Don’t you just love how — according show logic — Lexi Ainsworth is too young for sexytimes, but Nancy Lee Grahn and Carolyn Hennesey are apparently too old for anything other than hotflashes and campiness? Ah, the truncated lifespan of viable soap women.
I’ve heard different rumors about the reason for LA’s departure from the show. If the intent is truly just to age Kristina into a less-skeevy relationship with Ethan, I think it’s a mistake. Not because Kristina doesn’t currently look (and act) way too young for him (she does, IMO — sorry Ethina fans!) but because despite that fact, the actors still have a nice chemistry together. And if the writing would just support a slow burn, platonic friendship instead of this immature, school girl, stalker crush, I think the rest would sort itself out in time.
In fact, Ainsworth has a nice chemistry with most of her extended family and it’s a shame to lose that. I’ve always liked her with Michael and Molly, wished I could see more of her with Dante, and when Sonny and Alexis were both in tears during his good bye speech at the party, it was hard not to see that as Maurice Bernard and Nancy Lee Grahn’s genuine bittersweet reaction to losing their on-screen daughter.
They did give her a nice send off, at least. Whatever behind the scenes drama is driving this, the mixture of pride, separation anxiety, and excitement over new possibilities opening up that comes with a child leaving for college was handled fairly well. Which makes me all the more irritated that apparently Krissy will last all of a couple of months at Yale before SORASing her way back into town, not having had the time to realize any of that potential.
Then there are the other, even less fortunate consequences of this story:
ALEXIS: Well, it turns out that she is not aware that you pulled all those strings.
SONNY: That you got me to pull those strings. And I am going to collect on the favor that you promised.
Can someone please explain to me why Alexis owes Sonny a favor because he got THEIR daughter into college? I mean, seriously. What the actual fuck? This is hitting me in the same rage place as fathers who say they’re “babysitting” when left with their own kids for an afternoon.
And clearly the “favor” will be cashed in to ensure she’s his lawyer again now that Diane has decided to give up her legal career in order to become a gossip columnist.* I’m not against Sonny and Alexis interacting more; in fact, I generally find Sonny more likeable when he’s with her — but I’d prefer that interaction not to be at her expense. God forbid she work for him on an even playing field without making a production out of the character’s’ most annoying neuroses! Dignity? What’s that?
(*Every little girl’s dream, right? I mean, money, prestige, and actually using your intelligence and expensive education are one thing, but making up rumors about celebutantes offers so much more personal satisfaction, I’m sure! Garin Wolf sure does write women well!)
In other “well, that was a damn waste” news, apparently Jonathan Jackson has had enough of this crapfest. Not that I can exactly blame him, since he’s spent half of the two years since his return in tears and the other half completely isolated from the rest of the cast having nonsensical Irish adventures.
What I can’t understand is how Jackson, like Vanessa Marcil before him, was squandered so completely. How hard is it to take beloved returning actors, both with multiple, rich connections to the canvas, and give them fun, meaty material that caters to the reasons why people became their fans in the first place? Instead, we’re left with a situation where both seemed to return for the sole purpose of tarnishing whatever happy memories remained of their once most popular pairings. It makes me tired. And sad.
The one silver lining to this is that with Lucky off being abducted by evil Irish fairies or Siobhan’s ghost (or whatever they’re going to do to get rid of him this time) (dear writers: please don’t let him abandon his children by choice and please don’t recast a fourth time) the way is clear for Matt and Elizabeth’s surprisingly adorable flirt-fest to continue:
I don’t know if Rebecca Herbst is just enjoying the chance to be happy for once (clearly, Jason Cook is just enjoying the chance to be on screen at all, the poor, underused muffin) but she was more natural and charismatic today during their banter than I’ve seen her in a while. The two of them have a nice, easy chemistry together, and — will wonders never cease! — they’re actually being given writing that emphasizes getting to know each other in an organic way. They debated metaphysics! And shared grade school love confessions!
Or maybe it’s just me. Maybe I’m just so desperate for one ounce of joy on this otherwise unrelentingly grim show that I’ll take any scrap they throw at me. Whatever, at least it’s more entertaining than watching Sonny marking his territory like a rabid dog around any woman he’s ever slept with (seriously, he should just pee on Carly’s leg and get it over with), or Sam possibly get raped to teach Jason a lesson (NOT ENOUGH UGH IN THE WORLD), or Jonathan Jackson literally sleeping his way through what we now know is his last full month on the show (just… WHY).
Have I mentioned lately that I hate this show?
And now, today’s One Life to Live moment of zen:
Téa is Sam’s second mom! Oh, my heart…