I’m back! And damn — Alexis had a good week while I was gone. I mean, sure, she nearly died. And now two of her kids have been poisoned. And the whole town is going off the rails and her ex-boyfriend is to blame. Fine. Whatever.
But she got hot kissage from Shawn! And then she was reunited with her one true BFF!
(Jax! Alexis! I have so many feels about seeing you together! Why are you still so perfect? It’s not too late to run off and get married again and live happily ever after! JUST SO YOU KNOW.)
But the really big thing was she got to confront Jerry and beg for her everyone’s lives, and despite all the reasons why I shouldn’t want Jerry anywhere near her, both Nancy Lee Grahn and Sebastian Roche pretty much made my screen melt with the chemistry:
JERRY: Do you hate me?
ALEXIS: What answer will get my daughters the antidote?
JERRY: A truthful one. Did you ever feel anything for me at all?
ALEXIS: Yes. I thought you were damaged but salvageable. I didn’t know that there was nothing inside and that there was no humanity to salvage.
JERRY: But you enjoyed my company.
ALEXIS: Stop it–
JERRY: I enjoyed yours too.
ALEXIS: Tell me what you want. Tell me what you want and I will get it!
Wow. That was, um… yes. I’ll just be in my bunk.
Jerry’s been written all over the map in the past, but this time they are really selling me on his sincere feelings for Alexis. And for the first time, her feelings for him aren’t being played as a pathetic weakness or humiliation. I love how in control of herself she was in that conversation — desperate, yes, but not hyperventilating or hysterical.
(I love her. That is all.)
Okay, I lied, that’s not all. Have one more Alexis/Jax picture, because they are my very favorites:
But let’s talk about the real news: Ewen’s secret past with the Jacks family and Jerry’s ransom demand all revolve around the effing Dead Man’s Hand!
(For the record, the original Dead Man’s Hand story was a ridiculous clusterfuck I missed a lot of because the show was so egregiously terrible during that time, I couldn’t even watch it. But using that bit of history now and making it work? Could be awesome and I’m intrigued see where it goes.)
Meanwhile, we still don’t know who’s pulling Jerry’s strings, but, well… I’ll Jerry remind us:
JAX: You stole the cards?
JERRY: Oh, not by myself. AJ Quartermaine helped.
YOU DON’T SAY. I’m always suspicious when the names of long-gone characters pop up for no reason. It’s true AJ was involved in the original Dead Man’s Hand story, but is that detail really important right now? Or is there some other reason to bring it up? (Oh please, oh please, oh please let there be a reason…)
Of course, AJ wasn’t the only former PC resident getting a name check recently — Molly mentioned Ric’s gone full on dead beat and she’d like to go find him, which also makes me wonder. WHAT ARE YOU UP TO, RC?
In other news, Luke finally told Anna the truth about Ethan and Robert, and she reacted by pretty much saying everything I’ve wanted someone to say since this stupid story began:
ANNA: So what happens when he finds out he’s not his son? That’s going to be like losing another child. What’s to stop him jumping off a bridge then?
GOOD QUESTION, ANNA. This is the reason this plan has never made any sense to me. Well, this and the fact that if Robert needed a reason to live, HOW ABOUT WE TRY EMMA?
Argh, but anyway. I love that Anna got to be angry not just on her own behalf but on Robert’s because this lie was really a terrible thing to do to him, and I’m so glad the show is acknowledging that.
And speaking of Luke, when Tracy called him to say goodbye, for a second, I misheard her and thought she was leaving a message for Dillon instead. And I got really, really unreasonably happy. But no. (sigh)
Because, hey! Why call your kids when you think you’re dying if you could call the asshole who cheated on you repeatedly and is currently off with another woman instead? But then, clearly, Tracy’s taste and judgment when it comes to men is more than suspect:
TRACY: The last two out of three times I was in the same room with you, I succumbed. You know what? It’s you. It’s you — I bet women are in the habit of throwing themselves at your feet.
Judging by the whitewash currently underway, I’m now half-expecting to learn that Joe Jr. never raped Connie after all. But since for all the audience knows at this point, that did still actually happen, the inappropriateness and grossness of dialog like this is kind of mind-boggling. Knock it off, show.