No seriously. Life is good.
How freaking great was today's episode? What a payoff!
I'm not going to launch into some mea culpa here, because any anger I'd expressed regarding Duke's characterization since his return has been based on the assumption that this was Duke and, dammit, I expressed several times that I would accept any explanation that would fix it. So here I am, accepting the explanation! It's fixed!
Sure, by Friday when the Duke mask came off (yeah, that's now a real sentence!!), we knew it wasn't really Duke. And I doubt too many people were shocked today by the reveal that it's really Faison -- I'm sure that's who about 99.9% of us (at least those who are long-time viewers) were certain it would be. But you know what? Sometimes exactly the thing you expect is exactly the thing you need. Would I have loved a total shock the way I got one on Ian Buchanan's first day back? Sure, but honestly, I do not care. Because this was way too awesome to play the whole, "Whatever, I saw it coming" card. Because I did see it coming, and IT WAS STILL AMAZING.
On so many levels, y'all! SO MANY LEVELS. First, it means we also got Anders Hove back. It means we got scenes between Anders Hove and Kimberly McCullough. It means we got scenes between Faison and Robin in which a chunk of skin from the Duke Lavery mask was hanging off of Faison's neck.
If that's not fun soap, I don't know what is. And then he ripped it off, all evil-like!
Oh, Mr. Hove, how I've missed you and your menace and the spectacular way you pronounce "fruition!"