At some point, I’m assuming the novelty of the writers actually doing the things I want them to do will probably wear off. In the meantime, I’m just going to keep on getting way more excited than I probably should be about little things like this:
MAXIE: You wanted to know the truth? Surprise! The truth sucks, Matt. You know, I went to Anthony Zacchara for help and he killed someone! Which makes me an accessory, or at the very least, it means that I am involved in the murder of an innocent woman.
MATT: No, I don’t buy that. I think that Anthony was going to pin this on the first mate all along.
MAXIE: Well, we’ll never know, will we? But the first mate is dead.
I did appreciate the attempt to mitigate her responsibility by implying that Anthony would have set up the first mate anyway (because… why, exactly? I guess maybe just to keep the police from suspecting him?) even if that’s kind of a load of crap. But the issue’s at least been acknowledged, and Maxie’s no longer acting like what she did was not sort of monstrous and I’m easy enough to let it go at that.
Hurray for characters showing a shred of humanity!
Hey, speaking of: Sonny finally seems to understand that his girlfriend is ten pounds of crazy in a five pound bag!
Granted, it took witnessing her having a fight with a mirror for this fact to really sink in. Even though everyone and their mother had been telling him it was true, and even though I don’t really understand how anyone who claimed to know or love Kate couldn’t have already been deeply suspicious due to her out of character behavior alone. But, WHATEVER.
The point is that his response to her visible distress was — shockingly — not to berate and belittle her, but to instinctively try to comfort her. I know! It’s almost as if he’s a human being with the capacity for empathy and compassion! How… surprising!
(I’m not saying we should start handing out cookies for meeting the minimum requirements of human decency, but with Sonny, you have to take what you can get, you know?)
If Carlivati can get me to like Sonny again, it will truly be a soap miracle. But then, look at what he’s already done to rehab Luke, a character I also thought nearly beyond redemption not too long ago:
Granted, I am super easy, as previously mentioned. So even the slightest hint that Luke — 1) noticed Tracy’s distress, and 2) was himself distressed by that fact — is enough to make me roll over and show my soft, soapy belly. I surrender, show! You’ve made me like Luke again, damn you!
In other news, I remain amused at the way Carly and Johnny both talk about their relationship like it was a forty year marriage rather than a three-week business transaction turned hook up turned quasi-dating… thing… that neither of them had even really defined yet:
JOHNNY: Carly, I hate that I hurt you. Please, just give me another chance and I will spend my life making it back up to you.
Real talk, Johnny: you dated for less than a month before sleeping with another woman. Maybe cut back on the proposals?
But even though I’m generally on Team Carly for this one, the idea that she would have the balls to say this to anyone, ever, is… impressive:
CARLY: You can’t, Johnny! You can’t go backwards and you don’t get a do over!
Hey, yeah! Do overs are only allowed when you’re sleeping with someone you already slept with! Duh, Johnny!
(Somewhere, I feel like Jax just found himself smiling and suffused with Schadenfreude for no reason.)
Finally: Patrick shaved off his Grizzly Adams scruff and rejoined the land of the living!
(I really don’t know why either Epiphany or Liz would want lost-in-grief, possibly drunk mountain man Patrick to operate on anyone, but this is the same show where he was expected to operate about five minutes after watching his wife get blown up, so… SOAPS!)
But I continue to love the way his relationship with Epiphany is suddenly being treated seriously. And it was nice to see him smiling again — even though you know it won’t last, what with his brother’s impending arrest on the stupidest murder charges ever and all.
For the record, I’m not happy that we’re losing Jason Cook, especially just as it seemed like he might actually get something to do. And I’m doubly not happy that we’ll probably be losing him over the one murder in this town that was actually justified. But hopefully they’ll have him flee the country or something in a way that means he can be brought back sometime? Ugh.
(Also, all earlier awareness aside, I really, really need someone — ANYONE — to point out that Matt wouldn’t be in danger at all right now if Maxie’s idiotic false confession hadn’t forced the investigation to reopen after it had already been closed and no one was thinking about it anymore.)