Poor Sonny. All he wants is for someone to pay attention to him but all the ladies in his life are totes obsessed with one of two J’s. Between Sam (rightly) chewing him out for his inattention to Jason and… every other woman in town reading him the riot act over Jax’s “death,” Sonny’s really not having the best week. And you know it couldn’t have happened to a more deserving douchebag.
Speaking of Jax, I guess we’re now meant to believe that he’s just happy to let everyone in his life — including his best friend, a kid he’s practically raised and nearly adopted, and his own daughter — suffer through believing he’s dead so long as Carly cuts Sonny out of her life?
I’m sorry, but that is nuts. There is no way in hell you could ever convince me that Jax would willingly abandon his daughter over this. No way. And it’s not like Carly hating Sonny’s guts (like that will last — does he not remember how many promises she made to keep away from him after Michael was shot? That didn’t even last for the entire coma!) is enough to guarantee Josslyn’s safety. Sonny’s enemies don’t give a crap about whether or not Carly and Sonny are on speaking terms. And Franco only cares about getting in Jason’s pants. So basically, by doing this, Jax is giving up his daughter and abandoning her in a lion’s den. What the hell ever, show.
Since Ingo Rademacher was out no matter what, though, I’m glad they decided to give him a better exit than we initially got. And all the acknowledgment of Jax’s better qualities over the last few weeks has been a nice change from the hit job Guza pulled on the character during the custody mess. But man… couldn’t we have seen him leave after losing his memory, or being rescued from the harbor and held captive by Helena or something? Anything other than this stupidity which will totally justify everyone in town hating him if they ever manage to bring him back?
Anyway, back to Jason. I’m going to be blunt: the fantasies didn’t really work for me. I appreciate the writers were trying to do something different, and Lord knows I would never complain about getting Stuart Damon back, even if its only for a day.
But they weren’t really satisfying for me otherwise. These women really need to work on their fantasizing techniques. When your life sucks, ladies, your fantasy is supposed to be happy! Not an object lesson in how everything will always suck no matter what you do! (And Monica? I think having a kid with a slight drug problem but otherwise a good life is preferable to having a kid who KILLS PEOPLE FOR MONEY, but maybe that’s just me and my wacky priorities again.)
Also, I know this wasn’t possible for practical reasons, but I refuse to believe that Monica’s fantasy wouldn’t involve Emily and AJ alive as well, and probably Ned and Dillon home. At least a mention of them would have been nice even if the actors couldn’t be there for obvious reasons.
Then there was Liason. I’m sorry, what was that, exactly? So weird. First of all, it’s a little hilarious that even in her effing fantasies, Liz is still telling baby lies. Girl, you need to branch out a bit. Seriously.
Anyway, Steve Burton and Becky Herbst continue to be very pretty together. (And his refusal to completely remove his shirt for love scenes continues to amuse me. Dude. Let it go. It is actually okay if you don’t have perfect abs of steel at all times.)
But their whole dynamic in the entire fantasy was so strange. Like they were two random characters who happened to be played by the same actors rather than an Elizabeth and Jason who have any of the history together that we’ve seen. I get that the “lesson” was supposed to be that she doesn’t really understand him as he is in real life — and I think there’s a plausible argument to be made that she doesn’t understand that the Jason she loves would be a completely different person if he’d never joined the mob — but then, I’ve never gotten the sense that that is what she wanted from him. I think we’ve seen plenty of evidence that Elizabeth at least likes a lot about the person being in the mob molded Jason into. She just doesn’t want to deal with the consequences of that. So it was weird that her fantasy presented him as a Generic Romance Dude who basically had nothing in common with real Jason other than some hang ups about being naked.
(I submit that a true Liason fantasy would have involved him leaving the mob for her and the two of them jetting off to Italy or wherever to live on a villa with Cam and Jake while she paints all day and he runs a bike shop for tourists or something. And if the writers still wanted to make it a lesson for her, they could have had one of Jason’s old enemies show up and kill Jake to demonstrate that nothing would have changed even if Jason had left the mob after Jake was born as she’d wanted.)
All that aside, I thought the montage of Significant Moments in Jason Morgan’s Life was well done and I was glad to see Elizabeth included as much as she was (and Courtney completely cut out! Oh, that was sweet). It was also really nice to see Robin’s importance acknowledged. Well played, show.
And now, your One Life to Live moment of zen:
VICKI: You know, Dorian, you are my friend. And in a very odd way, I love you. I’m truly sorry if I’ve caused you pain.
DORIAN: I hate you. I… hate that you just said that. I wanted to be the bigger person.
VICKI: So… be it.
DORIAN: Oh, I’m forgiven? Lucky me.
VICKI: I think I’m going to miss you.
DORIAN: I know I’m going to miss you.
Much love to Robin Strasser. She will be missed.