I have a feeling this week is going to involve a lot of epic flailing on my part. Since in the last two days alone, we’ve already gotten: Bobbie! Nikolas! Britt’s back story! And Dante’s faaaaaace!
FEELING ALL THE FEELS
(Does it need to be said that Dominic Zamprogna has been absolutely killing it with Dante’s worry and desperation over his wife? No, not it does not. Because you have eyes and he has that face.)
Fortunately, Dante’s got Spencer support just coming out of the woodwork. (Almost as if they were actually a loving family that bands together in times of crisis! Even Lucky warranted an off-screen missed call!)
Barbara Jean? It is truly lovely to see you, weird face and all.
But Nikolas makes me possibly the happiest of all. He’s like Jax, in that I often get sick of him over the long haul and then miss him like crazy when he’s gone. In order to fully enjoy this return, I’m going to repress my memories of the last few years of his tenure, which you may recall involved: a tumor girlfriend, Natalia Livingston abusing eyeliner, exciting plow patent drama, nailing his brother’s fiance in some of the grossest sex scenes* to which this show has ever subjected us, and hiring Brook Lynn as an escort.
(*And I’m including Carly and Sonny’s “our son is a vegetable” limo tryst in that, so you know I really mean it.)
But here’s the thing: that Nikolas — the Nikolas I want to run over with a truck? That’s Romance Nikolas. He’s officially the worst. But Family Drama Nikolas? Totally different animal!
Case in point: that great, silent smile and nod he and Luke exchanged over Laura’s shoulder when he first came in. Fifteen years of hard-won character development encompassed in a single look? That’s the Nik I love. And the Nik who had better not die, damn it.
Meanwhile… Dr. O is also back! And she just keeps getting more fabulous. I mean, not only does she wear absolutely FIERCE hats and use phrases like “timorous, homely slip of a girl” to describe her daughter’s romantic rivals, but she also apparently gave birth to Britt! Who I think I kind of love now?
(I know, it’s weird. But she’s turning into that magical combo of both awesome and terrible that makes for an excellently rootable soap villainess.)
BRITT: She’s pathetic. And a borderline stalker. She finds any and every excuse to be near Patrick.
DR. O: It’s difficult to seduce a man from long distance.
BRITT: Seduce? She has all the sophistication and sexuality of a third grader. The only thing she’s good for is babysitting.
See? She’s kind of the best. And she has a mysterious and ominous-sounding father and a mission to seduce Patrick at all costs. CURIOUSER AND CURIOUSER.
(Anyone want to start a pool on candidates for Daddy Dearest? My money’s on a Cassadine, which is kind of a shame, because although we’ve established Romance Nik is terrible, I’d still be kind of curious to see him chem tested with Britt. They could be awesome/terrible together!)
In less awesome soap news, I’m trying not to freak too much in advance about Michael Easton, Roger Howarth, Kristen Alderson all returning to the show… as new characters. But, um, I’m freaking out, just a little?
Honestly, at this point, I’m pretty much open to anything that will get Michael Easton back on screen with Kelly Monaco. But jokes about his identical cousin Ron McPain aside, the thing I’m really scared of losing is all the character and relationship development we’ve had for all of these characters in the last year.
(Well, Todd’s actually been developing into a character I like much less than I did when he first appeared. But the other two! I’m sort of invested in their current relationships, you know?)
HOLD ME, YOU GUYS. I’M SCARED.