2 socially relevant stories the B&B and GH could tell right now!
Thinking like the great dame Agnes Nixon soaps need to get socially relevant again. Touching on the issues of today. So I come up with some stories soaps could tell that would be edgier and relevant today's issues.
B&B - Tip-toeing out to the slave shack: Cast Marla Gibbs as Marcus' grandmother and Justin's mother Rhonda Barber. Rhonda comes to see her son Justin because her home is about to go into foreclosure as she was a victim of the sub-prime mortgage scam. Justin tries to help his mother save her home but it is too late. So she moves in with him. Rhonda is immediately smitten with Marcus' wife Dayzee. She is happy that he didn't end up like his father "dating outside the race" and makes it clear she thinks black men and black women should be together. Dayzee though still shows signs of having feelings for Thomas, as does Thomas have of her. Dayzee tries to fight her feelings for him, but circumstances keeps drawing the two together. One day Rhonda sees Dayzee and Thomas in a compromising position and quickly puts two and two together. Worried that Dayzee might up and leave Marcus for Thomas she starts to manipulate things by suggests that Dazyee consider bringing a baby into the world and make her a great grandmother. She later confronts Thomas and accuses him of wanting to tip-toe on the dark side without actually making the commitment. Suggesting that Dayzee being married would make it safe for him to sleep with a black woman on the side. Thomas denies any wrong doing and Rhonda warns him to stay away from Marcus' wife. Thomas calls Dayzee to tell her that they can't be around each other anymore, but before he can get the message to her she thinks he wants to see her and shows up at his place. Thomas informs Dayzee that Rhonda knows they still have feelings for one another and that they should stop being around one another. Dayzee agrees and she kisses him one last time. But the kiss leads to them making love. After the love fest, Dayzee recoils in guilt and leaves. Rhonda confronts her about her feelings for Thomas and Dayzee informs her that it is over. Dayzee then sets out to have a baby with Marcus and ends up pregnant. Who is the daddy? And what will Rhonda do when she figures out that the baby could be Thomas'?
GH - Stop and Frisk: Since controversy has been going on about the crime prevention tactic in New York City where cops stop random people for searches that has come under fire for targeting young African American men, I thought it would be fitting for GH to tackle it with T.J. Have the PCPD seek to engaging in using new crime prevention tactics as their is a rise in violent crime in PC. T.J. is subject to a random search when he is walking on the pier one night when a robbery happened. The officers (McDowell and Worcheski) who stop him, force T.J. to strip down to his underwear as a part of their efforts. Humiliated and upset T.J. heads off and ends up getting into a fight with a stranger. T.J. is arrested. When Shawn and Alexis arrive at the police station to retrieve him and deal with the charges (assault and battery) they learn from T.J. what set him off. From there we build a storyline that has Shawn and T.J. with the help of Alexis suing the PCPD as the decelerated officers in question deny any wrong doing and members of the PCPD push to have T.J punished by the full extent of the law and defame his and Shawn's character in the media in the process. The case would create a racial and political divide in PC. It would even pit and challenge some of the old established characters views on the issue of crime and race. With Tracey representing a conservative "the stop and frisk policy has cut crime in half" point of view and Monica representing the liberal "this is against people's civil liberties" side of the argument. Alexis would be accused of being bias since she and Shawn are bonking each other. And people from the justice department she served would see her as a traitor to those who risk their lives to ensure public safety. The story cumulates when one of the officers is found dead and the murder weapon is found in T.J.'s backpack. Worried that T.J. might have committed the crime Shawn tries to get rid of the gun but is caught, arrested and charged with the murder of Officer McDowell. Kim Ulirch Johnston (ex-Ivy Crane, Passions) is cast in the recurring role of Ms. McDowell the angry wife of the deceased officer who is hoping to see Shawn punished to the fullest extent of the law. But as the audience will learn that there is more to Ms. McDowell then meets the eye. Might this all have been a setup? And what will happen to T.J. now Shawn is in jail? That would bring me to cast (in a dream role) Victoria Rowell as T.J.'s biological mother Shannon, who comes to town when she gets wind of what is going on and reveals herself to be T.J.'s mother and wants custody of her son. This will spring off another battle of sorts. Why was Shannon not in her son's life? And how will she deal with the fact that T.J. would rather stay with Alexis then a deadbeat mother who left him?