It was more gala drama at Chandler Mansion/Media – still weird – and there were enough over the top moments (pie in cleavage, ‘roid rage meltdown, Jason Derulo) to make this well-heeled gathering well worth the price of admission. Not that we wouldn’t trade a night at the gala for a pep talk from Billy Clyde Tuggle over a Stinky Pinky during a bender. Now that could be a life-changing experience.
Adam’s appearance at the gala was possibly the shortest cameo ever. Not only did we not get to see him dress down JR after his outburst on Brooke, we didn’t even get to see one word of warning or menacing look to waiting-in-the-wings Dimitri. And poor Colby – it was another moment where we got to see the hurt daughter instead of the catty mean girl when she realized Adam had left without talking to her.
In another blink-and-you-missed-it moment, Jane looked absolutely incredible at the gala. She had no scenes and no lines but her gown was art-deco fabulous. Best dressed by far.
Junior’s ‘roid rage on Brooke and technical equipment was good, but the reactions to it were even better, especially David’s overjoyed smirk. The animosity between these two has become one of the best dynamics on the show, and between JR’s drug use and David’s willingness to do any evil, their battle could reach epic levels.
JR showed major cracks to Cara by throwing the fact he is hiding her son in her face at the slightest criticism. Calling her a fake and telling her to go to hell should be a deal breaker so early in a relationship, but she is so entangled with him and Oliver she is pretty much trapped. Not that any of that seemed to bother her when she gave in to that kiss. Let’s see how she feels when she finds out he’s been stealing from her prescription pad. She certainly has a rough road ahead between JR's mess and the fact that her son’s life seems to literally be in David’s hands.
But JR didn’t have a lock on meltdowns at the gala. Jesse’s unraveling on David was pretty awesome too. He was out of control and it was not a good look.
Maybe we’ve seen too many soap operas but the vibe between Zach and Miranda is verging on creepy, what with all the slow dancing and love life talk. Just sayin’.
The barbs tossed between Colby and Opal continued to entertain, and Colby is the perfect person to be on the receiving end of Opal's sharp jabs dipped in sugar. "Honey, there ain’t a girl in this room who could hold a candle to Opal Sue Purdy at 21 years of age," she told Colby. Loved it! Colby could learn a thing or two from her about cutting where it hurts while maintaining a touch of class. And everyone could learn a thing or two from Opal’s eagle eye. She recognized Cara’s mother from her wedding to Tad in about one second. Good one Cara.
Heather’s hair took on new heights this week which seemed to go in hand with her level of irritation, which was off the charts. Her voice grated and her dancing was ridiculous, all of which made Miranda seem so much more appealing with her soft ways and pensive looks. AJ and Miranda are two of the most emotionally connected characters on the show and when they are close to each other, talk about tension. Hot!
Meanwhile, if Pete is really trying to prove to Celia she is his one and only he should stop grinding with Colby on the dance floor. Come on.
David has a lot of balls in the air that will require some of his attention, from his possible attraction to Cara, his seeming pursuit of Angie, and now, stumbling on his son in a life-threatening situation. David is one of the best things going on the show right now and we are excited to see where all of these things go leading up to the season finale on Sept. 2. In fact, there are lots of things we want to see before the season finale but we aren't sure there is enough time for it all. Vote below about which storyline you don't want to be left hanging on, or let us know in the comments about one we missed.
Read Soaps.com’s All My Children Recaps: Part 1 and 2 for more about JR’s meltdown at the gala, Miranda’s struggle to tell AJ the truth, and Jesse’s conversation with Billy Clyde.
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- Hollie Deese