Of the many, many, many reasons the Big Liz Lie was a terrible idea, the resulting destruction of her hard won frenemyships with both Carly and Sam is pretty high up there on my personal list. So even though having Jake hit by a car again is a terrible and unimaginative cop out of a redemption arc, I still really loved this moment:
CARLY: Look, I don’t want to intrude. Sonny’s in the chapel, he’s saying a prayer. And we wanted to be here for Jason… we wanted to be here for you, too.
The novelty of Carly acting like a human being is always a rare pleasure. And the many years of complicated history and enmity between her and Liz makes any truce between them extra meaningful. Unexpected moments of compassion between enemies instead of just shitty people being shitty to each other! What a novel idea for a soap opera!
More than anything, though, that scene really brought home exactly how isolated Elizabeth has become. Because there is literally no one else to be there for her right now other than Carly. And that’s just sad. Unfortunately, I feel like the show also realizes that’s a bad thing, but instead of doing the work to deal with it in the context of the story they’ve been telling for the last year, they’ve just… had most people pretend it never happened.
So we got a lovely goodbye between her and Patrick with no mention of the way she allowed him to make a family with a woman who already had a husband. And now, Monica has apparently been told about about the Jason lie off screen and straight up does not care. Hugs! Bygones! Whatever!
I mean, I guess it shouldn’t be a shock that the same show that barely remembered Jason’s mother during the lie would forget to show her reaction to the aftermath. And it’s not like I was rooting for Monica to march into Jake’s hospital room and slap his mother across the face. But would it kill them to at least acknowledge some tension between them? The Carly scene managed it! It’s not like it’s hard! What was the point of even doing this crappy story if they were just going to continually brush over the consequences?
Meanwhile, over in the one promising thing this show has going for it right now, Kristina still hasn’t explicitly come out, but she did have a heart to heart with Molly about Parker. And it was… illuminating:
MOLLY: So, tell me one more thing. Is he hot?
KRISTINA: Hot doesn’t even begin to describe it. More like… beguiling, captivating, with these eyes that just… brand you.
So, yeah. Let’s just say that is a girl who is definitely not anywhere near the low end of the Kinsey scale. Which is honestly the only thing I want from this story, whether than means she’s bisexual or embracing the full on gay.
(As a side note, I’ve seen several comments that she has to be bi because of her past relationships with men. And while that’s certainly a valid option, I feel like I need to point out that it’s also possible for someone to date members of the opposite sex for many years before realizing or being able to acknowledge the truth about their sexuality to themselves. Like, so possible, you guys. INTENSELY POSSIBLE. Just sayin’.)
And finally, I try to fast forward through anything involving Ava and Paul, but I happened to tune in to hear her drop this bit of truth on him and it was kind of beautiful?
PAUL: I thought that you were enjoying our little cat and mouse tug of war as much as I was.
AVA: Well, I was. At first. But you don’t always get to call all the shots. The fact that you don’t care if I end up in prison makes me queasy. Let’s face it, you’re blackmailing me and I’m sleeping with you. And that’s gross.
I mean, she’s not wrong? I’m just kind of surprised that the same writers who actively set up this situation in the first place are aware of that. And then when Paul tried to pull some faux-offended WELL, I NEVER bullshit in response, she kept right on truth-telling:
PAUL: I don’t have to force myself on any woman.
AVA: Are you expecting applause for that?
Ah, yes. The “I’m so handsome, I don’t have to rape women” defense. Never gets old!
(You know, far be it for me to ever advocate for more screen time for Morgan, but it absolutely BOGGLES MY MIND that the show has chosen to completely jettison the Ava/Morgan relationship — which was the only even mildly interesting thing that has ever been done with either character — in favor of yet another Kiki/Morgan retread and the above rapey garbage.)