It’s hard for me to textually render how much I’m enjoying AJ’s return so far.
How is it so awesome? Let me counts ways! Because I love Sean Kanan, and all his little smirks and teasing grins? (Yes.) Because, frankly, I never thought we’d see an AJ who was not only alive but also not brought back specifically to be the whipping boy/designated villain to Carly and Sonny’s heroes? (Yes, and yes.)
But most of all, because watching some well-deserved chickens come home to roost after fifteen years is one of those great gifts that you can only experience on a soap opera:
The look on Michael’s face as his mother confessed to firing the shot that set off the war? LITERALLY SOMETHING I’VE BEEN WAITING FOR SINCE BEFORE HE WAS BORN.
And Laura Wright did a fantastic job owning her younger self’s mistakes. It’s another sign of Carly’s growth under RC that she was able to admit it all with very little attempt to sugar coat things or makes excuses.
(I do question the fact that she talked about Tony as if he was some complete stranger Michael would never have even heard of. We’re talking about a huge part of his extended family’s lives and an extremely well-known figure around town, who died heroically in the midst of saving lives! Plus, he had the distinction of being the very first person to kidnap Michael! Do they have Hallmark cards for that? Michael should really Google himself some time. I bet he’d find out a lot of interesting details.)
ANYWAY. Watching Carly lay it all out there and Michael take in the fact that one of the monumental truths around which his life had been based was a lie? Beautiful. I cannot wait for him to confront Sonny about the meat hook.
Which, by the way, led to this amazing bit of dialog:
MICHAEL: AJ said that my dad hung him up by a meat hook, that if he didn’t give up his parental rights, my dad would stage an accident, make it look like AJ died driving drunk.
STARR: [as if speaking to a very slow child] Michael, your dad is in the business of forcing people to do what he wants.
MICHAEL: Yeah, but threatening somebody’s life is one thing. You know, holding a gun on them. It’s not right, but in my father’s business, that makes sense. But, I mean, this? To hang AJ from a meat hook, use his own alcoholism against him? Threatening to stage a drunk driving accident? I can’t even wrap my head around that!
STARR’S FACE: …
So, if Sonny had only threatened to shoot AJ in order to force him to give up his parental rights, that would have been… just fine? I’M WITH YOU, STARR’S EXTREMELY DUBIOUS FACE!
(Also, I think Michael needs to watch more mob movies? Pretty sure meat hooks and staged “accidents” make sense to a lot of Sonny’s fellow businessmen.)
Meanwhile, over at the old Quartermaine homestead, Alice finally did one useful thing after however many years of annoying the crap out of me. She made AJ and Monica make these faces:
Have I mentioned lately that I really love Sean Kanan?
Because I really, really do.
In other news, I want to rant about how annoying and stupid today’s court shenanigans were, but given the last scene, I’m sure it’s only going to get even stupider and more annoying, so I should probably just wait.
(BUT SERIOUSLY. Only in a soap court could the proceedings be more about the motives of the crazy person’s family than it is about determining whether or not she’s actually effing crazy. Not that determining the latter ought to be that difficult, given she was already institutionalized for having multiple personalities, there are doctors who can attest to her mental problems, and she confessed in front of an entire room of witnesses to being the same alter who is on record as having bashed her shrink’s head in and killed two other people!)
(Not to mention that even if Connie is the real person and Kate’s the alter, then wouldn’t that just mean that Connie should actually be held responsible for the crimes she only got away with before because she wasn’t considered real?)
Sorry, sorry… I’ll wait to see how it plays out. (BUT IT’S SO STUPID!)