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Just a distraction? (TOLN/Hulu)

Needed depth. (TOLN/Hulu)

"AMC" Rundown for July 22:

We got to see some different sides to a few characters, adding depth that only endear them to us more. Opal and Pete seemed closer sharing their successes, David continued to offer comfort to the ladies in town and Colby and Cassandra connected in a way that opened them both up. It feels like the show has slipped into its rhythm, with storylines layering and characters developing naturally. Pine Valley is feeling like home again.

Girl on top.
Everyone knows tickling is teenage foreplay, and Miranda and AJ are entering into tantric Sting territory. Lots of longing looks, gratuitous tickling and straddling going on here. But it’s totally believable because the chemistry between these two is very real. It also doesn’t hurt that they are constantly rescuing each other and building each other up, which only intensifies the feelings they have for each other. The fact they live together with almost no adult supervision practically forces them to be co-dependent. But with AJ taking Heather to the Chandler gala, their tease fest should continue until at least then.

Good girlfriends.
Colby has excelled at being the anti-girl’s girl since her return to town, baiting Celia, stealing her ideas at work and sparring with her lover’s mom, Opal. So it was especially incredible to watch her hospital makeover scenes with Cassandra. This is some of the gentle old Colby we know from the past, and their scenes were almost more emotional than the overwrought ones between Angie and Cassandra. It’s easy to see why Cassandra is just as worried about Angie’s feelings, maybe more so than her own, considering Angie pulled Cassandra out of a dumpster when she was a baby and saved her life. With Colby’s help Cassandra came out of her depression, just briefly, but enough to show there is light at the end of the tunnel. Making the decision to end her pregnancy is a start to moving on too.

Billy Clyde.
Atonement or obsession? Probably a bit of both. Everyone knows that Dixie is forgiving to a fault and a sucker for second chances and redemption. Billy Clyde could be using his donation to the Miranda Center, despite being anonymous, to lure her in. And it seems to be working. Her letter seemed to touch him but Billy Clyde could still take it and make some weird shrine to her with it.

New employees.
Gotta love that JR was in the office no less than ten minutes before he threatened to beat up an intern. Working from home would have been a good option, but even his computer was too much of an irritation. Good luck getting that sizzle reel together.

Meanwhile, if Opal wasn’t going to bring back the Glamorama, commenting from the red carpet and a potential new gossip series for Talk Tempo is just perfect. Plus, we still aren’t convinced there won’t be some romantic friction among Brooke, Dimitri and Opal.

All abs?
We have a hard time believing Pete is that dumb to question how Celia could have found out he slept with Colby. Hmm, let’s see. There were two people in the bed and Pete knows he didn’t tell anyone, so who’s left? So ridiculous. Colby’s bed-hopping with David is much more interesting considering it can lead to all kinds of trouble and destruction. Together these two can cause some serious damage. Plus, now that Colby has revealed herself to still have a heart we know her heart is still vulnerable. David has been known to get a bit… obsessed, so this could get crazy in a good way. Pete is too caught up with Celia to offer Colby anything more than another X-rated computer lesson anyway.

Creepy return.
Celia’s visions of her mystery man went to another, horrifying level. Like, ghost story, serial killer creepy. Some villain from the depths of "AMC" history has to be involved, but who could it be? Vote below and let us know who you think it is, dead or alive.

Learn more about the backstabbing that went on in the halls at Hope Memorial Hospital in our Soap History: The Doctors. Read Soaps.com’s All My Children Recaps: Part 1 and 2 for more details about Miranda and AJ’s constant tickle fights and JR’s rage.

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- Hollie Deese