In Praise of Escapism
I love that soaps just follow soap logic and we so rarely have to feel like they truly hit too close to home. Sure, they make me cry sometimes and they make me angry sometimes, but it's always just an escape. Sometimes a necessary one. Sometimes a most excellent one.
So let's talk about today's escape...
The continued excellence going on over in Switzerland now involves Anna and Duke working together to save Robert's life!
I still can't believe this is 2012. And I mean that in the best possible way. Perhaps this is all because the world is allegedly ending on Friday? Eh. I'll take it.
Elizabeth's bitchface, very much directed at the right person!
Of course, that nasty piece of work Britt took all of Liz's apt criticism and used it in her favor to manipulate Patrick further. (And using Christina Comes Home for Christmas, no less -- a fun One Life to Live reference.)
I don't really want to get into what Ellie overheard Spinelli saying to Maxie today. Maxie and Spinelli drive me insane as a pairing and are even worse when one is pining for the other and all their scenes are about that. I like them okay as friends, though, but y'all. I LOVE ELLIE. Like a crazy person. I can't even specifically identify why. The actress is very appealing and actually refers to Damien Spinelli as "Damien" and he's had to act like more of a grown-up around Ellie and I appreciate all that, but it's more than that. So my already weary heart broke for her today when she overheard the wrong part of Spinelli explaining to Maxie that he would have loved to jump into her arms and reunite with her when she confessed her feelings to him.
And of course she walked away before hearing that wanting to be with Ellie was the deciding factor in turning down Maxie. But misunderstandings based on eavesdroppings are classic soap story staples, so we shall see where this goes. ("Eavesdroppings?" Can we do that as a plural like that? It sounds like little poop pellets left by some dude named Eaves.) 'Cause hey, I like stories. If everyone just ran around all happy and healthy and clear on everything, we wouldn't have those. Our stories! And call me crazy, but I got a little optimistic based on today's dialogue that we're not simply meant to see Ellie as a spoiler for Spinelli/Maxie, and that we are being asked to take her seriously as a character in her own right. I DIG.
More of Jason Thompson being wonderful and heartbreaking as Patrick.
Seriously, has any soap ever had a character's storyline still focus on mourning a lost spouse almost a year later? I mean I know she's still alive and, sure, there are past examples of people getting clues and going to hunt that loved one down. But I'm talking just a grieving spouse. He has ladies after him (well, maybe I should put "ladies" in quotes), but the point of that has been primarily that he is unable to move on because of Robin. Sabrina's running around trying to help honor Robin's memory and we even have Duke and Lucy popping up to react to Robin's death and speak of her life as well. Again, almost a year later.
They literally had to throw in this external motivator today in which Robin actually sent him a DVD essentially ordering him to open his heart to another woman. (Okay, it was a little ridiculous to have Robin talking on the DVD about having "vetted" Elizabeth as his future wife, but to be fair, this was supposed to be recorded at a time when that was very regrettably Robin's storyline.) So you know, eww.
The good news? Britt is a paper-thin bitch of a character. I'm not panicked that we're going to get invested in that "relationship!" (But I do really like Kelly Thiebaud.)
But I mean, Jason Thompson is going to get his damn Emmy this year, right? Right?? And if not, are any of you real craftsy-like and can make him a statue and we'll send it to him on behalf of the blog and its readers? Because seriously.
LUCY FRIGGIN' COE. (Complete with flashbacks!)
Lynn Herring looks fantastic. And Lucy also got the best line of the day, in reference to Sonny Corinthos and his known-by-everyone-and-it's-no-biggie blood money: "In the day, way back, we kind of heard rumors and innuendos but now we just say 'he's a gangster,' everybody knows he's a gangster." YES, MISS COE. MANY OF US HAVE HAD QUESTIONS ABOUT THAT FOR YEARS.
And oh yeah! Now Jerry has Robin.
YOU GUYS OH MY GOD I CAN'T BELIEVE JERRY JACKS IS ALIVE. Okay, that's a lie. We all knew that. But it's nice to start to bring this story back full-circle to his initial involvement.
Man, this episode was just one big fat piece of good will toward men. Well, mostly women. But some men. Happy holidays to us!