This Week in Daytime: Flaxen Haired Fools
I was suckered into the final scenes of Friday’s GH when Brenda (Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo) and Sonny (Maurice Benard) finally saw each other. I don’t even like Sonny, but boy-oh-boy was that good stuff.
I rushed to CBS.com after watching The Real Homewreckers of Genoa City to see if, hope against hope, Y&R had actually turned Phyllis’ (Michelle Stafford) blog into a feature on its website. Forget Erica Kane’s (Susan Lucci) blog or the Restless Style website, I’d rather read Phyllis dishing the dirt any day.
I was disappointed by Sami (Alison Sweeney) shooting of EJ (James Scott). After everything he put her through, I wanted him to be fully cognizant when he stared down the barrel of her gun and watched as she pulled the trigger.
I continued to be conflicted about The Brothers Ford Ranger, Nate (Lenny Platt), Ford F-150 James (Nicholas Robuck) and Ford F-250 Crew Cab Super Duty Monster Truck, Ford (David Gregory) on OLTL. None of the actors are talentess, but...I just don't get why they have to eat the canvas. I do like Nate and Dani (Kelley Missal) together, however bringing Matthew (Eddie Alderson) back into the mix romantically would give OLTL the opportunity to develop a viable triangle.
With Brandon Buddy on his way out as Cole, OLTL has found a decent replacement for Starr (Kristen Alderson) in Robuck’s James, but doesn't Starr, as a young, single mom need more maturity in her story arcs? James calling her Twinkle, Sparkle, Cinnabuns or whatever other name he comes up with doesn't change the fact that she's got a lot of serious struggles most girls her age don't. Yes, having a child and a man you’re committed to can be boring, but maybe it’s time for Starr to go to work at one of her family’s newspapers as Jamey has suggested before (Editor's Note: Yes, I suggested that, but I love James calling her Twinkle! Having a kid doesn't mean she's dead, Luke!). As for the original Ford, I’m on the record for disliking his cheating, skanky ass for what he did to Langston (Brittany Underwood), but their kiss burned up my TV screen. It’s so obvious she still wants him.
I was reminded of how rare it is for lightening to strike twice when two actors who were popular on one soap are reunited as a new couple on another. Jeff Branson and Elizabeth Hendrickson had oodles of chemistry on AMC, but unlike GH’s Kirsten Storms and Jason Cook–who failed to replicate their DAYS chemistry on GH when Cook first arrived– Branson and Hendrickson haven’t missed a beat as Y&R's Ronan and Chloe. They are still smokin’ hot together.
I wanted GH’s Quartermaine scenes to last oh so much longer. We don’t see enough of them, and when Brook Lynn showed back up on the Quartermaine doorstep looking for help, I knew we were in for some fun. I wasn’t disappointed. I chuckled at Edward (John Ingle) texting Alice. Who knew he knew how to text? Brook Lynn calling Tracy (Jane Elliot) “Granny” was the icing on the cake! Speaking of Brook , is it wrong I want to see more of whatever it is the writers at hinting at between her and Nikolas (Tyler Christopher)? What would their squish name be, Brik?
I picked ATWT's Kathryn Hays as my Performer of the Week for her scenes as Kim Hughes opposite Terri Colombino as Katie. She delivered an intensely heartbreaking performance, ripping into Katie and telling her to make a choice or stay away from her son Chris. Later, Kim cut Reid (Eric Sheffer Stevens) to the quick over the Chief of Staff competition, before breaking down to husband Bob (Don Hastings). Hays drove home Kim’s distress. This was an excellent week for ATWT fans to tune in. It had everything we expect of good soap. Colombino deserves an Honorable Mention for her performances in both the Nancy episodes and for the range of emotions she showed during the Chris storyline.
My Totally Subjective Weekly Soap Ranking
1. The Bold and the Beautiful
2. As the World Turns
3. General Hospital
4. One Life to Live
5. The Young and the Restless
6. Days of our Lives
7, All My Children