of his life! Simple dimple! I mean okay, getting these two back on the show together was a hell of a coup, but I couldn't help thinking this one mildly hilarious thing: just last year this particular head writer got me with practically an identical story. A favorite soap couple of mine that I'd long since given up on ever seeing together again shared a screen, shared past memories -- even a story of many years of captivity and the deceit of an impostor who had learned personal details while sharing that captivity.
Sure, this time there was no undead evil mother who was running a rogue CIA operation and brainwashing her twin sons, but we can't have everything, can we?
Instead we just got a classic, wonderful performance from Finola Hughes and a heap of sorrow and lost years and chemistry that broke my heart into a million pieces.
And while it wasn't perfect (when is it ever?) because of the cloud of Duke's knowledge that Robin is alive (and why, which we still don't know), and of course it was torture to watch Duke lie and ask after Robin and ask who she's grown up to be (especially since the Duke/Robin relationship was one of my favorite adult/child bonds basically ever on TV), it was still riveting television because... well, Finola Huhges.
I'm so glad they showed a clip of his awesome old penthouse over his club. I always thought it was so cool that the elevator opened into his apartment -- I know Sonny had that later, so it's a blemish, but come on. SUPER COOL.
Oh man, I loved those two. I hope soon we'll get some flashbacks of their awesome wedding!
So much love and kilt-awesomeness!
Anyway, Anna's no dummy and she's also a super-spy and, you know, has a history with double agency and all that, so it took some doing but he finally convinced her it was really him. He'd fought his way out and escaped to get back to her because that kind of love lasts a lifetime... and I assume we'll be getting a little more info soon please, pleeeeease? (And hopefully that info will include how somehow faking Robin's death totally saved her and Anna's lives in some manner and he's protecting them still, and will definitely come clean eventually about his heroic acts, right? 'CAUSE I CAN'T TAKE IT IF DUKE WASN'T SOMEHOW SAVING ROBIN.) But no matter, because for the moment? Duke and Anna! Ian Buchanan and Finola Hughes, together again!
I believe in love again, y'all. I believe in humanity again!
Oh yeah, Luke walked in at the end.
Yeah. Suck it, Luke. You can't hold a candle to Anna's Scotsman! Don't even try.