Is Sean Kanan magic? How does everything he touch turn to hotness? I don’t even find him that good looking, personally! I mean, I love the guy, clearly. But it’s not because I think he’s most attractive actor on the show. Or even the best actor on the cast.
What he does have is that certain something that really works for the most effective soap actors — call it charisma or presence or je ne sais quoi… whatever it is, I just find him mad compelling in everything he does. (And hot. Did I mention the hot?)
AJ and Carly, y’all! I knew they had some chemistry, but I was not expecting that to be so completely molten dirtybadwrong hot. And funny. Did I mention the funny?
CARLY: What’s wrong?
AJ: Uh, you. You’re all drunk and stabby.
Hah! Drunk and stabby Carly is my new favorite Carly. And calling everyone on their crap but also reluctantly doing the right thing AJ is my always favorite AJ. Even if it means his revenge rant gets thwarted. It was such a good rant, too — the callbacks to Carly’s many lies and manipulations and life ruinings! The Tony Jones shout out! The well deserved schadenfreude!
But that part where he yelled that she could have raised him up instead of pushing him down, all those years ago? That was the part that hit me where I live. That’s the heart of AJ and Carly right there, why they could have worked and been so beautiful together and why they fell apart so completely. Everything they hate in each other is just a reflection of the faults they see in themselves. They’re two screwed up peas in a pod. If they’d stuck together and lifted each other up, they could have been the next Alan and Monica, the heart of the show. But they didn’t and now they’re in this death spiral of hatred. Extremely hot hatred.
Anyway, I’m still team AJ/Liz, obviously. Because they are also similar but I think she could help lift him up in ways that Carly just can’t, with all this water under the bridge. But I will now concede that I would not object to some hate sex with Carly first.
Meanwhile: Trey is dead, ending his long, endless… um, hours… of suffering. Which is probably for the best, because if I had to spend one more episode listening to Kristina shriek and moan about it, I might not have been responsible for my actions.
But I still find the choice to focus so many months on Konnie’s tiresome and boring blackmail/seduction schemes while ignoring the inherent drama of her relationship with her son to be completely puzzling.
And killing him off in such a rush while trying to cram all those months of character development into the space of a week is, I guess, better than never having done anything with the two of them at all. But it’s still pretty lumping unsatisfying.
I mean, what was the point of this character at all? To paraphrase Henry Jones Sr., he’s leaving just when he was becoming interesting! I’m glad to see Kelly Sullivan add to her Emmy reel; it’s certainly a relief to get a break from Konnie’s sex shenanigans. And Olivia’s vision of Trey at peace was quite a lovely use of something that’s pretty much been played for comic relief up until now. But listening to her lament never having gotten to know him just brought home what a waste of potential and build up this all was.
Plus, it means we’re stuck with Kristina attempting to “act” and “emote” for the foreseeable future, which is really just insult added to injury.