I’ve said it before, but one of the nicest things about Ron Carlivati’s tenure is the certainty that even if something really isn’t working for me, it’s only a matter of time before a better thing will appear. We may never know what the plan was before all the backstage drama with Prospect Park, but I think it’s safe to say the rushed rewrites has resulted in a mixed bag. At best. It’s just… it’s been a rough month or so.
But we may be seeing the start of a course correction? Vets are popping up all other the place again, there’s a couple mass umbrella stories a-brewin’, and SAM’S FREAKING DAD. Plus yesterday we got an episode showcasing one of my very favorite things in the soap world:
LUCY: Okay, you wanna know a secret?
SCOTT: [suspicious] No.
LUCY: Well, I’m gonna tell you anyway! I wouldn’t mind if Kevin was sitting here, having a piece of pie with me. But the truth is, I would not change one single moment of this evening.
LUCY: No, because I loved the way you handled Tracy! Do you know you did more for me and for Deception than Kevin’s done yet at all.
SCOTT: Well, I’m glad I could be at your service.
LUCY: Thank you, Captain. Scott Baldwin, you are a very, very good friend. And! A negotiator extraordinaire.
FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC, GUYS. Like, seriously. It must be literal magic. Because the amount of annoyance I feel for Scotty when he’s involved in pretty much any other story than being Lucy’s BFF is astronomical. But two seconds of he and Lucy working together to fleece Tracy? I’m all aboard the Scott Baldwin love train. (Also, please let that reference to their children mean we’re actually going to see Serena and/or Christina soon? PLEASE?)
And that’s not all! Remember when Tracy and Connie briefly became besties and it was kind of the most awesome thing ever? And then never really interacted after that? Seeing them scheming and having each other’s backs again actually gives me a reason to care that Connie is leaving the show soon. (Forget Sonny! Why can’t she just stay and become Tracy’s full time partner in crime? Is that too much to ask?)
Add a pinch of Alexis and Kevin doing their calm, pragmatic, intellectual friendship thing, and I was such a happy camper yesterday, you have no idea. Soap friends! I’ll never get over the joy of having them be a part of this show again after such a long drought.
Meanwhile, over in Switzerland, we got a long overdue update on Robert’s condition, a really lovely and respectful scene between Holly and Luke, and OH YEAH… a massive drama bomb:
SEAN MOTHER EFFING DONELY, Y’ALL.
I’m so glad I was unspoiled for that, because the shriek I let out when his face came on screen was truly epic. Shit’s about to get real, you guys.
And now, your One Life to Live moment of zen:
Nat and Cutter are the cutest, yes? I mean, so cute that even that hideous shirt he’s wearing couldn’t dim my enjoyment of their cuddle/make out session on the couch. (And–and him wanting to tell her about Clint in person because knew she’d be upset? And talking about how being with her let him just be himself? JUST GET MARRIED AND HAVE FAT BABIES, YOU TWO.)
Meanwhile, this happened:
…and it pretty much killed me. So, thanks for that, show.