I don’t want to look a gift horse in the mouth. Lord knows I’ve hated every moment of Scotty’s return that’s involved him panting after Laura like she’s a prize dog that might get away, i.e. every moment of his return minus one or two scenes with Lucy. So far be it for me to complain about the end of their marriage.
But… really? After pursuing her for years, including fighting her children for control of her comatose body, stalking her to Paris, and badgering her into a quickie marriage (because he and Morgan apparently attended the same school of “Marriage is the Surefire Solution to Any Troubled Relationship”) we’re supposed to believe he’d give up entirely? Just like that?
I got nothing, guys. The only thing I can assume is that Carlivati hated obsessive, possessive, stuck-in-the-past Scotty as much as I did, but felt he couldn’t do away with that characterization before at least addressing it. Because otherwise, the speed of that divorce just gave me some whiplash.
(And I’m a little bummed that this puts Laura once again in the position of having both men in her life making all the decisions for her. Maybe bring her back from France with some more agency, please? It’s not like she won’t be needed, given the situation with Lulu.)
Speaking of which: I have to hand it to the writers. When someone has betrayed the people who love and trust her as badly as Maxie has, it takes a lot to have you sympathizing with her anyway. But they’ve managed it.
MAXIE: I couldn’t ruin your life again. I had jerked you around for so long, used you… you were finally happy with someone. And even though I hated that it wasn’t me, how could I drop a bombshell that you had given me a child. I couldn’t do that! And I couldn’t let Dante and Lulu down.
All props to Kirsten Storms as well, because she’s obviously done her part. I mean, that whole speech was some condescending bullshit when you really think about it, but she totally sold me on Maxie’s “logic” in a way that the writing completely failed to do at the time when she was originally making those decisions. I’m rooting for her now! Even though she’s completely wrong and deserves every bit of anger she’s getting and about to get! That’s a feat.
I just wish it was a feat the writers could have managed turning making me want to punch Lulu, you know? She’s been wronged! Badly! I ought to be on her side! Except… Lulu doesn’t know she’s been wronged. The only thing she knows is that her best friend — who just came thisclose to dying after giving up nearly a year of her life in order to give Lulu something she wanted more than anything in the world — is now facing the additional emotional trauma of bonding with a baby that isn’t hers.
Sympathetic writing for Lulu would have made her Maxie’s biggest defender up until this point, the better to contrast her trusting nature against Maxie’s guilty lies. Sympathetic writing would have had her in distress over Maxie’s distress when she learned of her near-death experience and drugged delusions. It would have had her sad for her friend and worried for her mental health when she found out about the attempt to nurse the baby. (Which is the first actually sketchy thing Maxie’s done that Lulu’s found out about, for the record.)
Instead, we’ve been stuck with ungrateful, self-centered paranoia that’s just been kicked into overdrive. I’m dreading it already. Shut up, Lulu’s bitchface.
Luckily, we had the on-going story of Connie’s brutal murder to bring a little levity to some otherwise fairly heart-breaking proceedings! I could complain about Diane’s glibness in the face of her former friend’s death, but Diane’s glibness in the face of all sorts of horrible things happening to the people she claims to love has been an issue for a while, so whatever.
Plus, I’m not going to lie: her proud reaction to Michael’s recitation of proper arrestee behavior was pretty hilarious.
Anyway, naturally, seeing AJ arrested for murder caused Michael to instantly view him in a more fatherly light. (Which is a Sonny joke so obvious I don’t think I actually even need to make it, do I?) But it was a sweet moment and it made AJ happy and I might sniffled at the screen a bit in between my snickering. So that was nice.
(Also nice: AJ actually taking responsibility for himself! There’s the AJ I want to root for!)
But the most shocking development by far was Dante kind of, sort of admitting that lying to protect Sonny after he shot him in the chest that one time was possibly not the best decision ever:
DANTE: I know your impulse is going to be to protect him. But that would be a mistake.
MICHAEL: The kind of mistake you made with Dad.
DANTE: [nods] The kind of mistake I made and regret.
…of course, that revelation didn’t actually lead to him arresting Sonny or even drawing his weapon when the man was standing right in front of him with a gun to AJ’s head, screaming that he was going to kill him right there. So, you know… ‘A’ for effort, Dante, but I think that anti-corruption merit badge isn’t yours quite yet.