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    Try Not To Scream.

    Thursday, October 04 2012
    Todd promises to get revenge for Starr, Johnny tells Carly that he loves Connie, and Tea and John make a startling discovery.

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    Posted by StraightTalker at Thursday, October 04 2012 08:35 PM

    Rainy’s, Willowk and Dubb- Thanks for your complements regarding my first posts.

    Midas- I appreciate the vote of confidence, however, how about you call me up first so that I can argue against you doing whatever it is that you would do that would land you in court. LOL.

    Posted by StraightTalker at Thursday, October 04 2012 09:13 PM

    Aussie- As long as you stay away from Liz you won't have to worry about having legal representation, but if you you did end up in court, just say you were suffering from a mental break down as a result of having to watch and listen to Liz. I bet you would get off scotch free.

    Posted by Midas at Thursday, October 04 2012 09:14 PM

    StraightTalker, I was being complimentary as well as facetious.😜
    However, if I can get my hands around Heather's neck, I may need a good lawyer...or maybe I can claim PTSD. 😣
    Everyone else can get away with it.

    Posted by Midas at Thursday, October 04 2012 09:15 PM

    I really like your posts, Straight, so I'm keeping my eyes on you! 👀

    Posted by Monkey83 at Thursday, October 04 2012 09:35 PM

    ***OT***

    Ok, so I get the need to have sadness in a show as everything can't be happy all the time..but seriously?!? An ENTIRE episode built around couples breaking up and/or having serious issues?? I don't want to watch a show and cry the whole time.

    Posted by StraightTalker at Thursday, October 04 2012 09:38 PM

    Midas- I say keep the PTSD card in your pocket as a back up just in case you need to pull it out as a defense. It worked for Todd and I bet that you are a way better person that him on his best day.

    Posted by StraightTalker at Thursday, October 04 2012 09:40 PM

    Monkey- There haven't been any happy couples on this show in a long time. I think the writers have it written down some where that happiness is a rare thing that happens once a year.

    Posted by Scrimmage at Thursday, October 04 2012 09:45 PM

    StraightTalker – That's an interesting theory, very well stated. I'm sure the writer's are taking a lot of liberties with their portrayal of DID, and I doubt if they concern themselves much with any clinical accuracy. That being said, in these confusing situations that they present to us, I tend to favor the simplest explanation because I don't think the writers have the time, or the inclination to think about a character on the psychologically complex level you suggest. In this case, I think it's best just to follow the timeline.

    Connie came first; Oblivia's cousin, Sonny's girlfriend, aspiring fashionista, Scummy's victim, and Trey's reluctant mother. The dual shock and trauma of the rape, plus the discovery that she was pregnant because of it, caused her to shut down emotionally, hardening her so that she could do what needed to be done, and putting Connie on the path to a disassociative state. Her months of self-imposed isolation while carrying an unwanted child could only help pave the way for her eventual split as she could probably do little else but fantasize about a life where none of this has ever happened to her – someone else's life.

    Connie finally gave birth, left her son in a dresser drawer, and walked away, just like she walked away from Sonny, her family, and everything else associated with her past. It's not until then that her alter, Kate Howard, makes her first appearance.

    Suddenly there is no more Connie. There is only Kate; intelligent, ambitious, driven to succeed, and with no recollection of being raped or giving birth. She is nothing like the girl from Bensonhurst, and she completes her transformation by legally changing her name, and creating a false, more socially acceptable background story. She doesn't forget her true origin and family, but she doesn't consider it a part of her life anymore. She builds a completely new life and career for herself out of nothing, and for twenty-five years live in blissful ignorance of the events that shaped her existence.

    She reconnects with Sonny, but this time she insists that he treat her as Kate. He wants to marry her, but she'll only do it if he leaves the mob (an understandable condition). He complies, assuaging her fears, but despite his reassurances she gets shot, and as a result, she again breaks it off with Sonny. She recovers, and over time it appears, inexplicably to many of us, that she has forgotten about the danger Sonny poses and they reconcile.

    It's only when they plan to marry that we see Connie's return. She is determined to protect herself and she will stop at nothing to drive Sonny away, not only because of her natural fear for her own survival, but because she still holds him responsible for bringing unbearable, horror into her life, which is exactly how she felt when she was seventeen and left him standing on a street corner.

    Connie's attitude towards Sonny has been consistent ever since that day, and everything she has done since then is consistent with her goal of keeping Sonny, and the danger he represents, far away from her. Now that she has finally confronted Sonny, Trey, and Joe Jr., I think it's possible that that she may no longer have any need for Kate and her blind but useful ignorance, and will remain her true original self – Connie Falconeri – from now on.

    Posted by aussie1 at Thursday, October 04 2012 09:50 PM

    Straight, mental instability. Just like Lizzzzzz!

    The only happy couple I can think of Dante & LoooLooo.

    Posted by Midas at Thursday, October 04 2012 10:05 PM

    Thanks, Straight. 😴Nite all.

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