Oh, Lordy. What a day. Okay, first things first, because this really cannot be emphasized enough: ELIZABETH WEBBER FINALLY GOT SOME, Y’ALL.
Even if it was still mostly off screen, it definitely happened, and involved both pre-game speeches about how awesome she is and post-game cuddling. I am a fan of both these things!
AJ: You make me want to be a better man, Elizabeth. And it’s not because you insist on it, but it’s because I know that you deserve it.
Of course, because this is Elizabeth and AJ, everything promptly went straight to hell soon after. But still: you go, girl. (And according to Tracy, you go really loudly, so, you know… double high five.)
Now, Liz has always been a stand-by-your-man kind of girl, be it defending Jason against Nikolas, Lucky against Jason, Ric against Jason, Jason against Ric… well, you get the idea. Right or wrong, if she’s with him, she’s with him. So it’s perfectly in character for her to go to bat for AJ. (Although even she looked a little hilariously shocked for a split second after she laid that slap on Tracy. Heh).
But she also managed to get some nice truth-telling in:
TRACY: AJ and I are no more alike than a fish and a bicycle.
ELIZABETH: Well, you’re both trying to proves yourself through your father’s company. Imagine what you could do if you just stopped all this fighting. Imagine how great ELQ could be. You and AJ are both strong people, but you could be even stronger together! Just give him a chance. Please, Tracy. Make peace with AJ before your prediction comes true and he really self-destructs.
(Side note: the summer of pretty party dresses continues! I think the yellow is still my favorite overall, but that shade of red/pink is really flattering on her.)
Anyway, that speech was all really lovely and insightful and pretty much everything I’ve been screaming at my tv for months now while this tedious AJ/Tracy stand-off has continued. And normally I’d be completely thrilled by it, and by getting to see Jane Elliott and Rebecca Herbst playing off each other.
But then, this also happened:
I’m not sure what I resent more, really: the fact that all my happy Liz/AJ feels are now tainted by this lovely visual (hey, remember the last time we saw Connie getting choked? GOOD TIMES)? Or the fact that tomorrow I’m going to have to be on effing Sonny’s side, even though he spent most of the day being that dude. You know, the one who runs to the ex he knows has feelings for him to complain about his girlfriend the second they have a fight.
Because hey, who cares about the position he’s putting Olivia in by forcing her to play relationship counselor when she’s in love (GAG) with him? Or about how cruel it is to passive aggressively try to badger her into saying she’d be the better woman for him than the cousin she also loves? None of that matters when Sonny’s wounded ego is on the line and in need of some stroking! (And yes, by “ego,” I mean “penis.”)
And let’s not even get into the fact that his idea of a supreme compliment for a woman is “you’d do whatever I told you to do, right? Even if it meant sacrificing your dreams and career just so I could continue to avoid facing the truth about what a shitty father I am? That’s hot.”
God, I hate him.
And yet! Now I’m going to have to cheer him on, because for some reason, the writers felt compelled to take AJ across the line from merely angry and unhinged to STRAIGHT UP ASSAULTING A WOMAN for reasons of contrivance and bullshit, and I just–why? Ugh.
In other news, you might remember that Silas has not exactly been my favorite character thus far. But now that his hair is no longer an unholy pony abomination and he’s started exhibiting some basic human emotions, my hate has receded a bit. And then he threw this delightful bit of snark at drama llama Ava and I kind of loved him for that brief moment?
SILAS: In the meantime, I’m going to go to Kiki. I think Kiki — and may I just say, I wish I had been in on that naming process — will be very interested in what I have to say.
You have your moments, Silas Clay. Not many of them, but you do have them.