His precious little face when she told him she was on his side! I died, seriously. The guy had some full on gobsmacked, twitterpated heart eyes going on, is all I can say:
AJ: What if it’s all for nothing? What if I fail again? I mean, at least if Spinelli had found Lauren and I had her shares, you know, I’d know she’s on my side. As it stands, I’ve got no one!
ELIZABETH: I’m on your side. I mean, after this is all over, at the end of the day, I’m still going to be here.
AJ: [pleased] Guess I must have done something right.
Meanwhile, Nikolas decided to prove what a good guy he was by not only backing out of his business deal with Tracy, but having his goons physically imprison her, which… not sure that’s really what Elizabeth had in mind, but okay.
And then, of course, he made his case for how he was not pressuring her by following her around and refusing to take no for an answer:
NIKOLAS: I’m not trying to pressure you, Elizabeth. I’m simply letting my feelings intentions be known: I want you in my life, you understand. I’ll back off but I’m not gonna back down. I still feel like there’s something real left between us. I feel it every time we’re together and I believe you feel it too. Something that makes us happier, better people together. I don’t want to give up on that.
Okay, and here is my problem with Nikolas and Elizabeth in a nutshell: I have never, ever seen a single hint that they make each other either even the slightest bit happier or better people. Quite the opposite, in fact. When they were together the first time, they brought out the worst, most selfish, self-destructive impulses in one another. And after it was over, they were both pretty brutally honest about how their entire relationship was less about love and more about grief and self-loathing. And every time he pushes the issue this time around, she looks exactly as miserable as she did before.
But AJ makes her smile. He makes her laugh. Their relationship isn’t fraught with guilt and pain. She actually does bring out the best in him, and other than that really regrettable slip during their fight at Kelly’s, he’s been able to give her a safe, non-judgmental place to turn to.
I just like them so much, you guys!
(I DON’T KNOW IF YOU NOTICED.)
In any case, I think I’ve finally figured out what Elizabeth was doing all those months when she didn’t seem to have much of a plot going on beyond Sabrina and Patrick’s relationship counselor: shopping for a closet full of the cutest dresses known to man! Remember her date night with Doctor CrazyAbs? Well, that had nothing on these:
Like, seriously. I realize you could pretty much throw Rebecca Herbst into a burlap sack and it would still look amazing. But those dresses are adorbs. WORK IT, LIZ.
In other news: NuMorgan’s also in New York! And he looks like a Abercrombie & Fitch model! And acts like an insufferable dude bro! Um… yay?
(You know it’s a bad sign when at the end of a character’s first full episode, you’re already cheering on the evil mob goons beating him up. But, I mean, really. The smug little punk had it coming.)
I’m not sure why, exactly, they’ve decided to introduce him as this careless, entitled, selfish, stupid little asshole. Unless that’s meant to be some sort of commentary on the natural result of combining Sonny and Carly’s genes? In which case: way to go, writers. I approve.
But no matter! Because his story is also tying in the return of the Jeromes and the missing Quartermaine heir — and though all this Franco talk naturally makes me a little nervous, so long as he stays dead, I can handle it in service of an actual umbrella story.
And here’s this week’s One Life to Live moment of zen:
Because Bo and Nora making their own role-playing fun will never get old.