I’m not feeling well tonight and that may be making me extra emotional. But Rebecca Herbst had me uncontrollably SOBBING LIKE A BABY during her explanation for The Big, Suddenly-Forgivable Lie today:
ELIZABETH: When I picked up the test results and saw that the baby was Sam’s… I thought about that other mom. And I thought… that mom had had Sam’s baby for four months. For four months, raising that child. And loving that baby and–I know it’s wrong, and I–but it’s sad. She doesn’t deserve to have that child taken away from her–
JASON: He isn’t hers!
ELIZABETH: And I didn’t deserve to have my child taken away from me either! But Sam watched. Sam watched while Jake was being kidnapped. And let you and me and Lucky lose our minds with grief and anger and pain. And she knew the whole time! And she didn’t say a word about where Jake was.
JASON: So what is this, payback?
ELIZABETH: I don’t know, I don’t know. May–I don’t know! [breaks down] Maybe. I don’t know.
Daaaaaaamn. Okay, for the record? I still hate this story. I hate that it happened and I hate that it wouldn’t have happened at all if Steve Burton’s departure hadn’t thrown a wrench in what was looking like a possible chance to see this couple done right. After all the other times actor schedules and backstage drama has messed with this couple just as things were getting interesting, it’s hard not to read some meta commentary on the entire Liason fanbase in Elizabeth’s plaintive, “Why couldn’t we have a chance?”
But all that aside, and as painful as they were… those were some powerhouse scenes. I deeply appreciate that Liz’s reasons were less pathetically based on simply getting Jason back than it had originally seemed. Rebecca Herbst 100% sold me on her empathy for Téa and her own lingering sadness and anger over Jake’s death messing with her head. I could almost understand how she might have convinced herself that it was less cruel to keep the truth from Sam — who, for better or worse — had already processed the loss, than to visit that fresh pain on another mother who’d had months to bond with a child she believed was hers. Especially with Sam’s history with Jake’s kidnapping in the mix.
Even the Jason-based parts of the explanation made sense in the context of her spiraling grief and depression and desperate hope that he would fix it for her like he did when Lucky “died”. (My poor Liz. I just want to hug her and bake her some cookies, you know? Girl needs a friend. And a break.)
I also appreciate that my other big fear — that Jason leaving soon after would mean he and Elizabeth would part on bad terms — was proven false:
ELIZABETH: Jason, I am so sorry. I am so sorry that I have ruined everything that we had and that I’ve burned it all down–
JASON: I know what it’s like to make a terrible mistake. At least you were able to make it right.
Granted, it would be HUGELY hypocritical of him to have held this against her given his own spotty track record and his forgiveness of Sam’s transgressions in the past. But when has the threat of hypocrisy ever stopped anyone on this show from getting self-righteous before?
And let’s face it: it’s pretty unheard of for a secret of this magnitude to come out this fast (was it even 24 hours in show time? 48 at the most?) and to come out in an attack of conscience rather than being caught and forced to confess. All in all, I’d say Elizabeth — by soap standards, at least — has come out of this mess looking much better than I would have thought possible at this time next week.
So that’s something, I guess.
(But for the love of God, RC, can she get a real story that’s actually about her and maybe lets her be just a little bit happy after this? Please?)
Elsewhere… other things happened? That I guess I kind of should care about? But I mostly don’t because they’re so ridiculous. (You can tell Konnie and Joe Jr. grew up together, because they clearly both attended the same Overly Complicated Marriage-Based Schemes Which Make No Sense At All class in high school.)
We finally found out why Joe needed Trey to marry Kristina! And the answer is… so he can kill her and Trey will inherit, um–what, exactly? Dear Joe: KRISTINA HAS NO MONEY. She’s a college freshman without a single dollar to her own name and since both her parents are still alive and hate your son’s guts, the odds of them leaving him anything are pretty much zilch. Even if she has a huge inheritance in a trust, she has no access to it and there’s no way in hell her mother the lawyer would let that money go to a dude she was married to for two days.
And in order for her to get Sonny’s full fortune, he would need to die first — along with every other member of their family. Then Kristina would have to be killed after inheriting everything. And even then, a fake will leaving everything to Trey would have to be forged. Joe skipped, like, eleven steps in this plan to have it actually have a chance of working.
Also, one of Sonny’s kids — the one married to your son, no less — turns up dead and you seriously believe that he would assume anyone was responsible other than the enemy he hates most in the world, who’s living in town right now and has recently threatened his children repeatedly?
THIS IS SO STUPID.
Meanwhile, Konnie’s grand plan is exactly what it seemed it had to be: she can’t marry Sonny because she’s already married to Johnny. How that’s a simpler solution than, I don’t know… just killing Sonny in his sleep or faking her own death… is beyond me. But I’m sure that watching her come up with a reason why this marriage makes sense without anyone other than crazy Olivia figuring out she’s not in her right mind is sure to lower the town’s collective intelligence even more. So that will be fun.
(Dear, Olivia: how about you ask Milo if you were hallucinating the night before instead of babbling about lace and making an ass of yourself in public?) (Also, please dump Steve. He may be the stupidest person on this show right now, and that, as you can see, is a hotly contested category. He’s also a smug, condescending ass who is waaaaay too trigger happy on having women he claims to love institutionalized against their will, and a terrible boyfriend, and you deserve better.)
Oh, and this happened, and it was awesome:
Aaaaand… I’ll be in my bunk.